Bunnies and Apartment Life
Bunnies are awesome pets, hands down. I was lucky enough to have Bamboo in my life for about 4 months (don't worry, he's alive and safe, just not really in my life) and I learned a lot from him. If you are considering a pet bunny, but live in apartment, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into and do plenty of research. Start with this hub!
A Place of Bunny's Own
You can't expect to bring your new bunny home and let her loose to live in your apartment as she pleases. She needs a place to call her very own. Of course you will probably bring her home in a little cage that is hers, but she needs somewhere she can be alone that will fit at least 5x her. So, a 15" x 25" cage won't cut it.
Ideally, bunny's should get their own room. A BUNNY PROOF room (read about bunny-proofing below). This way she can have her own space and run around while not disturbing your space. Of course you can let her out to run around, but she must always be supervised while not in her space. Otherwise she may poop, pee, and chew her way to your insanity.
Of course if you live in an apartment, you probably can't give your bunny a whole room. That's why you build a bunny condo! These are like super nice cages for your hoppy friend to lay out, poop, eat, climb and play without ruining your life. A bunny condo won't cost you more than $70 to make, but if you're lazy you can buy a nice one for under $200.
Bunny Proofing is VERY important. Do not convince yourself that your bunny won't chew your stereo wires, or won't pee on your $500 couch. Bunnies love to help you redecorate, by stripping that ugly wallpaper, pulling up your old carpet, and forcing you to buy new electronics. Your bunny must be kept where no wires are exposed, no peeling wallpaper, preferably no wood paneling, and if you can help it, no carpet. If you are stuck with carpet, you can put down straw mats that your bunny can chew on instead of the carpet, but you'll need to replace them and of course constantly keep an eye out.
It may be impossible to bunny proof the entire apartment, but if your room has a lot of wires or your bathroom has lots of chewables, close those doors while the bunny is out and you may need to do some reorganization to keep bunny out of places she shouldn't be! Remember: Bunnies are GREAT jumpers!
Potty Training your Bunny
Yes! Bunnies can be trained for litter boxes! But they aren't quite as easy as cats. Bunnies like to poop and pee in corners, so when you first get your new friend, keep a look out for these spots. The easiest way to train your bunny is to put several boxes out where she will most likely to potty. You might need 4 or 5 boxes. In her cage put one where she likes to potty the most (you'll figure it out pretty quick). When you catch her using a litter box, give her a treat and pet her so she knows how well she did. Pretty soon, you can start removing a box at a time, and as long as she has one box per room, she should pretty much always use them.
Litter boxes can be like the ones for cats or you can just get a cardboard box, big enough for your bunny to jump in. Don't use cat litter. Use wood shavings and hay, and try to clean them out as often as possible. Bunny pee is pretty stinky. But as long as you are diligent about helping the bunny to use the litter box, it'll be smooth sailing.
All Other Rules Apply
You must keep everything else in mind when getting a pet bunny, whether it's an apartment or a house or living outside.
If you're in college: remember you may not be able to have animals in the apartment! Most apartments on my campus don't allow pets, so make sure to check before you get a pet!
Remember that bunnies need a lot of love and attention. Most bunnies don't like to be held, but once they learn who are you and get comfortable with you, they would love to hop in your lap and snuggle there. Bunnies will chase you and dance around your feet and jump up on everything to be close to you. The most important thing is that you must always keep an eye on your bunny while she out and also: they eat a lot more than carrots! A balanced diet is important with romaine lettuce, veggies, as much hay as they want, fruits, and dry pellets (but not usually more than 1/2 cup a day.)
Have fun with your new friend!