- Pets and Animals
Reality of a bunny roaming your home.
Why a rabbit?
Both myself and my husband grew up having rabbits as pets; however, they lived in hutches outside.
When our boys wanted a pet, the first thing that they asked for was a dog. We live in a small house that has an even smaller yard; I am not someone who would enjoy picking up hot dog poop in a baggie, so I vetoed the dog.
Next up--a cat. Too bad dad is allergic.
Finally a rabbit.
Why not? How much work could a little rabbit be? Let the trip begin.
Adopting a bunny from a rescue is quite the process: there is a fee involved and lots of paperwork and promises. After promising to give the bunny a loving safe home with lots of freedom, the bunny was taken to the vet to be fixed; that is when we found out Jayda was really our Chooch (Philly fans in the house).
My husband was not as thrilled as my boys and I were to adopt our bunny. Amazingly though, the one thing that the rescue place told us was true: the bunny was litter trained! That is correct folks, no little bunny poop all over our house; Chooch only does his business in his cage.
Chooch is very sweet and playful, and he loves to sit on the couch with us while we watch television or read. However, there are plenty of cons concerning Chooch's behavior: rabbits love to chew, and ours in no exception; we have gone thru three i Pad chargers, a pair of headphones, two lamp cords, a Wii wire; and now we have bald spots in our carpet.
It didn't take us long to realize that we had to protect the wires in our house, and now the carpets, and I forgot to mention the leather chair and outoman--it seems rabbits love leather.
Rabbits also are great jumpers--ours can get himself up on our window sills, and tables. we found out that rabbits love sweets; we discovered that when we found Chooch stealing caramels from the bowl on the coffee table.
So we have learned not to have any food out when Chooch isn't being supervised.
Chooch likes to be out of his cage as much as possible during the day; at night, we would never trust him to his own devices--I am afraid that all of my husband's shoes would be gnawed on.
Our rabbit likes to sleep under our dining table during most of the afternoon. Chooch greets anyone that comes to our front door--stranger or friend, and he shows real excitement when my boys come home from school in the afternoon. Chooch is very affectionate with my one son--the one who never puts him back in his cage, and never scolds him for chewing on magazines and school books.
Chooch lets us know when he wants a carrot or some greens; he stands by the refrigerator door---really, he does.
Chooch will jump on on your lap if you happen to be eating a goldfish cracker.
Rabbits cost more than you may thing to own. The first cage we bought was too small, so another eighty bucks later, Chooch has a nice living space for nighttime, and for when he is being too rambunctious to be left to his own devices.
Rabbits eat pellets, which I buy online at whichever pet store is having the best sale. Anytime I can get a decent price and free shipping, I order online--I have a tendency to over purchase when I am in the store; I am definitely one of those impulse buyers, so I keep myself out of physical stores as much as possible.
Rabbits need to eat a lot of Timothy Hay--which Chooch resists eating. Rabbits need hay for their digestive track, and their teeth. i have starting buying the hay that comes with marigolds and other flowers or fruits mixed in it, so that Chooch will eat it.
I also buy rabbit treats for Chooch; although, he still begs for human goodies, which are not healthy for rabbits. Don't make the mistake that we did: don't give your rabbit any human sweets like cookies, candy, crackers. Once tasted, it is all the rabbit seems to want.
I change Chooch's cage every 5 days--this is where the cost is crazy. I like to use the newspaper pellets as a cage base, and they are quite expensive. However, since they are very absorbent and do not create dust, which is bad for rabbits' lungs, I feel justified in the cost.
Now rabbits do not go to the vet as often as dogs and cats, but you need to get your rabbit spayed/neutered, and if your rabbit has diarrhea or is listless, you need to call your vet, right away.
Rabbit's teeth continue to grow, so as your rabbit ages, you may need to take your rabbit to the vet on a scheduled basis (every month to every week) to get your rabbit's teeth filed.
So don't select a rabbit as a pet if you think they are low-cost or low-maintenance, because they are not either of those two thing.
Rabbits need a lot of attention, because they are very social beings. Brushing your pet helps prevent hairball from forming inside the rabbit. Rabbits are not able to vomit, so hair ball buildup can be very dangerous.
Although having a rabbit as a pet can be trying at times......don't leave any leather shoes laying around, and don't get too attached to magazines; the love and sweetness that the rabbit has brought out in not only my boys, but my husband, as well, has in my opinion been worth a few cords and carpet fibers.
Not so sure that my husband concurs, though!