Living With Bunnies

Bunnies are:

  • Cute
  • Snuggly
  • Social
  • Soft
  • Funny
  • Inquisitive
  • Energetic
  • Expressive

Which equates to:

  • Pop-corning (see video of someone else’s bunny below) — which results in little girl giggles from me…because it is just too darn precious to see these little bunnies express their happiness so energetically…and it’s pretty darn funny too.
  • Bunnies being very interested in what you’re doing when they’re around — which is super endearing
  • Friendly bunnies searching for treats @ treat time
  • Bunny friends grooming one another and snuggling together
  • Bunnies playing with the dogs by running back and forth playfully in their “play pen”
  • Bunnies eating out of the palm of your hand while sitting on your belly/lap
  • One bunny bumping his/her head on your hand when you’re giving the other bunny love – because he/she wants a turn

 

Bunnies are also:

  • Escape artists
  • Skittish
  • Feisty
  • Stubborn
  • Burrowers
  • Poopers

Which equates to:

  • Bunnies needing 24/7 supervision when not safely in their cage/hutch
  • New/baby bunnies being very resistent to being picked up or held
  • Mommy (aka me) being covered in scratches from trying to move bunnies from outside to inside (when it’s too hot) or moving bunny from outside cage to inside cage, as was the case last night with Stache, when said bunny was too weirded out by the wire ramp into his cage to use it
  • Bunnies, who have just narrowly escaped being picked up, hiding out of reach and refusing to come out
  • The realization that “bunny-proofing” a room is a joke — there is nowhere bunnies can’t go
  • Lots of little bunny poops everywhere bunnies go

Don’t get me wrong — I love our bunnies…. they have such awesome and different personalities. I still can’t believe they’re actually mine…. they’re so darn cute and loving. But, it is a lot of hard work — especially this whole “hand rearing” thing…. they do not like to be picked up or held. So right now – my arms and hands are covered in scratches – from Stache mostly, because he is so little and fast and still very very resistant to the whole thing. He tries to get away and kicks like mad when I pick him up.

 

Before I get yelled at by the bunny-safety-police —- I have done SO much research regarding how to correctly pick up a bunny. Because, bunnies have very fragile backs and can actually hurt their own spines by kicking (they kick really hard). So, I do everything I can to pick Stache up quickly, while securing his back feet and pulling him towards my chest. I successfully picked him up and carried him inside like this on Sunday – and he was actually very very calm while I walked him inside. So – we are making progress….my arms and hands just wish that progress would come a little quicker. I know the key is to pick him up more often – to condition him and help him feel comfortable and safe when I pick him up – so he knows nothing bad is going to happen. But, it is just SO draining, for both him and me. On Sunday morning, before I calmly carried him in, he had jumped the “play pen” so I quickly picked him up and put him to my chest (this was the first time I tried this strategy) – he proceeded to try and climb up my chest and jump over my shoulder….I managed to secure him and hold him tightly to my chest until he calmed down enough to be put down. But that whole thing left me so shaky…I don’t like that he gets so scared and fights with me…but I know it’ll be worth it… he’ll get used to it and trust me…. I hope….

Also – if you’re thinking of getting a bunny for a pet…things to consider:

  • Bunnies really need 15 – 30 minutes a day to be out of their cage/hutch to exercise/popcorn/graze on grass
  • If you keep your bunny in a cage that has no wire bottom separating the floor of the cage and the bunnies – you need to clean their cage twice a day
  • You need to be very vigilant – bunnies will always try to escape and will get into anything and everything they can
  • If you get only one bunny – if you do not spend time with him/her – he/she could become depressed, consider getting a second bunny or keep the bunny cage/hutch where your family spends a lot of time
  • Bunnies are fragile – be gentle with them…do not leave young children with bunnies unsupervised
  • Bunnies can’t stand very high temperatures, they can die — 85 degrees Fahrenheit is about the limit

 

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