It’s getting towards that time of year again. And by “that time of year” I mean “Easter.” Which, coincidentally, is when we found Gus being abused by some neighborhood children in our parking lot, and took him into our home.
Please, please, please… think carefully before you buy a rabbit for your children. They are cute and adorable when they are little, but they can grow quite big (depending on breed) and require a lot of space. If you insist on keeping them in a cage, you must let them out to play at least once every day so that they can stretch their legs. And remember, a lot of people buy rabbits for Easter, but then get “tired” of them later on and dump them in shelters, where they will be put to sleep if they can’t get adopted.
So this Easter, if you must have a rabbit, consider adopting one instead of buying one from a pet store – and check out the Make Mine Chocolate link above to make sure you’re ready for a rabbit. And if you weren’t planning on getting a rabbit, but you find the idea of rabbits as disposable pets abhorrent (as I do), please help spread the word. The Make Mine Chocolate site has posters you can put up around your neighborhood – at the grocery store, at the pet store, at school, wherever.
All the rabbits whose lives you help save will surely thank you.
Surprise – rabbits actually make quite good indoor pets! They’re kind of like vegetarian cats… sort of.
People are often surprised when I mention that the bunnies live inside with me, and not in a cage of any sort. I think this stems from some common misconceptions of rabbits – the perception that rabbits are outdoor animals that somehow need to live in a cage. This, of course, could not be further from the truth.
Indoor rabbits are a lot like cats – or so I say to people who seem surprised when I tell them that my rabbits live inside. Some of the ways that rabbits are like cats are:
They can be litter trained – in fact once you spay/neuter a rabbit, getting them to go in one spot, in a litter box, is quite easy. They tend to go in one spot naturally, and you just have to put a box there and – presto! A litter trained rabbit.
They sleep a lot during the day. (While you’re at work, just like cats tend to do.) They also nap a lot, like cats.
They’re pretty self-sufficient – like cats, they need occasional brushing, and of course you have to feed them and change their litter, but other than that they can pretty much take care of themselves (especially if you have 2 rabbits together – if you only have 1 rabbit, you should spend time with it so it doesn’t get bored or lonely and start chewing on your furniture).
They can be destructive to furniture. Cats scratch things; rabbits chew them.
They have personality like cats – some rabbits just don’t like to be petted or stay on your lap. Others love it.
They groom themselves – just like cats do. (Maybe even more so!)
When you think about it, as indoor pets, rabbits are basically just vegetarian cats. So if you think that cats can live indoors with people, then rabbits can too. The only difference is that you have to trim rabbits’ nails – whereas a cat would NOT like you trying that! As long as you play with them (cats like to play with string, and some rabbits do as well, if you dangle it – Gus is particular to this when he’s in the mood for it) and give them attention and healthy food, rabbits can be just as enjoyable indoors as an indoor cat.
Just don’t put the two together – depending on the size of your cat or rabbit, one or the other might end up hurt. Even small rabbits can kick quite hard, and a cat will quickly learn to leave a rabbit alone if kicked once, but you never know – a cat with a full set of claws could also hurt a rabbit quite badly, or scare it out of its wits. (Although my mom’s cat seems to be terrified of my bunnies!)
So there you have it – a good rational for letting rabbits live indoors with you, the same as you would with a cat. Now if you don’t mind, Gus is demanding some attention – so until next time…!
While doing some cleaning this weekend, I discovered the extent of Gussy’s chewing.
While doing some cleaning this weekend, I discovered the extent of Gussy’s chewing. We have a large bit of plate glass in the living room, covered in cardboard, which we are (eventually) planning on using as a table-top. Gussy, being a bunny, loves to chew on things – especially cardboard. When I looked behind the glass, this is what I saw.
Now, I’m not mad at Gussy for doing this – heck, it’s only cardboard – but it did create quite a mess, which I had to clean up. So when I caught the bunny doing it again – only this time on the front of the cardboard, I decided to capture the event on video. (You’ll need Windows Media Player to view this video; it’s the best compression for video I can get, since I can’t afford to buy the Apple Quicktime Pro software.)
I’ve got quite a few videos of Gussy playing his games, but most are too big to put here on my blog. But, with the help of the Windows Media Encoder tool, I was able to compress one video down to a very respectable size. It’s a video of Gussy playing his favorite “bunny game.”
I’ve got quite a few videos of Gussy playing his games, but most are too big to put here on my blog. However, with the help of the Windows Media Encoder tool, I was able to compress one video down to a very respectable size – just 131 KB. It’s a video of Gussy playing his favorite “bunny game.” He’s a little camera shy, so he’s not running as fast as he usually is, but you get the idea.