Sunday, October 30, 2011

How To Prepare For a Bunny: Bunny Proofing

Before you bring your bunny home, you will want to bunny proof the areas in your home that your bunny will have access to, such as the room your bunny will stay in and the room where the bunny will be let out for exercise. Bunny proofing is a little tricky since rabbits instincts are to chew and dig, which can damage wires, furniture, and flooring.

Since rabbits love to chew, your coffee table, base boards, or carpet might become your bunny's next favorite chew toy! If your rabbit starts to chew on your base boards or digs your carpet, you can try placing a phone book, without the glossy cover, or a piece of cardboard to encourage them to chew/dig on it instead. If that doesn't help, you can spray perfume or Bitter Apple Spray For Pets on the area you want them to stop chewing. Spraying perfume can also help when protecting furniture, such as a coffee table.

You will want to protect your wires and cords by blocking them off or protecting them. This will prevent your bunny from getting electrocuted and save you from being stuck without a laptop charger. It is a good idea to block off areas where there are a lot of cords such as, near the TV, blu-ray, or speakers, instead of trying to protect each cord. An easy way to do that is by using a dog exercise pen or NIC cubes ( neat idea cubes) to fence the area off. If you want to protect a cord that you will be moving a lot, such as a laptop cord, you can cover it with a cable tube organizer. It is a plastic tube that you can put over cords, so if the bunny tries to chew it the plastic will protect the cord!

If you want to block off furniture, a bed, or part of a room, you might want to use a dog exercise pen or NIC cubes to fence it off. You will want to remember though, that rabbits are very good at jumping. You will want the fence to be at least 24''-36'' tall. If you need to block off a doorway or hallway, you could use a baby gate. If the area is high traffic and people will be walking in and out a lot during the day, you might want a walk-through baby gate to make it a little easier.

Over all, bunny proofing can be a lot of work. However, it is very important for your bunny's safety and the safety of your belongings.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Are You Ready For a Pet Rabbit?

Are You Ready For a Pet Rabbit?

      Are you patient? Do you enjoy watching the movements and learning the language of another species? These are just some of the questions the House Rabbit Society asks you to see if you are ready for a cute little bunny. Don't let that cute face fool you though. Rabbits are allot of time, work, and money.

     First thing you want to consider is, can you house a rabbit in a safe environment that is indoors away from the extreme heat, cold, and wild animals? They are very social creatures thrive indoors where they have tons of human interaction. You will want to make sure you can keep young kids and other household animals away so they can't bother your rabbit. They are prey animals and are easily frightened.

     Since rabbits are easily frightened, they are not a good choice for families with young children. You want to avoid picking up and cuddling these fluffy creatures because they will think they are being picked up by a predator. They much rather have all four feet one the ground when you pet them, then in your arms. Sometimes young kids try to constantly pick them up and that can scare your rabbit. A lot of people make the the mistake of getting a rabbit for their child and expect them to be responsible enough to take care of it on their own. Rabbits are hard work and after awhile your child might get tired of it and you will end up taking care of it. When getting a rabbit your whole family should be on board for taking care of it.

     Another thing you want to think about before getting a rabbit is how much they cost. If you think something so little can't cost that much to take care of, you are about to be blown away! After you pay for the adoption fee, if it is not fixed you are going to have to spay or neuter them for there health and behavior reasons and that can cost any where between $100-$600. Also you have to get a cage, blankets, "hidey houses" (little houses for rabbits that they can hide in), toys, litter pan, carrier, brush, nail clippers etc. Not to mention the weekly and monthly supplies such as, pellets, veggies, treats and litter.. Altogether, rabbits are very expensive animals.

     If you think a rabbit is the right pet for you, make sure you keep these things in mind. Do you think you can properly house a rabbit in a safe, indoor environment? Do you have the patience? Can resist to pick up these cute fluffy creatures? Can you can afford to take care of them? If so, then maybe a rabbit is the right pet for you.