My boyfriend and I have been wanting to adopt rabbits ever since we met. We have not been able to as we are living at home, and both have big dogs that would be dangerous around rabbits. We are going to be getting our own townhome in the Summer, and I plan on adopting 2 rabbits. I am curious what advice you could offer for me to properly care for them…
I plan on building them a pen they can stay in instead of cages. I plan on it being about 4 x 3 feet, with garden fence (about 2 feet tall) on 2 sides. (it will be in the corner of the room) I want it to be as nice as possible for the bunnies, and I plan on having indoor/outdoor carpet under the pen. On top of that, I plan on putting down some kind of foam like yoga mats are made from. Is this a good idea? I also want them have have beds instead of cages, and a playplace. I want them to feel they have freedom to move around as I will be gone for the majority of the day. Is a pen with no cages a good idea?
I will be gone from about 6:30 in the morning, to 6:30 at night Monday – Friday. I am worried that leaving the bunnies alone and in a pen for too long would not be healthy for them. I plan on letting them out at night, but my boyfriend is an audiophile and will have MANY cables throughout the house. Is there a way to keep the bunnies away from cables, or to protect cables from bunnies?
My boyfriend has a very strange schedule, and he will probably be gone a lot as well. Though he is home a lot during the day whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, or evening for a few hours, his schedule varies as he works a part time job and goes to college. There may be some days though, where the bunnies would be alone for 12 hours at a time (not often, maybe once every 2 weeks or so) is this OK if I supply enough food and water? Are there special toys or playplaces to keep them occupied? I do not want them to get bored!
I also plan on either making or buying small harnesses for the bunnies so I can take them into the back yard, or take them to a park. Is this healthy for bunnies? Is it OK to walk a bunny like a dog? I just want my bunnies to be safe! 🙂
I have read that there are a few essential tips to keeping bunnies. A few of them are: Do not use wood shavings in their litterbox, as it could be harmful to their health, and that if a bunny ever vocalizes, or thumps to take them to the vet immediately. Are there any other crucial things I should know about rabbits? I plan on purchasing rabbit care books… Are there any you would recommend? I want to learn as much about rabbits as I can before I adopt, so that they are as safe and happy as possible. I also want to be able to foster bunnies that are in danger of being put to sleep, or not finding a home.
Any and all help is very much appreciated!
On weekdays, I would get home around 6:30 and go to bed at 10:00. I don’t think I would be able to spend as much time on weekdays, but I plan on spending most of my weekend with them! As of right now, my boyfriend is home either until noon, or home AT noon every weekday (except Friday) and I know that he loves bunnies just as much as I do.
I would be very willing to rabbit proof a home, and litter box train. I am just not sure how to do either of these things 100%. I would also definitely go to a rescue! I am also not sure about the hutch… I have heard a lot of people say they are cruel and not to do it, but since I am gone for so long, would they rather be outside than inside? I am just worried that they would become too exposed to the elements or that hooligans that may live in the apartment complex may bother them when I am not home.