After years of not having a pet to love, I got myself a cute bunny right after I finished my first internship. The job was arduous and I am glad I am done with it. So to reward myself with a cute rabbit.
How I got my bunny
Before we continue, I have a little story to tell you guys. So I went to the nearest pet store after school (yes, it was the day I finished my internship and also the same day I started school). I found a cute droppy ear bunny that I liked. So I asked the store assistant to get it out of the cage for me. I was really excited and all. Then the lady asked me if I have a bunny cage to which I replied Yes. She asked me for the size of the cage and I told her it was a decent size cage which I bought long time ago from a pet store. Then, surprisingly, the store assistant refused to sell me the bunny unless I buy their $130 cage. I was like "SAY WHAT?" Then she said my cage is too small and how I would feel if someone shut me in a closet. I was like "Woah... what... the... this is definitely NOT the type of customer service I am used to." So I argued that I will get a bigger cage once I'm bigger and I really wanted the bunny today because it's a significant day in my life to me. But the lady downright refused to sell me the bunny! I was kinda shocked. I am usually very patient and all but man... this just takes the cake.
So I went home, empty-handed and very, very disappointed. My dad saw how depressed I was and drove me to another pet store. We looked around and the bunnies were all born the same day. My dad told me to get the biggest one and I was like "Why? I want to raise it from baby." My dad explained that they are all born the same day and I should get the strongest of the batch, which is the biggest one. I agreed and that's how we got my bunny. He was the biggest, strongest and has softest fur coat. The best thing is that the store assistants were super nice and pleasant, unlike the other one! Also, my dad bought the bunny for me. Double YES! Dad, you are awesome. Seriously.
Step 1: You must really be determined to love your pet.
I sincerely care and treasure my bunny, Timber with all my heart.
Tips: buy/adopt a baby animal you can easily form a bond with. When they are baby, you will feel a sort of parental instinct to care and provide. It is easier to form a bond.
With Timber, when introduced him to my home, he was very scared. Instead of putting him in a cage, I let him out to roam my room for a few days. He obviously poo and peed which I have to clean up but it is worthy. Here is why you should do what I did. Your new pet is scared. You don't want to immediately lock him up in a cage/jail. It may feel even more stressed. So in my case, I let him free in my room so he felt less... of a prisoner. He is free to run and jump.
Also, since he is in the room with you, he recognized you (footsteps, voice) and knows you don't mean harm. That way he is less likely to run for his life the second you go near.
Tips: Let your pet in your room for a few days. You can put your pet on your chest and let it feel your heartbeats. It will increase the bonding.
Step 3: Cage Time
Eventually, your pet has to go to its cage (unless it's a dog/cat then don't cage them).
Preferably, leave the cage outside where your pet can have fresh air.
Clean their cage every week at least.
Tips: Stay with your pet for a few minutes while it is adjusting to its new... cage/home. It will feel less abandoned.
Step 4: Let your pet free everyday for awhile
I let Timber out on my fenced backyard everyday for 30 mins under close supervision. At first, started small... like out your room... then out your house... then out your patio... introduce each part of your house slowly so your pet can memorize the familiar places.
I am confident Timber won't escape because I slowly train him that he can go just as far as the fence. My eyes follow him everywhere when he is out by himself (you don't want your pet to get attacked by wandering cats). Whenever he goes near the fence, I go up to him and steer him around. LOL
Don't be afraid to let your pet out to explore. It will love you even more and you can try to incorporate some sort of discipline. Timber knows that at night, he has to go back to cage. At first, he will stare at me with big eyes and wanting me to let him out. But nope. Now, he knows at night = cage = sleep time
Rabbits are curious creatures. So be at ease and let them explore. They make the cutest expression.
Tips: Let your pet explore one area of your house at a time. If you don't have a yard then let him roam in your house.
Step 5: Keep any wire away from your pet bunny
Tips: Just let your bunny roam at rooms that don't have wire. Or just loop your wire higher than its reach.
For starters, you should just try out these simple steps & tips. It will make your pets happy and your life bright and glorious. Next time, we will talk about bringing your pets with you on a vacation (huh, try that with a bunny) and other pets' funny behaviours.
Here is a teaser. Happy Timber on a lake-side vacation!!!