We went over in the last post on what to expect when you inquire about a bunny (at least from me). Here is the part one of this series, So You’re Getting a New Bunny Part 1.
Now you have your bunny, now what? Well first thing’s first. Introduce it to it’s new cage. That may sound cruel but remember that is where this animal will spend a good chunk of their time. They need to understand that this is home and this is their safe space. Make this space a happy place. Don’t always be grabbing them to take them out just to groom them or harvest their wool, pat their head, give them a snack like a SMALL piece of carrot or some hay or a maple leaf. They will learn that you aren’t just out to work with them, but that you are the one who feeds them and will care for them.
The angoras that come from here come freshly groomed, I groom right before I meet people with their new bunny, and their nails are done. Nails should be done about once a month. Nails can get caught and rip off very easily. I do this for a couple of reasons. 1. I want people to focus on bonding with their bunny with love and affection and not associate with being worked on. So unless you receive a bunny that is molting you shouldn’t have to groom for about a week. If your bunny is molting then you can go a few days before having to groom. Remember kit coats do tend to mat easier than adult coats.
If you have an indoor bunny please give them time to adjust to being indoors. My rabbits are outdoor rabbits. They live in our garage that we converted into a bunny barn, so they are not used to the smells and recycled air that comes with being inside. Some bunnies handle being inside better than others. If your bun starts sneezing, please don’t be alarmed. I recommend putting a fan on where they are and if you can open a window and blow fresh air in with a fan. Beware of what chemicals (or natural cleaners) you use to clean in their area. Rabbits are very sensitive to smells especially strong smells. If you are using natural cleaners with essential oils beware of anything with menthol! Peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen, spearmint, etc. rabbits don’t like the smell of menthol at all. Make sure that the area that they will be in is bunny proof. This means make sure all cords are off the floor, I don’t know what it is about cords but rabbits love to chew on cords. Please pick them up for your buns safety and your cords safety.
Buns can make great indoor pets, but many people worry about the poop and pee that naturally happen with having an indoor bun. You can litter box train your rabbit. The easiest way I have found to do this is to get a litter box with a wire top to it and take some of the bedding that has some urine and fecal matter mixed in with it and put it in the litter box, then put the litter box by where they eat and drink. You can also get a regular litter box and put hay in it for litter. It is important to make sure that you have the urine and feces in the litter box, this will tell the rabbit where to go to the bathroom. **Please Note: From my personal experience rabbits do pretty good with going pee in the litter box, but still poo little coco puffs everywhere, please keep this in mind.** Rabbits also aren’t perfect with their pee either, especially if they peed in a spot that you didn’t get or clean up well. Rabbits will go to the bathroom where they have gone before, so make sure that if they do pee outside the litter box that you clean it up good or they will return to that spot and continue peeing there.
Rabbits make a great addition to any family. Knowing how to care for these animals is key and giving them the attention that they desire and need is super important to the bonding process. If you care for them and show them love they will love be your buddy for life.