originally posted by: beautyofperil
a reply to: Nyiah
holy he is adorable! Ya this my first rabbit and the young padawan is learning quite quickly where to do his business and I also practice the
barricade method across the house, I still have to lay down absorbant pads where he chooses to pee, I could leave him outside all day and the frist
thing he does upon reentry would be go pee on the bed!! argh he is lucky he is cute
Thanks, he's a pretty boy, and I'm fairly sure he knows it. He just has that kind of attitude XD
That's pretty much what we did! I used old fashioned cloth diapers on my kids when they were babies, and they held up so amazingly well that they're
household rags now. We noticed once that he was leaving his nuggets mostly on a diaper rag soaking up a drink spill, and we got the idea to leave one
on a plastic tote lid. Before he came across it, he was leaving puddles everywhere. I swear he trained himself, we didn't do anything
than put an old cloth diaper down on a lid for his Out Time. He took right to it, and hasn't left a puddle (or a nugget trail) anywhere since.
We still set the lid & diaper rag out, but he prefers to go back to his hutch to do his business now.
He did get up on the couch a few days back to bug my older kid & went on her blanket, but I'm not sure that wasn't just a plain ol' accident. I think
he got a little excited being on verboten territory (the couch is a big no) and just...peed. At least it was on the blanket, that's a lot easier to
clean than a couch cushion is.
He lives in the living room, we figured the highest traffic room was probably the best place to keep him for socializing. There's usually always
someone in there, so he's always getting talked to & petted (and boy oh boy, is he a sucker for pets)
For a while after we first got him, we didn't use any barricades to keep him from other areas of the house. He was leery of going out of the room, but
he would go around the corner. We decided it was probably best to block off the corner to the stairs so nobody accidentally stepped on him during his
late-night Outs (his favorite time of day to be a hyper lunatic when he isn't being lazy)
After a while, we quit putting up stuff to block that off, and he hasn't set foot there since. I didn't quite mean for him to think he should never go
that way, but that's how it accidentally ended up.
I'm not sure what his beef is with the kitchen, though. That was never blocked off, but he refuses to go in there no matter what (not even for a fresh
bit of fruit, and he's an apple addict)
I kind of want to get a lop earred one like a dutch breed probably, my current lil guy is an american breed and isn't at all playful, I think his
bloodline probably got crossed with a pig cuz he sits in his poobox
We were considering another rabbit for him for company eventually, but after seeing how he likes to scare the s# out of the cat at random (darting
from one end of the hutch to the other to make the cat hit the ceiling, for example) we came to the conclusion that he might not be as lonely as we
thought. And he's about a year old, it would have been better to get one of the litter mates with him. Older rabbits take more time to get used to a
buddy, multiple months of separate enclosures to get used to presence & scent. If ever. From what I understand of it, it's a coin toss, they'll either
bond, or they'll hate each other & be hostile.
So yeah, him & the cat can be antagonistic friends separated by the hutch bars. That works, they keep each other entertained enough.
Oh, and the litter pan? Yeah, didn't work with mine, either. It's his lounging box now. He has a specific spot to do his business in the hutch and
only in that one spot but if you try to put a litter pan there, he'll just go somewhere else and kick back in the pan. It's like the rabbit equivalent
of an old man in his recliner or something.
He already had a little cardboard box he loved like it was his most cherished possession, still has it. I put it in the hutch's nesting/privacy
compartment, he sometimes bathes in there and that's it. The pan is apparently a MUCH more appealing thing to chill out in.
whenever he can eating hay, it is kind of great though cuz he dosent chew or dig at all whatsoever except sometimes at his sleeping spot he
gets in the occasion dig. So timid at first though! but ya he lets me brush him though and I haven't had him a week yet.
They can take a while to really get used to you. Our guy wouldn't come out of his little starter rabbit cage for, geez...a week, I think? He had no
issues with us sticking our hands in it, cleaning, food, brushing, whatever. But he wouldn't come out of it until he was damn sure of his surroundings
& humans. I'm told ours adapted rather fast to us and that the norm is more around a month+.
Mine doesn't chew either. He used to when he was younger, but it's like it lost it's appeal or something. We've tried everything the vet could think
of to suggest for him to chew on, and it's all a flop so far. He nibbles for a few days on new stuff, and then he's over it. The vet thinks part of
the problem is the malocclusion (his teeth aren't aligned properly to naturally wear down) and the other part is just laziness. He is so
lol. He'd much rather park his fluffy butt in his pan and watch the humans do their thing than chew, or even play. He hoards his toys, but won't play
I've never seen him dig per se. He will clear a path in his bedding on the bottom level of his hutch so he can stretch out on the bare bottom, but
it's more like a squirrely home base slide kind of maneuver than digging. He's never done it to the carpeting, either.
Sooner or later, you'll figure out what kind of screw-loose quirks yours has. Mine has a toe fetish and loves to sneak up behind you and lick them
when you're cleaning out the hutch. First time he did that, I about jumped out of my skin. I think he's doing it partly because he's a licker and
LOVES to lick anything in sight (worse than a dog) and party because it gets a reaction -- he binkies big time the more you react. I put 2 & 2
together and stopped reacting, but he still will sit there and groom my toes. Whatever floats your boat, furry brother. /shrug
edit on 5/3/2018
by Nyiah because: (no reason given)