First Time Bunny Owner... Am I doing it right?
Me and my girlfriend picked up a young dwarf lop rabbit the other day from the pet shop, before getting him we did some research on bunnies and so we expected an uphill fight getting him to like us. Suprisingly it seems to have gone much better then expected, but I would like to ask a few questions and get some comments/feedback if you do not mind.
We got him a cage which we keep in the living room up on a table, is it ok to keep him up high or should the cage be on the floor?
Also when we go to sleep should we leave the cage in the living room or should/can we move it into the bed room so he can sleep with us?
In terms of temperament, he dosnt seem to mind if we walk over and give him a small pet while he is in his cage, and when I go to pick him up out of the cage he dosnt fight at all. He seems to enjoy sitting on my chest while i pet his head.
We have also been letting him out on the floor of the living room, so that he can get some exercise, he seems to love to explore and has yet to get into mischief, he will even come to use and rub agents our legs or come to me if i am on the floor.
The trouble starts when its time for him to go back into his cage. Once we attempt to pick him up he will quickly move a few feet away and allmost play a game of "catch me if you can". He will show no fear of us and even will still come to our feet, but any attempt to reach for him causes him to take a few hops away.
Unfortunately the only way for me to reach him is to slowly go over and pet him and then quickly grab him. I dont like having to make such quick moments to get him back in and am afraid it will hurt our relationship. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a better way to handle his exercise time?
Thank you in advance.
ps: As a turn to look at his cage...hes looking at me... and it seems now hes trying to climb out... I hope he does not come to think of the cage as his punishment.