A week ago we found a lost rabbit in our front yard. We've had no success in finding the owner so far and at this point I think the rabbit is here to stay. This is just one of many lost pets that have found their way to our home over the years; dogs, cats and even a Russian tortoise (most found their homes or a good home and some have stayed on permanently) but we've never had a rabbit.
After some research, I believe he is a mini Rex. Light tan with a white underbelly, erect ears and short dense fur about 4lbs. He looks just like the ones I've seen online anyway. He appears to be an adult and in good health (just a little dirty when he arrived) but other than that I know nothing.
The rabbit (now called Butters) is simply adorable. Kind, gentle, very playful and very hungry lol. He seems a little thin maybe but according to a few neighbors he had been seen running the streets for a couple days before he found our yard. We are feeding 1/2 cup pellets, unlimited timothy hay and fresh veggies (lettuce, spinach, carrots, celery so far) 3 or 4 times a day.
We have have him in a large metal barred dog crate that has a solid plastic tray bottom. He has a litter box, bed (big enough to stretch out), food/hay/water all inside his cage. He also has a blanket and litter box outside the cage as he spends most of his time running around the living room. The cage is on the floor and the door opens fully so he can go in and out on his own during the day but we close him in at night or if we leave.
After some reading, my daughter used a raisin as reward and in a matter of 2 days he is now peeing in the box without incident. The poo situation is not going as well lol. The little poops just seem to fall out everywhere he goes. He is only in the living room (which is not huge) but my daughter spends a lot of time following along behind him with a dust pan and hand broom. Any suggestions on this would be much appreciated!
Um, he seems happy. He licks us, jumps in our laps if we sit in the floor, jumps up on the sofa and lays along the back of your neck, LOVES to be petted and ruffled up and sometimes he is really silly and runs in funny little circles doing these flip things (especially when my daughter come back into the room). Totally playing, not fearful in anyway. He's not scared of the chihuahua or the cat (he approaches them for sniffing) and if my daughter lays in the floor, he will flop over and nap with her with his little head sticking out of the blanket lol. Can you tell we are enthralled?
I guess I wanted to know if we were missing anything? Does it seem like we're doing okay by him? Any suggestions, tips or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Oh one question I do have - does he have
to chew on something? He seems to have no desire what-so-ever to nibble or chew on anything. We were afraid if we gave him things to chew it may bring out the desire to chew. Does that sound weird? Like 'if it's not broken, don't fix it'? Anyway do they need
to chew like ratties or is it something they do out of boredom like a dog?