Found a stray bunny
I found a stray bunny Tuesday night. He (She?) is obviously domesticated, and I'm probably going to end up keeping the little critter, since I've already put out the word in my neighborhood, and I can't find anyone who's looking for a lost bunny.
He's pretty happy in my apartment so far. He's very laid back - within an hour of my bringing him into my apartment Tuesday night, he was already lying on my carpet with his feet stretched out behind him. I remember when I lived with my sister when she adopted two bunnies, it took months before they were comfortable enough around us to relax that way. And this morning, when I let him out of his cardboard box to get some exercise, he actually came up to me and started licking my leg while I was sitting on the floor. So we're getting along great so far.
My biggest problem right now is that he keeps peeing on the carpet. He seems to hold it in, refusing to go while he's in the cardboard box all day and all night, then letting it out in the same corner of my dining room every time I let him out of the box for play time. Unfortunately, I don't have a litter box for him yet, though I started trying to get him to go in the dust pan that I keep using to clean up his solid droppings. I think he may sorta get the concept - he may even have been litter trained in his last home - but he's bigger than the dust pan, so his butt sticks out the back and he poops on the floor while sniffing the dust pan. On the way home from work today, I'm going to stop and buy a cat sized litter box for him, and I already have some Carefresh "bedding" material that I put in his cardboard box.
So my first question is pretty obvious: If he's not already litter trained, and I have to convince him to use the litter box, how do I do it? I know I have to put the litter box in the corner that he's already chosen as his designated bathroom, but how do I convince him to jump into the box before doing anything? I'm guessing there's an FAQ somewhere on how to litter train bunnies, so if someone could just point me in the right direction, I'll be good. Also, is Carefresh a good brand for bunny litter? My sister uses the recycled newspaper litter (I think it's called Yesterday's News?), but the pet shop I went to yesterday didn't have that.
My next question is about cages. As I said, he's in a cardboard box temporarily. It's a pretty big box, and it's locked in a kitchen closet with a tile floor. So he can't get out and rampage through the whole apartment, even if he jumps over the top or chews his way through a wall to get out of the box. For the day and a half that he's been with me, this has worked out fine, but obviously, I need to get him a real cage. Any recommendations for what to look for in a cage, where to buy them, etc?
Also, does anyone know any bunny vets in Palm Beach County, Florida? At the very least, the little guy needs a checkup, and I need to find out if it's a boy or a girl, not mention needing to be spayed/neutered if that wasn't already done. The House Rabbit Society in Miami has a web site with a couple of recommendations, but their web site seems VERY out of date. When I tried emailing them, the email bounced back, as the addresses on their web site are no longer valid.
Thanks in advance,