Tarzan Mama of Two
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The land down under!
Ok sorry it took me so long to get her Mandie!!!! You have been given some great advice but I do disagree with the picking up thing. My rabbits love to be picked up and cuddled!!! It took them time to get used to it but now they will scratch at my legs begging me to pick them up. This is how I do it:
Week 1 - Sit on floor and hold bunny in lap. If the bunny scratches and wants to go let it. It will start learning here that it isn't a restraint thing, it's just for affection.
Week 2- Hold the rabbit and kneel on the floor (getting a bit higher off the ground)...if the rabbit starts scratching after a minute...hold it a little bit longer then let it go (it is necessary to hold them for lengths of time occassionally, like when they are at the vet)
Week 3 - Stand up and hold the rabbit...don't walk around yet, just stand up! Try and hold for 5 minutes if possible.
Week 4 - Slowly start taking steps while holding your bunny...if it gets scared stop!
To be able to pick your rabbit up at first without getting scratched to death put him in a towel. He will feel nice and secure and you won't get scratched to pieces!
One of my girls was a rescue and she used to hate being picked up (kids used to drop her)...now she stomps her feet (sign of anger or fear) when I put her down cause she wants to be picked up again!!
You have a gorgeous bunny there!!! Recycled newspaper kitty litter is great!
Toys - Cardboard rolls to toss around, plastic lids (extremely well cleaned) to toss around, a bottle filled with pebbles so when they roll it it makes noises, treat balls, carrot tosses, ka-bob's (a stick that you put vegies on and it has a bell at the bottom and attaches to the cage, mine loved theirs until it broke!!! I need to get them another one!), straw brooms to pull at, boxes to jump on and rip up, newspaper to rip up, and when mine are out we line up the recycling bottles and let them knock them all over and drag them around!
Did I miss anything?
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