Suggestions for raising my pet rabbit, Tigger.
Hi, I am new here. I have a 7 week old bunny named Tigger. He was born on April Fools day. I also have a wild cottontail bunny named Tiny that lives in my back yard. Every year the Mom comes back and has 3 or 4 kits and they live in a nest she built on few years ago under a pile of wood in my back yard. Which I now leave alone. Even though it is an eyesore. Usually the cottontails leave after about 7 weeks and come back every Spring and early Summer. She usually has two litters a year. But, this year Tiny has stuck around. He is the only kit left and after 10 weeks, he is still here. He comes out several times a day to eat. Usually they only come out in the evening or a night, but Tiny seems to sleep during the night and is up all day. I feed him grass, hay, some treats, and he knows I give his food now and will come close and even smell my hand. But that's as close as I can get. I never do anything to upset him. I hope he stays.
Tigger is my pet. I keep him in a very big cage by the kitchen table. He is box trained, except any time I let him on the bed. He pees and drops some pellets every time. That is the only place he goes that is outside of his litter box. I have tried everything to get him to stop, but no matter what, as soon as he gets on the bed, he goes. Now, I just don't let him on it, but he loves being up there. He loves to be "up" anywhere. He loves to climb and will climb to the ceiling if I let him and he could figure out a way to get there. He loves to be where I am as high as he can get. He absolutely loves to be petted and sit on my lap, but hates to be picked up. Now, I have a small box, 5 by 5 inches that he gets in and then I can pick up the box with him in it. No problem. But pick him up, and he will fight me all the way, no matter how supportive or gentle. He knows when I point to the box he is going up and likes it that way. He is a terror on the corner of walls. He likes to chew on the wall corners. I have tried everything I can think of to get him to stop. I have tried spraying the wall corners with vinegar water, pepper, hot stuff, mustard, anything I can think of that I know he doesn't like the smell of. He knows what NO is, and hates water. I say no a couple of times and then give him a small shot of sprayed water, but he just comes right back to it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. His cage has a canvas floor which is easy to clean after some trial and error, and he has a small house that he can hide in and a large litter box, plus his food, a piece of clean untreated wood to chew on and his toys. He likes his cage clean. He doesn't seem to dig very much but likes to scratch on corners of things, like there might be something in them. He loves to run at full speed around the house when he gets floor time and jump, sometimes he jumps and runs at the same time. It's very funny. He loves to jump up on things and launch himself off them or up them at top speed. He is very smart, but is very stubborn and won't stop chewing on the wall corners or scratching at them. Plus I need to cut his nails and no way, no how. Even when I try to put him to sleep, he fights it all the way and won't go to sleep on his back rubbing his around his nose, he gets groggy, but won't sleep. Any suggestions on trimming his nails would be appreciated and the wall thing. He has a lot of strange quirks but I love him and he seems to love me.
Tigger would sell his momma for some lettuce, parsley and alpha sprouts, but doesn't like carrots or fruit. I use them as treats and for training. I don't feed him this other stuff, but let him tastes things to see what he likes and doesn't. He likes chips, crackers, bread sticks, bread, cinnamon buns, peanut butter, soy sauce, cheese its, cheerros, vinegar, and chocolate. He doesn't like apples, fruit, carrots, cabbage, onions, mustard, pepper. He eats Pfau feed and Timothy hay as his main food, but won't touch it unless I am eating. I sit down to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack and that is the only time Tigger will eat his food in his dish. He won't touch it unless I am eating by him at the kitchen table. He eats his hay and treats anytime, but nothing from his dish unless I am sitting down and eating at the kitchen table.
I still haven't found a toy he likes yet, though. Doesn't care for balls, stuffed animals, paper towel rolls, small plastic trays, matchbox cars. Any suggestions?
I have tried to do a lot of research on pet rabbits, but any owners out there that can help and make suggestions is appreciated. It's great having a place to go to talk about it with other owners and animal friends. It's great to read about all of the things everyone else is going thought and getting information. Thanks, All of my friends call me Doc as my nickname.
Last edited by Doc777; 05-28-2010 at 03:50 PM.