Spanner in the works

It often comes as a surprise to those who, when they think of pet rabbits at all, picture them outdoors in hutches or worse [NSFB – Not Safe For Bunnies],  that they can live quite happily inside with the humans. They can usually be litter-trained and are odour-free: both big pluses. And they are incomparably adorable. Meet Oreo, as we first met him at about 10 weeks:

allears

aka spanner, so-called because when we spotted him in a shop all the arguments against having a bunny ground to a stop.

spanner

He’s just over a year old, and has the run of most of the house, the exceptions being the kitchen and the storage room where his hay is kept.

ohay
thank goodness I don’t have hay fever

Aside from hay—we get ours by the bale from a local farmer; much of it ends up scattered on the floors, just like in medieval times—rabbits also dig their greens.

greens
and reds, it looks like

The main order of business for anyone wishing to share heart and hearth with leporidae domesticus

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spot the lagomorph

is to bunny-proof your own hutch. This involves safeguarding wires, which rabbits appear to be more fond of than carrots, and restricting access to books or whatever your new housemate fancies.

skinnybunny
looking for the fireplace to go with the screen

grooming
paper towel rolls: très chic, non?

Still, you must prepare yourself for the inevitable small nibbles that start appearing in home furnishings.

lampshade
thanks for the assist

And they will. Go. Everywhere.

ledgerabbit, read

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it was in the way

Rabbits are crepuscular, which means they’re most active in the mornings and evenings

sleepy
behind the couch is apparently much more comfy than on it

but really, once you’ve let a rabbit in, he’s liable to scamp about in your head 24/7.

phone
am I on your contacts list?

Wonderful as it’s been having him in our lives, he’s a lot of work and worry. When rabbits are sick they can go downhill very fast, so you’ve got to keep a close eye on them. As a prey species, most don’t particularly like being held, so many people’s reason for wanting one in the first place (lots of hugs, of course!) goes right out the window. But he’s an appreciative magnet for pets, grinding his teeth in approval – a satisfying reward known as ‘tooth purring’. All in all, we’re glad he’s ours and we’re his.

comfy
works for me

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