Having a pet bunny really helps with stressful days. You get to talk and cuddle with them since they like being petted. You can also simply watch them hop around the living room and chew some veggies with their cute little mouth. Ah, cuteness overload! As a bunny owner, I find them easy to take care of. However, that is only because I’ve been a bun mom for a while now. It is not easy when you’re a first-timer!
4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Owning a Pet Bunny
1. They are destructive
Bunnies chew by nature. It doesn’t matter if it’s a carpet, a piece of cardboard, or wire—they chew everything! In fact, those three are their favorite, so watch out. Make sure to put everything important away before you let them free roam. Or better, let them have their own small room. After all, bunnies require a good amount of space where they can freely play around. They don’t like living in a cage and you shouldn’t let them!
2. They don’t just eat carrots!
This is one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made during my first time having a pet bunny. I fed her nothing but carrots! I was 12 and thought that all they ate was carrots since they were always associated with them. But I now know better. Turns out, they eat a variety of leafy vegetables such as basil, parsley, water spinach, etc. Hard solid vegetables like broccoli and carrots should only be fed to them once to twice a week, they can also be given as treats! Bunnies mainly eat hay which should be available to them 24/7.
3. They litter everywhere
Well of course, they can be litter-trained just like any other pet. Once they get used to the smell of their litter being in one place, they will recognize it as the spot. It’s just harder with bunnies because they poop every minute. I wish I was exaggerating! The good news is that their poop doesn’t smell and is easy to sweep. This is because they are mostly just balls of chewed-up hay. Spaying/neutering your pet bunny also helps with easier litter training.
4. Hay is messy!
I’ve lost count of all the methods I’ve tried to keep my pet bunny’s space free of wasted hay. I’ve tried containers, hay racks, and hay bags. I have even tried to schedule the hours I feed them to lessen leftovers. My conclusion is that hay is just messy overall! You can lessen the mess but it’s always there. Honestly, I find pieces of hay stuck in my stuff sometimes. I just laugh it off.
These are a few things I would’ve appreciated if someone told me before I adopted a pet bunny. I don’t necessarily find these negative, but I would’ve prepared for them at least! Bunnies are fun and low-maintenance pets; they will always be my favorite!
Angela writes as a form of expression and comfort. Creative nonfiction is a favorite as she loves putting inexpressible human feelings and experiences into words. Although dreaming to be a novelist, she is on a journey of exploring other writing careers. Leisure for Angela means a good few minutes of pondering and staring at the ceiling with earphones in.