Bunny Fur Balls

Little One’s Bunny is quite spoiled. This isn’t a bad thing, because it means Little One isn’t just taking care of Bunny, but going above and beyond to make sure Bunny will thrive.  She is always reading on websites the best way to intellectually stimulate a rabbit, and about making sure a rabbit gets enough exercise.  When it comes to Bunny’s diet she is determined to make sure Bunny eats the way the websites say will keep her the healthiest.

I really like the rabbit, and find her fun to watch. If you’ve never seen a rabbit hopping up or down stairs you just haven’t lived.  Bunny is allowed to wander around if Little One is home to supervise, otherwise she stays in her large cage (2 rabbit cages connected together).  Bunny adores Little One, and likes to know she isn’t far away.  If Little One forgets to close the door on the rabbit cage when she goes to bed she will wake up at some point to find Bunny on the bed snuggled next to her.

The other night Little One Snap Chatted video and pictures to me of Bunny with fur around her on the floor. Whatever Little One was saying in the video was garbled, but since rabbits shed, I figured that was what she was nattering about.  A while after that she came downstairs with Bunny in her arms, wanting me to hold her.  I hold her often, so I didn’t think anything of it.  I was laying on my side, so I had her put Bunny kind of on my chest, and I had the blanket pulled up so Bunny’s claws would go on that and not through my thin shirt.  All of a sudden Bunny looked at me (which I know because I was looking at her), opened her mouth and SPIT FUR AT ME.  What the heck?  The fur was, oddly enough, dry, but still, it was disgusting.

When Little One came back (after Husband and I both yelled she needed to get downstairs) she was laughing. She knew Bunny had a mouthful of fur when she gave her to me.  Apparently it is not uncommon for female rabbits to pull their fur off that is shedding and take mouthfuls of it to build a nest.  If they aren’t nesting they just spit it out…wherever they are.  Husband laughed, Little One laughed, and Oldest One thought it was gross but laughed when I told her Little One knew Bunny had a fur ball waiting to launch.

A sense of humor is definitely needed to get through life right now, and things like this absolutely take my mind off of the pain and my medical issues for a bit. I’m sure that’s why Little One did this.  Nothing beats a loving family and silly animals!

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One Bunny at a Time

Yesterday I picked Little One up from a youth group event, and she said the family whose house it had been at might be getting rid of their bunny. Little One wasn’t all that interested, because white bunnies have pink eyes, which is a little freaky to her. But, if they couldn’t find anyone to give it to she would want to take it and give it a good home, and not have it go to a shelter.

Little One has a bunny, a very spoiled bunny. She had been campaigning to get one, so last June Husband took her to the feed store by our house and let her pick out a bunny. She picked a grey and white one who has turned out to be very sweet, friendly, and a very good pet. We had bunny cages from previous bunnies, and also an outdoor bunny run. Little One spent her summer bonding with her bunny, and they were very cute together.

Little One still gives a lot of time and attention to her bunny. With her school and cheer schedule she does need help, so Husband puts the bunny in the bunny run several times a week so she can spend a day digging holes (which he will fill up so she can dig them again). Little One reads about bunnies on the Internet and has several pages she has Liked on Facebook. She is always asking to buy treats and toys for her bunny, to keep the bunny entertained and happy.

Husband recently expanded the indoor bunny cage in Little One’s bedroom with the second cage we own, so the bunny now has an L-shaped cage to romp around in. She was a little hesitant at first, but after Little One spent an afternoon pushing her between cages to get the hang of it the bunny was all about it. She has her litter box, food, and water in one cage, and hay and toys with room to stretch out in the other. It looks like bunny heaven, and she seems to be getting a bit bigger; or maybe it is just how I see her laying.

I’m not excited about another bunny, because it’s an extra cage (they would need to be kept apart) in Little One’s bedroom and an extra responsibility for a 14 year old that already has a lot going on. I wouldn’t say no if they were going to give it to a shelter, but I’m not saying yes until all other avenues have been tried. I really like our current bunny, and enjoy interacting with her when I can. I think a second bunny would require extra parent help, which I can give, but don’t know that I’m excited about. I think our new mantra needs to be One Bunny at a Time.