Here is the story of how I came to live with four wonderful house bunnies.
Anyone who's ever had a rabbit knows how flippin' adorable they are! Baby bunnies are probably one of the most cutest things....EVER! And when they grow up they look like little plush toys! Rabbits however are extremely fragile and if not spayed/neutered can turn a bit nasty so it's important to do your research first before bringing a bunny home. They need lots of daily exercise, toys and love too!
I first fell in love with rabbits when I brought my first Bun home who we named Rocky. I actually hated the name Rocky but Hubby came up with it and unfortunately my new bunny looked like a Rocky so the name stuck. I had no idea what I was doing so I ordered a few books online and was astounded at how much information there was to know about rabbits!
But Ollie had health problems. Within the first week I noticed things were off with the poor little fella. He was very sensitive - I had to try several different types of beddings and foods with him before his nose would stop running and when he would play sometimes he would stop and flop so suddenly it scared me. His poop was frequently runny and we had to have baths to clean him up all the time. Overall he liked to snuggle and cuddle more than playing too. Although he was friendly and the snuggling was adorable, his mellowness freaked me out. I knew rabbits could have different temperaments but I felt something wasn't right. When we brought him to the vets for a checkup and to be neutered they found a very pronounced heart murmur that made it impossible for him to go under anesthesia. It explained a lot of the behaviours I had noticed. The vet said he seemed healthy and that the sensitivities were unrelated but definitely something I would have to be aware of all the time. So now I had two wonderful bunnies that could never be friends.
Monday, 12 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
I’m very excited to share Ella’s new play gym with you! A few years ago I wanted to make it exciting for our Parrotlet to play outside of her cage but be with us in a safe spot. Naturally I went around to various pet stores looking for the perfect gym but was extremely disappointed at the cost, sizes available and lack of interest for the parrot that was offered.
Recently, I ended up finding some really neat ones for sale made out of wood and tile on the web. They were extremely expensive and would have to be shipped out of country (making them even more costly) but it gave me a great idea. I drew a design that I wanted, showed it to my husband and we went to the hardware store to buy the supplies! It’s made out of all natural wood and tiles with a 20”x20” base. To build this 3 level gym it only cost about $25 in supplies! I had my husband incorporate a wooden ‘tree’ I had bought a few years ago and I also made sure there were plenty of toys! Ella loves to play so I wanted her to be kept busy! Finally, it may seem like toy overload but she had lead poisoning a few months ago and although she has regained movement in her feet, she has trouble gripping on to smooth surfaces and balancing in general. I wanted to make sure there were lots of things around her to grip, steady herself and allow her to easily move from one level to another.
Tonight was test night. She gets nervous in new environments so I wasn't sure how she would react. After an hour or so though, she had toured the whole thing and was swinging off toys and chirping away! I guess this means it's a hit! Here's a video of her playing on her gym.