This post is totally out of my element but believe it or not, I get so many questions about Zoey. Most of them regarding where she sleeps, if I leave her out of her cage all day and if she smells bad.
Oops I meant he*
I picked up Zoey from Pet Supermarket when he was a baby but the store clerks couldn’t determine the gender yet. I totally assumed and went for the name Zoey. But heck, it’s 2019. Moving on.
A bunny is a really random pet, honestly. I am such a dog person but my sweet poodle passed after 17 years. So I decided on a cat but my mom thought otherwise — next best thing was a bunny.
I really had no idea what to expect and had never even held a bunny before. But I instantly fell in love with Zoey because he/she was the cutest thing I had ever seen. It was those ears that got me! Zoey is a Holland Lop breed so the ears are facing downward instead of upward like most bunnies.
The #1 thing I did not expect was how quickly they grow. It honestly freaks me out! It’s like he grew from one day to the next.
When I got Zoey I knew he’d be an indoor pet because it’s too damn hot outside. It’s honestly just my preference but I had the same mentality with my dog too. I keep Zoey’s cage in my room because it’s what’s safest for him and is the only place it won’t disturb my parents. After all, Zoey is my responsibility and not a family dog.
The cage fits perfectly in my room but the bedding gets all over the place so I vacuum quite often. I get lavender scented bedding from Pet Smart and it makes such a difference compared to regular bedding because it masks out the urine smell. Honestly, there is no bad smell if you change the bedding frequently. Like every other day frequently. Hence why I say having a bunny is kind of a responsibility. If you don’t change the bedding often you’ll experience the reek of urine and it’s the absolute worst. So it’s really just about being on top if it at all times.
Changing the bedding is a quick process because bunnies will usually only pee in one area (at least Zoey does). I have a small litter box at the corner of the cage and he does all his business there. It didn’t even require any sort of training, he just knew. All I do is remove the dirty bedding from the litter box and refill it with clean bedding. I’ll change the rest of the bedding about once a week.
Bunnies destroy everything. I seriously can’t leave him alone for more than two minutes because he will chew up whatever he finds. My friend Melissa had previously warned me about the disaster that bunnies make and I wish I hadn’t taken it so lightly. Zoey has chewed up all my cables (to the point where I’ve electrocuted myself several times), my shoes, everything I own basically and let’s not forget… my Louis Vuitton purse (insert knife emoji).
I don’t usually leave him caged up all day because bunnies need exercise and it’d just be pure evil. But the great part about the cage is that it makes travel easy for me if I leave enough food + water in his bowls or have my dad feed him.
I’ve gotten comments asking if Zoey is dog-like and the answer is no. He doesn’t react to his name and doesn’t have the same mentality as a dog — at least i don’t think.
He likes to run around and be pet all the time but hates to be carried. So, if you’re expecting to snuggle up with a bunny like you do with a dog, it won’t happen. Zoey will only lay down and stay still if i’m constantly petting him but he’d never be on my lap.
Overall bunnies are easy to take care of but they’re definitely a responsibility.
+They don’t poop and pee everywhere like dogs and really only go in their litter box
+They don’t smell bad since they bathe themselves often
+You don’t have to worry about having someone take care of it if you’re traveling
+They don’t bark or make too much noise
+They are great pets to have if you’re willing to give it attention for a bit every day
How cute is he!