Jack the bunny

Eating every flower in sight

Jack has one-track mind. There’s only one thing he wants to do: eat. And, within that, there’s one thing he really wants to eat: flowers. Notice I said “want.” It’s not like they’re a necessary part of his diet or anything.

For instance, bunnies need hay and vegetables to survive—or so the experts say. But Jack could not care less about the green stuff. Hay? Boring! Carrots? Not worth it! He’d prefer to spend his time foraging for something much more tantalizing: dandelions and other wildflowers (for those keeping score at home, these are classified as weeds).

From the very first day we brought him home, Jack has made it clear that no flower is safe from his voracious appetite—and the truth is that I don’t know if I can blame him for it. The way he goes around sniffing out petals with a sense of urgency makes me think that this is something more than just hunger; this is a mission of passion and determination.

Getting tuckered out on the tummy rubs

One of the cutest and most endearing things a bunny can do is ask for (and receive) a tummy rub. Jack, our rescue bunny, has perfected this art. It usually happens when he’s feeling very content and is ready to relax. He will flop himself over onto his back, splay his legs out so that all four feet are spread outwards, and then close his eyes in bliss. Rubbing his tummy for him is like scratching the sweet spot on the middle of the back for humans—it feels oh-so-good! As you’re rubbing away, he will make little grunting noises of pleasure and sometimes flip onto one side or even roll around on either side as he gets really excited about it all. The longer he lies there with his belly rubbed, the more relaxed he gets until eventually…he falls asleep!

Playing with his orange paper ball

Today, I’d like to tell you about one of Jack’s favorite toys: his orange paper ball.

Jack first started out playing with a golf ball. He loved chasing it around the house and batting it with his paws. Eventually, though, he chewed the golf ball so much that it had to be disposed of—and that’s where the orange paper ball came in. The new toy has been a hit! It rolls just as well as the old golf ball did, and Jack loves going on fetching missions for it in our backyard when we let him out of his cage. Jack also likes to roll the paper ball across our hardwood floors and chase after it; he runs up to the paper ball and nudges or kicks at it with his little feet until he manages to roll it back toward us again. When he gets tired of chasing after his paper ball, Jack often takes a break by hiding the toy under a couch cushion or behind a chair leg; when we find his stash of toys, we toss them back out into the open again so that he can continue playing with them. As an added bonus, this toy is made out of recycled materials AND makes an adorable crinkly sound each time Jack bats at it!

Wrinkling his nose after a bath

There is a popular misconception that rabbits need to be bathed. This could not be further from the truth! As with most animals, it’s best to let them groom themselves. In fact, grooming plays an important role in rabbit society—it brings bunnies closer together, building trust and strengthening their relationships with each other.

However, as we all know, accidents happen. Maybe Jack got poop on his fur while we were cleaning his cage or maybe he was rolling around on the floor and ran into a dirty spot. Whatever the case may be, there are times when bathing your bunny is necessary! Before you do so, keep in mind that rabbits can easily die from stress-induced shock if they are put through anything traumatic. So make sure to spend plenty of time acclimating your bunny to water before bathing him or her—and never throw your rabbit in the sink or tub without warning!

If you must bathe your bunny, make sure you’re prepared:

  • Gather all of your supplies beforehand so that you won’t need to leave your bunny alone for any longer than necessary: towels (for drying), a basin (for soaking), pet shampoo (preferably something mild and unscented), a spray bottle (for rinsing), deodorizing powder (to help prevent urine stains).
  • Fill up the basin with warm water before bringing it over to where your bunny is; that way they don’t have time to worry about what’s going on.
  • When it’s time for bath time, take Jack out of his cage and place him gently into the basin so that he doesn’t get too scared from jumping down there on his own.

A bunny is a lot of fun to have, but it’s an even bigger responsibility!

Jack is a lot of fun to have, but he’s an even bigger responsibility!

You may think that Jack gets to do whatever he wants because it’s my job to take care of him. Well, you’re wrong! Not only do I feed him and clean up after him, but I also teach him all the bunny rules. Bunnies are really smart so if you spend time with them they can learn tons of things. But as smart as bunnies are, they’re also sensitive animals who can become easily scared if there is too much noise or action around them. Because of this, it is important for us humans to be gentle and kind when we play with our bunnies.

Bunny training isn’t always easy but we have lots of fun along the way. Plus now that Jack knows how to use his litter box, he can run around in the house without making a giant mess! If you want your bunny to use a litter box like mine does then it’s not going to happen overnight. It takes a lot of patience and practice—but trust me it’s worth it in the end!

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