Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How to Make Your Bunny Happy

First things first. How do you know when
your bunny is happy? Bunnies love to show
it!  If your bunny flops on her side and
just lies there with her eyes closed, you'll
know all is right with her world. She might
scare you the first time she does this, and
it's not uncommon for a new bunny
owner to think something is wrong. Don't
worry. Your bunny is just telling you
she's happy. It's the happy flop.

Then there's the binky. If your bunny
binkies, you know she's on top of the
world. Binkies are crazy happy dances.
Your bunny will hop in the air, twirl her
head and spin around then maybe start
running at top speed. Any bunny owner
will attest to the great joy it brings to
see their bun or buns do the binky dance.

Now, how to keep your bunny content?
First and foremost is attending to her
chewing needs.  Bunnies absolutely
love to chew. Phone books are popular
with bunnies who love to shred the pages,
so make sure you keep all of your
old phone books (you might even
ask your friends and family for theirs.)
A bunny can go through a phone book
pretty quickly.

Toilet paper and paper towel rolls are also
safe and popular chew toys for bunnies. To
make it even more fun, you can take a
roll and stuff hay inside for them to dig out.

Boxes and paper bags are also a great
source of entertainment for bunnies.  You
can fill the paper bag with hay, or just
put an open paper bag on the floor for
the bunnies to crawl into and dig. You'll
be surprised at how long they can
entertain themselves by playing
with the bag.

Cardboard boxes are also an incredibly
easy source of entertainment. Take a
fairly large box and cut several doorways
and windows into it. (Bunnies always prefer
to have at least two entrances.) Your
bunny will love to go in and dig, chew
(making the doorways or windows bigger)
and hide away. It's also a great place to
put your bunny's hay—which she can
eat as well as dig.   You can also securely
tape a bunch of cardboard boxes together,
so the bunnies can run through them and play.

Use your imagination and creativity,
and you'll find there are endless ways
to turn everyday cardboard boxes into
a playground for your bunnies.

by Antony Carle


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