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Hello! My Name is Crystal and I am extremely new to the world of Bunnies! I was pushed to this site from someone on Craigslist when I had questions about their behavior. First off let me say thank you for all of the information that I have read on this site and how supportive all of you are. It really amazes me how you all seem so happy to answer questions and just be nice to everyone on here. No negativity from what I have seen! So thank you! So here is my story. I first obtained my little girl Bella by accident. I was babysitting and we decided to go to a park near my home where they have a free petting zoo. At this petting zoo they have this rental program where you can rent bunnies for three days to see what it would be like to own one. I asked to rent the bunny and long story short, they ended up having me fill out the adoption paperwork instead and then wouldn’t let me give her back. So the poor girl had to sit in a cardboard box while I ran to the pet store to by a cage and stuff for her. I have to say, she has been the love of my life since. I named the girl Bella and we immediately fell in love with each other. She would do some of the cutest things that I later learned was binkies! At night, I would lay on the floor with a book and she would come up and lay next to me or climb all over my legs. After a while I realized that she is probably really lonely all alone at home when I am working so I got her boyfriend, Morley. Oh now Morley is a character! He is kind of a bossy guy who instantly ruled the roost. Morley loves to prove that he is the dominant out of all of us and I swear is likes to break the rules just to prove that he can. We as a family have come a long way. The bonding took around three months for Morley to finally accept Bella as his friend (she loved him all most the minute he walked in the room) and to finally quit nipping me. I have had both of them for several months and have enjoyed every minute with them. The only issue I seem to be having is that both of them have started to destroy my carpet! They have already ruined it behind my couch and there are several holes in a corner where they have managed to rip it all out. It is really frustrating because I can’t get them to stop! I have barriers up around the couch to keep them out from there but the corner I can’t keep completely blocked off. They have a dig box filled with news paper and they have a cardboard tunnel to play with. I don’t know what to do with them! They aren’t much for toys other than shredding the cardboard and newspaper and my carpet. Any ideas? Currently, their pen is in my room with 3/4 of my room blocked off with a dog gate and they have the other 1/4. When I am home they have full run of the rest of my apartment with the exception of that part of my room. Their pen consists of two open cages, one as a dig box and the other as a litter box. If anyone can give me some guidance as to what I can do to stop the destruction of my carpet, I would be forever grateful! I love these guys but hate their destructive behavior. Oh and Morley is fixed but Bella is not. Bella will be going in soon to an amazing vet that specializes in rabbits and was strongly recommended by the rabbit rescue in my area. Thanks for reading my story and thanks in advance for ideas!
Welcome Crystal! Despite your saying you are new to them, you actually sound rather knowledgable about rabbits...You must have meant to have them in your life. However, they will continue do things to confound us the little imps! I am a bit astounded at how you came to get Bella though. I'm glad she's got you, I can just imagine someone else having ended up with the rabbits from the petting zoo then releasing them the next day. Does this petting zoo still operate? It's really irresponsible of them to do what they did.
I wonder if you could attach large pieces of other carpet (similar or left over carpet) to heavy boards then put these down over the troublesome spots? Do they just pull the carpet or they eating it too?
Well, despite the carpet issce, Bella and Morley sound totally adorable. Sounds like they love to play chase - soo cute!
Welcome Crystal! Despite your saying you are new to them, you actually sound rather knowledgable about rabbits...