Its funny....my ex was a vet nurse and he told me that I could NEVER have a bunny w/ my cats. I don't think I would have ever believed that 2 different species could live in peace together.
Previously to Jessica moving in permanently, I had kept 3 out of the 4 therapy bunnies home over extended vacations from school & on weekends. I kept all the bunnies in their cages during their visits...however....over Thanksgiving, Jessica was staying with us. I had just picked up her 2 level cage and decided to open the "downstairs" door so she could exercise. I kept the upstairs continuosly covered w/ a blanket b/c I thought the cats would torment her. She didn't step out of her cage until late Sun afternoon. The cats couldn't really care less.
Wolfgang was and is excited by her speed and leaping, but that's about it. My cats all have claws, and they've never clawed her.
Oreo took to my cats right away. I think that her interaction over an extended weekend, really opened the doors for the Jessica love. Oreo never had a problem w/ hitting the cats if they ticked her off.
Anyway, we started off w/ visits, then extended bunny romp time and eventually free roaming w/ access to her own cage. I believe at this point she thinks she's a cat! I caught her sprawled out w/ the cats this morning when I was leaving for work.
When I was growing up we had 3 bunnies. Unfortunately, my family didn't know that bunnies could be house bunnies and litter trained, so they became "hutch" bunnies. This is my sad story...that I've really had a hard time adjusting to how cruel that must have been for them.---I guess I'll save that for a bunny confessional.
Anyway, even her w/ her 3 lbs. has been readily negotiating the stairs w/ the cats. I can't believe that they all get along. Just one problem....today she peed and pooped all over my couch!!!! My husband is going to have a heart attack when he gets home.