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So I adopted a gorgeous bunny couple about 3 weeks ago, this decision I considered for about a month and discussed with my partner at length! They currently have an area in the house which has foam 'jigsaw' mats to protect the carpet and a cage which remains open that contains they're hay and litter box. They get bits of hay and bedding in they're little area but I'd like to think I'm pretty savvy with the duster-buster several times a day. They aren't exactly litter trained (I'm working on it) put mostly poop in their box or at least in their cage. However my partner is constantly remarking about the constant mess and how 'tacky' it looks to have all their stuff there. We only have a 1bdr apartment so giving them their own room isn't a problem however we are probably moving at the end of this lease and when I brought up the prospect of giving them their own room my partner still whined saying they'd rather set-up a guest bedroom (LIKE SERIOUSLY MY BUNNIES LIVE HERE THEY GET PRIORITY). I have made it clear that putting them outside is not an option considering the healthy risk and I believe an outdoor hutch would be harder to manage. I personally don't think its that bad while I like t have a nice home I couldn't give a pickle what other people think (if you don't like it you know where the door is!) however I can understand where my partner is coming from. Does anyone have any advice for bunnies with minimal mess? or just any advice in general about my situation? thankyou
Bunnies are messy, we have an x-pen setup with a 20 dollar rug ( which is cheap considering the other options having been priced out by me and my other half). I try to keep the mess contained but sometimes its like eh, they are animals and they can be messy. I may have OCD but having the bunnies have helped with my constant routine of cleaning, I could be bothered less about the stray bunny bombs I might find in the carpet after they play or within the x-pen setup. While my partner is more in the eh, they can go a day or two on the clean up side, I at least clean the litterbox and fresh hay, food, etc for them. I clean the litterbox, vac once a week for the stray hay ( be careful with a vac, I've had to clean out blockages in the hose thanks to the hay... which not mad about) and pick up their bunny bombs when I find them in the carpet ( our carpet is brown... makes it harder to find them), along with their daily washout of bowls and stuff. But all in all, my other half and I have accepted that not everything is going to be clean with the buns, I'm going to find hay outside of their litterbox and their rack, since both will have mouthfuls and then start jumping around and binkying with said mouthfuls scattering the hay around. I just find their antics cute and accept the fact that I have a bit more work to do with keeping a clean house and honestly its nothing like the heavy shed mess that I have with our puppy..
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I am definitely going to invest in one of those litter box's with a grate, once my bun's are more consistent with their business I'll put down fleece instead of bedding and I even discussed with my partner making a hutch out of an old cabinet (something like the attached pic) so it can blend in with the furniture. At the end of the day my partner loves the bunnies too so we're just going to have to compromise with each other. Thanks again for everyone's support Also apologies for my poor spelling and grammar in to original post !