Love watching our house rabbit
Our house rabbit, Tuxedo, makes me laugh. Everyday. Due to Tuxedo’s in the moment aliveness, he often startles me with his playfulness. He shifts, sniffs, tracks and twirls.
When he desires, Tuxedo hops to a wall (with no thought of gracefulness) flops his whole body down. Legs splay behind, ears akimbo and completely relaxed, he rests. The time span of these time outs are for as long as he needs!
What natural wisdom rabbits show, effortlessly present like a Buddha or zen master.
I had just put a small handful of pellets (his nightly snack) into a little bowl. As I stepped near his Ex-pen. He jumped straight up, hit his bowl plus my hand. When he landed on the floor outside his pen I think he surprised us both. I think he intended to land inside the bowl of food.
So I put the bowl down and let him take a bite. Then I picked him up and placed him back in his night pen. Of course, he got his snack.
House rabbit, Tuxedo, insists on his snack
One night I forgot his snack. I usually do not sleep all night but that night I did. I woke up once to hear thumping coming from downstairs.
In the morning, my spouse said, “Last night, Tux thumped so hard I thought he’d break his back bones.” All that day, Tuxedo continued to show his anger by lifted both back legs and thumping loudly.
So at least one Walt Disney film got rabbit behavior right, watch Bambi and hear Thumper use his back leg.
The only distraction in Tuxedo’s life is spelled c-a-r-r-o-t.
Secrets to tame a rabbit?
- Infinite calm
- Loving kindness
- Softly stroke his cheeks
- Feed by hand often
Please visit the House Rabbit Society Website for great information on living with and loving house rabbits. Rabbits make great companions for adults. Most rescued rabbits come house trained. They use litter boxes lined with about a dozen sheets of newspaper and will happily munch Timothy Hay in the same box!