So you think you are ready for a rabbit in your life? Here are some observations from a bunch of people who are already slaves. Are you sure you’re really ready? *This was originally a facebook post with many comments from December 2012. Feel free to add more below!*
…you know and can quickly identify every single vegetable, fruit, and herb at the grocery store.
…your rabbit eats healthier than you do!
…you make an extra trip to the grocery store just for your bunny.
…you find random holes in things and don’t even get mad about.
…your rabbit throws a tantrum and you know exactly what you have done wrong to make him mad.
…you spend more time on the floor than on the sofa.
…you are down to your last $5 and you spent it to feed the buns.
…people in line at the store compliment you on your healthy eating habits.
…you have to ask your rabbits permission in order to eat a carrot.
…you see wild rabbit tracks and examine the pee and poop to determine how healthy they are.
…your entire paycheck disappears because Bella, Beau, Bean, and Bambi each have to have holiday/special.
…the cashier asks you how to cook mustard greens and you tell them you have no idea, you’ll have to ask your rabbit.
…you haven’t gone on vacation in 8 years because you don’t trust anybody to take as good care of your bunny as you do!
…you are looking for a house to buy and keep telling your hubby that the bunnies need a room, too.
…you can’t remember the last time you ate a whole banana by yourself.
…you run to your hubby and exclaim, “Hunny, smell this hay! Doesn’t it smell delicious?!”
…get up an hour earlier every day, because the buns love to play early in the morning before you go to work.
…you have a fridge compartment especially for bunny vegetables and it is fuller than yours.
…you spend your last couple of dollars on kale for feral bunnies.
…you’ve acquired a taste for rabbit hair in everything.
…you go out Christmas shopping & come back with a large selection of bunny toys and treats and no gifts for humans at all!
… following an offense, you’ll do *anything* to get back into your rabbit’s good graces. And your rabbit knows this.
…you remodel a room with all plain pine, so if they chew it, it won’t hurt them!
…when you crawl around the floor looking for stray bunny poops.
…your food dehydrator is actually a homemade bunny treat machine and you rarely (if ever) use it for human treats.
…pack up the raw salads from restaurants for your Bun instead of eating them.
… you’re not feeling angry even when your wooden-door/phone wires/furniture/carpets has been chewed.
…when the top five items on your Christmas list are for your bunnies.
…when you go to work sad because Henri woke up in a bad mood and wouldn’t kiss you goodbye!
…the human laughs, because under her Christmas tree sit rabbit treats, alfalfa blocks, and an aero garden.
…you are always telling guest to get use to the fur cause it ain’t going anywhere.
…you just laugh it off when you find holes in your pillows and cords chewed.
…when you buy an area rug for your new apartment just so your bunny can binky around better (hard wood floors don’t work well for fluffy paws).
…when you pay US$1,300 for your bunny’s paperwork, quarantine and authorization to move him from Brazil to Canada with you and say to everyone it was totally worth it and you would do it again in a heart beat.
…you have 2 vacuums and neither of them work properly.
…you move 800 miles cross country and your biggest worry is how the rabbit will handle the move.
…when the first thing on your grocery list is bunny greens and the last thing on your list is bunny greens!
…it’s 4:30am and you’ve been awake since 3:45am. Your bunnies are thumping. You’ve gone outside twice and there’s nothing there, but just in case you’re trying to stay awake.
…when you go and apologize to the wild bunnies in your backyard for scaring them as you are walking to the car to the door. Or vice versa.
…when I have to ride a total of 8 miles to try find the hay she likes.
…when I have to vacuum the floor around 6 times a week to make sure she is not breathing in dust from the carpet.
…when you cry because you have to leave them for a week and their luggage is much more than yours!
…when you spend all your free time on the internet looking up bunny stories and information and videos and photos and FB posts from other bunny slaves.
…your bun bun starts harassing you for treats!
…you get woken up because your bunny starts banging his food plate (by picking it up and dropping it) around 5 am. Dinner bell.
…when it’s summer and the heat is bearable for humans, but you turn on the air conditioning anyway, because bunny stood beside the a/c and insisted for you to turn it on for him, so he could have a cool room to take a nap.
…when you get your shoes, books, or any other clothing chewed, you’re angry, but then you see that cute face and you just smile and think “its my fault, I need to move everything, so he can run everywhere without destroying stuff.”
…if you pass on a Christmas tree during the holidays because they are all full of chemicals and might harm your rabbit.
…you can’t wait to get home to hear some teeth chattering.
…when random grocery store clerks remember you, because you are the crazy person who always buys tons of vegetables.
…you read comments on posts like this and laugh, because you do all the same things as other people who think they are owners/slaves!
We moved our first bunny from Colombia to USA. Yes, it was hard word but it was worth it! And yes, people thought we were crazy. She was a big, fluffy Californian. I miss that bunny…
Also all guests are told that they aren’t allowed to walk past a bunny without saying hello. And yes this does mean if you walk up and down the garden lots you have to say hello lots of times (I live in the UK so my buns live in special outdoor enclosures).
I LOVE this list! Most everything on here applies to me at some point in my life with rabbits. I thought I was the only one, but I am so happy to know that there are others like me out there. We even had the privilege of a wild rabbit mommy and her babies visit our backyard (we got a great video of her feeding them right outside our back door, and of them running/playing afterward). That was an experience probably never to be repeated, and I will always treasure it.
Also, I wanted to let you know that I love your site and look forward to ordering from the shop as soon as I can!
I’ve done most of these things myself….So funny, I thought I was the only one who did these things. I’ve had folks comment on my shopping basket full of veggies and say how healthy I eat, then I say it’s not for me but for my bunnies. They ways had their own room. My bunny Cookie would come to the living room, walk across the floor on his hind legs, then go sit by the fridge which could be seen from to sofa stare me down for a treat….. I’d get off the sofa and get him a treat, wonder who trained who???
Love it! These are like some of the “You Know You’re a Bunny Parent When…” we’ve got on BLU (http://www.flickr.com/groups/bunnyloversunite/discuss/72157600375875351/). One of our members actually put together a two volume set of Blurb books of the first couple hundred– along with BLU bun photos. :) And, of course, I’ll have to let the slaves on BLU know about this great list…
When you tailor your entire house for your bunny so they have plenty to play with and chew on as well as blocking off all of your cords and things you don’t want chewed.
When you know as you eat something infront them, they come up and steal some so you just hand it to them. When you spend you time in class looking up bunny pics and memes. Wishing your bunny was still alive missing his kisses and him laughing at you when you had to chase im around the yard. My bunny was so amazing and loyal to me, I could set him outside and go inside for awhile and he would still be in the yard.
Yes, my bun eats healthier then I do. No, I haven’t eaten a banana solo for awhile. Yes, she is impossible to get mad at! (no matter what- chewing through the cord on her heat pad, peeing on my sweater, pants, bed, rug, etc. digging her way out of her playpen. You get my drift)
Yes, I do go on vacation, but I leave the caregiver with a three page instruction manual and my phone number!
Yes, if I ever live in a big enough place, my rabbits are going to be free range, with a separate room to stay in at night!
Yes, hay smells so good!
My dehydrator spent the summer out in the garage, so it wouldn’t heat up the house with all the things I was dehydrating!
Yes, my friends are surprised when they see how much ‘luggage’ she has!
Yes, most of my free time is spent looking up rabbit related things! (If I spent as much time with her as I do looking up things to better her life, she’d have more attention than any bunny anywhere!)
Thanks! I love this post!
Hello I’ve looking at bunnies but don’t whether I should get one and these comments are making it harder…
Thank you for your comment! Most people think a rabbit is a fluffy little pet that loves to be cuddled, isn’t much work, is cheap, and can spend most of its time in a small cage. That’s definitely not the case. Many rabbits don’t like to be picked up, but love their heads rubbed on the floor on their terms. They need space and interaction and can make quite a mess if you don’t clean after them regularly. They have to go to the vet just like other pets and can live 10+ years. Some rabbits are destructive, some aren’t, but they all need you to rabbit proof your house and get rid of cables and other things. Rabbits are really smart and have strong personalities and most of these comments show that people love their little quirks. I’d say a rabbit is as much work as a dog or cat, but in a different way, and if you don’t know much about them, you’ll have to read up on it or consult a vet. I started a post today on facebook based on your question if you want to read the answers: https://www.facebook.com/BunnyApproved/posts/826171397398913?stream_ref=1
These are so true. Mine is that on my days off, I spend most of the day – buying more toys for them online, making toys out of cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes, moving everything around so they don’t get bored. I spend more money on them than on my hubby and my self. They have the run of the entire living room and when we bring them in the bedroom once a week to do a thorough cleaning of the rug even though one of us sits with them on the bed for the first 15 minutes we get bad looks, thumps, and they turn their noses up at treats. My husband and I take turns sleeping on the couch so they aren’t alone at night and can wake us up when they need us. The hubby and I haven’t slept in the same bed for a year – not because we don’t love each other – he’s my soulmate….but our kids come first and our babies are our buns.
Your bunny chews a hole in your favorite sun hat. You smile and give it to him as a present for being cute.
I took my Sauti boy to Paris, France for 10 months because I couldn’t find anyone comfortable enough to care for him that long. It was expensive, but so well-worth it!
…when you call in sick at work because you have a bunny with tummy troubles to nurse back to health!
I love this blog post and your blog. I found this blog post a few years ago before adopting my bunny, Pinky. Your blog helped me a lot. Especially the “Pellet free diet post” you made.
I was so inspired by this blog post that i even made a YoutTube video on my channel showing the reasons why i’m a rabbit slave. I would be thrilled if you could check it out. I gave you a shout out. <3
My video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNCqfEst-Rs
when you let your bunny know you are about to turn the blender on.. (if he knows in advance he doent freak out)
Yes, I give a five-minute warning to my bunnies that “buzzy-wuzzy” (the vacuum cleaner) is coming out. :)