How you care for your buns
I have two free roaming buns, Frenic and Coraline. Both of them are litterbox trained and have access to the majority of my house. For the places that they can access, I try my best to keep cords and wiring tucked away. If that’s not enough, I’ll place a barrier around that area to prevent my buns from getting there. There are certain parts of my house that have become storage rooms. This allows me to place things in there that I don’t want the buns to get ahold of. My buns have a bedroom (either shared with me when we’re back at my parent’s house or their own bedroom when we’re back at school) and this is a place where they have their hay, litterbox, lots of comfy bedding, and a hut of some sort.
For their regular care, I change their litter boxes every day and replace the litter with soft, absorbent paper bedding made for rabbits. They have multiple water bowls and hay stations (as I like to call it) and these are cleaned and refreshed daily. My buns have a hay hut (similar concept to an IKEA bunny hol) on both the upstairs and downstairs level and they have a forage box downstairs as well. They also have multiple blankets and beds laid out throughout my home in places were my buns like to sleep.
As for pellets and treats, I give these sparingly and infrequently. I use pellets for training purposes more than anything and treats are given maybe once every week or two weeks. On the other hand, I give them daily leafy greens that have been rinsed. When it’s molting season, I’ll groom my buns every day, multiple times a day. Otherwise, I groom them at least 1-2 times a week. Nail trims are every month and then I give them pellets after.
I think one of the biggest things that sets me apart from a typical bunny parent is that I do routine physical exams, or parts of a physical exam, on my buns. Being a veterinary medical student, I’m constantly trying to practice my skills and pick up on what is normal so that I can catch the abnormalities once I’m a practicing veterinarian. That being said, I will occasionally listen to their heart and lungs, evaluate their eyes and ears, perform an oral exam to check their teeth, do a full body palpation, and more.
How you treat your buns as a bunny parent
I see my buns as if they were my toddlers rather than my babies. What I mean by this is I try to teach them what is appropriate and what is not (such as chewing cords versus chewing a bunny chew toy). Frenic is much more receptive of the word “No” compared to Coraline who just doesn’t have that word in her vocabulary. I think one of the most important parts of being a bunny parent is bonding with your bun(s). Everyday, I’ll take a moment to lay on the floor with them or encourage them to jump on the bed and just hang out with me. These sessions always involve lots of head rubs and kisses from Coraline.