People have their fields of interests, expertise and passion. Some people collect coins, some collect stamps and some are animal people growing old among their adorable and mesmerising pets. In the list of pets available and suitable for animal lovers in cities, rabbits make it to the top. They are the most adorable and beautiful pets; the kind that make you want to believe in love at first sight. But before you get all excited about the idea of buying a few of these cuties, there are a few factors you have to analyse.
Making the decision
First, make sure your entire family is up for it because bunnies will not tolerate hostility from a member. Be aware that rabbits are definitely not a low-maintenance pet. Cuteness will cost you. The initial cost might be reasonable, but there is the accommodation, the food, the veterinary fees and extra for the help if you are making your maid clean up after the rabbit. But if you think you are mentally and financially able to make this 10 year commitment (rabbits have a life span of 10+ years), then the bunnies will be the best thing that will ever happen to you.
Make them feel at home
The apartments in Dhaka city make it relatively difficult to recreate a bunny's habitat, which is a burrow. But that is just not a good enough reason to be deprived of bunny-love! What you can do is order a custom made rabbit cage big enough for all of them (please don't buy just one bunny, lest it should feel lonely). Make sure the door is big enough to allow the rabbits in or out. You don't have to worry much about the details, as the pet shop you buy it from will have trained cage-builders. Place this bunny-house on the roof top or if you have a small grassy space in front of the building but within the compound.
If you want your rabbit in your room, things get tricky and a little smelly. You will find fur all over the place, but who doesn't want to see a mobile furry show-piece as room décor? First you have to bunny-proof your room. This process includes getting all wires away from the rabbits' reach (they will chew through the insulation and electrocute themselves; we don't want that) and close the door so it can't get into the kitchen. You might think it's cute when bunnies nibble at your flower plants, but it's bad for the bunny's tummy; some plants are poisonous to them. Move your important papers and projects and all things dear to you because your bunny will not think twice before chewing through them.
Know their diet
This is going to be the least of your worries. When it comes to feeding rabbits, there are just a few options and they are all accessible. Your pet consultant from whose shop you bought the rabbits will brief you about their diet and even sell you the food. Rabbits get most of their nutrition from hay grass and vegetables (carrots are their favorite). That's literally all they live on for life. Of course, needless to say, put plenty of water in bowls for them.
Rabbits are not exactly wild, but they are not tame enough to train either. The only training you can attempt to give your bunnies is litter training. You won't need to worry about this if your rabbit is residing in your garden because the soil will swallow what they discard. But if you want a rooftop that smells normal, you need to use polythene layers or plastic bins under their cage. Use newspapers inside their cage. To deal with accidents they have in your room, put them on a tray with some hay; they eat and poop at the same time so your floor stays clean.
The rabbits will probably not tell you this, but they are not big fans of showering. And they don't need it that badly as they do a pretty good job cleaning themselves and sometimes their significant others on bunny-dates. All you need to do sometimes is to help them get rid of poopy behinds. Use water and rub the feces off of the bunny tail and the area under it. Don't make the crunched-up “this is disgusting” face, that's your baby! The most difficult part you would rather leave for your vet is chipping those nails. Once these tough tasks are over, all you have to do is brush their dome shaped body to get rid of shed fur. And you have yourself a hygienic and happy pet.
For their entertainment
Bunnies are very playful and active. They always need something to chew on. What you need to do is get your DIY-flick on. Go ahead and build a cardboard home for them; they can chew on it to make doors and just have fun running around the many compartments; like they would in a rabbit hole. Allow your rabbits time alone in the open but check on them at intervals. Also, a lesser known fact is they love the shake and rattle toys we give your human babies. Rolling toys like toilet paper rolls work too.
Bonding with the bunny
Firstly, be warned that kids and babies are not to be left alone with rabbits; they might not know the difference between playing with bunnies and choking them. Bunnies are very delicate and reserved. If you think cats have attitude, you should really spend a day trying to impress a bunny. They do not like to be man-handled or cuddled. If you are a wanna-sleep-next-to-my-pet and carry-my-pet person, rabbits are not for you. Rabbits do not fetch or play dead, they are their own boss. So you can take Snapchat pictures with them and make your friends jealous, but the shoot better not take too long; rabbits won't hold their poses for you.