They’re small. They’re soft and furry. They’re fruit and vegetable-eating machines. They are lagomorphs – not rodents – and we’re wrapped around their little bunny paws! José and I have finally become pet people, and we’re so glad to have Cypress (our girl – white) and Pinto (our boy – spotted) hopping around our home. They’ve only been with us since March of this year but they’re definitely full-fledged members of the family. We adopted them from the Irvine Animal Care Center, and are so glad we did!
First things first: The Irvine Animal Care Center is incredible – I highly recommend it if you live in Orange County and are looking to adopt a pet. Kay McCarley, who I affectionately think of as “The Bunny Master” because she’s so well versed in all things rabbit, is the driving force behind the rabbit program there. She’s been an incredible resource for us – especially as first-time rabbit owners. I’d like to thank Kay for all the time she’s taken answering our questions because she’s gone above and beyond to ensure that our adopted rabbits are healthy and happy in their new home.
Second: No, our rabbits will not be multiplying rapidly, as rabbits are well known for. All the animals offered for adoption from the IACC have been fixed (or “altered”), which is a wonderful thing. No need to worry about the expense and hassle of taking your pet in later on (or helping them with their post-surgery recovery). They’re already good to go when you adopt, and won’t surprise you with a pregnancy before you can get them fixed!
Third: In case you didn’t know, rabbits make excellent house pets! If you think you should keep rabbits outside in a hutch, please think again. Our rabbits are litter box trained, and live with us inside our apartment. If you can give them enough space in an exercise pen or cage indoors, and are willing to bunny-proof at least a section of your home, you can have a happy little bun bun (or two) as house pets, too.
*If you’re interested in having pet rabbits, please adopt instead of buying from a pet store. And since bunnies and rabbits require pretty specific care and conditions, please be sure to do research on what’s involved before you adopt. The House Rabbit Society at www.rabbit.org is a great resource!
Though we did a lot of research on rabbits before we signed the adoption papers, we didn’t know exactly what to expect. It’s been six months and we’ve been delighted with their personalities, bowled over by their utter cuteness, and they definitely keep us entertained and laughing. The hopping, running, jumping, flopping, yawning, and chewing is so cute when coming from a 5 or 6 pound ball of fur. It’s official: we’re hooked on these little buggers. Welcome to the family, Cypress and Pinto!
Please feel free to post a comment telling me how completely adorable our bunnies are. As a devoted “bunny parent”, I’ll eat it up!