It's not me, it's you - rabbit edition
November 24, 2012 7:23 AM Subscribe
Should we get rid of the rabbit? And what about this cat?
posted by kat518 to Pets & Animals (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Several months ago, my husband and I had a pet rabbit who was getting sick and on the way out. A friend texted me to say someone had left a rabbit in a cage on her front lawn and would we like to adopt the rabbit. It seemed very much like fate - one pet getting sick, another healthy pet shows up, hooray! Naturally, it has not been that easy.
The sickly rabbit we had had since she was a baby and she was about as sweet as a rabbit could be. The new rabbit has been a handful. We thought that maybe she just needed time and love. It's made a little bit of a difference but not a lot.
She chews on everything, which I understand - rabbit #1 chewed too but it seemed like she chewed less or slowed down at one point. And this rabbit chews on *everything* - the floor, books, clothes, the molding, the window sill, cords, the cord protectors we put down, her cage. She has chewed through bars on her cage! I think part of the problem is that she shouldn't be in her cage all day and we let her out when we can supervise but it's not fun.
Also, she is really aggressive. She grunts at us, charges, fights, bites. I'll let her hop around a small space for a bit and she'll sit with me and let me pet her for a while, then decide that it's time to fight. We went away for the holiday and a friend went to feed her and naturally she bit the hand that was feeding her.
I've tried to make it work but I feel like it's not working. She's very cute and soft but she's just not nice. The moments where I think, this could work, she's being nice and cute now, are outweighed by the moments where I think, dear god, when is she going to stop doing that?! Even the vet (though a non-rabbit specialist) could barely handle her. I feel badly because we've been trying to make it work. I hate giving up on anything. And I think my husband has warmed to her more than I have. But I feel like owning her has created more stress than not.
I think part of the problem is that I really want a pet. I would like a dog but I don't think we can do a dog right now. Even if we could, our landlord is not dog friendly. I've been looking for a dog friendly place and have had no luck.
Meanwhile, my father has a cat who I love. He has said many times that I could have her. My siblings have heard him say many times that I can have her. But my mother's dead so I feel like the cat is all he has - I know that's not true but she's home when he comes home and loves him so I don't want to take that away from him. So maybe I could find a similar cat. But I reallllly love my dad's kitty. And after having a jerk rabbit, I worry that we would find a worse cat.
If we were going to get rid of the rabbit, I would contact the House Rabbit Society and tell them what happened because hopefully they could find someone who would love her. But who knows. I feel like she's probably miserable with us so anything else would be an improvement. But I would still feel badly if I found out she had to be euthanized.
TL; DR - Our pet rabbit provides far fewer moments of joy than annoyance and frustration. Should we get rid of her somehow? If so, should we consider a cat in her replacement or take this one step at a time?