learner’s permit today maybe
also getting a new book to read hoorayy
I don’t think I share enough art with y’all. Here, have a cute dragon face.
Absolutely! Here’s a few tips right off the top of my head, apologizing in advance for the wall of text…
- Don’t bathe them. They’re very sensitive to getting wet and can go into shock and/or get hypothermia very easily. They’re pretty good at bathing themselves, and in certain situations you can spot-clean them with a warm damp cloth (if their bum is messy for whatever reason, for example). Even if they somehow get fleas, you use a flea comb instead of flea bath.
- Practice with examining your rabbit. Things like checking its teeth, feeling its paws, etc. You don’t want to be resting your rabbit on its back because it’s cute or funny, since it’s generally just not a good experience for the rabbit. However, it might end up being important if your rabbit has a problem on it’s stomach, needs its nails clipped, has a problem that needs looked at in its mouth, etc. It’s very important to keep your rabbit feeling secure and comfortable, and you don’t want it being absolutely terrified when you’re doing unfamiliar things and it’s already stressed out from not feeling well for whatever reason.
- Another thing is that they have very sensitive tummies. Timothy hay is a pretty important part of their diet, along with plain pellet food. Many pellet foods have fillers in them which aren’t very healthy and can cause your bunny to become overweight and cause digestive issues, so that’s something to watch out for. They love a lot of fresh veggies and some fruits, but of course, everything in moderation, especially with how sensitive their digestive system can be. I would look up a list of things they can and can’t have, which things they should eat more often than others, etc.; there’s plenty of things that they shouldn’t really eat that people may not expect, such as iceberg lettuce (and, iirc, most other kinds of lettuce). Rabbits should never fast, and as far as I am aware, there are no exceptions to this, even when a rabbit has an upcoming surgery. They are grazing animals, and should always have at least timothy hay available to them.
- An important thing to remember is that rabbits need to have things to chew on. Their teeth are always growing, so chewing on things is a natural behavior for them to keep those chompers filed down.
- Rabbits are very social animals, and generally like a lot of attention and love from you if they don’t have another rabbit with them. When first bringing it home, it might be a good idea to let it get used to its surroundings a bit before giving it too much personal attention; it’ll probably be scared.
- Make sure it has plenty of room to exercise.
- Rabbits can be trained to use a litter box and even do tricks! E-Bunn knew how to “spin.” From my experience, it’s pretty easy to train them, especially when you find out what sort of delicious treat they like. Remember that all rabbits are individuals, however; some may take more patience to train than others.
- And one last tip, which is really important, and a lesson I learned the hard way. Spay/neuter your rabbit! My previous rabbit, E-Bunn, was not spayed because I thought that the surgery would be too stressful, expensive, and I didn’t think it was important since I didn’t have any other rabbits around her. When she was 3 years old, she died of what we’re almost positive was cancer in her reproductive organs. Even as somebody who knows a lot about rabbits, I had no idea that they have such a ridiculously high rate of cancer when they’re not fixed. Boy rabbits don’t have such a high risk of cancer from such things, but they can become aggressive and develop territory-marking behaviors like spraying. The rabbit I own now is a male named Lionel, we got him neutered and, while he had more difficulty with recovery than we expected, it was definitely worth it to get it done.
Of course, there’s a lot more information out there about owning a pet rabbit, those are just a few of the most important things that come to mind. I’m always happy to answer questions you might have, I adore bunnies and I think they make wonderful pets. <3
a cute sketch for my cute boyfriend :3
dead-mare-trotting replied to your post “dead-mare-trotting replied to your post:I’m having more difficulty…”
It might help to draw fingers longer than how they should look and learn how short they need to be. Starting with a fat palm almost never looks good, but you can pass long fingers off as style or character design
thank you for the advice! I’m trying a bunch of different techniques to find one that suits me best
tortle replied to your post “dead-mare-trotting replied to your post:I’m having more difficulty…”
hands are INSANELY hard to draw. but then when you figure it out it’s like you just KNOW from then on
yeah! I’m super excited to get to that point, hands are just so gosh dang important to know how to draw (for me, at least!) and it’s like my #1 goal right now
I’m having more difficulty learning how to draw hands than I’ve ever had with learning how to draw anything else and it’s the most frustrating thing
I hope y’all are having a fantastic day! I’ll be posting more art later, possibly just more sketches but we’ll seeeee