Hi guys, I'm a proud new owner of a wonderful and sweet 3 month old Dwar Lop bun bun.
I've had her for a week almost, and I get anxious with every little thing she does. I have done a lot of research on bunnies prior to adopting her.
First little background, bunny Bibi is a very sweet, calm happy little bun. When she came home, the very second day she was already doing her binkies and showed no signs of shyness. She eats well, drinks well, poops way more than well, she sleeps on and off during daytime and is quite the little rascal at night when she becomes playful.
She doesn't mind being cuddled and loves her pets. Since day one during petting she relaxes and lays down and does her bunny purring. Overall very lovely personality and sweet little bun.
I have two small questions however.
She's a long haired bunny, especially around her neck, ears and bum. She loves being brushed, despite her being here with me for such short time, she loves the attention. BUT. she gets very antsy when the brush reaches her bum, or the area above her tail. I'm using a nice soft brush which she loves, its good at removing loose hair. I want to be a good mommy, and I'm concerned with hairballs. Today she finally layed flat on top of her wooden house and allowed me to brush her, she turned around for me and i brushed her head, back, sides and even her bum for a short while. When she decided that was enough she hopped up, sat and started grooming her paws.
So I'm wondering, since she made this tiny amount of progress and let me get near her bum finally, is it okay if I let her get comfortable with brushing as I have been, gaining her trust, or is it urgent and needs to be adressed right away?
How do I succefully get her bum all brushed off without sacrificng her trust and not hurting her? Any advice on how? I noticed that she does like to drink some water and groom herself right after, between or before.
And now for the poop questions.
As mentioned, she eats well, lots of hay, she loves her pellets, as well as a bundle of persly or fresh basil leaves each day, few crunches of carrot or ocassional bite of fruit. She poops and pees into her litter box, I find 1-2 cecals every day on top of her bedding.
Now bunnies are supposedly to consume their cecals. I have never seen her do so. She will even stomp them flat when she plays.
However, today i was cleaning the top of her house where she sleeps. There was some regula bunny poo on it and i tried to get it off. She jumped up on the roof, sniffed my hand... and ate the poo as if it was a treat... Now I'm wondering if she mistook it for a treat or is this common? Do all bunnies consume their cecals? Do some eat poo and its normal?
Sorry for the long post and thank you for reading!
P.S She was the only kit in the litter, no brothers or sisters, I thought it would be worth mentioning.