So what is a kitty cat bunny rabbit? Tigger had so many characteristics like a kitten or cat. First there was her desire to scratch rather than bite. She was constantly grooming herself more than any cat I have ever seen. She was very conscious of keeping her fur in pristine condition.
We read a suggestion when Tigger and Shadow were little to use a spray bottle with water to give bunnies a squirt to discourage bad behavior. Well Shadow would shake water squirts off like a puppy and continue being bad. Tigger hated the water and would slink away like a cat, but furtively try to sneak back in later to continue when she hoped we weren’t watching.
Tigger was very independent. She knew her name, no and lots of other words, but whether she responded, depended on whether she decided she felt like it. She loved to preen for the camera. And she wanted to be petted, but on her terms. Those cute kitty style flops we showed on Wednesday, she would often get into the sweetest curled up positions and then look straight at us with those beautiful brown eyes. It was an invitation to come pet her, she was ready and waiting now. We called it her cute bunny con jobs, still we fell for it every time we saw it.
The altered photo art piece I have shared today was created with the magic of Photoshop since I couldn’t ever catch this on film in real life. Later in life, Tigger was more proactive and just a bit less distant when she wanted to be petted. She would come to where we were sitting on the sofa or loveseat, stand up on her hind legs and peek over the edge to catch our eyes. Then she would sink back down on the floor and hen up or flop out right below where our hand would be so that we could just reach down and pet her.
She was a bunny who purred. She would tooth purr when we petted her, when Shadow groomed her or when you talked to her sweetly from across the room telling her she was a good bunny. It was so soft, you rarely heard sound, but would feel or see her jaw gently moving and would know she was happily purring away.
Coming next week, Tigger gets into everything.