Initially, we put Tigger’s cage in the bedroom that we had set up as a combination office / guest bedroom. We didn’t have the room bunnyproofed at first and Tigger wasn’t litter box trained. So, when it was time for runtime, we would take her to the kitchen. The kitchen was both easy to secure by blocking off the only entry into it and easy to clean with linoleum flooring. Only the spaces around the refrigerator needed blocking. Everything else was cabinets to the floor with no way for a Tigger to disappear or escape. We blocked one side of the refrigerator by wedging it with a roll of paper towels that she could also chew on while we wedged an upended planter box in to the space on the other side.
We put our regular throw rugs away during Tigger training and purchased some small kitchen rugs that we could easily put in the washer and scattered those on the kitchen floor. We brought in a litter box filled with paper pellet litter. We put some cardboard over the only baseboard to prevent her chewing that. We now had an apartment pet security deposit to protect! We had a washable kitty bed for her to rest on and her carrier with the door off as a hiding box. She had a water bowl and food bowl on a plant tray to keep those tidy. The unexpected side benefit of the tray is she liked to flop on it. The sides supported her and it became bunny furniture. Tigger also had every bunny loving toy we could think of for her to chew, rattle or throw: empty paper towel rolls, jute / wood small animal chews, cat belled balls, a phone book.
Tigger actually learned to run really well on the linoleum and would go sailing / skating across the floor at unbelievable speed. Blaine and I would take turns sitting on the floor playing with her and getting her used to both of us. Here are some of the pictures of those times …
Coming next week, the Calico bunny rabbit.