So I thought what better way to celebrate Easter than update you all on how Aubree is doing? 🙂
For any new readers who don’t know her story, Aubree is a young female rabbit we adopted from a ‘breeder’ who was reducing their stock. It became instantly obvious to us that Aubree was blind, and a few days after we came to realise she was also deaf.
We moved Aubree into a 120cm rabbit cage but, as the cage was only ever supposed to be her base cage, it was heartbreaking that she couldn’t come out and free range – the raised lip on the cage base meant that no matter what we tried she didn’t understand how to get out.
Recently we moved her into an XXL dog crate as a base cage, and not only has this given her much more room but, because there’s basically no lip, she finds getting in and out easy – she is fearless now!
She has a penned area where she comes out to play, and after a few visits out she was comfortable with the layout and very confident hopping about.
Although the pen area isn’t the biggest, it’s a wonderful size for her and we can easily extend it whenever we want 🙂
Because our room is only small, and Aubree is in her crate when there’s a dog about, the pen’s very easy to fold away and acts as a barrier so Kasper can’t fixate on her too!
To give you some insight into how happy she is to explore and how willingly close to us she comes, here’s a little video 🙂
Having Aubree come out into a pen has made our taming process much easier – she has room to explore, can come up to us on her own terms and I’ve even managed to stroke her sides several times with no fear / startling at all!
She happily climbs onto our laps ❤
She also recently discovered her puzzle toys in a big way, and she’s really enjoying emptying them of treats. She has the DIY bottle toy and a simple plastic basket to empty.
The pink litter tray is actually what I put her food in – I call it her foraging tray.
Previously she did have a bowl tied to the crate bars (so she couldn’t knock it over or lose it) but it was only big enough for her pellets, and I like giving her a little mental stimulation by hiding her food in hay.
I noticed with the food bowl she would dig the food out and then hunt for it on the floor, in the substrate, so I thought the litter tray was a good way for her to be able to forage whilst also keeping all the food in a relatively small area.
In case anybody is worried by the wires in her pen, I’m very much aware bunnies can chew through them quickly, but as Aubree is blind she hasn’t targeted them once. She is never left unsupervised in the pen, when she is out I am with her and watching her 24/7. We do plan on covering them, but so far she hasn’t been interested 🙂
I am so happy she can come out of her cage now, and have some room to play. As ever she is just the happiest rabbit I have known, and we’re so lucky to have her.