Wednesday, June 07, 2017

A Rabbit Cleaning

One of the greater pleasures in life is watching a rabbit clean itself.

Rabbits are actually somewhat fastidious, somewhat like cats - and like to keep themselves just as clean.  Given the opportunity, they will lick their paws and then scrub their faces or clean themselves by licking away at their fur.

As I write this, Ibun is next to me on the chair, three feet on the ground and one in the air as he vigorously works away at his right hind foot cleaning a bit, then looking at me, then cleaning a bit more.  It is a genuine pleasure to watch him diligently work away at washing himself, listening to the sounds of his tongue and his teeth digging in as he makes his black and white fur presentable.

All of the pleasure and joy for the cost of a little food, some hay, and pellets to change the litter box.  What could be an ultimately cheaper source of joy?


kymber said...

TB - i go into actual trances watching my cats clean themselves. i lose hours of every day by stopping and watching them. they all clean themselves in a different manner, one starts with their face, another starts with the feet, etc., etc.

it is when i am watching them clean themselves that i just feel so at peace. pure peace. i love it.

sending you and yours much love, as always! your friend,

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

There are periods where there is no better way to spend time. Really. And yes, pure peace describes it well.

Much love, TB

LindaG said...

I did not know that rabbits could be taught to use a litter box. Make the litter biodegradable and you have the best fertilizer available because it doesn't have to compost.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

They can, Linda. One of ours is very good about it. The trick to training them is to provide their hay where their litter box is; rabbits poop when they eat.

I actually use wooden pellets (like for horse barns) and just toss the whole lot on my garden or in the other areas I am trying to build up the soil. It breaks down very nicely and provides a mulching function in the meantime.