Sunday, 19 July 2015

Chewing - A Problem?

Why Bunnies Chew?
  • Chewing is part of a bunny's nature, and to bunnies, it is a rather enjoyable pastime. 
  • The practical benefit: a bunny's teeth do not stop growing, so they are worn down by everyday chewing and munching. 

The Right Attitude
From a human's point of view, chewing is often considered to be "bad" behaviour because household items are often targeted for chewing purposes. Common objects include:
  • wires
  • legs of wooden furniture
  • remote control buttons
  • books placed on accessible shelves

We must understand that our bunnies don't know it's our treasured possessions they unknowingly damaged. They are innocent.

DO NOT hit, scold or punish your bunny in any way.

The Common Mistake: Chewing "Rewarded"
When we're engrossed in activities like watching TV, a graceful hop up the bookshelf or consistent gnawing on the wooden chair legs will no doubt attract our attention.

In order to somewhat stop this behaviour and resume our activity, we give our bunnies a treat or an extra piece of vegetable. After eating, they usually become satisfied and will go about with their usual grooming or resting business.

Now, here is what the bunny learns from our actions: "Ohh, by chewing, I get something yummy."

Chewing is unconsciously encouraged!

How to Prevent
1. Provide hay at all times.
  • When your bunny finishes the given amount, do not hesitate to offer more. The bunny can munch on the hay to satisfy his/her chewing urge.

2. Chew wood
  • These can be bought from a pet shop.

3. Bunny-proofing your home
  • You can use baby gates to fence off your study, for example, where the books are kept.
  • Wires can be encased in plastic tubing. Slit the length of the tubing to wrap the wire inside. 

First published on 07/08/2011

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Bonding With Your Bunny

What is Bonding?
Perhaps bonding sounds like a heavy word, as it is not uncommon for new bunny owners to have the "How exactly do I bond with my bunny?" question. Actually, it simply involves you, the human, hanging out with your bunny and both of you getting to know each other more.

Jippie enjoying pets

The First Step: Abandoning Preconceptions
"Affectionate", "cuddly", and "friendly" - these are the words that tend to come to one's mind when thinking about a bunny. Bunnies are indeed wonderful, intelligent creatures, but the typical "cute" image of a bunny doesn't represent the actual animal. It is very important that you see your bunny as an individual.

Each bunny has his/her own unique personality; some are naturally adventurous, some are feisty and bossy, while some are shy and are more on the introvert side. 

When bonding - or in less intimidating words, hanging out - with your bunny:

  • Open the cage door and let your bunny come out on his/her own.
  • Sit near, but not directly beside, your bunny. Keep a polite distance. Your bunny will come to you if he/she wants to.
  • Talk to your bunny, speak gently and give compliments: "Hello, you're a handsome bunny, you know that?"
  • If you wish to pet your bunny, approach slowly with your fingers and start from the head. It is better to position yourself beside your bunny when doing so instead of in front of him/her.
  • Avoid making any sudden, loud noises or movements.
  • Restrain yourself from carrying up and cuddling your bunny. He/she is not familiar with you yet, and so might kick and struggle when held against their will, potentially injuring both of you.
  • When wanting to pet your new bunny, I personally advise you not to use your whole hand on his/her back. It may startle him/her.
  • Do not follow or chase your bunny around - you would appear like a threat!

When it is time for your bunny to return to his/her cage or play area, use a strand of vegetable or a tiny piece of carrot to tempt and guide your bunny back. During this period, try to use carrying only as a last resort.

If your bunny seems more interested in knowing the furniture rather than you, there is no need to become disheartened or angry. The keys to a good relationship with your bunny are:

  • Allocating time daily for your bunny.
  • Making yourself the source of affection and pets.
  • Making yourself the supplier and waiter of your bunny's food.
  • Focus on your bunny when you're with him/her. Stop the incessant chatter that is so often present in our busy heads. It's not quality time spent if your mind is constantly on other things.
  • Of course, lots of patience and love.

First published on 29/07/2011

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Deemo Ending

The Deemo 2.0 update was released some time last month. I finished the game last night, and although I have prepared for the ending (I couldn't resist reading the spoilers), it still gave me an aching, sad feeling when I watched the epilogue myself. The way the story is presented was heart-wrenching.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

(Piano) Stranger In Moscow

Finally. At last. 

I started creating a piano version of 'Stranger In Moscow' by Michael Jackson between Feb and March. And now, it's July - and I have, with my current level of skills, completed it.

I'm not a professional, certainly - I only finished Grade 1 ... I did attend another lesson at a different centre: 'play by ear', which is supposed to teach you how to play a song instantly on piano, so that you won't need to constantly rely on music sheets. I never did the class long-term though, the fees were quite expensive and the teacher, well, he does have a good skill when it comes to the piano, but personally after a few lessons, his advice was only 'choose a new song, practice' ... I understand practice makes perfect but the monthly fee is Very. Expensive.

Anyhow, with a bit of theory I learned from Grade 1 and early Grade 2, a little knowledge of chords from the 'play by ear' lessons, some reference to the videos already uploaded on Youtube - voila! This is my own version: