I have a five-year-old mini-rex, Lucy. She's recently had a surgery that saved her life and is 100% recovered and healthy. She also has always
been free range. We've lived in three places with her, bunny-proofed our places, and had a fully litter trained bun. Never chewed a thing.
She is still litter trained and very good at using her box. However, she has spent her last two months of new health destroying our couch and getting to carpet (not ingesting -- yet -- but the fear is there) despite bunny proofing and putting our rental deposit in jeopardy. We've been putting off caging her because I simply don't want to after all her years of freedom. However, it's getting ridiculous and costing us money and also jeopardizing her health as we never know what she is going to get into lately even when all items are off the floor, couch, etc.
I guess what I am asking is does anyone have any experience with re-introducing a bun to a cage. Of course -- we are going as big as we can. She does have a cage, but the door is always open, and it's more a litter box as it's not suitable to leave her in all day.
Perhaps, I am looking for confirmation that I am doing the right thing for her rather than fearing she's getting into something while we're at work. I still plan to leave her out as much as possible, and my partner and I work alternating shifts, so she'll be out frequently. However, when we sleep, she destroys -- when we both work 8 hrs at the same time -- she destroys.
Just looking for experience in this and or solutions. Currently, I am looking at this: (If purchased -- I plan to update the latches, at comfy spots, the whole deal. She's obviously spoiled.)
Still looking into wood safety and also potentially making a cage out of these cube shelves.
Advice is welcome and wanted! I plan on having my little bun for a full, happy, life -- as evidenced by the $1000+ bill this fall saving her.
Lucy and I thank you!