|This is how much fur I got out of Hunee. Crunchie's was very similar or worse.|
The other dangerous thing about diarrhoea being stuck on a rabbit's bottom is Fly Strike. I am both relieved and surprised that Crunchie never suffered it, but Fly Strike is absolutely terrible and can be avoided if your rabbit is cared after properly. Diarrhoea smells worse during the summer because of the heat, and that attracts flies. Flies will latch onto the poo stuck on your rabbits bottom, lay their eggs, and then when the maggots hatch they will eat their way through the poo and can end up inside your rabbit which can end in a fatality. But Fly Strike can be prevented by making sure that your rabbit A) Doesn't suffer from diarrhoea, B) doesn't have any poo on their bum when they go outside or C) has had a certrain spray sprayed on him that repels flies.
I assure you that Chilli is not dead in the above photo. He is well and truly alive! In fact, he has energy bursting out of him almost 24/7. That's why I can only take pictures of Chilli when he is laying down, because he just moves too much!
He is an energetic soul who enjoys being around humans. In fact, sometimes I wonder if he knows he's a rabbit. However, he hates being picked up! As they are now allowed to run around in the living room unlike our past rabbits who could only run in the garden, we set up a little area and when Chilli's hutch door gets opened, Chilli runs straight to the right area. Too cute and so clever! Although we can't manually handle him it doesn't really matter, as he for some reason knows where to go. We bought a teddy bear for Chilli who has become Chilli's best friend and sex partner. It's his sex partner because Chilli humps the poor thing ALL the time (it's actually how we found out Chilli was a boy as the people in the pet shop told us he was a girl...) but Chilli genuinely loves the bear. He always licks it and plays with it, and if you pick up the teddy bear and run with it, Chilli will follow! It's absolutely adorable and a good way to get Chilli on the right path if he starts to wander off when he isn't supposed to. But this is why I love playing with Chilli because he loves to play with the bear. He prefers being played with as opposed to be being stroked. He likes to have his own space and can keep himself amused at all times. He may even chase his tail now and then.
|Chilli and Oscar during happier times together...|
Rabbits were not made to just be shoved in a hutch and be said hello to once in a while. Rabbits need constant love and attention otherwise they can get depressed. If you're buying a rabbit for a child then the child can get bored and you, the parent, will have to look after it. Children can get bored of any pets, not just rabbits, but people need to be made aware that rabbits are unique and can be difficult to manage. Having a rabbit is not the same as having a gerbil or a hamster, not in the slightest.