I also live with two house rabbits! Unfortunately I always have that one destructive bunny that makes roaming freely impossible. But they have their own “room”, and when I am home they get to visit me in the living room and can still destroy the pillows on my couch, books in my shelf or mobile phone chargers. My girl Ella is very social and likes to be pet all paws on the floor. My boy Max unfortunately only sees me as the person serving his food and prefers to be left alone outside of meal times.
I have been on trusted house sitters for almost ten years and hence had a lot of different sitters. Some were bunny people, some not. I had sitters who have had bunnies themselves and were amazing. Other sitters had some previous bunny experience and sometimes insisted to do things “their way”, or thought they knew everything and didn’t ask enough questions. So very often I was happier with the sitters that had very little or no previous experience with rabbits, because they would always follow my instructions to the dot and ask questions about anything.
I personally don’t agree that bunnies need more monitoring, or at least I never looked at it that way. Most of my sitters told me that they found looking after the bunnies quite easy because they don’t need any entertainment. The biggest challenge for them usually is buying/finding new greens. My bunnies’ diet consists of 90 percent greens, and bunnies eat a lot! So it is impossible to provide greens for more than a few days. This summer I started picking greens from the meadows nearby and therefore tried to give my summer sitters a quick introduction on what they could pick themselves when they were running out of food. As for shopping, my local market isn’t always predictable, so my shopping list will usually consist of lots of “if you don’t find this, buy that” instructions. Some sitters figure this out better than others.
But in general, I find sitters very willing to adapt to any pet’s special needs. Last year my one bunny had a dental procedure and needed to have the wound cleaned for longer than I thought. So I showed my sitter what to do and he did it brilliantly, although I don’t think he has ever done anything like this before.
However, I sometimes feel that very few sitters apply for house sits with bunnies. I have lived in Copenhagen, Berlin and now in Riga with my rabbits, which should all be desirable destinations for city people. I usually have a few sitters to chose from, but not many. So it would be nice if more people understood what amazing pets they make.