Cat Laxative

10 Jan

A month ago, Bunty and I went out to buy cat laxative, and came home with a rabbit. We had been missing our previous rabbit, who died in November, and it had been odd not having one about the place to chase the cats. The cats were getting fat and constipated. We had wandered over to the rehoming area of the store – ” just for a look”, we told each other. Not to adopt anyone, nooo, nothing like that. And then this rabbit took advantage of our vulnerability with his eccentric ears and clumsy feet. We didn’t stand a chance.

We agreed that there was no harm in asking about the rabbits up for adoption, and it didn’t mean we were going to adopt any. It was simple curiosity, that’s all. The sign said this rabbit was called Sprinkles and, as he still had his testicles, we assumed the name was a comment on his house training; but it transpired that one of the employees had named him it because it sounded “Christmassy”. Information about his previous life was mostly lacking: no name, no age, no breed, and nothing to say whether he had been a hutch rabbit or a house rabbit. All the shop girl knew was that he had belonged to some children and had been given away because he was “very nervous” and “in need of a patient owner”.

He didn’t look at all nervous to us.  But it didn’t matter, because we weren’t adopting, were we? We thanked the girl and said we’d think about it. She put the bunny back, and some kids came along and saw him and said they wanted him for Christmas, and five minutes later Bunty and I were walking out the door with him and an adoption receipt.

We have renamed him Broccles, because he answers to it and because his ears are shaped like broccoli leaves. The first thing he did upon being released into the living room was greet all the other animals. The cats were aghast. Their bowels have been functioning smoothly ever since.

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12 Responses to “Cat Laxative”

  1. Kimberly January 10, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    Happy New Blog Day!

    And well done you, saving Broccles from a potentially ignoble existence like that.

  2. SEF January 10, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Perhaps they keep the kids on tap to help seal deals. You’d have to keep watch on the place and see if the same bunch suddenly appears from nowhere when another potential customer is being indecisive.

    • Snailquake January 11, 2011 at 7:02 am #

      Heh. You think we’re not in there every week or so, “just to have a look”.

  3. Debbie January 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I look forward to the continuing adventures of Broccles!

  4. christinasr August 2, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I’ve just worked my way back through all of Broccles’ adventures. He’s such a special guy! We adopted an older bunny too at one point and the first many times he ventured out of his cage, he just ran back and forth along the wall, not daring to venture out in the room… Rabbits are simply not made to just live in cages! Thanks for writing so much about Broccles – looking forward to reading more about him.

    • Snailquake August 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

      So pleased you’ve enjoyed reading about Broccles. I’m hoping more people will come round to your point of view about cages. It’s as odd as putting a cat in a cage, really – especially when one looks at the amount of space that wild rabbits use.

      • christinasr August 3, 2012 at 11:02 am #

        I find that most people have no understanding of the intelligence of rabbits. They are viewed as pets for children and can just sit and wait in their cages in children’s rooms for someone to pick them up, pet them a bit and then they are put back in. It’s a shame!

        • Snailquake August 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

          It really is. It makes me sad to think about it. In fact, the thought of that happening to Broccles is why we didn’t manage to leave the pet place without him. :o)

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