So it occurred to me that the pet sitter will be coming by twice a day and maybe she could let him out of the bathroom when she comes in the morning, then put him back in the bathroom at night. That way he'd get 10 or so hours out of the bathroom each day.
But he has been awful today with one of the bunnies! He keeps sticking his paws in the cage and batting at my poor boy's ears. I don't know how malicious he is being- the cage has an opaque base about 6 inches tall and Declan lies down next to it on his back and reaches up and sticks his paws through. He can't even see the bunny when he does it. Bunny does not seem to mind actually and I didn't even see him touch the rabbit at any point, but I do not want Declan to scratch him, accidentally or not! He is being utterly tenacious about it today, too, and I've caught him doing it 3 times. I yell "NO!" at him and he runs away when I do that, but then tries again a while later. Obviously I cannot leave Declan to do this all day long while we're away.
Tips for how to stop him from doing it, since reprimanding him isn't working? We will probably build said bunny a new cage that's up off the ground. Odd thing is one of the other cages is on the floor as well and Declan leaves that bunny alone. It does not have the opaque base.
I'm going to order him some Soft Paws, but those are just like scratching insurance and I want to stop the pawing behavior of his.
Loving Declan (5 yr, 15 lb orange tabby), Purrcy (1 yr, 15 lb tuxedo), and Matisse (12 week, lynx point Siamese)