Not Quite Bonded

March 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm | Posted in rabbit | 3 Comments
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“Piper & Cameron”

Over the past weekend, I held a 90 minute bonding session for Cameron and Piper and gave them the entire living room. I pushed tables to the edge, out of the pen so they couldn’t run under and get trapped, but they had the run of the room otherwise. I’ve been doing 30 minute sessions for about 3 months now, so I wanted to see how they would handle being together for longer. After the initial exploring, they spend most of the time similar to the other sessions. They ate some hay, used litter boxes, played with toys,  and checked each other out and snuggled.

The real issue preventing them from being bonded is that Piper frequently will perceive an action by Cameron as a threat to her, and she’ll grunt and snap at him. He’s gotten more confident around her, so he’ll fight back if I don’t intervene. I don’t know why she is so sensitive to him, she never was with her previous mate. Perhaps he moves too quickly for her? Often one is trying to go around the side of the other to pass them, and Piper always seems to see that close proximity as a threat, even if she’s the one doing the passing.

When the weather gets warmer I’ll try car bonding. Last week I took them both for a short ride in separate carriers for bonding and they seemed okay with that. Piper is definitely the more sensitive bun, so I hope she can find comfort in Cameron’s plucky sweetness.

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I See That Girl!

March 22, 2019 at 2:48 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

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“Glenda”

My boys love looking at Glenda while she’s visiting. She’s such a sweet girl that I can let them see each other without worrying about anyone getting too riled up. I let the boys see Piper earlier in the week after her bonding session with Cameron and Hershey started chasing Butterscotch around the room. Now that a bunny who lives in our house all of the time, and is on the same level as him every day for bonding, but he still got fussy about her when he could actually see her. Every rabbit reacts differently to different rabbits. Their interactions are so fascinating!

Glenda’s Spa Day

March 21, 2019 at 2:35 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Glenda”

Glenda is a-sheddin’ right now, so I gave her a good grooming last night. She is one of those bunnies who does not like you to pull loose fur while they sitting on the floor, so I have to pick her up. The easiest way is to wait for her to jump in the litter box and then quickly pick that up and put on a table. She is NOT happy about it, but it needs to be done. Rabbits eat their fur as they clean, and some can get blockages or slow downs in their guts if they ingest too much. A shedding bunny always needs a spa day to help them stay spiffy and healthy!

Gettin’ a Good Look

March 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

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“Glenda”

Since Glenda is such a sweet rabbit, I let her see my boys all day. Butterscotch still jumps on the couch sometimes for a better look though. He learned quickly that he could go up there to get a better view of the room. He’ll hop away if you sit down next to him though, so don’t get any ideas about couch petting sessions with him! He doesn’t like to be petted on the floor either though, so that’s all too surprising from him. He’ll always take a treat though!

Bunnies Don’t Share

March 19, 2019 at 1:33 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Glenda”

Glenda bunny is a great little eater. Every day when she gets her salad with a piece of apple, she grabs the apple from the bowl and runs away with it. Then, once she’s safely behind the couch, she devours it. I don’t know who she thinks is going to try and steal it from her, but she’s not about to let that happen!

Spring-Loaded Bunny

March 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Glenda”

Glenda bunny is visiting us and she’s been very peppy! She’s an older gal, maybe around 9 years old, but she still runs around like she’s a young bun. During bonding yesterday, my pair heard Glenda doing runs and ripping up cardboard in the adjacent pen. I usually think of Glenda as a quiet girl, but maybe she wanted in on the bonding session! She’s not afraid to nudge you if you’re in her way, but she’ll always say yes to pets.

Learning New Tricks

March 15, 2019 at 2:38 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

After about a week away from home, Rusty starts to get restless. He bites on the fence a lot, and last night he jiggled it so much that he opened the gate. Now this was while I was in the pen with him, so I don’t latch the gate. I got up and closed it quickly, and latched it. Smart little boy, learned new tricks every day!

Bonding in the Jungle

March 13, 2019 at 2:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

Bonding has been slow-goings lately, possibly because I’m doing it in the living room with Rusty in the next pen over, and my other two boys in another. Piper just seems very sensitive to noises and being in the back of the room, surrounded by cardboard so they can’t see the other rabbits. She likes to be able to see what’s going on so I think the lack of visibility is bothering her. Rusty says he wants to play with her. He’s about the size of her head, so I don’t that’d go over too well!

“I’m Not Licking that Hand!”

March 11, 2019 at 2:05 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

Out of all four of my rabbits, Cameron likes to be petted the most, so he’s the one I’m petting most often. He also is a licker and likes to lick my hand frequently while I’m petting him. I’ve gotten it into my muscle memory now that after I pet a rabbit for a while, if he nudges his head up, that means he wants to lick me, so I move my hand down. This is not the case for most other rabbits I’m petting though, who would never lick me unless I was covered in banana. I did this absentmindedly with Rusty last night and he was like, “What do you expect me to do with that hand? Bite it? Cuz I’m not licking it!” Sorry little dude, force of habit!

Crash Landing

March 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Cameron”

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“Rusty”

This morning Piper came zooming back into the room from the hall, and crashed right into the gate of Cameron’s pen. I don’t know how that happened, but maybe she thought that pen was open. I switch their pen’s every day and perhaps she forgot and thought she was in the left one. She tends to run at quite a clip, so sometimes her feet are moving faster than her brain. She seems to be okay though, fortunately. She definitely has a strong head, just like a dinosaur.

Rusty keeps me entertained with his antics. I keep a pair of slippers next to his pen, and I keep finding them inside the pen. Today I actually saw him pulling them in. I don’t know why as he doesn’t seem to do anything to them once they’re in there, but I guess he’s just claiming them as his!

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