Hoppy 3rd Birthday Cameron

May 29, 2019 at 9:18 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Piper & Cameron”

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“Cameron & Piper”

Yesterday was my Cameron’s 3rd birthday and his first bonded to his bun-wife Piper. She was more than happy to share in his birthday treats while the humans in the family enjoyed a cake. The Jones Beach air show was this past weekend and the Thunderbirds were in town. Now that Cameron is free roam upstairs with Piper, he has been moving around so fast. He’s almost impossible to catch when I need to get him, so I’ve been calling him my little Thunderbird. He still has a little wobble when he’s standing still but he’s as fast a jet when he moves!

Rabbit Road Trips

May 27, 2019 at 1:08 am | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Butterscotch & Hershey

I have started taking my two pairs of rabbits for car rides to get them acclimated to traveling in the car before we move them down to Florida next month. We’re taking one pair at a time, and then I’m flying home to bring the second pair down. Now that Piper and Cameron are bonded, it will make it a lot easier. I’m still keeping them in separate carriers in the car, but can let them run around in the back at rest stops. My boys I may keep in the same, larger carrier as my Butterscotch upsets so easily and his brother, Hershey, is such a comfort to him. He was not thrilled about going to the park last week.

When Bunnies Suddenly Decide They’re Fine With Being Bonded

May 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Piper & Cameron”

While I was away last week, my Piper and Cameron decided that they finally wanted to be bonded. My mom and brother did a bonding session because she kept lying outside of his pen and they seemed to miss their daily sessions together. Once I came home I let them out together for a few hours and they were very good. Then yesterday, Cameron figured out how to move the the bricks I had blocking the underside of my bed and ran under. I had to open up his pen to get him out and he and Piper both ran into the hallway together and snuggled. They were doing so well that I let them stay out together with occasional monitoring for the rest of the day.

This morning I let them out together and they have been good so far. No aggression, but he did mount her side, perpendicular, a few times. She just runs away and doesn’t retaliate, thank goodness. I guess he’s still trying to be the boss, but I don’t think that’s going to happen with her. I’m still keeping them separate at night for now, but they are doing so well together after nearly 6 months of bonding efforts!

Bonding Steps Forward, and Back, and Forward Again

May 10, 2019 at 8:54 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Cameron & Piper”

After several days of successful bonding in the living room I could walk out of the room and not worry about them. I decided to try bonding upstairs, in the hallway and bedrooms they spend their time in now, separately. I took it one room at a time, starting with the hall and there was some aggression on Piper’s part. Then she calmed down after a bit. When we tried my bedroom, where they mostly live, she got agressive again. I think she just has to adjust to him being with her in a space each time. I opened up his pen to them both and she was fine with that. Today he got a little fussy when I did that, but at the end of the 2 hours today they were fine and snuggling.

I’ll be away for a few days working on getting the new house in Florida set up, so I’ll be pausing bonding until I return. Hopefully they’ll still be okay with it, but I’ll probably start up again in the living room the first day back at it. Paws crossed it continues to go well! They are such snuggle bunnies when they’re together and not fussing.

“That Bunny is MY Girl!”

May 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron & Piper”

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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

Recently boding has been going pretty well. Cameron and Piper run around the living room together for 45 minutes and there isn’t much aggression. The only issue is that Cameron sprays her with urine almost every day. I’m pretty sure that he’s only doing it because he smells his brothers. When I’m not bonding, Hershey and Butterscotch have access to the living room. Cam must be marking Piper as hers.

We’re going to be moving at the beginning of the summer to Florida, to a totally bunny-neutral house. Hopefully I can bond in a space that doesn’t smell like anyone and Cam won’t feel the need to keep marking Piper. I think they’d do okay with longer sessions, once I have the time for that. I’m much more optimistic about their bond than I was last month.

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