Not Every Bunny is a Snuggle-Bunny

October 3, 2017 at 1:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Penny”

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“Annie”

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“Toby”

I had a nice petting session with Penny and Annie yesterday. Penny sat down next to my feet and presented her head for petting. i was happy to oblige. Annie jumped up on the couch with me and lay down on the cushion next to me and snuggled in for head rubs. Toby is not as much of a snuggle bunny, but that’s okay. He’s just about at the point where he tolerates me being in the pen with him. I can give his head a quick pet, and then he’s off. he definitely likes looking at his sisters for entertainment more than anything I can give him, which I get. Lots of bunnies are that way. As long as they all come running at meal time, I’m happy.

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A Bunny Brother and His Sisters

October 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Toby”

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“Penny”

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“Annie”

Bunny siblings Penny, Toby & Annie are visiting us again! It’s been a while since they’ve been here, but they’re all as sweet as I remember. Penny loves to munch on her hay and liked to lounge at her “window” looking at her little brother Toby. Toby alternated between looking at Penny on one side, and baby-sister Annie on the other. He’s a very attentive brother! Annie loved to explore her pen and was doing runs in the evening. She even went up on the couch and did some quick-turns up there. Zoom!

When Butterscotch Bunny Doesn’t Want to Eat…

September 26, 2017 at 10:28 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

I haven’t posted in a few days because my little Butterscotch had a particularly bad bought of GI stasis. He’s mostly better now, eating pellets and greens on his own, almost as much as normal. He did loose a couple of ounces, but he’s still at a fine weight. I’m not surprised, barely eating for three days will do that to you!

Butterscotch has been a chronic stasis bunny for a few years now, getting worse last spring. We put him on maintenance Reglan, slowly tapering down, but twice now when we got him to just 0.2ml per day, he went into stasis. This time was worse than usual. He generally recovers within 4 hours, and is totally better by 8 hours after we first notice it. This time he wasn’t eating on his own for 2 days.

We caught it early, only an hour or so after he had eaten greens he refused pellets and we gave him the usual Simethicone for gas, Reglan for gut motility, and Metacam for pain, but his temp was hovering around 100 degrees and he was pushing his stomach down. We brought him into the vet so they could give him Buprenorphine, a stronger pain med, and then took him home.

We put him in his carrier on a heating pad and his temp was stable at 101 by 11:30 that night and stayed over 101 for the next few days, but he did not want to eat anything until the next day he nibbled on hay. It took another day for him to add greens, and then another to start on pellets again. We syringe fed him critical care once we got the okay from the vet and tapered that down as he began to eat more on his own.

For some reason we think Butterscotch just tends to produce gas, giving him stasis. Once he’s fully recovered we’ll keep him on maintenance Reglan, more like 0.5ml a day and see how he does on that. He’s a really fighter when it comes to giving meds though, he HATES the syringes. When he is well he prefers for me to just hold the syringe in front of him and he licks up the meds. So glad you’re feeling better my sweet little boy!

Roaring Bunny

September 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

I got to witness Stella stretching out her big toes last night. Long toes for a long bunny! Then she yawned a big bunny yawn. Some of mine yawn by dropping their lower jaw, and others do so by lifting up their heads. Stella is one of those buns who lift up their head and looked like a lion roaring. Roar on, big girl!

Bunny: Disguised as a Foot

September 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

Stella’s nighttime routine has become:
1: Find my feet
2: Snuggle with those feet
3: Get my feet to pet her
4: Lick my feet
I’m beginning to wonder if she thinks my feet are rabbits. My boys certainly know the difference. I know as Hershey and Butterscotch are watching us, they’re saying: “I’ll snuggle with you!”

Foot Purrs

September 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

Yesterday my Hershey was watching Stella take a bath. She didn’t seem to mind his peeping though. Later she came over to me for snuggles and lay down on my foot while I pet her with the other. It takes a little maneuvering and crossed legs, but I manage to make it work for her. Then I got to feel her purring on the foot under her. That was a very weird but cool sensation!

Stella Helps Rescue Shore

September 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

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“Shore’s LIRRG Rescue Party”

Yesterday my mom and I helped catch a dumped domestic rabbit for the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group that we named Shore. Fortunately we were successful and Shore is now in a foster home. This rescue would never have been possible without banana, and for that we have Stella to thank. I don’t usually keep bananas in the house as the humans don’t like them and the rabbits wouldn’t be able to eat one up before it went bad. Stella brought bananas with her when she arrived though, so I had one to bring to the catch. Shore thanks you Stella, and this little bunny really enjoyed that banana!

Couch Exploration

September 18, 2017 at 1:48 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

Last night, Stella hopped up onto the couch with me, She didn’t stick around for snuggles, this was time for business. She sniffed all of the cushions and hopped all over, jumping over me several times in the process. I did get a few pets in while she was busy, but she didn’t feel like snuggling. Then, once she was done, she just hopped back down to the floor and went in the litter box. Maybe a snuggle next time!

Big Beautiful Whites

September 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Finola”

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“Stella”

Stella bunny is visiting us again, and this is one big girl with a big personality! She’s napping right now, but will surely be out in force tonight, running all over, and snuggling with my feet. Finola is very chill and doesn’t seem to mind having a female roommate. They’re both big white girls and are super sweeties. The big white rabbits always are!

Smart, Hungry Rabbits

September 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Me”

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“Finola”

We just cut open a ripe honeydew melon, and somehow Piper got a whiff and decided that she had to have some. She harassed me until I finally gave her a piece and she gobbled it down. I didn’t even know rabbits liked melon. My buns never wanted to eat any before. That’s okay, Piper, I don’t mind sharing!

Finola is so happy to see my mom in the morning, since she learned that she gives her the morning pellets. These rabbits learn fast. You only need to do something once, and already they are waiting for it the next day. “Stick to my schedule, human!”

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