Stress and Sensitivity

April 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

Some rabbits take longer to adjust than others to new surroundings. Benita and her brother Uriel are a perfect example of this. Benita settles in very quickly and is up for petting from anyone. She gobbles down her food as soon as she gets it, and has no trouble sprawling out in the middle of the floor for an afternoon nap. Uriel on the other hand doesn’t eat his food right away and generally shies away from petting and attention at first. He takes about three days before his appetite is back to normal and is eating his food at a quicker pace.

It’s not unusual for rabbits like him to take all day to eat food they normally gobble up in a couple of hours. I try to be accommodating to sensitive buns and always make sure I have a treat ready to check for stasis while they’re adjusting. Usually that doesn’t happen, but stress does cause stasis in my Butterscotch so I’m always monitoring food intake here!

Who’s Really in Charge Here?

April 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

Uriel tends to hop away from me when I go in his pen, and Benita comes toward me. He’s really just playing hard to get, as he will let me pet him once I go over to wherever he is hiding. My Butterscotch is like this as well. Sometimes you have the let the bunny be the boss! Benita is ready to snuggle down for petting anywhere though, even the litter box. She’s a big mush like my girl Piper. The bigger buns always seem to be sweeter. I guess they have less to fear than the tiny ones do, although I’ve never met a small rabbit who couldn’t hold their own in a fight against me!

Playtime and Petting

April 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Uriel”

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“Benita”

Uriel is loving playing with his toys. He chews on a wooden train and tosses a bunch of a rings before going back to nibbling on his basket in the corner. He lets me pet him a little, but I get the impression that I’m not doing him any favors, he’s doing one for me! Benita on the other hand lets everyone in my family pet her. As long as she gets her ears rubbed, she does not care who belongs to the hand petting her. Benita’s other main passion is food, and she eats everything I put down for her. Uriel takes a day or two to adjust so he’s a little slower to chow down, but the food does eventually disappear into his cute little mouth.

Back at Kamp!

April 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

Benita and Uriel arrived last night for a fun-filled visit! They are such perfect little furry angels. Uriel is a little shy and has mostly stayed under a table and behind the couch, but Benita hangs out in the front of her pen, surveying the action. She’s always up for petting and even more so for treats! My boys were certainly happy to see Benita last night. My Hershey was staring at her for quite a while. Sorry boys but she already has a furry little man in her life!

Hoppy New Year!

January 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie & Piper”

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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

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“Benita & Uriel”

Since the bunnies generally “go to bed” before midnight, they all made sure they got in their New Years kisses early. Benita and Uriel are heading home today, but the living room won’t be empty for very long! When I finally went to bed last night, right before I fell asleep, my Piper thumped. There were fireworks going off in our neighborhood, so that may have spooked her. Then, 10 minutes later she thumped again. Poor girl. Not sure what it was that time, but I guess she wasn’t ready to go to bed yet! Party on!

Drop the Hay-Confetti

December 31, 2016 at 11:40 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

Uriel and Benita are only here for a couple more days now, but at least we get to spend New Years together! The first year I had Charlie, I had a party-popper full of confetti explode all over the room. Then, it took me 20 minutes to clean all of it up before Charlie ate any of it. The next year, my confetti was pieces of hay. Just as much mess, but bunny-safe. I’ll have to do a New Year’s countdown earlier in the evening for the buns, just like I used to do when I was a kid. Uriel loves to pull hay out of his box so his pen has lots of “hay-confetti.” He’s all ready for 2017!

Uriel’s Big Adventure

December 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Uriel”

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“Benita”

I adjusted Benita and Uriel’s pens to give them both a little more room. Uriel was so excited and ran all over, sniffing and chinning everything. Later he was trying to groom Benita through the fence, but she was not happy about that. “You gotta ask permission first, dude!” In the evening Uriel joined me on the couch and put his paws on my lap. Aw! Maybe today I’ll get a snuggle!

 

Chain Reaction of Joy

December 29, 2016 at 11:15 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Mason”

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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

Mason got all excited when he got his carrot treat at dinnertime. He was binkying all over his pen and then started a chain reaction. Benita started hopping around next and running in circles,and then Uriel copied her. What a joyous sight to see! I would have joined in but I didn’t really have the room to jump into the air and twist my butt.

Mr. Mason is heading home today and he will certainly be missed. Yesterday he hopped through my lap and the fur started flying everywhere. At least I’ll have some furry reminders of him for days, and weeks to come. He’s every inch as sweet as his sister Piper and I hope he visits us many more times.

Noisy Runner

December 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Uriel”

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“Benita”

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“Mason”

Mason makes little noises when he eats. It’s very cute. he frequently does bunny runs in the evening which can be quite loud. Last night he scared Benita with his running. Uriel came over to see if she was okay. Aww! What a sweet little brother. Yesterday my brother tried to walk through he living room while he was eating an apple. Not a good idea unless you’re willing to share it!

Cranberry Sauce, Mademoiselle? Monsieur?

December 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Benita”

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“Mason”

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“Uriel”

Benita and Uriel brought some presents for their hosts for Christmas and so far the willow candy canes were a huge hit! My Piper ate three in less than 24 hours. Their other favorite toy is the willow baskets. I just ordered a few extra to dole out throughout the year. I also got them willow rings, which they loved last year, but are not a big hit this year. My buns are so fickle!

My mom went to pet Mason last night, because, how can you not pet a big white bunny who is the twin of your own big white bunny? She was reading the newspaper and Mason decided he wanted in on it. He doesn’t know how to read though, so he did what bunnies do best and just chewed on it.

We had my mom’s homemade cranberry sauce for dinner and all the bunnies got a little taste. I know my four like it, but our visitors had mixed results. Benita, of course, licked all of hers up, but Uriel and Mason weren’t interested. Uriel gave it a few sniff, but decided it wasn’t something he wanted to try. Mason kept coming back to the dish to see if it somehow turned into something he wanted to eat, but never actually took a bite. Oh well, more for us humans!

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