Hershey’s Tummy Troubles

November 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Hershey”

“Butterscotch”

Last week my Mini Rex, Hershey, had another bout of stasis. He’s been mostly stasis-free in his 7 and a half years, but in the past year had it a few times. This past time was a bad one for him. The first time he had it with us, he was shaking from pain and had to be hospitalized for a couple of days.

Last week he also started shaking, and of course it was at 10:30 at night. He had also been doing something I’ve never seen a rabbit do before, baring his teeth. Now, Hershey is a tough little guy, so something like that from him wouldn’t surprise me, but in this case I think he was clenching his teeth in pain.

After giving him all the stasis meds we had for pain, gas, and gut motility, I reached out a friend in the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group for a stronger pain med, Buprenex. Fortunately she was able to loan me some and within an hour of receiving a dose he was eating again and moving around like normal. He just seems to get stasis harder than his mate Butterscotch, but fortunately it does not happen as often for him.

 

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Hoppy Halloween from the Kronenbuns!

October 31, 2018 at 11:51 am | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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Halloween 2018 Bunnies

My Bonded Boys

October 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey”

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“Butterscotch”

The “Dessert Brothers,” Hershey and Butterscotch are my bonded pair of boys. Not actually related, but have been together for most of their lives. I only know of a few other boy/boy bonded pairs, but they are not as rare as girl/girl for rabbits. Theses two sometimes chase or mount each others, but mostly just snuggle. They’re sweet to their little brother Cameron, through a fence, but I would not even begin to attempt to make an all boy trio. That would be a sight to see, but alpha-male Hershey would probably fight with them both. A bunny bond is a delicate balance of dominance, affection, and sharing/not sharing food. Not so easy when they have to eat separately!

Kronenbun Boys

September 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey, Butterscotch & Cameron”

Even though I’ve been spending a lot of time caring for my Charlie, I make sure to save some time for the other Kronenbuns. The boys downstairs are pretty good at entertaining themselves though. Cameron loves to lie at the fence near his big brothers. They would rather snuggle with each other than be petted, but Cameron is always up for petting. He’s a licker too, and it’s always nice when a rabbit reciprocates for all that petting!

Good Morning, Other Rabbits

August 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

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“Cheeks”

Every morning my Butterscotch waits at the end of his pen for me to take away the cardboard between pens so that he can see the other rabbits in the living room. Cameron usually comes over to greet him, and then Cheeks says hello. Most rabbits only wait for food, but some like to see other rabbits. Some even like to see people, but not most of mine. Cheeks is happy to see me for petting, so I’m always happy to oblige her on the couch.

Hershey’s Fudge

June 9, 2018 at 11:47 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey”

This is my (Not-So) Mini Rex, Hershey. He came to us overweight and he is a prime example of how difficult it is for rabbits to lose weight once they put it on. He has lost some, but I would like him to be about a pound lighter than he is. When you’re 5lbs 5oz, that’s a lot. He still moves around well, considering he is 7 years old, but he has short Rex fur, so I worry the extra weight he carries may lead to sore hocks as he gets older.

So far, all that happens on his feet is smeared cecotropes. (Insert Hershey’s fudge joke here.) Due to his weight, he’s not able to to eat them directly, and given his ravenous appetite, I’m sure he would eat them all if he could. I’d like to get him to lose some weight so he could at least do that. So, a little less pellets and greens ever day, and we’ll see what happens. He’s got to shed some of that winter weight for bikini season!

Clean Both Those Ears!

April 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron & Hershey”

It’s been a little while since I did an update on my foster bun Cameron, so here it is! He’s been pretty stable now that he’s been off all of his meds. He wobbles a little, and might fall over, but is always quick to right himself. I caught him cleaning both ears without falling over, and he’s able to hop in and out of the litter box with no trouble. He spends most of the day in his long and narrow pen sleeping, and then I let him out in the evening for several hours. He loves to sit at the fence and “talk” to whichever other bunny is over there. My Hershey is usually a very tough, aggressive guy, but he seems almost sweet with Cameron. Either he can tell that Cameron is a little disabled, or he’s just pretending to be nice. He does that to try and steal food, so I wouldn’t put it past him!

Does My Rabbit Want a Friend?

March 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey & Cameron”

Over the past few days, Cameron has been having a great time in the living room. Whenever Hershey or Butterscotch come over to the fence, he hops over and has conversations with them through the fence. He was rescued with four other rabbits in Baldwin, so maybe he misses the rabbit-company. A rabbit I rescued last summer, Zelda, also seemed to perk up when she was being fostered next to another rabbit. She was alone when rescued, but who knows what life was like before that. Cameron is a very chill guy and I believe Zelda is a peppy little girl, so personality doesn’t seem to make big difference in whether or not a rabbit would like a friend. My Charlie seemed very independent, but when we fostered Bella, he immediately fell in love and “made” us keep her for him. Maybe we can find Cameron a forever home with a bunny-mate to have all to himself.

Digging for…Something?

March 4, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

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“Hershey & Cameron”

My Butterscotch has been sitting on top of a chair in the living room to get a better view of Cameron when he comes out to play. Hershey just goes right up to their double fence and sits there, waiting for him. Cameron does go over to toward him to say hello, but he’s not as interested in them as they are in him. He seems like he’s okay on his own, but I think he’d also do well as part of a pair. He does love grooming his stuffed toys, just like my Charlie did before we got Bella.

Lately, Piper has been digging everywhere. One of her litter boxes only has newspaper and hay since she really only goes in there to eat hay. Now I frequently find a mess of shredded newspaper mixed in with the hay. I guess it also became a digging box. She was digging at the corner of my comforter this morning, trying to get under the bed. Then she jumped up on the bed and started digging at the bedding. She jumped up onto the pillows, into the headboard, but never seemed satisfied. I have no clue what she was after!

Hershey’s Chocolate Birthday!

January 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

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My Hershey turned 7 years old this weekend so we celebrated with carrot curls and blueberries for the bunnies, and chocolate cake for the humans. Any excuse I have to make a cake, I do! Butterscotch got a little sick (GI stasis) that night, so I don’t think I’ll be repeating those treats when his next birthday comes around. His constitution is so sensitive that he has trouble if I deviate from his regular diet. He’s feeling better now though, so that’s fortunate.

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