Keeping Warm, the Smart Way

January 14, 2019 at 2:06 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Leonidas”

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“Misty”

Misty knows how to keep warm on cold nights, she snuggles into her litter box. She settles in like a bird on a nest and if she has to go the bathroom, she’s already there! And if she happens to get a little hungry, there’s plenty of hay around to munch on. The only reason to come out is for pets or to get a drink of water. Leonidas spends most of the day in a big cardboard box. It’s next to the baseboard heating, so heat likely gets trapped in the box, making for a toasty little clubhouse.

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Hershey’s Spa Day

January 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey”

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“Misty”

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“Leonidas”

I startled Misty last night when I had to come downstairs “after bedtime” and she thumped, which set off my Butterscotch thumping. He’s always such a sympathetic thumper. Then I stand there and wait to see if anyone thumps, and as soon as I leave, I always hear a little thump. Once they get started it takes a while for them to finally stop.

I groomed my Hershey today and clipped his nails. As a Mini Rex, his shorter fur makes for a different kind of grooming session. I can’t use a comb on him, so I just use my fingers to rake through his fur. His nails are also more tricky to cut because he’s dark. Normally nails can be cut to the fur line, but with Rex fur, that would be too short. I only take a bit off at a time with him and do it more often than the other rabbits. Since he’s a little overweight, he sometimes steps on his cecotropes and I have to comb it out off his feet. If it builds up too much it can tear the fur off accidentally and I don’t want him to get sore hocks. He got some banana for being a good boy, even though I know he hates me now!

Nudges and Boxes

January 12, 2019 at 1:22 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Leonidas”

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“Misty”

Misty is such a lively little girl. She follows me around whenever I go in her pen and gives me nudges for attention. After she gets some pets out of me, she hops over the fence where Leonidas is sleeping and settles in there, with a good view of him. He’s not quite as friendly with me, but some buns are like that. As long as I feed him, he’s happy. I offered to pet him, but he boxed me away. I think he just wanted to sleep. No problem, I got plenty of other rabbits to pet!

Black and Gray Beauties

January 11, 2019 at 2:38 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Misty”

“Leonidas”

Misty and Leonidas are staying with us for the weekend. They’re both very sweet rescue. Misty waited no time exploring and chinning everything as her own. Leo is mostly blind so I made sure he knew where his food was, not that a bunny’s nose needs any help! Neither want much to do with me yet, but we’ll spend some time together this evening and hopefully I’ll get a few pets in.

Surveying from the Couch

March 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Misty”

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“Leonidas”

Last night Misty hopped up onto the couch, just after I had left her pen. I don’t think she was looking for a cuddle, but rather a higher vantage point. That way she can see Leonidas better, peer over at Hershey and Butterscotch, catch Cameron in the hall, and maybe catch a glimpse of Piper and Charlie upstairs. Misty and Leo are going home today, but there’s still plenty of bunnies in the house to keep me busy!

 

Know Your Place, Human!

March 19, 2018 at 9:13 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Leonidas”

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“Misty”

Misty hasn’t really wanted much to do with me during her visit. She would much rather sit at the fence, next to Leonidas, admiring him. All Leonidas cares about is his food. That’s generally the impression I get from most rabbits. They want their food, and company of other rabbits. Humans are just the tools that get them those things. Once you get used to that, you don’t mind getting ignored by a fluffy little bunny-butt!

Cardboard on Windows and Plastic on Doors

March 18, 2018 at 7:52 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Misty”

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“Leonidas”

When I opened up the cardboard “window” between their pens today, Butterscotch came over to look. Then Misty ran towards her fence, and he retreated into his pen. Misty is such a little flirt. Leonidas was watching this from his spot at the fences between their pens. He may be somewhat blind, but he knows what’s going on!

Today I repaired, repainted, and then protected the bottom of my bedroom door. For months now, both Charlie and Piper have decided it is a chew toy, even when the door is open with plenty of room. I had tried fabric first, but Charlie was able to grab ahold and open the door all by himself when it was closed! Then I tried thin plastic and thin fabric, but Piper just took big bites out of those. Now I have thick plastic that is for protecting corners. I also put it on some wallpapered wall corners that they have been chewing on. Hopefully this stuff will be more bunny-proof!

Gimme Greens, I’m Irish!

March 17, 2018 at 10:32 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

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“Leonidas”

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“Misty”

My foster bunny Cameron wishes everyone a Hoppy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m about 1/4 Irish, so while he’s in this house, that makes him Irish too!

Misty hadn’t really been eating her greens much, which happens sometimes. I always try and give buns what they’ll like the most to cut down on the waste, so I tried a few different things, and now she is finishing her greens just like her boy Leo. Now she just has to catch up to him on pellets, but the way he speed eats, I don’t think that’s going to happen!

Bunnies Up There, Bunnies Down Here

March 14, 2018 at 9:25 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Leonidas”

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“Misty”

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“Cameron”

Now that Misty and Leonidas have taken up residence in the living room, Cameron’s playpen has moved to the hall on the other side of his pen. I took down some room dividers and now he can see all the way upstairs, and Charlie and Piper up there can see him. Charlie let out a thump tonight to let usĀ  know that he is not happy that Cameron is getting all this new space an attention. Cameron just likes to sit there and look up at them. I wonder if he might be happier with a friend. Maybe if he continues to improve we can find him a nice forever home somewhere with a bunny-wife.

Leonidas might not be able to see, but that doesn’t slow him down at meal time. He polished off all his food today whereas Misty picks out her favorites and leaves the rest for me to clean up. They do both love their hay. They use American Pet Diner, which I don’t believe I’ve tried yet, but will be after seeing how soft and green it is. We sometimes have trouble finding enough quality hay for 4+ bunnies, so good hay is always a happy find.

Buddies Through the Fence

March 13, 2018 at 11:38 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Misty”

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“Leonidas”

Misty and Leonidas are visiting us now. They’re not quite bonded, but are still dating. Misty had visited a few years ago when she was with her former mama and now she is Leo’s girlfriend. Leonidas is blind and he treated his litter box like home-base tonight. He’d hop out to explore, but kept going back to it. Misty was usually nearby on her side of the fence, sometimes in her litter box. They both love munching on their hay, which is always good for bunny guts!

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