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!

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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.

Car Bonding & Bigger Spaces

April 26, 2019 at 1:43 pm | Posted in rabbit | 4 Comments
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“Piper & Cameron”

I’ve been trying a couple of new things in the bonding department. I recently expanded their bonding pen in my living room to the entire living room, furniture included. So far they haven’t gotten into any fights. Some minor aggression, but I think having more space is helping them. Most of they time they run around on their own and just run past one another. There is some snuggling. Yesterday Piper did runs behind a couch and Cameron was in her path. I thought she was going to run him over, as she is prone to not pay attention to obstacles, but he saw her coming and bolted out of the way. Glad he can move as fast as she can!

I also tried car bonding. We folded the seats down in the back of our SUV and my mom drove around the neighborhood while I sat in the back with the buns on a blanket. Cameron was totally fine, jumping in and out of a litter box and even taking a bath. Piper was more nervous and came over to me to snuggle. They both did snuggle after 15 minutes and seemed to do fairly well. I’d definitely try it again, but I think the living room space is giving them more chances to get comfortable with each other’s movements.

Happy Easter from the Kronenbuns!

April 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Piper & Cameron”

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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

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I Don’t Bond With No Cats or Dogs

April 12, 2019 at 4:38 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

I brought Cameron and Piper to one of our rescue’s bonding experts for some advice. They made a lot of progress, but recently seem to have stalled. He has gained more confidence and fights back if she lashes out at him, in addition to spraying both she and I with urine.

Unfortunately Piper was so freaked out by the cats and dog in the house that she was unable to calm down from most of the visit. They did snuggle a bit and he groomed her but it wasn’t a typical session for them.

The next day during bonding Piper was more on edge than usual and when it was time to go back in her carrier she freaked out and refused. I let her stay alone in the bonding pen for another half an hour before getting her back upstairs in a different carrier. Then yesterday she flat-out refused to go in her regular carrier to go downstairs for bonding but was okay with using the other carrier again.

Maybe it smells like the other animals? I’ll wash it and in the meantime keep using the other carrier for her. I always knew she was a sensitive girl but this is more fussy than I’m used to for her. Fortunately she’s acting okay during bonding and other times, she just doesn’t want to go in that carrier.

Clean My Room, Human!

April 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron & Butterscotch”

I cleaned Cameron and Piper’s room yesterday, which meant they both had to go in separate rooms for an hour and a half. I was able to do it right before bonding to prevent even more shifting around for them, but Cam wasn’t happy about being shut in another room. I think he was much happier when he went downstairs for bonding and then when he got to see the clean room later. I’d let him stay in, since I don’t think he’d eat the vacuum wire, but it’s too dangerous with the fences that I have to move around. Rabbits have a knack for going under a fence that’s leaning, and potentially knocking it over.

Lately Butterscotch and Hershey seem to want to be a part of their younger sibling’s bonding sessions. Butterscotch jump up onto a stool and sometimes the couch to get a better view of them. I keep a cardboard barrier between two fences during bonding so they can’t see each other. But they know they’re there. I don’t want to upset Piper, she’s so sensitive. I usually send her up first, and once it’s just the boys downstairs, sometimes I take away the cardboard and let Cam say hello to his big brothers. They’re so sweet, but I know better than to try and make them a trio!

Not Quite Bonded

March 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm | Posted in rabbit | 3 Comments
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“Piper & Cameron”

Over the past weekend, I held a 90 minute bonding session for Cameron and Piper and gave them the entire living room. I pushed tables to the edge, out of the pen so they couldn’t run under and get trapped, but they had the run of the room otherwise. I’ve been doing 30 minute sessions for about 3 months now, so I wanted to see how they would handle being together for longer. After the initial exploring, they spend most of the time similar to the other sessions. They ate some hay, used litter boxes, played with toys,  and checked each other out and snuggled.

The real issue preventing them from being bonded is that Piper frequently will perceive an action by Cameron as a threat to her, and she’ll grunt and snap at him. He’s gotten more confident around her, so he’ll fight back if I don’t intervene. I don’t know why she is so sensitive to him, she never was with her previous mate. Perhaps he moves too quickly for her? Often one is trying to go around the side of the other to pass them, and Piper always seems to see that close proximity as a threat, even if she’s the one doing the passing.

When the weather gets warmer I’ll try car bonding. Last week I took them both for a short ride in separate carriers for bonding and they seemed okay with that. Piper is definitely the more sensitive bun, so I hope she can find comfort in Cameron’s plucky sweetness.

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