Bonding Reset

December 6, 2018 at 12:52 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Cameron”

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“Piper & Cameron”

Out first attempts at bonding Piper and Cameron didn’t go so well, so we’re taking a break and I made some changes. Piper just gets so upset when she gets near Cameron that she boxes and lashes out at him. I had both buns in one room, divided down the middle. Now I have then each in a 1 x 4 panel pen, so they are near each other for most of the day. We’ll resume bonding sessions in another week or so, depending on how they are both behaving. They each get 3 hours of out time, but sometimes they stay in the pen anyway. They do sleep right opposite each other, and today Piper seemed a little more mellow than usual. She got very upset when he was across the hall and didn’t calm down until after he came back and she could lay down across from him. I hope that’s a good sign!

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Charlie, the First Kronenbun

November 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Piper & Charlie”

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“Cameron”

Last month I lost my Charlie to kidney disease. He was 10 years old, which is pretty good for a rabbit, and also suffered from arthritis and runny cecals. He had only been diagnosed with kidney problems at the beginning of the year, but may have had issues for longer. I’ll never know if the daily Metacam for his arthritis contributed, but I would be cautious about doing that for other rabbits in the future. I would definitely check blood work more often, and am getting a baseline for all my rabbits now.

When he finally stopped eating anything, was not maintaining his temperature, and was lethargic, I knew it was his time. I did not want him to suffer. I was not sure if I should bring his bonded mate, Piper, to his euthanasia, but the vet recommend it. She let me put Piper up on the table with Charlie, so he could be with her at the end. She was not very upset and I think she understood something.

Piper was fine back at home, and I’m going to attempt to bond her to our failed-foster Cameron soon. They’re living side-by-side now, getting to know one another. It’s usually a good idea to not wait too long to bond after the loss of a mate. Once he or she has grieved, it’s helpful for them to have a friend before they get too used to being alone and get overly territorial. Having Cameron upstairs with her has helped me too. Charlie’s absence leaves a big hole in my life, and Cameron’s plucky little wobbly body helps fill that.

You know how much you meant to me, Charlie, you were so smart that you’ve raised my expectations for all rabbits. No one else will ever quite compare, but all the bunnies whom I love after you, have you to thank for making rabbits part of my world.

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Hoppy Birthday Piper!

November 8, 2018 at 11:47 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

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“Basket of Strawberries Cake”

Today was my girl Piper’s 4th Birthday. I made a chocolate covered strawberries in a basket cake for the humans to eat. I thought she might go after a strawberry, but the chocolate must have put her off. She sniffed it a lot, but just looked at me. “Why did you put all that yucky stuff on the strawberries?!” She got lots of yummy bunny treats instead.

 

Hoppy Halloween from the Kronenbuns!

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

Pumpkins & Baskets

October 24, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

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“Sadie”

Some rabbits are willing to eat pumpkin on some occasions, but none of my rabbits ever so much as took a bite out of pumpkin. I think this one might be a bit big for Piper though. Didn’t stop her from trying to grab the stem and knock it over though!

Sadie’s favorite thing to do is to drag her toys around the pen, leaving a trail of debris in her wake. There’s a basket which was mostly intact when she arrived which is now half of its former self. That little girl can sure be productive!

Always Remembered

October 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Piper & Charlie”

This past weekend my Charlie wanted to eat less and less, and today is refusing almost all food. I brought him to our amazing vet and his blood work shows that his kidneys are in very bad shape and that she recommends putting him to sleep in a couple of days. His creatinine is up to 6.4 from 5.2 last month, and doc says that once it’s over 6, rabbits usually don’t feel like eating. He’ll still swallow the critical care once I get the syringe in his mouth, but doesn’t want to eat on his own.

His potassium was 6.7 and BUN was 83, both high. He has trouble maintaining his temperature, so I’ve got heated snuggle safes and a safe floor pad down as well as a space heater keeping the room he’s in warm. I’m giving him time to snuggle with Piper, but she’s keeping a little distance. He did this right before Bella passed away, so Piper may be picking up on his illness. She’s not as intuitive though, so she might just be clueless.

Charlie was my first rabbit and the one who started everything bunny for me and my family. He will be greatly missed but always remembered.

Busy with My Boy

August 29, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie & Piper”

My Charlie hasn’t been doing so well the last couple of days. He’s still got an infection somewhere, so we’re trying another antibiotic for a month. His kidney function has also gotten worse. He’s basically not eating on his on own except for a few fruit treats and the occasional piece of cilantro. He grinds his teeth sometimes, I noticed it when he urinated a couple of times, so we got Buprenex from the vet to give him in addition to his Galliprant. It’s so hard not knowing what is wrong with him, but I’m trying to make him as comfortable as possible. His temperature has been below 101 so he’s been on a heating pad in his carrier a lot. Whenever I let him out, he usually snuggles with his mate Piper, and at 10 lbs, I think she makes a pretty good heating element herself.

Surprise, It’s a Bunny!

August 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie, Piper & Cameron”

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“Mason”

There’s a big box in Mason’s pen and he’s decided that it makes a great perch. It’s really for sitting under, but he likes to sit on top of it as well. Guess the couch isn’t’ giving him a good enough view!

Last night we brought Cameron upstairs for some run around time, in a larger space. We’ve done this before, but this time I put a double fence down the middle of the hall, and let him see Charlie and Piper. He spends a lot of time looking at rabbits through fences, downstairs, so I thought he’d like to see the bunnies upstairs too. He did, but my Piper was very upset. I don’t know why, maybe she just wasn’t expecting to see him there. She was on high alert the whole time, except for when Charlie came over and she snuggled with him. Charlie was a little curious, but didn’t care as much as Piper.

Favorite Napping Spots

July 24, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

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“Douglas”

My Piper loves to lie down in the hallway. Even when it’s hot and humid outside and thus not as cool in the hallway as it is in a room, she still spends part of her day in the hall. I think she likes to be able to see what’s going on. Not that anything would be able to slip past those big satellite dish ears of hers! Douglas also likes to have a good view in the living room, so he sleeps on the coffee table. I’ve know rabbits who sleep on the couch, but he’s the only one I know who loves the coffee table!

Keep It Cool, Bun

July 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Douglas”

On hot days like today, it’s important to keep your rabbits cool. Douglas has the right idea, lying down on a cool tile. While air conditioning in my first line of defense, cool objects like tiles and frozen water bottles help as well. My upstairs hallways isn’t air conditioned, and my 10lb Piper just loves to lay there all day long. I guess the heat doesn’t bother her. She’s smart enough to go in her room to cool down, but perhaps those big ears of hers help with cooling. I also keep a water bowl in the hall so she has plenty of water nearby. I top off water bowls in the evening so all the buns have enough to last them overnight.

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