Did You Hear That?

May 27, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

Someone set of fireworks at 11:30 last night in our neighborhood. Either that or someone’s garage blew up. Could have been both I suppose. The bunnies all seemed okay. Cameron was sitting up in his pen, looking a little confused. I might have heard Butterscotch thump a little, but he thumps at everything. Rusty was grooming his stuffed bunny friend, and Piper was snuggling with Charlie. I worry about her since she’s got such big ears, she hears everything more acutely. She is not a happy girl on July 4th.

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A Clean Bottom = Happy Bunny

May 26, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

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“Charlie”

Last night all Rusty wanted was petting. He came up on the couch shortly after I sat down in his pen, and nudged at me until I started petting him. I gave my little man Charlie a bath before dinner and then groomed his “dry” bottom after dinner. His arthritis means that he tends to stay wet along the inside of his legs. I may need to step up on managing his arthritis. I’m bringing him into the vet along with Butterscotch in a week to see what I can do. He’s getting 250 mg of glucosamine powder every day in a blueberry, but he can’t really have Metacam because of his kidneys. Hopefully I’ll be able to help make him a little more comfortable.

Share the Couch!

May 25, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

I was lying down on the couch last night for a bit, and Rusty startled me by jumping right onto my throat. At least it wasn’t my face, and fortunately he’s a small guy. He hopped down the length of my body before jumping down onto the floor at my feet. Then, he jumped back up and I tried to pet him. He was not interested though and jumped down after he was done exploring again. I guess he thinks that couch isn’t big enough for two!

Bunny Jungle Gym

May 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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Rusty bunny is visiting for the weekend. He’s a total couch-bunny and loves to sit up there all evening and be petted. Last night he was a bit more interested in exploring, but that’s fine too. I’m used to being used as a jungle gym for rabbits!

Toy Demolition

January 2, 2018 at 1:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

All the buns are loving the toys that Rusty gave them for Christmas. One is totally destroyed upstairs, and Cameron is having a good time ripping his apart too. I gave Charlie a butt bath yesterday, the first in a few months. He had been doing very well, but all he needs is to sit back into some cecals once, and then it all cakes up, just under his tail. Fortunately he’s very good about getting a bath in a the kitchen sink. The hay seems to be helping, as it’s full of clover right now and everyone wants to eat it. More hay is always better for good guts!

Hoppy New Year 2018!

January 1, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Charlie”

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“Rusty”

2018 started with a bang for me—literally. Someone in our neighborhood always sets off fireworks for every holiday, though I can’t understand how fireworks and Christmas go together, but this guy must think it does. As soon as the ball dropped, loud bangs began. Piper had been giving Charlie his New Year kisses, but she immediately ran into the doorway. She always runs there when she’s scared, I don’t know why. Maybe she had earthquake training? The I heard Butterscotch thumping downstairs so I had to go check on him, and calm him down before he set the other rabbits off. We prefer New Years Day here as we always watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, and this year they even have a bunny float!

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Ears Up!

December 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

When I greeted Cameron this morning, I noticed that his right ear is back in the upright position. It must be feeling better and hopefully the infection is dying down. It’s tough to tell if the ear drops are going all the way down into the ear, but he is very good about taking them. Hope you’re all better soon, boy!

Rusty has been trying to make himself more comfy on my couch by digging and fluffing the sheet. Every morning I find it bunched up in a new place, and Rusty at the other end of the couch. He’d probably be one of those hotel guests who leaves the room in a mess when he checks out, blankets and pillows all over like he was having a party!

 

Silent Dissaproval

December 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

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There’s a little cushion we put in hall to see if Piper would like to lay on it. Ever since, she loves plopping down on it. Only problem is that it’s too small to fit her, so she’s either hanging off by her front end or her back end.

I played a board game in Rusty’s pen last night, and this was the first time that he didn’t sit on the couch with me. I think he didn’t like that he wasn’t the center of attention for once. Instead, he sat on the floor, glaring at the game board on the coffee table. He didn’t try to eat any of the parts, he just sat there, silently disapproving. I’ve seen rabbits do that a LOT.

Keeping Bunnies Warm

December 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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It has been very cold here lately, and our furnace is struggling to keep the whole house at comfortable temperatures. Well, comfortable for the humans. The rabbits have fur coats so they can tolerate slightly lower temps than us, but I prefer to keep them at constant temps. I’ve had to open up the cardboard barriers between Rusty and my boys to let the sunshine in to warm up the boys’ pen. That means Rusty gets to say “hello” to Hershey. So far there’s just been fence biting, but when two alpha males get together, there’s always a battle for “top bunny of the house.”

Aside from Cameron’s lopped ear and occasional wobble you wouldn’t even know he has an ear infection. He still hops around fine and has a great appetite. With rabbits, you have to be very observant about any changes in their behavior. Rabbits are very good at hiding problems because they are prey animals, so the slightest change can be cause for alarm. They also tend to go downhill fast as they are fragile animals. Lucky for Cameron he’s inside with savvy caretakers.

Napping with Rusty

December 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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I took a nap with Rusty on the couch last night. He always hops up next to me and I start petting him. I fell asleep with my hand on his head, and he did as well. More than once, Cameron made a noise which startled Rusty, in turn waking me up. Rusty even licked me once, or did I dream that?

We took our foster bun Cameron to the vet yesterday to get his ear looked at. It lopped down on Christmas Eve, and that doesn’t usually happen to adult rabbits. Turns out he has an ear infection, which I suspected it might be. He’s on antibiotic ear drops, Baytril, right now, once a day, for 10 days. He seems in good spirits otherwise, and does not appear to be in pain. Since rabbits are good at hiding pain though, I’m also giving him a dose of Metacam once a day for a few days to also help reduce inflammation in the ear. So far he’s hopping around like a happy bunny, but with one ear up, and one ear down!

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