Who’s Your Snuggle Buddy?

August 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Uriel”

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“Stella”

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“Benita”

When Benita was sleeping in the evening yesterday, I saw her twitching her mouth and kicking out of her feet. I wonder what she was dreaming about. Looks interesting! Uriel still has been making a point of laying down at the fence, waiting for Benita. She’s a little more interested in food than snuggling with him though. Stella loves both food and snuggles, but her preferred snuggling partner is my foot. Even if it means I can’t really reach her with my hand, she wants to flop down against my foot. My foot doesn’t mind having a soft snuggle-buddy though!

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Snugglin’ Time

August 26, 2017 at 12:34 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

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“Stella”

Lately when I try to pet Stella, she’d rather snuggle with my feet. I love foot snuggling with a big white bunny! I wish my Piper would do that, but she’d rather snuggle with Charlie. I get it, I’d rather snuggle with a bunny too! Uriel frequently looks like he’d like to snuggle with Benita, but usually has to settle for the fence instead. She only seems interested in him when I go over to pet him.

It’s Chow Time!

August 25, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Stella”

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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

After a few days of getting comfortable, Uriel now eats with as much vigor as the girls on either side of him. At every mealtime, all three buns run to the end of their pens, waiting for me. I don’t know who figures it out first, probably Benita, but then the others take a cue and start begging. I usually feed the boys in the dining room first so Stella might have the best view, but some rabbits also seem to be able to tell time. I’m sure if Benita could tell time, she’d know when it was feeding time!

Saddle up Bun

August 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Benita & Uriel”

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“Stella”

Benita and Uriel are not bonded, but they have their own special “through-the-fence” relationship. I know of several rabbits who were unable to be safely bonded full-time, but still enjoy each other’s company. My two boys, Hershey and Butterscotch have each other, but also love seeing the other rabbits in the living room. Right now Hershey has his sights on Stella. He’s about a third of her size, but I’m sure he thinks that he could be the boss of her. I can imagine him trying to chase and mount her, and him clinging on as she runs away, almost like a human riding a horse! Whoa there, Hershey, maybe take a step back from the fence!

Who is that Trying to Pet Me?

August 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Uriel”

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“Stella”

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“Benita”

When I went into Stella’s pen last night to pet her, she wasn’t really interested. My mom had been petting her earlier, and I think she actually prefers her now! I still got some pets in eventually, but Stella let me know that she was doing ME a favor. Benita on the other hand doesn’t care who it is that pets her. She’d probably take pause if it was a stranger, but if they brought along a treat, she’d be their best friend. Uriel isn’t as interested in petting. He cares more about looking at the girls on either side of him. If I want to give him a pet, he lets me, but I get the feeling he’d like it better if I were a rabbit. He wouldn’t be the first to think that!

Relaxing with the Buns

August 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

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“Stella”

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“Charlie”

It sure is a relief when all of the bunnies in the house are behaving. It’s so nice to be able to take a break from everything else going on and just sit down to pet a bunny. Of course, the bunny has to be willing to be petted, but fortunately for me, most in my house do. And with so many options, there’s usually always one in the mood. Stella is always in the mood, as is Benita. Uriel is a little more shy about it. Butterscotch and Hershey usually just want to keep to themselves, but Piper will always melt for petting. My Charlie is special, because he will usually only let me pet him. He didn’t used to be a fan, but now will almost always let me pet him when I ask. He just sinks into the ground and purrs his teeth, instantly relaxing.

Ready for Petting!

August 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

Last night my Hershey was checking out Stella at the fence. After staring at her for a few minutes, he flopped into the fence for a nap, announcing said nap with a fence clang. When I go into Stella’s pen now, she’s usually asleep behind the couch. My routine has become, sit down on the couch, and lean back and announce myself, and out she comes for a petting session. I don’t know if she prefers my foot or my hand at this point, but she likes both.

Benita always jumps up when someone enters the living room. She’s always begging for something! Uriel comes over to see what’s going on too, but he doesn’t gobble down treats like she does. He loves his banana and Oxbow cookies, but the rest he takes his time eating.

More Bunnies, More Fun

August 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Uriel”

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“Stella”

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“Benita”

So far all my living room buns are getting along just fine. Once Stella realized that I had to make her pen smaller because a cute little boy bun was moving in next door, she was fine. She spent ┬áthe evening camped out to see him. Uriel came over to see her too, but he’s a little shy and she’s a whole lot of woman! Benita didn’t mind sharing his attention, but she usually sleeps along their shared fence, just in case he needs her reassuring big-sister presence.

Two More Buns for Me!

August 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

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“Stella”

Stella got a pair of new roommates today. Benita and Uriel are back! This brother and sister pair have already made themselves comfy. Stella hasn’t come over to say hello yet but I’m sure Uriel will love the double ladies on either side. It’s nap time now so every bun has found a good spot and will probably stay there for the next few hours. This evening is when everyone will come to play!

Stress and Sensitivity

April 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Benita”

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“Uriel”

Some rabbits take longer to adjust than others to new surroundings. Benita and her brother Uriel are a perfect example of this. Benita settles in very quickly and is up for petting from anyone. She gobbles down her food as soon as she gets it, and has no trouble sprawling out in the middle of the floor for an afternoon nap. Uriel on the other hand doesn’t eat his food right away and generally shies away from petting and attention at first. He takes about three days before his appetite is back to normal and is eating his food at a quicker pace.

It’s not unusual for rabbits like him to take all day to eat food they normally gobble up in a couple of hours. I try to be accommodating to sensitive buns and always make sure I have a treat ready to check for stasis while they’re adjusting. Usually that doesn’t happen, but stress does cause stasis in my Butterscotch so I’m always monitoring food intake here!

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