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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HABITATS AND TOYS > What to do with my room? + pix
Last Post by KytKattin at 11/25/2009 3:51 PM (27 Replies)
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User is Offline Lintini
Bay Area, California
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10/24/2009 12:58 PM

So as most of you know, I got a new baby bunny. I pretty much kicked the guinea pigs out of their zone in my room and rebuilt the cage to be 3 grids long, 2 high, 2 wide, and with a shelf in between.

The problem. Well, my room is pretty gross with 2 rabbits and 3 guinea pigs. I don't know what to do, It stresses me out. I keep the cages very clean, I mean the rabbits aren't the issue since they use litter boxes, even the new baby is using hers. I love my guinea pigs to death, but I can't take their disgusting mess. They poo and pee all over and now I am just overwhelmed.  I really don't have any room in my bedroom for all these pets and I don't know what to do! I have a terrible headache from thinking over what to do. I really didn't need this new rabbit. Ughhhhhh.

We have an insulated aviary in the backyard, so it's basically like a guest house minus the furniture, but I feel like I am just throwing my guinea pigs away if they have to live out there. Because they have been in my room for 2 years now. I want my pets to be happy and healthy, but when I tried putting the guinea pigs in the aviary for one night, they wouldn't even come out of their houses and they had bug eyes like they were scared to death.

 

I really really really overdid it with the new bunny

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User is Offline Petzy
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10/24/2009 1:09 PM
I didn't know you had piggies, too.
If the insulated aviary is adequate for their needs and you are up to spending time there with them, it's not a bad place. They would be scared because it is new and strange but you can set it up nicely for them. It can be fun. My trio of rabbits hhad to adjust to moving into my basement at night times and they were scared in the beginning. But now they're happy.
As for your new bunny; until she's altered and bonded, it will be more work but it can be done. There are so many smart habitat solutions. Can you build something with two storeys, one for each bun?

Since you feel ovewhelmed now, make a point of saying your warren is full, no more now. You said you weren't keeping your fish? Fish tanks can actually be a lot of work too.
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User is Offline Lintini
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10/24/2009 1:17 PM

Yes I put my aquarium up on craigslist today and my dad said he would come with me to bring my oscar to the aquarium shop where I bought him when he was just a wee 3 inches long, now he is about 14''. I'll probably end up crying lol. I'm such a pet nut, I never give away my animals. . Sigh. The aviary is adequate, but it's just not the same, I would rather keep them in the house so they are easier for me to visit and take care of. It's going to take time for me to build another large cage for them. I might just convert my closet to a guinea pig home, and just deal with the smell, and just clean their cage everyday, or do better spot cleaning. I'm just frustrated with my bedroom. I think I will talk to my mom about moving them into the guest room, or I gotta go buy more cubes to convert my closet.

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User is Offline RabbitPam
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10/24/2009 1:18 PM
I agree that there's potential in the aviary for a good solution. You might consider making it a space for you to use as well, like for homework or computer time, or maybe a library. That way you would visit the piggies daily, let them out to play with you, but still have you in there for company for longer periods than you might be if you were just visiting with them. It could be a nice little escape place for you.
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User is Offline Lintini
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10/24/2009 1:23 PM
Considering I just randomly got this new rabbit without having it being planned, I mean I don't even know if they will get to bond, and I don't know if it will be a good idea considering Bun is a dwarf, I don't know how large the new baby will get, or if its a girl or a boy. I don't see testicles but the pictures I saw of the genitals look pretty similar, or at least they did to me. (they were baby photos) I can't tell =/ I guess I will know in a few weeks. AHhhhhh

I agree about the aviary, I just took one look at my closet and cringed.
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User is Offline Petzy
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10/24/2009 1:25 PM
My basement is definitely an escape, LOL! I get to watch my rabbits when I iron laundry, hehe. I also have a desk, my pantry and my closet there. My boyfriend is forever calling me to come upstairs. My rabbits might move again depending on how my quartett bonding goes.

Lintini: a compromise: you could house your piggies in the aviary til your rabbits are a bonded pair.

I think you are having a bad day b/c of the heat you've been taking.
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User is Offline Petzy
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10/24/2009 1:30 PM
Posted By Lintini on 10/24/2009 04:23 PM
Considering I just randomly got this new rabbit without having it being planned, I mean I don't even know if they will get to bond, and I don't know if it will be a good idea considering Bun is a dwarf, I don't know how large the new baby will get, or if its a girl or a boy. I don't see testicles but the pictures I saw of the genitals look pretty similar, or at least they did to me. (they were baby photos) I can't tell =/ I guess I will know in a few weeks. AHhhhhh

I agree about the aviary, I just took one look at my closet and cringed.

 

It isn't a great idea to randomly do anything but you had been saying lots you wanted a hus-bun for Bun. Bunnydating helps tremendously but random bonds have their success stories also. As this bond might take time, the aviary for the piggies will give you a bit more space in the meantime. Don't be too stressed over what gender or size the new bun is.  It doesn't matter as much as personality.

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User is Offline Lintini
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10/24/2009 1:44 PM
I know, I was caught up in the moment seeing so many poor little baby rabbits in a tiny cage. Even if they don't work out in the future I am okay with it. I am just stressing. Thank you though for the advice, I will work on having the piggers go in the aviary. It seems like the best option without my mom raging. My room will less stressful to me without my pets taking it over.
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User is Offline Petzy
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10/24/2009 1:50 PM
whatever set-up you decide on, make sure it's easy to clean. then it will all work out!
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User is Offline feeona
perth wa
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10/24/2009 2:49 PM

why dont you put your new bun in the avairy until the bunnies bond? i reckon he/she would have a ball in there after coming from a tiny little cage! then if they bond you could take him/her into the bedroom. and if they dont well i think that the aivary sound like a great place for any of the four pets!
i bought my bunny on a whim because i was showing my son the bunnies at the petstore at a marketplace and we were admiring him and a couple next to me were talking to themselves and i thought they said something to me and i said huh? and they said they were going to get him to eat him .
well we all know what happens next ..... i stormed into the petstore with my 3 year old on my hip and handed them 45 bucks and said ill have that rabbit thanks ..... i knew nothing about rabbits .... all i knew was ..... he wasnt dinner.
then after a few hours i kept thinking oh no what have i done? my husbands gonna kill me ! you shouldnt buy animals on a whim feeona!!!
i got home and i was so stressed out !! but after a few days i know this rabbit was meant for us!!!!

we love shoog 4eva 

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User is Offline bunnymum
PA
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10/24/2009 4:25 PM
I think this "whim" happens to everyone at some point! Things will be ok, Lintini. You are not a bad person for housing the piggies or bunny in your aviary. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Bun and your new bunny form a bond soon, so you will be at ease. Good luck and we are here for you
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User is Offline Lintini
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10/24/2009 7:00 PM
Okay so I was sent home early from work because I was sick, and was able to work things out when I got home. Baby bunnies cage is complete, and I have decided on the piggies living in my converted closet. I have some new photos, and thank you all for your help, I am much more relaxed now.







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User is Offline feeona
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10/24/2009 7:24 PM
aawwww too cute - i thinks all will be okay - good luck vibes on the two of them bonding
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User is Offline Lintini
Bay Area, California
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10/25/2009 5:32 PM
Bwahahaha! Mom just came into my room and HELD the new baby bunny!! IVE SUCKED HER INTO THE CUTENESS!!! She also said, my room looked nice and clean
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User is Offline Monkeybun
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10/25/2009 5:35 PM
Woo hoo for mom holding new bunny! *cheers*

User is Offline RabbitPam
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10/25/2009 5:39 PM

If more people who live together understood the persuasive power of a cleaned room....
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User is Offline Lintini
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10/25/2009 10:08 PM
Yea, on Saturday we took out all our decoration carpets since we have hardwood floor and had to wash them down. The 5 month old puppy had been tinkling on them and we didn't know until it started to smell, and we caught her a few times. My parents were very upset and on a house cleaning rampage. They spent a lot of money remodeling the house and getting the hardwood floors redone after our other dog ruined the carpets when he was a puppy. We've had lots of problems with the little dogs being potty trained since they are little and we can miss the spots. Wickett is good now, Leia still is working out her issues. But yea on top of the cleaning stress, adding a new bunny to my room, ahhhhhhhh. I think that's why I was also flipping out.
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User is Offline Petzy
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10/26/2009 4:56 AM
Posted By Lintini on 10/26/2009 01:08 AM
We've had lots of problems with the little dogs being potty trained since they are little and we can miss the spots. Wickett is good now, Leia still is working out her issues.

 

If it's a little dog, puppy training pads might help get the random peeing under control. I have never had a small dog and I didn't use them with my big dogs but my friend's boarding kennel uses them a lot with good results.

www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp

you can even buy a tray for them. It is an expense but cheaper I think than fixing damaged flooring. Also, they help get a pup on track whose toilet habits are off.

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User is Offline Lintini
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10/26/2009 10:06 AM
Well I think a lot of the issue is that they are free fed, so she isn't on a timed schedule to poo so we don't know when we should be letting her out, and it doesn't help now that it's fall and everyone is back to school and my mom is a teacher, so she is back to work. So I've already told my parents she needs to be fed on a set schedule, because she doesn't let us know when she has to go, we just have to keep taking her out and taking her out, and half the time she just runs around and plays, digs in the planter boxes and harasses the cats lol. Ahhh to be a puppy.
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User is Offline Petzy
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10/26/2009 11:43 AM
oh, wow, yes... the joys of housebreaking! LOL! I'd feed her on set times like you said and personally I would also use a crate to keep her from pottying indoors, but people believe in different methods.
It's funny, many people think it's the intact males that are tough to housetrain, but I have had a few female dogs that took a full-time commitment to establish the clean habits. With a boy dog, you take him out -- he's going to lift his leg, you know?
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