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Last Post by MirBear at 3/30/2010 3:00 PM (132 Replies)
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User is Offline Lintini
Bay Area, California
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1/29/2010 1:36 PM
Well unfortunately people do purchase animals without thinking, then see how truly hard it is to care for them and throw them to the side. Guinea pigs also have a huge problem with this, you should check out craigslist and see how many people want to rehome their pigs. It's terrible. I have the means and the money to care for a 3rd and I am waiting for my voucher to come in the mail for Indy's neuter. I agree it wasn't the greatest idea to bring her home before Indy's neuter, but I am glad I got her because I can properly care for her and give her a great life. I don't mean to advocate to bring tons of rabbits home, I do my best to give them hours of play in different bunny proof bedrooms and have them in large NIC grid cages when I am not around. I love my animals to death and want what is best for them. I had been thinking about a third rabbit for awhile and I knew if I was helping Mike find a rabbit of his own I was probably getting a 3rd as well. But you are totally right, not having them fixed first and not trying a bond yet...probably not very smart of me. Even so I am very willing have 3 separate cages if it doesn't work out. I have a good feeling though for how laid back Indy is that I can at least get one bond. One step at a time though. Hopefully the voucher comes tomorrow or the next and then I can set up the vet appointment! Then get to do it all over again for Bun But I hope I didn't give anyone the wrong idea, especially lurkers. Because you should always be prepared for a new pet and know everything you can on how to provide for your new family member and what to expect. Like, I knew she wasn't going to be liter trained, and boy is she messy, and the cage grinds have to be doubled up because she can stick her head through it, so I had to buy extra grids and expect to clean her cage a few times a day. Also, she isn't going to stay that tiny and cute, well probably still very cute but she will grow up and those poo's get bigger and the messes get bigger too! I think that is also a misconception people have. They see this tiny ball of fluff and then it grows up and is stinky (only because they don't clean it's tray often) then complain eww I have a huge stinky bunny then give it to a shelter because it lost its novelty. Anyways, I hope everyone understands that my animals are in a loving well cared for home and that neuter day is right around the corner for Indy and spay day is around the corner for Bun as well Still a bit away for Blossom though!

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User is Offline Sarita
(Dallas)
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1/29/2010 2:06 PM
Lintini, it sounds like your parents have the means to help you care for a 3rd rabbit. You have mentioned that you are concerned about the cost of spaying and neutering. Luckily you have been able to find help but you on your own don't have the means. You are very lucky that your parents tolerate this and help you. In my experience doing rescue, this is not the case most of the time and even on the forum we hear it from members who rely on their parents and their parents are not open to the care required.

User is Offline Lintini
Bay Area, California
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1/29/2010 2:28 PM
It would only become an issue if the vet bill went over 2k. We had a cat get bladder stones and then kidney failure and all that went well over 4k. I have a credit card for that rainy day stash, or well i should call it my vet emergency card. It's hidden away in my room so I never am tempted to use it. I keep it for my cats as well. But I am 100% sure my parents would help me, if the bill was more expensive then what my card could handle then I would just have to pay them back. I am really lucky that they would help me like that.
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User is Offline MirBear
Kitchener, Ont. Ca.
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1/29/2010 2:33 PM

*cough* me *cough*
my mom has yet to see the light.... i could use a little help to do it quicker but for now ill just have to wait a bit.. and so will the buns... ill admit, when i got hershey i didnt even know buns could get fixed.... i now wishi had done more reaserch

My Siamese Sweethearts, Hershey & Twix........... <3 And In My Attempted Un-selfish Thoughts I Find Myself Thinking... If This Is The Best I Can Do With Just My Thoughts, Than What Is The Best That Can Be Done By Someone Who Has Not Only my Thoughts But The Chance To Make Them A Reality?

User is Offline Sarita
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1/29/2010 2:42 PM
That's exactly what I mean, Lintini, your parents are willing to help you and that's great. Many in your position are not so lucky. Vet bills are an enormous cost and believe me, I know, I spend alot on my rabbits but I'm self supportive and you are not. Eventually there will come a time when you aren't going to have their support.

Your rabbits are young but it won't be long before they are "old" or there is a serious medical issue and the vet bills could add up. You may be lucky and it doesn't happen, but you may end up with a rabbit who has chronic problems that rely on monthly vet visits and that is going to add up. Heck, they don't even have to be old, they could be young like Mimzs Mum who is dealing with dental issues and Mimz's is not old.

My rabbit Pepe who is about 6 years old has had 2 serious bouts of stasis that have cost me alot each time not to mention $200 a month for his dental problems that will be on-going.

User is Offline Lintini
Bay Area, California
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1/29/2010 2:53 PM
Yup! Animals are expensive to take care of! Hopefully I won't have to deal with serious medical issues at all. *knock on wood*
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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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1/29/2010 3:35 PM
MirBear, I suggest babysitting, doing random odd jobs in the neighborhood, walkign dogs, mowing lawns, heck, get a paper route! Its what me and my sister did growing up to get money for ourselves

User is Offline MirBear
Kitchener, Ont. Ca.
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1/29/2010 5:33 PM
yepp.. i doeverything except the paper route... (its winter so the lawn thing is out of the question at the moment and theres not enough snow to shovel)
My Siamese Sweethearts, Hershey & Twix........... <3 And In My Attempted Un-selfish Thoughts I Find Myself Thinking... If This Is The Best I Can Do With Just My Thoughts, Than What Is The Best That Can Be Done By Someone Who Has Not Only my Thoughts But The Chance To Make Them A Reality?

User is Offline shlbysmom
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1/29/2010 6:18 PM
she is adorable!!! yea i try to never look at buns at the pet store cause i dont have space but would still not b able to resist!!

User is Offline Lintini
Bay Area, California
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1/31/2010 9:52 PM
I gave up and couldn't take it anymore and showed her to my mom today. She just said I was crazy and that my clothing is going to smell like rabbit. Oh well. My dad was out of town but he's probably going to strangle me like Homer does to Bart Simpson :p lol

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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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1/31/2010 10:17 PM
I can name many thigns that smell worse than rabbit! My 2 smell like hay and cilantro

User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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1/31/2010 10:25 PM
lolz...Just give him Bart's excuse for everything then...
"I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything..."
Props to you for telling your mum at last. Mum's need to know these things.
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User is Offline MirBear
Kitchener, Ont. Ca.
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3/30/2010 3:00 PM
i was just about to post : have your parents found bee yet, but i guess its alreadyu been answered , and your still alive so im assuming your dad hasnt strangles you
My Siamese Sweethearts, Hershey & Twix........... <3 And In My Attempted Un-selfish Thoughts I Find Myself Thinking... If This Is The Best I Can Do With Just My Thoughts, Than What Is The Best That Can Be Done By Someone Who Has Not Only my Thoughts But The Chance To Make Them A Reality?
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