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Last Post by HatterBunny at 3/18/2010 8:30 AM (12 Replies)
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User is Offline HatterBunny
Huntington Beach
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3/15/2010 11:04 AM

So, I just adopted my first rabbit whom they think is a Harlequin mix, on March 13. Because I got him from an animal shelter they aren't sure of his age but they believe he is about 2 years old. He is mostly white with some grey stripes (I will post a pick soon). He was known as "Mr. Grumpy" at the animal shelter but interacted with me quite well. So far he tends to grunt and occasionaly thump when I first start to pet him but then he calms down. I know that he has to get used to his new environment and to me and my husband. Are there any recommendations to help me speed up this process. I hold him and play with him at least twice a day and then try to give him his own space. I don't want to overwhelm him. He really is a sweet bun, and I know with some loving he'll be an even sweeter boy. Of course any hints would be greatly appreciated!

meum cuniculum amo!

User is Offline mocha200
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3/15/2010 11:08 AM
Welcome to BB! are you going to name him somthing diffrent or are you going to keep his name? is he neutered? can't wait for pics
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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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3/15/2010 11:18 AM

There is what we often call the "Floor Ignore" - all you do is sit in the same area that the rabbit is romping in - be it a full room or just within an X-pen. Then, just read a book or magazine. This lets him play all he wants and he can come to you on his terms. Usually, you don't want to try and pet him whenever he comes up to you but only when he gives you a nose bump or a little tug with his teeth. That's rabbit speak for "Hey, you, slave! You may pay attention to me now." And if he hops away, just let him do so. This will let him know that you are no threat to him. But what you are doing now is good as well.

You should though take him to a vet at your earliest convience.  It is always good to get a new animal checked out immediately.  It will give the doctor a baseline data read for future visits and you can discuss altering them then (if it hasn't been done yet).  Not to mention, about 15-20% of the people here have had their rabbits miracuously change sex after seeing a vet.

 

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline MirBear
Kitchener, Ont. Ca.
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3/15/2010 11:18 AM

WELCOME!!
i would suggest to continue doing what your doing

EDIT: i forgot about the floor ignore and also if you do that and give him treats when he comes up to you it helps him get to know that your hand wont hurt him it has treats

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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3/16/2010 5:02 AM
Congratulations - Mr. Grumpy, that's cute. Sounds like many rabbits I know.

I highly recommend a vet check as soon as possible too - make sure you do a fecal test as part of the vet check.

On his first day home you may want to just let him relax - yes, I know this is hard since you want to fuss over him :~) but he will most likely be in sensory overload.

Can't wait to hear more about him and I love that you gave him a second chance and adopted him from an animal shelter.

User is Offline HatterBunny
Huntington Beach
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3/16/2010 5:28 AM

We have renamed him HATTER. He is neutered. I have started to spend time in his area and have noticed that he is more calm when I let him do his own thing. I have tried giving him treats but he seems to snub those when they are in my hand. As soon as I put them down on the floor though he gobbles them up...such a fussy boy. My goal is to let him roam the house once my husband and I are sure he knows where his litter box is. I hope that will also make him a much more happy bunny.  It is hard to not want to lather him up with hugs and kisses (especially when he cleans his face), but I know that patience will pay off in the end.  Thank you for all of the replies and please keep any more suggestions coming!

 

Oh, and he was in the animal shelter for almost 2 years, which I'm sure adds to his "charming" disposition....

 

meum cuniculum amo!

User is Offline TARM
VA
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3/16/2010 6:04 AM
2 years! Oh my! Thank you for saving him!!! I can't wait to see pics.

User is Offline Sarita
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3/16/2010 7:15 AM
I'm glad you renamed him. Hatter is a great name...much better than Mr. Grumpy. 2 years is a very long time in an animal shelter so he has alot to discover in his new home.

User is Offline Bindilicious
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3/17/2010 2:10 PM

Congratulations on rescuing Hatter!  I rescued my bun, Bindi, Jan. 25th of this year and we are still getting to know each other.  He will come around.  Welcome to the board and please post pics soon


User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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3/17/2010 2:17 PM
I call Moose Mr. Grumpy sometimes

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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3/17/2010 2:43 PM
It sometimes takes a long time before a rabbit even becomes accustomed to its surroundings. Poor Dono had had a girlfriend, lost the girlfriend, was passed through three different foster homes then had to deal with the evil Maryann bonding for nearly 7 months. I never begrudged him his standoffishness but one day about 18 months after I got him, I saw him do a binky. He looked about as surprised as I did over it and then made sure to give me a foot flick and go run and hide.

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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3/17/2010 6:41 PM
How DARE you witness his binky MarkBun! lol

User is Offline HatterBunny
Huntington Beach
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3/18/2010 8:30 AM

I let Hatter out into the living room for the first time last night to spend some "family", play time and he did a mini binky! I was so suprised that I wasn't even sure if it WAS a Binky....my little guy is has really come a long way since I got him on Saturday.

meum cuniculum amo!
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