Good evening all!
We are new here. We've been guinea pig owners for a few years now and we thoroughly enjoy them. A month ago my husband's uncle was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and was given 6 weeks. By then his bunny had been alone for 4 days. So my husband and I drove a few hours to go pick her up, we couldn't stand the thought of her being alone, in an unclean cage with no fresh food.
Carmela turned out to be a FAT 5.5lb mini Rex. She was in a store bought cage (we have C&C's for our piggies), very little little bedding, unlimited colorful pellets and no hay. We discovered sores on all four her feet as we were cleaning her cage for our trip home. Now, I have to add, she is very much loved by my husband's uncle. He has had bunnies (one at a time) his whole life. He lets them roam and did the best he could, but the man was a hermit living in a rural area and really didn't know much about proper care.
Nonetheless, we quickly fashioned a puppy pen for her in our living room next to the pigs. We took away the pellets (our pigs don't get pellets either) and gave her a heap of hay and fresh greens. It took a few days for her to get accustomed to the fresh veggies, but she loves them now.
We took her to our fantastic exotics vet who said he had never seen sore hocks on front feet. He advised soft flooring, lots of exercise and no pellets. We just took her back for a recheck and she had lost 0.8lbs! She is well on her way to a slim figure. He front feet have recovered completely, and the hair grew back. The back feet have healed and only one has a visible pink pad left. Our vet is very happy with her recovery.
We took her to the SaveABunny Rescue this past weekend to find her a friend. But she was not nice to the other bunnies. She sprayed one right in the face. She's 9 months old and needs to be spayed. We had planned to do it this June, when my husband is home (high school teacher), but between the failed bonding and grunting and lunging she's been doing we've decided to push up her spay date. So she's been booked for the operation this Thursday. We'll try bonding her again in a month or so.
We feel that Carmela was "sent to us", as ridiculous as it sounds. We had just settled in our first home and had every intention of adding bunnies to our life. My beloved guinea pig Snickerdoodle was nearing the end of his 2 year battle with recurring bladder stones. A needy bunny was just what the doctor prescribed when we finally had to put Snickerdoodle down.
We're excited to learn even more about buns and giving Carmela and her furture (neutered) boyfriend a forever home.