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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > To take bunny or not to take bunny?
Last Post by Mom2Tux at 10/29/2012 3:27 PM (14 Replies)
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User is Offline Radhika
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10/25/2012 10:24 AM

Harry is currently unbonded and I'm pretty sure he gets lonely when I go out, he's always very happy to see me and he acts worried when he knows I'm going out (putting on my shoes seems to be the signal).

Tomorrow I have to drive to my mum's, take her cat to the vets at 8:30am, then pick him up after his surgery at 4pm. Realistically I won't be home until 8 or even 9 - maybe 15 hours in total. Harry has never been alone that long before, the longest was 6 hours. He coped fine, but I feel like we're closer now than we were then.

I'm juggling in my mind whether to take him with me or not. The house would be unfamiliar and smell like cats. We could block off a room so the remaining cat couldn't get to him, but the smell would still be there. My mum has all laminate floors and Harry doesn't chew wires (or anything really!) so he couldn't cause any damage, and it's okay if he pees outside his litter tray. 

I don't know if the comfort of being with me will make up for the stress of the drive and being in an unfamiliar place. He is a very relaxed bunny, he has only used his hiding place once in the weeks I've had him, and that was when I vaccuumed. He has only had one short trip, to the vets, and it did stress him quite a bit - he lost his litter training for a few days. I don't know if it was the journey or the vet's exam that did it.

I'm torn, please give me your thoughts! This will all be so much easier in a few weeks when he is hopefully bonded, but for now I'm all he has


User is Offline Sarita
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10/25/2012 10:37 AM
I think he would be much more comfortable at home.

User is Offline Radhika
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10/25/2012 10:40 AM
That's definitely what I'm leaning towards. I just feel like a bad bunny mummy

User is Offline Sarita
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10/25/2012 10:44 AM
I leave my rabbits at home from 10 to 12 hours a day so don't feel bad. They really don't seem to miss me at all :~(

User is Offline Radhika
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10/25/2012 10:46 AM
I'm sure Harry won't miss me at all when he has his friend, he's just making do with what he's got.

I will leave him lots of hay, and his apple sticks to chew, and I think I'll leave the radio on low.. it will make me feel better even if he doesn't notice it.

User is Offline Stickerbunny
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10/25/2012 11:06 AM
He'll be fine. He will most likely sleep through most of it. If you miss a dinner somewhere in that time he might get a bit miffed about that. lol My rabbits are happy to see me when they are awake, but through most the day they ignore me even if I am home cause they don't get active til night time anyway.

User is Offline Radhika
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10/25/2012 11:36 AM
We have a routine and it will be messed up. He gets his pellets in the morning about 7am and then his veg in the evening at 7pm. He sleeps from about 10am to 3pm and I guess some time during the night, although it seems every time I wake up in the night I can hear him munching hay. He will amuse himself I hope

User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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10/25/2012 2:07 PM
Don't feel like a bad bun mom! I promise he will be fine. If you do worry about him getting lonely leave the radio on for him. =] Maybe a nice soothing jazz station?

User is Offline Malp_15
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10/26/2012 9:24 AM
He'll be fine! I've left mine for those periods lots in the past, between having multiple jobs... and actually trying to have a life

I just give extra food and they really don't seem to notice that I've been gone, specially once I break out dinner haha. My cat is the only one who seems to care when I leave... but that's probably because she doesn't have a constant supply of food

User is Offline Monkeybun
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10/26/2012 9:31 AM
He'll be fine. Mine have had to have late dinners before, and although they got grumpy, they were completely fine

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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10/26/2012 2:06 PM
He'll be fine! I'm sure he'll be much happier at home than having to go to a new place and adjust to a new house.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline Radhika
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10/26/2012 3:16 PM
Oh my god, wrong decision

Bunny took the opportunity to learn how to climb onto the dining room table. In the weeks I've had him he has shown zero inclination for climbing, he doesn't even like going upstairs in his hutch. So I didn't see any issue with leaving a bowl of fruit and... some leftover chocolate... on the dining room table. He managed to climb up there - still can't work out how - and nibbled the fruit and the chocolate. A few bites of apple, kiwi fruit, and about 8g of chocolate. I have spent the last 5 hours in total anxiety, watching his every move for signs of chocolate poisoning.

The emergency vet said if he was a dog, the amount he ate would be far too small to pose a risk, but nobody really knows the tolerance level for rabbits. He is acting, pooing and eating completely normally but it's 1am and I can't rest in case he starts showing any signs of pain or illness.

Lesson learned: never assume bunny can't get somewhere just because he never has so far, and remove ALL food from the rooms bunny has access to.

I am a terrible bunny mum, if something happens I will never forgive myself for leaving it there

User is Offline Stickerbunny
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10/27/2012 6:46 AM
accidents can happen even to the best pet parents, so try not to be too hard on yourself. Hope he'll be OK! ((((Vibes for Harry)))

User is Offline Radhika
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10/28/2012 12:15 PM
He is okay, thankfully. Not even a slight change in his poo or anything else. Thank you for the vibes

User is Offline Mom2Tux
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10/29/2012 3:27 PM
Yeah, my bun randomly started climbing a few days ago after having never shown the inclination to do so before. When I leave him home alone, I make sure his pen is secure. Mostly he just lounges around and nibbles on hay.
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