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Last Post by HippyHop at 12/07/2012 10:57 AM (33 Replies)
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User is Offline AnnaNutBread
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11/02/2012 5:17 AM

Hi everyone!  My name is Anna and I live in the SF Bay area (Go Giants!)  I just wanted to introduce myself and my bun because I'm a new bunny owner and I could use all the help I can get!

My neighbor bought a mini lop from the local petstore and realized that they were a lot more work then he thought, so he asked if I wanted him or else he was going to drop the bun off at the animal shelter.  Oh of course, I will take him in!

I then realized that the bun left it's mom way too early (6 weeks), so I've been researching like crazy and I have had help from Rabbit House Society.  Now my buns is on Oxbow alfalfa pellets, timothy hay, and alfalfa hay.  Let me know if I'm missing anything!  I almost broke my neck yesterday trying to break off an stick from the apple tree in my neighbor's yard.    

I called the local 'clinic' to try and set up an appointment for the bun to get neutered, but we're still waiting for those testicles to drop, which would be the end of December since he will then be 4 months old.  (Dec. 28th)

The bun (has no name yet) has been really mellow, but would randomly jump back and forth super fast and once in a while jump into the air, what a little acrobat!  I give him supervised play area, but I have realized that he will actually go into his open cage when he needs to do his litter business, did he teach himself how to litterbox?!  *crosses fingers*  He has just yesterday (!!) started licking my face (nose, eyebrows, forehead) and my boyfriend's (way to make me feel special).

Do you bunny slaves actually have meet ups?  Would love to get together and chat it up, while talking about how we got into this mess 


User is Offline lmais
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11/02/2012 5:38 AM
Welcome to BB! He's adorable 😊 check out the other threads and the bunny info section. He's a bit young now but he's also going to need veggies (about 1/2 cup to 1 cup per day) I don't have a link but I'm sure someone can provide you one with a list of safe veggies.

The one thing I will tell you is its worth it to buy the apple sticks at a pet store. If you are feeding them to him from the tree then you need to boil them well and let them dry before you give them to him. If they aren't boiled there's all kinds of bugs and bacteria in there and it won't be good for the little one.

It was so nice of you to take him in 😊 but of course, with that face, how could you not?!

Even though he's too young to be neutered I would recommend taking him for a checkup at the vet just to make sure all is well 😊. I got Ruby from a pet store and they said she had been dewormed.. To make a long story short she wasn't and ended up getting a really bad eye infection but I caught it early so all was okay. Buns try hiding any injuries or sickness they may be feeling so it's worth it to get a once over to begin with!

As far as I know there's no kind of meet up since everyone is a little all over the place, but I think it's a great idea (even an online chat or something that's live rather than the forum).

Welcome again! And hope you find a name for the little one soon!


User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/02/2012 6:13 AM
What an adorable face!!! Welcome to BB and thank you for taking in this little bunny.
Like lmais said, a bit young for veggies yet. I'd hold off until he's 12 weeks old.
Get him neutered as soon as you can, and his litter habits will be stellar, but it never hurts to start encouraging him to use his potty now. And yes, a checkup is always recommended when its a pet store bun.
That little face needs a name! Hope you come up with one soon.
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User is Offline FrankieFlash
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11/02/2012 6:16 AM
Welcome. He is adorable. Although, he might not be a he. At that age it can be very hard to tell so I just wanted to give you a heads up. I thought my little bunjamin was a girl for the first month I had him. Now he has to live with pink carrier lol. It was very nice of you to take this bun in though. And I love responsible pet slaves who do their research. And we love to help the willing to learn here on BB.

Imais already mentions apple twig thing so I'm going to go with her expertise since I've always bought that kinda stuff from Online pet stores. My issue is you never know who sprays chemicals and fertilizers on their lawn and the wind can blow those chemicals on trees so to me it's not worth the risk of making them sick.

I agree with getting him a check-up. It will also help even if he's 100% healthy for your vet to see him healthy and get used to his "norms". But you with rabbits it's really hard to know when they are sick so you have to be very vigilant. But don't worry, that comes with time learning and getting to know your bun. I was really worried when I got Bunjamin I wouldn't catch something but so far it's just come naturally *knocks on wood*.

Those jumps are called Binkies. And they are awesome. I still get a big cheesy grin on my face when my bun or any bun does them really. It means they are happy.

I would slowly start trying to convert his whole cage from a litter box to an actual litter box. I remember how much work cleaning a whole cage is and it sounds like he would pick up the concept well. Just remember to only put litter in the litter box, not the floor of the cage. That's confusing to them. I made that mistake for months before I found BB.

Any more questions, feel free to ask. And once again, welcome!

User is Offline lmais
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11/02/2012 8:04 AM
Also for the litter training I found Ruby picked it up much quicker once I changed the bedding in her cage from paper to blankets. I lined it all with fleece and that seemed to help her tell the difference between litter space and living space

User is Offline AnnaNutBread
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11/02/2012 9:36 PM
Thank you to everyone who gave me such invaluable information!

This buns is going in for a checkup in the next following week, I have gotten great referrals for rabbit vets in my neighborhood, so we're going to see if he(she) is healthy.

And I did not know about those apple sticks, he was having such a great time chomping on those, but I have taken them away. I went to Petsmart right after seeing the replies, so I bought him a few toys and a few sticks. Unfortunately he is currently ignoring them.

I also bought him a cat litter box and filled it with bedding litter and fresh timothy, alfalfa, and a few food pellets in it. I put him in twice, but he has jumped out twice. He's still jumping into his cage during supervised play time to just nibble on his hay, drink water, and do his business. I guess I shouldn't complain about that!

I've also been "walking" him outside with a harness/leash on.  He doesn't struggle at all, I basically follow him wherever he wants to go.  Do any of your bunnies in the end successfully can be led out for walks?  

Any other tips/feedback would be great, I love the plethora of information on this forum/site and I have my work cut out for me! Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

And what's with this face of disapproval?  Does he not enjoy the X-Factor?


User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/03/2012 3:02 AM
Ah yes. The disapproving rabbit face. Such a pretty color.
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User is Offline lmais
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11/03/2012 8:01 AM
Lol of course, disapproval all around when a bunny is not impressed! I can't get over how sweet he (she) is, good thing you're far away from Montreal or I'd have to take him (her) home with me!!! He looks so fuzzy I just want to mush my face in him

User is Offline AnnaNutBread
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11/05/2012 6:35 AM

I just made an appointment for a thorough checkup for the bun, but unfortunately the vet that I was referred to is booked weeks in advance, but our appointment is on the 24th, right after Thanksgiving.

Hopefully everything will check out fine and we'll be good to go.

Also I was wondering do you guys know what is a good sod for the bunny?  We're thinking of building an outdoor enclosure for the bun, but we're stuck on which sod would be safe.


User is Offline lmais
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11/05/2012 7:18 AM
Would you be abe to keep him inside? Its much less stressful for them with less noise, and healthier because they aren't exposed to the elements and bugs/bacteria/predators etc.

As for bedding, I just use blankets, I found much cheaper that way plus it really helped with her litter training because she could tell the difference between what's for living and where she should do her thing. I bought some fleece at a local craft store and my bun loves it. I just switch the material every 2-3 weeks to wash it.

User is Offline AnnaNutBread
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11/05/2012 7:29 AM

Oh yes of course he'll be inside!  We have given him my craft room (*tears*)  

I'll definitely try out this blanket idea!  I don't mind him doing his business in his cage, but I would love for him to use his litter box, so it'll be easier for me to clean.  Do you suggest a cleaning solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water?

Recently he's been starting to nip, not me though, but my boyfriend.  It's more like an accidental nip, but I would love this habit to cease. 


User is Offline lmais
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11/05/2012 7:43 AM
A lot of people use the 50/50 vinegar and water, for accidents outside of the box I use the nature's miracle cleaner that BB sells, I found that the vinegar solution wasn't really effective with Ruby. Her litter box I just clean with water and a wet sponge once in a while, that way the urine smell goes away but it doesn't smell like soap or cleaner either.

For the blankets I was those in the washing machine with a soap that is eco friendly, safe for babies and pets. I can't recall the brand but I'm sure a similar product is fine.. I think the one I use is "ecosense"? I could be wrong though. The only thing I make sure not to do is if I put the blankets in the dryer I don't put in dryer sheets because they can leave a bit of residue and I'm scared of what chemicals might be transferred to the material from the scent.

User is Offline lmais
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11/05/2012 7:44 AM
Also for the outdoor enclosure make sure that there is a cover for it because predator animals can be really persistent, even if you're there with him

User is Offline Sam&Rex
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11/05/2012 4:10 PM

YOUR BUNNY IS SO ADORABLE!!!

He/She is very luck to have such a good bunny slave! Sounds like you two are off to a great start

I'm not sure about how many people on this site take their bunns for walks, but I know Rex loves the outdoors! The only thing I can't seem to get him to do is follow me, we usually just go wherever he wants to go (which is usually under bushes, through prickles and any other places that human slaves have difficulty getting to!). If you're using a harness make sure that it's an H or shoulder harness, not a figure 8 harness or one that only connects the neck and body straps with just one strap. Jacket type harnesses work pretty well too, or so I've heard. Different harnesses put pressure on different areas, and if a bun tries to bolt a bad harness can lead to a broken back  or worse...

Let us know when you decide on a name! A bunny that adorable shouldn't be nameless for long!


User is Offline AnnaNutBread
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11/06/2012 4:01 AM

Thanks Imais!

I'll check out the vinegar solution first and then if that's not effective, I'll check out yours!

And great tip about the washing machine, I've never thought of the soap, so good point.  I have some grocery shopping to do 


User is Offline AnnaNutBread
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11/06/2012 4:04 AM

Hey Sam!

Definitely trying to be a good bunny slave.  All we do is research like crazy.  And we have the top rabbit vet in the Bay Area and we cross reference everything.  A little obsessive at this point 

Our bun is on a jacket kind of harness, he mostly just hops around with it and I follow around.  Not much of a direct walk, but I want him to get some outdoor time.

I have pretty much settled on the name Butters, but the boyfriend says that's some character's name off Southpark and is not a fan of that character?  But hello!  Our bun looks like a butterball!  But we've been calling him Mr. Buns for awhile now.

Do you have any name suggestions for us?

And here's a picture to get the Tuesday cuteness going!


User is Offline lmais
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11/06/2012 5:14 AM
I can't handle the cuteness. Look at that face!!! (just a little bit of disapproval there) I agree, butters would have been perfect! What if you name him after his personality rather than his color? Mine's name is Ruby but I usually just call her princess or lady cause she's really spoiled and grooms herself ALL the time.

User is Offline AnnaNutBread
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11/06/2012 6:14 AM

Great great idea!  We will just have to wait for his personality to show through because each day with him is a bit different.  Yesterday was an off day

 

I'll keep thinking of names and hopefully we'll get one soon!  Do any of you do holiday pictures with your bun?  Am I getting way too into this?!


User is Offline lmais
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11/06/2012 7:09 AM
haha no you're not getting too into this! unfortunately i dont yet, she was spayed just before last christmas and I didn't want the pictures with her little tummy all bandaged, so maybe this year.... as for halloween she would kill me if i tried to put a costume on her lol.
I do have a ridiculous amount of pictures of her in general though haha

User is Offline AnnaNutBread
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11/06/2012 7:21 AM
Your Ruby is too adorable! And what an adorable name. Alright then, we're getting holiday pictures done! Our local mom and pops pet store has a Santa Claus that comes in at the end of November and we have already signed up for a time slot for that day. We're getting ridiculous up in here!
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