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I just found the Binky Bunny site, started to read all the time and even got brave enough to post. I got all excited - then my computer crashed and it took a while to get another. In the meantime I got another bun to take my mind off it!
Blue french lop (4mnth)
Milli had moved out of the cage by then and I had packed it away. She was living in the bunny room. I put Leo in the cage to start with an he didnt really fit so I had to move him out the cage and into the bunny room, making the area smaller to work on litter training and move Milli into the cage. They are both booked into the vets on Friday to be neutered and spayed. They can see eachother and lie next to eachother through the cage and are both pretty much love struck! Within a day Milli has started building a nest.
Is it ok to just leave her with the nest ? I know friday is not far away but it will still take some time for the hormones to settle and I really feel sorry for her with her little nest.
If I move Leo out of the bunny room so that Milli can also have her exercise time they both spend the whole time staring at eachother over the barrier. When I put her back in the cage and him back in the room they both just lie together purring. Is this any indication that bonding is going to be fairly straightforward when the time comes? There is lots of mutual grooming through the bars and they are both very content to just lie together. How long will Milli have to stay in the cage after the spay? I thought 2 weeks for her but want to make sure that she doesnt get hurt by any boisterous or amorous play.
I thought I should add a pic of Milli too - don't want to make her jealous when they seem to be doing so well!
I re-read the post and didnt even understand it myself so no worries there.
First was - the nest and is that a sign of a false pregnancy and can it happen so quickly after meeting eachother.
next was about whether the affection they are showing eachother is an indication of a fairly straightforward bonding when they are both out of the cages. Also how soon before I can actually start the bonding out of the cage area.
I think its a personal choice to leave the fur or not. I had a shelter bun with a HUGE gob of hair she had pulled out building a nest. I just threw it away and she didnt attempt to make another one. So its up to you.
I asked this same bonding question before because I had a nonneutered male who was smitten with a spayed little girl I have. Whoever is out they lay next to eachothers cages. So cute. I think everyone agreed this was a very good sign and will hopefully make bonding much easier.
They are both going to the vet tommorrow morning to be done, so I am a bit nervous about that. Hopefully all will be well and they will be home safely. The vet tech was really nice and tried to make sure that everything was explained and she was also talking sense. Making sure I knew not to starve the buns and to bring them a little blanket /toy/ t-shirt of mine etc so they would be able to smell me. I have to drop them in the morning and she said they will phone as soon as they wake up to tell me and then they will phone a little later for me to fetch them. They also do not mind putting the speaker phone on near the cage and letting you talk to the bunnies.
Well, it can be a sign of false or real pregnancy. You also said they show affection with each other when they are both out of their cages, so.......so... I am guessing that means they have been out together. Rabbits can mate so quickly. I would let the vet know that she is nesting. A rabbit's gestation period is 30 days. So from the time she is succesfully mated to the time she gives birth is only a month. So it's very important that the vet check this prior to her going into surgery.
Keep us updated.
UPDATE: I just read your other post where she is going to the vet today. EEEE! I hope things went okay and that she wasn't pregnant!
Here is some information about post surgery care by the House Rabbit Society http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/...-post-care
Males usually recover faster than females, and it is important for them to be at least nibbling on something by the next morning after surgery. If they seem to be in too much pain which can prevent them from eating, a vet can prescribe pain meds.
So Milli - any update?