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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > paint, plaster, oil base clay. . .??
Last Post by BB at 9/06/2006 9:35 PM (33 Replies)
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User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/10/2006 5:37 PM
so, apparently I've adopted an art bunny- which is great since my boyfriend and I are art students. But, I'm sure it's not good for Fujoe's health. He goes after plaster molds and oil-base clay, but that's ok because once I saw the cheaw marks I hid them- but the paint. He's eating all of the paint off of the baseboards. The apartment is old and the paint is thick, he'll get to the wood and continue eating in a new area. I've tried rubbing ivory soap and it'll work of a little bit, but back he goes. Please, does anyone have any suggestions? A few days ago I got him neutered, and he seems to be more attracted to the baseboards. I just don't want to leave him out and then reilize he's consumed too much paint because I was cooking, or in the shower, or whatever. Thanks!



User is Offline BB
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6/10/2006 8:56 PM

Welcome fujoethebunny! Now you're entered into the drawing twice.  Good Luck.

In old buildings, the paint on the walls may even be lead based which is dangerous for your bunny.      So, for now,  when you are not supervising, block him from that area until you find a solution that works.  

My vet gave me the perfume tip:  Rub perfume on the area.  I can't stand strong perfume, so I spray it on a paper towel and rub it on, instead of spraying. Sometimes that permanently turns my bunnies off, and sometimes I just have to replenish every now and then. 

Another member: HopperBunny said rubbing lemon rinds on the areas works for her.

If your bunny still chews on the walls (I'm thinking corners and molding?) there are clear plastic wall guards that you may be able to use. 

Also, while you're finding solutions through trial and error, keep a water bottle handy and give him a squirt to the body.   That should chase him off immediately.  It's only temporary, but it's a good way to quickly deter most bunnies for the moment and keep them out of danger. (some bunnies don't care, and will get soaked, but most aren't fond of it)

Let us know what finally works!! If you find something new - a brand new tip for a safe deterrent, let me know, and I may add it to the Bunny Proofing section to my website, so others can benefit too.

Have a Binky Weekend!




User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/11/2006 6:52 AM
ok. . .so, I tried the lemon; kind of. It seems odd that a rabbit wouldn't like lemon, so I took half of one and offered it to Fujoe, and well. . .He ate it. Apparently he likes lemons. oh woe is me Any brand of perfume? Any type? Floral? fruity? The ivory soap worked for a while, but since his neturing a few days ago, it's not working. also, has anyone tried deoderant? a friend told me to try that, but that was for a dog- not a bunny. thanks, and I'll try not to eat my bunny today. http://www.binkybunny.com/site/DesktopModules/NTForums/images/emoticons/unsure.gif



User is Offline BB
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6/11/2006 7:16 AM

Happy Sunday to you  fujoethebunny.  

She actually used the rind of the lemon.   Maybe there is something the the peel that turns them off more than the actual fruit.   But if you test it out by offering lemon rind to him first to see if he'll be deterred, don't let him eat it like it's a treat. 

So far any perfume works for me.  It hasn't seemed to matter what kind. I remember her saying it was the other chemicals in perfume that bunnies smell that they are not happy with. 

Good luck!




User is Offline HoppyBunny
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6/13/2006 2:14 PM
Actually lemon oil works better but in a pinch rubbing the skin to get the oil out works too, or grapefruit. : ) That grapefruit is my latest edition to experiments. Of course some bunnies are going to be the odd ones out and another remedy will have to be found. Have you tried the perfume yet?



User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/13/2006 5:31 PM

ok, so here we go again

I did try the perfume. I went to walgreens and told the lady working at the counter what I needed (pretty sure she thought I was crazy), but we decided on a cheap but strong perfume. I get home, spray it on the paper towel-- the bunny sneezed. the bunny sneezed? yes, he sneezed. it was cute, I had never heard him sneexe before, but that should be a good sign, right? no.

He was being lazy, and didn't go to the base board, but within an hour or so of apply the perfume, he was chewing. I sprayed it again- this time on the baseboard (my apt STILL smells like old lady, thank you so much Fujoe). That was last night, when I let him out this morning, he went right to the spot. So, it doesn't work. At all.

sigh

so now. . I was trying to clean the baseboards- there's ivory soap all over them that I rubbed, but what happened was that I made the baseboard smell like soap even more- I just basically rubbed it in-- he hasn't touched any of the baseboards that I "washed." so that's the only thing that has kind of worked.

 

I'll try the lemon rind--but that's the part of the lemon that the bunny ate; not the furit part. and I"ll try the grapefruit. Honestly, if anyone has any, I mean ANY other suggestions, please let me know. I'll keep everyone posted on what happens with this. . .

This is driving me crazy.




User is Offline BB
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6/13/2006 9:37 PM

Wow, you have one determined bunny!   I know it's not funny, but I have to laugh that even stinky perfume didn't turn him away.  Man, mine steer clear of the area that I rubbed it into.    I do try and find a perfume that I won't be turned off by either.  LOL.   It's not the perfume itself, but the alchohol and oils of some sort.  But the scent isn't as big a deal, so I choose something light.  But doesn't seem to matter with your bunny.   She's got a taste for wall!

It seems like the ivory soap is working with yours.  If that keeps her away for at least a few days, I would love to add that to my the tips section of the House Proofing area. 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!   How old is your bunny?




User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/14/2006 7:00 PM
Fujoe the bunny is 10 months old. I adopted him on craigslist, and his previous owner said he never chewed on the base boards. I honestly wonder if there is lead paint somewhere under all of the paint that's on the baseboards. I have no doubt in my mind the perfume does not even remotely work. I left a part of the wall uncovered (i had put a piece of cardboard over the base board so he wouldn't chew at it) which I had used the perfume. I went and took a shower, when I got out, about six inches of the top part of the baseboard was missing. sigh so this is what I found to work the best: Ivory soap, but not in the manner in which i was applying it before. (you can only use plain ivory soap-nothing else!) I took the bar and rubbed it all over the base board, it's all chunky and falling off. Then I take a wet rag and wipe it all over. I'm basically "melting" the soap and creating a thin layer all over the base board. This has seemed to work the best so far- granted it's been only two days or so. My next experiment is to take a spray bottle and make some high concentration of ivory soap water to spray on problem areas when I see him chewing. It takes a while to apply the soap. So, once again, if anyone has ANYTHING else, please let me know. If I could figure out how to post pictures on the forum I would like to show everyone what I'm dealing with. thanks so much binkybunny- go and add the ivory soap.



User is Offline BB
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6/14/2006 7:44 PM
I think your inventing a whole new deterrent!  That's great!   So good work in finding a solution so far! 

I love it,  and that's exactly what this forum and whole site is about -  helping each other out.
Bunnies are all different, and what may work for one, may not work for another.   If something I have on the site doesn't work, and you find something that your bunny reacts better too, then that's wonderful because now another tip can be added -  more options for people. 

Let us know how long this ends up lasting.  I'd love to post "fuejoethebunny's  deterrent tip" in the bunny proofing section.   (I still have to check with a vet before I officially put it on the house proofing section) But if all goes well, it would be helpful for others  too.

Two days and counting.    I'm hoping for three or more.  I know your are too!!

You can upload pics - there should be upload tools right below where you type your message.

Just click on browse, and then find the location of your picture on your computer and upload. 

I'd love to put those pictures in the "TROUBLE MAKER"  Gallery.



User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/14/2006 7:55 PM
"You can upload pics - there should be upload tools right below where you type your message. Just click on browse, and then find the location of your picture on your computer and upload. " hey binkybunny- I don't have any of that- I think it's because I have a mac- did you know that? I also can't change the txt color or font or anything. just letting you know. . .



User is Offline BB
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6/14/2006 8:04 PM
Hey Lucy,

Great catch!   So the my admin guy is working on that right now.  I'll post to you when it SHOULD be ready.





User is Offline BB Administrator
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6/14/2006 8:30 PM
Okay, should be good to go as far as uploading pictures now, but we are still trying to find out why a mac is not compatible with all of the other options available. (fonts, size, color, happy faces etc)

So what DO you see when you are posting or replying.

I think I'll post a poll to see how many other users might be having the same problem.  

Thanks so much for your patience.  We're still working out the wrinkles!


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User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/16/2006 6:40 AM
Ok. . .so here are the pics that everyone has been waiting for. Please, please, PLEASE, don't think I"m a bad owner becuase of what you see. I believe that the rooms are bunny proofed, and within a few mins he'll get a chunck off. I'm trying reall hard- nothing is working. So, for the soap. . .it was only three days. I left him out yesterday when I went to work, and there was nothing wrong with the apt. He was a perfectly behaved bunny. This morning when I let him out of the cage he went to every single baseboard. It was crazy. I couldn't catch up. As soon as I would chase him away and look at the damage, I would hear him chewing on the other side of the room. I put him back in his cage and went to the drug store to get a spray bottle. That isn't working too well either. It takes like four sprays to get him to scatter- and I think he knows it's me because I was on the floor making that bunny box thing and he nipped me on the butt- twice. Then went for hands. I'm so confused!! Please help! I'm going to put more soap on the boards, at least it's keeping him at bay for a few days. I also got another spray bottle that I put soap water in. I hope that's a quick fix to the areas that have been chewed on.

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User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/16/2006 6:43 AM
Here are some more. I'm sorry that the pics are so small. I'm only allowed pics that are 80kb which are tiny- i noticed bigger pictures in the other forum. . .oh well. Oh, and it's not like I don't give him other stuff to chew on, look at the corner of this cardboard box! -and there are many more everywhere.

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User is Offline BB
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6/16/2006 9:41 AM
EDITED: I edited out the chew suggestions as you said he has plenty to chew on.

Egads!    Of course you are not a bad bunny mom, you have just got a bunny whose crazy mad for wall.   I just got off the phone with the House Rabbit Society, and told them everything, and they are stumped too, and they are the king of king of king of experts. 

 I am going to continue to search and discuss with other experts too, and I will fill you in on any new solutions.   I love challenges!  Though I know you're not thrilled, you'd like to have a solution for this destructive bunny right now.  

Oh, hey, I just thought of something, you said he's adopted, so is he neutered already?

Also, has he been grumpy just recently or has always had a bit of an attitude?




User is Offline HoppyBunny
Western U.S.
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6/16/2006 4:13 PM
I am thinking at this point you may want to consider buying some regluar pine boards to screw or nail over the places where he chews. From the look of it (lots of layers of paint and old moulding) there may be lead present. You can test this with little breakable bliser things with a cotton tip on the end. You rub the surface, wait and see. I've bought them at my local hardware store.



User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/17/2006 11:00 AM
ok- he's neutered- about a week and a half ago. The thing is the vet told me it would be a little bit (a few weeks to a few months) before the testosterone would flush out of his system. The thing is since the surgry he's been even more agressive and has been chewing a lot more. I put out a ton of cardboard boxes yesterday, I found more wood in the apt (my boyfriend works in a woodshop at our school), so there's scraps of oak, pine and poplar everywhere. I built tunnels with the boxes, built a bunny box thing. But I went to work last night and left him out of the cage (he seemed a little bi more occupied after I put all of that stuff out) when I got home there was about double of the baseboards chewed. I've been crying- i'm too old to be crying over a bunny, but I'm really lost. hoppy bunny- I know what your saying about puting wood over the baseboards, the thing is, these baseboards are higher than normal ones- and it's not like he chews just on one spot, it's all over. I would have to do the living room, dining room and hallway, that would be really expensive, not to mention all of the holes I would have to screw into the walls- it's a rented apt. I want that to be my absolute last option. I'm trying to cover the baseboards with boxes and furniture, but he nudges the boxes out of the way. I got a piece of paper from my landlord saying there was no lead in the apt. I'll go and get a kit to test to be on the safe side. This morning I ran and bought this stuff called "fooey"- a bitter spray that's supposed to repell all animals. i sprayed it on the problem areas, he didn't go to them at frist, and then he went to all of them. I was so angry yelling no and spraying him with water- nothing. I sprayed some on cardboard and pushed his nose to it yelling no----- he started licking it!! I started to cry. He's in his cage now, and I can't let him out, except into his xpen thing. I tried some of the stuff and it's really foul. . . i called my vet also. . . this is so frustrating, esp since he's really affectionate and laid back half of the time, and the other half will just try to kill himself.



User is Offline HoppyBunny
Western U.S.
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6/17/2006 12:56 PM

Oh honey (((HUGS))) I've had a crappy day too, turst me and I too was reduced to tears. I got my head ripped off by a very nasty person.

Hang in there hon, take a moment and breathe. I think at this point, it is best to confine your bun to a cage like a wire dog crate. Has your bun always had so much freedom? That may be part of the reason why your bun is doing this. Limits need to be set first, then freedom. Do you have a cage or something you can set up as one? You need to take control of this situation. No bunny should reduce you to tears.




User is Offline BB
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6/17/2006 8:24 PM

Edited 11:42 OH, that's right, you said he was had surgery in your first post.  It's good to check with the vet as sometimes bunnies that are in pain can take out their aggressions by being extremely destructive, so you want to be sure all is okay. 

Most likely it's just his hormones being out of whack.   This is also still the time of year when bunnies really feel the need to mate!  (January to July) So, maybe as the mating season is coming to an end, his sexual frustration is also very strong.    Also bunnies can become more territorial this time of year which can cause a whole bunch of problems.  And since your little guy still has those hormones driving him, he could just have so much going on.   Like a crazy teenager!

(when I say this time of year, I am assuming you are above the equator.) 

  Oh, Lucy, I am so sorry that it's been so frustrating!   He may settle down in a month, but for now I agree with HoppyBunny to confine him more.  Depending on the cage set-up, you could attach the x-pen to his cage to allow him more freedom when you want to give him lovin', but keep him out of trouble. 

I know how you feel though, I've been COMPLETELY frustrated by bunnies before. That's the main reason I started this website, because, even with all the advice of the experts, I find myself doing a mixture of their advice and trial and error.  Believe me when I tell you the BUNNY TEAR CLUB is full of frustrated humans.  As you have found what works for other bunnies, may not be a solution for yours.   And that's what we're here for-  to help each other out and continue to search and discover solutions that we can all benefit from. 

It's only a matter of time before we  discover something that will stop your  stubborn bunny!  It may be humane confinement. (meaning not allowing him full freedom, especially when you aren't supervising him)

I say for now, let his hormones settle down and keep him in his x-pen for a few days at least.  In the meantime, you take a break, take a deep breath, give him attention in the x-pen (make sure he's got toys in there to chew on.) 

THEN, once life is some what back to normal, then allow him out only when you are there.  The moment he starts to chew on your baseboards etc., put him back in the x-pen for 15 minutes or so.  Then let him out, and the moment he goes back to the board, back he goes.  I would say by the third time, he's back for good, until the next day.

Over time, this repetitive consistent consequence, some rabbits will begin to  associate:- chewing equals confinement.  Though it may take time, patience and persistence.  So that's why I say, wait until you are both settled down.   You may even have to wait a few weeks until his hormones are out, and he's calmed down.   

But mostly, you want to be in a place where when you put him back, it's just in a calm way, so it doesn't bother you and cause you so much frustration.

Take a deep breath and have a cup of chamomile tea or whatever works for you.   

P.S.  I love the avatar picture!  What a cute little trouble maker!

Peace.




User is Offline Amie Noakes
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6/19/2006 4:37 AM

I really hope this gets better! I've been reading along, you are a great person, because most people would have given their bunny up by now, Feel Better! I'm sure your patience will pull through!



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