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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > thinking of bonding Ruff
Last Post by Beka27 at 12/12/2008 10:40 AM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline Ruffles&Daisy
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12/10/2008 7:47 AM

I haven't been here a while, but I am back since I think I want to try to bond Ruffles to another bun.  I just emailed my rescue lady and vet about finding him a mate.  I think I might be crazy, but then again, I think he needs a buddy bun.  Also, need to reconfigure this enclosure.  I'm thinking x pen.  I have a nice spot for it and have the concept all laid out in my head.  Now I just need to convince my husband that his big ugly reading chair needs to be moved to another room....

Anyhow, should I get him used to his new enclosure first and then use his old cage (dog crate) for the new bunny?  I think I'm shooting for after the holidays to introduce a bunny friend. 

Is bonding bunnies as complicated as I've read it to be?  Ruffles is a pretty low key bunny who has no aggressive bone in his tiny body.  Is it possible to expect a seamless bonding process?

Just thinking out loud mostly.  I'm sort of scared of rocking the boat.  He's such a good rabbit, I'd hate to have his personality totally change when he gets a friend.  And what if his bunny friend is a bad influence on him? 

~Sandy~ mommy, teacher, activist, nature lover, bunny slave

User is Offline Beka27
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12/11/2008 5:14 AM
welcome back! i think it's great you want to get Ruffles a friend!

in my experience (which is limited to bonding one pair), a good bunny is not going to become a bad bunny. my mini rex stills loves attention from the family. she is still perfectly littertrained (post-bonding that is). she still likes to dig on the couch and chew on the walls. i have noticed the destructive behavior has decreased in frequency and severity... but again, i don't know if that's related to her new husbun... or if it's a natural progression of her getting older (she's now approx. 3 months shy of 2 years, she's been spayed for just over a year).

xpens are awesome! absolutely. they can easily be moved away from the area so everything can be thoroughly vacuumed/wiped down. my personal issue with condos and traditional cages is that i feel you will never get it truly clean. if your bun is used to levels, what you could do is construct out of wood a side ways "E" ledge so they have a place to jump up onto, or some boxes work just as well if they want a bit of height.

i know this will not work for everyone but i purchased two xpens and put them side by side and switched the buns in between them every night. you want to eliminate any territorial behavior towards the cages. i would leave your bun where he is for now until you know for sure what your timeframe on bonding will be. it was quite easy because when mine were ready to be together 24/7 i was able to combine the two pens so they had a very large permanent home. i also had a whole room just for them tho... so like i said, this might not be possible in your case.

bondng bunnies can be complicated. love at first site is rare. i would expect for it to take at least 2 solid weeks of everyday bonding sessions. mine took 3 weeks of one-hour-a-day bonding.

what you want to do is rescue a bunny that is already altered from a shelter/rescue. this is great b/c you can start bonding from day 2 and you don't need to worry about altering yourself, waiting for healing, etc.

if at all possible, take Ruffles with you and let him meet several eligible bachelorettes and make his own choice. this might help you bond them faster and easier.

a low-key, non-aggressive bunny to you might not be so easy-going when a new bun intrudes on his space. it is important that you have some kind of neutral area (bathroom, empty walk-in closet, laundry room, your bedroom) where you can introduce and do the sessions. you're fortunate b/c in some cases it is easier to bring a female home to a male... but as you know with bunnies, there is never any sure thing.

what i'd suggest you do is read thru some of the bonding threads here. the ones where the buns have successfully bonded and the experience is documented start to finish are marked with a "bonded" after the subject...

also, this is my favorite bonding article, read it, print it, re-read it... it is great! http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/articl...bond.shtml
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline Ruffles&Daisy
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12/12/2008 6:53 AM
My rescue lady/vet is awesome. She said that I can bring Ruffles by and meet some of her girls and she will start the bonding process for us. She said that she will take them for a car ride, have a date, etc. She also said that I am never obligated to keep the girl rabbit if for some reason it doesn't work out. She will happily take her back. That takes a lot of stress of of me since I'm a little nervous about it to begin with. But I know that Ruffles would highly benefit from a playmate and two rabbits can't be that much more work than one, right??
~Sandy~ mommy, teacher, activist, nature lover, bunny slave

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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12/12/2008 10:40 AM
two rabbits are GREAT! it's not really more work, just an extra litterbox to dump if you use two boxes instead of one. it costs more b/c you need double food, hay, veggies and vet care... but it is so worth it. once you see your bun snuggled up next to his mate, it really warms your heart. the truth of the matter is that there are some things we just cannot offer since we are humans and not rabbits.
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny
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