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Last Post by cookie627 at 4/09/2007 8:30 AM (8 Replies)
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User is Offline K F
Rome, NY
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3/09/2007 7:11 AM

Our new house bunny, Hercules, (whom I've been discussing in the health care section) seems shy of our stairs.  I never thought about it, until he approached, trying to follow me, and happily hopped onto the first one, then jumped back down.  I'd rather he stay downstairs of course.  lol But, can rabbits effectively climb stairs?  Thanks. 


User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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3/09/2007 10:03 AM
Yes they can, I have seen it in videos. But mine haven't warmed up to the stairs yet either, so this is perfectly normal. It could take a long while for them to gain confidence in exploring that part of the environment.

User is Offline skunklionshow
City of Brotherly "Shove"
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3/09/2007 11:51 AM

Trigger and Oreo Cookie, two of our therapy bunnies, always climb steps.  We have to keep the doors of our hallway closed or else they will run all the way up to the third floor! 

My bunny from childhood, Elliot, used to run up/down the stairs w/ the dogs.  I don't think he understood that he was a bunny.

Jessica stays put in the livingroom.  That's just fine b/c there's too many nooks and crannies throughout the house that she may get lost in.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Ghandi

User is Offline wendyzski
Chicago, IL
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3/09/2007 12:52 PM
I don't have any stairs, but Pepper climbed up a wooden bunkbed-style ladder to get up to a loaf of tea bread on a table.  That bun can do ANYTHING if there is food involved....

User is Offline Faye Perry
Leicestershire, UK
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3/09/2007 10:29 PM

One of my buns, Booboo flies up the stairs! we had to get a special gate to stop her, and everyday without fail she goes to the gate and rattles it to see if theres a chance she can get up the stairs.  If we do allow her to go up (when we're with her) she loves it, and will go up and down, up and down, until we tell her she has to go down, then she goes to the bottom step and tries to sneak up past us!!

Mable has not even bothered to climb the stairs - i'm not sure she'd know what to do.


User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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3/09/2007 10:34 PM
Our buns have their own bedroom-but its on the second floor. They race all day long back and forth since they get to run freely. Pookie once stepped wrong and rolled halfway down the stairs but she was fine. They have both been able to use stairs since they were babies.
Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline K F
Rome, NY
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3/10/2007 2:56 AM
Poor little Pookie.  I'm glad it turned out fine.  Well much to our surprise, Hercules suddenly ran half way up last night.  I just kind of watched, to see what he'd do next.  Then he turned around, and came hopping right back down.  lol  Hercules, well, I've never encountered a bunny like him ever.  He acts more like a dog, than a rabbit.    Either someone took a lot of time in training him, or, he's just "one in a million".  In the next week or so, I am hoping to get him to a vet and get him neutered.  I am hoping to bond him with another bunny we have.  They have been rubbing faces, as she is in her cage, and he roams the house.  But I don't want any little baby bunnies.   

User is Offline K F
Rome, NY
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3/17/2007 3:57 PM
Well, an update... Hercules has not only conquered the stairs, but... I have been continuously getting woken up each morning by him jumping on me. lol I had to block the stairs off with a tall gate, because he was forgetting his litter habbits. I am thinking he was just having a bit too much room to roam. After putting up the gate, he is right back on track.

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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4/09/2007 8:30 AM
yes bunnies can climb stairs. I have seen my bunny Cookie climb stairs a couple of times
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old
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