Can't Stop Touching Her Eyes
Join Date: May 2006
1st bunny bonding session - not good...
Well I just decided to start the bonding with Ophelia and Penelope a bit ago. It did not go so well. I brought them into the master bathroom. I was worried that it maybe too big and they would not go near each other but I had hoped that the throw rug would help keep them near each other. I had expected that Ophelia would be the agressive one. I was WRONG. The first two minutes went well. I kept repeating "oh it's a scary room to them". Then Penelope took fur out of Ophelia. A couple of chunks. Then Ophelia took fur from Penelope. I was prepared with a water bottle that worked perfectly. That and me yelling "girls - no". It was not a horrible fight. There was no real wounds other than Ophelia's feelings. I don't think she appreciated the squirt bottle. Penelope on the other hand is not that upset.
I felt the room was neutral enough since neither bunny was in there much. But maybe Penelope felt comfortable enough in there.
I was going to begin with the car trick. I was thinking of just bringing them in the car and putting them in a box without driving. I planned to start yesterday but it was a perfect day to garden. We spent the day outside and then I was tired and it was dark. So I was going to start today but hesitated and then got a horrible rain headache so I had to lay down. By the time I woke up it was almost dark... Can anyone tell I was a little nervous to start this?
We are both surprised that Penelope was the agressive bunny. When I had Penelope in the bunny room Ophelia looked like she would eat her if she had a chance. Yet Ophelia was so worried about where she was she didn't do anything.
I had so much hope the first minute. Penelope pushed her head under Ophelia's face but Ophelia didn't respond. I had hoped there would be grooming but was happy it was not an immediate fight.
After the second nipping I took Penelope out first and put her back in her room. Then I dried off Ophelia a bit and put her back. Ophelia was rather upset. I put a tomato chunk, mango piece and carrot slice on the shelf she was on for her. Then I gave her papaya tabs. I also put a little salad on her shelf. I just feel terrible.
Tyler - kitty
Oscar - water turtle
Bean - kitty
Frankie - dachshund
Belle - dachshund
Oliver - bunny
Ophelia - bunny
Penelope - bunny
Teddy - bunny -ok I have given up on 4 of a kind and am willing to settle for 2 pairs.
8 fishes - RIP Little Guy and Greta
and Tabatha - October 11, 2006 - rest in peace our sweet angel bunny