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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 04:02 PM
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Smudge has always been a single bunny (Well, we had another male, but my sister wouldn't get him fixed...) but after 5 years of living with his hormonal obnoxiousness, he drove me completely insane so I finally got him fixed. My only regret is not doing it sooner! And now he has found other non-hormonal ways to drive me completely insane...
He has noticeably been a much, much happier bunny since he was fixed though. IMO it is because he show his personality more and keep occupied with other things instead of being driven by hormones.


@Steve's Mom: If you want another bun, why not just adopt one? There are a lot of wonderful bunnies out there needing homes!



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post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-05-2011, 02:18 PM
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Smudge has always been a single bunny
After reading so, so much about bunnies, I often regret that I'm not able to have another, but really, it's just not an option. It's good to hear that Smudge seems happy and well-adjusted, because I don't think I'll be up to adopting another bunny for quite some time, if ever.

Oliver was not really an intended pet, so much, but he's part of the family now and will remain so. That said, I've got to say, raising him in solitary, it's concerning. Hopefully interactions with the cat and dog, and myself of course, will help ease his mind, but again, it's something I think about very often.


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post #18 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-05-2011, 06:17 PM
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Yeah, I really wish Smudge could have a friend too, but he seems very happy with his life even if he is alone. I just dont think it would be worth the trouble of bonding and stuff at 7 yrs old. Plus, I don't have another big cage or another bunny proofed area to keep the new bun in until they are bonded. :/
But he lived next to Oreo for a lot of his life, and he has played with other bunnies before, so it's not like he has never had bun-to-bun interaction before.



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Yeah, I really wish Smudge could have a friend too, but he seems very happy with his life even if he is alone. I just dont think it would be worth the trouble of bonding and stuff at 7 yrs old. Plus, I don't have another big cage or another bunny proofed area to keep the new bun in until they are bonded. :/
But he lived next to Oreo for a lot of his life, and he has played with other bunnies before, so it's not like he has never had bun-to-bun interaction before.
It may not be the best choice for you and Smudge right now, but in general I would not let age stop someone from bonding their bunnies. We bond our Sanctuary rabbits and have bonded 9, 10, 11, and even 12 year old rabbits and they still binky with joy when they know their new friends.

Here's Noelle being reintroduced to a new partner after she lost her bondmate:
http://www.youtube.com/allcreaturesr.../3/EWOtWrqyPiE

She lived alone in a hutch for 6 years. Even though she'd spent her ENTIRE life alone, once she was bonded the idea of having a friend filled her with such joy that she binkyed for over half an hour.

I think people underestimate the importance of social interaction for rabbits or assume because their rabbit has never seen another rabbit that they don't know how to be social or don't desire it. They are social animals, by instinct. No one would recommend keeping a rat alone or justify continuing to have a single rat simply because the rat had always been denied companionship. I think rabbits simply get the 'bye' because it takes effort to bond them and people don't have the time or inclination to pursue it, which is very unfortunate.

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post #20 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-05-2011, 09:45 PM
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Ok. I guess I would just worry that trying to bond him with another bun at this point in his life would just be more stressful. I really do regret him not having a friend though. It was frustrating to have a 2nd rabbit, but not be able to have them live together.
And like I said before, as much as I would like to adopt another bunner, I just can't right now. I dont think that Smudge is necessarily unhappy though- He seems like a rather joyful little fellow.


Sorry to the OP, this is getting a little off topic LOL.



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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, I stopped checking this thread, nothing was related to my rabbits anymore, lol.
I'm looking for a home for the Lop. Going to expand the area the other 4 have once the Lop has a new home.
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Wait, so you got all these rabbits and now you're already dumping one?

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post #23 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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No, I originally wanted 3, then she brought all 5 and kept lowering the price and the 4th was too adorable. And for $5, I couldn't say no, didn't want her to end up who knows where just cus she was so cheap, you know?
I just don't have room for 5, nearly don't have room for 4. At this rate, I may end up having to make room for the 5th, heh.
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post #24 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Cricket, the Lop and Daisy escaped their cages sometime last night and were running free in the garage...No chewed cables or fights that I can see. As soon as I put Cricket back, she slipped through her door and was running free again!
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post #25 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 11:34 AM
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Eeek, sounds like you have some bunny proofing to do! What kind of cages do you ues?


What a loser breeder. She is taking advantage of her bunny's cuteness. You were right though, $5 bunny = snake food.



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post #26 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Home made cages from hardware cloth. I have just switched the doors to open out[that's the problem, lol!] But it's a lot easier for me to add hay, pellets, etc. I put an old store cage wire over Cricket's front so the door and front wall are covered. She hasn't popped out again. She must of been out for awhile, she hopped away from me like she knew where all the hiding spots were, lol!
I'm thinking Daisy was attacked or frightened by Cricket, she was behind the freezer just kinda napping. No missing fur or cuts though, so that's good.
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post #27 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 07:46 AM
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your baby bunnies are beautiful!
i have a lion head rabbit my self she's white and black,
their very unique rabbits to have .xxx
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post #28 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Made a run today, not permanent, but I wanted them to get out some already.
Let Cricket out, but she stayed under the cages.
Let Stella out, but she just kept poking her head out and looking.
Let Tsunami out, he is now out and exploring.
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