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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Flooring for a disabled bunny

I haven't posted in a while but have been lurking here and there. I have a white holland lop named Dude who suffered from E-cuniculi 2 1/2 years ago. As a result, Dude was left with a slight head tilt and decreased mobility in his hind legs. The vet recommended not using a wire bottom cage for him anymore because if a toe got stuck in the wire, he could get seriously hurt. So we brought him inside. That's where the real challenge began. Flooring.


The laminate flooring was too slippery for him to get a good footing on. We tried those big foam mats that puzzle piece together. It wasn't slippery but he and his girlfriend ate the top layer of it. Not so good. So then we bought a sheet of coroplast. That was too slippery. We tried cardboard... too slippery. And you could tell when he didn't like the flooring because he would set up camp in the litter box and not come out. Then we tried a carpet square on top of the coroplast. That worked but he and his girlfriend would eat the carpet. Afraid of a blockage, I kept trying other things. A towel? He would pee on it. Wood? He didn't like that either... still too slick. Then I thought I found the greatest discovery! How about grippy contact paper on the coroplast? Nope that didn't work either! <sigh>


Well I am happy to report that I finally found a suitable flooring for my disabled bun and want to share it with others who come into the same predicament that I have. It's a horse stall mat!!! The one I got is 4'x6'x1". It is black and is made out of what looks like a compressed rubber. It is water resistant so it doesn't soak up any accidental pees outside the litter box. But even more important... it is not slippery! All 3 of my buns immediately tried to sink their teeth into it but couldn't. Bonus!


This is the second time that a horse product has come to my rescue. Dude is a huge shedder and 2 of his past girlfriends died unexpectedly from what I think were hairballs. They would groom him constantly. But then I found out about the grooming stone that is made for horses. It works remarkably! Just brushing Dude with that stone makes all his loose hair just fly out! I would never have imagined that horse products could double duty as rabbit products but am very thankful that they do. Yippee!!!

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I'm so glad to hear that you found something for your bunnies little feets! He's lucky to have someone willing to go out of their way to help him out.

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Yeah, you must be glad you found something. It's very sad that his two does passed away. My rabbit had a blockage and I noticed right away that he wasn't right.. keep an eye out of lots of stretching, laying down, not eating, not pooping and peeing in weird spots. Good luck to ya!


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Oh it's so great to hear that Dude is still doing well! I wondered how he ws doing. I had Tabby that had a head tilt. And with your recommendation I bought the horse stones - they work wonderfully!
And thanks for the tip for the horse mat. I wish I had one of those with Tabby. I used coroplast with towels on top - and yes she peed all over the towels. I had to buy a bunch of them and wash them weekly. It would have been much easier with the mat.
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YAY!! im glad he's ok.And im glad you found the perfect floor-peace to you!
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Oh boy your post came just in time...thank you. I was just at the vet yesterday for Molly and Lucky's yearly check up. Lucky is starting to have difficulty getting up his step to the second level of his home. He had started chewing his carpet after 4 years of behaving nicely so I had to remove it but the coroplast is too slippery for him and he wipes out a lot. We were trying to brainstorm what I could use on the bottom other than plywood. He regularily makes a mess with his cecal poops so I needed something that cleans easily too. Thanks for the idea I will be checking that one out.
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Am I researching the correct stall mats? It says a 4X6 piece weighs 100 lbs.
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I wouldn't be surprised... it took 3 of us to carry it. More because it is just awkward but it is heavy.

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We have had the horse stall mat for over a week now and I can't believe how awesome it is! I wish I would have discovered it a few years ago! None of the buns have been able to nibble on it. Dude isn't slipping and sliding on it. And it is so easy to clean! The only downfall is that with it being 4'x6', it is a little too big for the area we have the buns in. My hubby tried to cut it using different saws and that heavy duty rubber it is made out of just won't cut. But I can live with it..... it is the best flooring solution I have found so far!

Kathydip, I tried to find a recent pic of Dude but none of them are very good. He's a cutie but just not very photogenic! I'll post a pic as soon as I get a decent one! Thanks!

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I'm glad you found something that works well for you Finding flooring for bunnies isn't always an easy task! I'm lucky that none of my current rabbits chew on the rugs, so I'm just using a cheap area rug in the bunny room.

Is the stall mat hard to lift and move if you want to clean under it? Is it even possable for hay and dust to get under it? I have pretty bad allergies and have to clean the bunny room like every other day, including takeing the rug out and cleaning up any hay or dust that may have gotten underneith it.


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I just went and lifted the corner of it to see what it looked like underneath and it is clean. Maybe nothing can get under it since it is so darn heavy? But it is also laying on a fairly flat surface... we put it on top of the sheet of coroplast. If it were put on top of carpet, I'm not sure if any dust or hay would get under it. And yes, it is hard to lift and move. You would probably have to have one person hold up one side at a time while you cleaned under it.

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