Old Age Getting the Best of Archie?
So i recently got home from staying with one of my friends for a few weeks. I had taken Archie with me and i had cared for him the same way i usually would at home-i just didn't see him or love on him as much as normal. that was becuz i had court, police, and other such things that were taking time away from the day... i still tried to run in and see him before i went to sleep so he seen me every day, but he seems kinda funny now.
i'm back at home with my rabbit now and everything is back to normal, but Archie still seems a little funny. he is not as active as he used to be... he has free-roam of the house almost all day but he just sits in his cage... if i take him out then he just hops back in. he's been sleeping an awful lot and i noticed he went from 4.4 pounds (when i got him) and now he's 3.4 pounds... he isn't drinking and eating quite as well as he used to and i've been offering small animal treats along with his food to help persuade him to eat a little. his bathroom habits seem pretty regular to me. whenever i used to put his veggies and fruits in his cage, he would attack it right away, but now he takes his sweet time eating them and doesn't even touch them right away.
he also has a little bald spot on his chest and it isn't pink like the rest of his body... it is a faded grey/gray color and it feels kind of scaly and rough-it is not painful, inflamed, or itchy, or anything like that tho. i heard Vaseline is good for things like that on rabbits, and when i rescued him, he had a spot exactly like it on his foot that i put Vaseline on twice a day, and that spot is now gone... i'm just wondering what it might be? i thought it was from the wire cage that he used to sit on all the time and i do noticed that he presses his chest up against the wire side of the cage (bottom of cage is old blankets and sheets)... could that be causing the problem?
i have been paying very close attention to him now... measuring how much he eats and drinks, exercise time, attitude, bathroom habits, weight, other... i just started all of that yesterday and i believe if i have to take him to the vet, it will be very helpful for them to see the record-keeping...
what do you guys think?
~ Proud mommy of rabbits, rodents, and a dog ~