Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bunny "tossing and turning" in bed

Well, the bunny equivalent of tossing and turning, it seems. Ethel flopped in her pen, by the gate (prized real estate). But she couldn't seem to get comfortable. Over the following 5 minutes, she tried 5 different positions.

[Update: Someone suggested that not being able to find a comfortable position could be an indication of gas buildup and perhaps an early warning sign of an oncoming bout of GI stasis. Bunya shows gas discomfort another way so I didn't think of that in this case. Ethel is fine but do be alert to this possibility in your bunny's behavior.]

Started with a flop.

Thinking: No, that wasn't quite right.

Maybe I'll sit up.

Trying the bunny-hen pose

Ended up changing directions

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day



Bunny care - bananas are a treat, so just occasional small portions (like a this slice the size of your pinky fingernail). See "What is a treat?"

[Meme found on internet with no credit. If you know these bunnies and they have their own page, please list link in the comments. Thank you.]

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bunny care: Ethel shows us new bunny illnesses

Ethel is about 6-1/2 now. She had a bout of stasis years ago and been beautiful since.
Until now.

Recently, she was not behaving as her usual chipper morning self and so we rushed to our rabbit-savvy vet(s). She wasn't eating and my first fear is stasis or hairball or something like that.

Well, another reason bunnies might stop eating is their teeth. Bunny teeth grow continually and this is why they need to keep busy and chewing safe things. Hopefully, not your phone charger cords.

Ethel's never had teeth problems before but she did this time. So a brief procedure is done under anesthesia to fix them into the right shape so that they don't hurt the bunny anymore. She started eating again almost immediately.

When our bunnies have to stay at the vet,
we visit them every day.
Ethel hates to be in a car or away from home.
Here, Ethel snuggles under Dr. Mrsbunnymom's
arm/elbow and calms down for a while.
Ethel will sit on her lap like this,
with her head tucked under and
getting her tushy scratched
while Dr. Mrsbunnymom is at the home computer
(Ethel stays for a half hour or so).

Here it is from the other side.
You can see that one hand scratches the tushy and
leaves the other hand free for the computer mouse.

Fortunately, that resolved itself reasonably quickly. She never had teeth problems before but now that she has, protocol is to have her checked at least every 6 months. Or, of course, if she is not behaving as her usual perky self.

So then Ethel decided to show us what a messed up bunny eye can look like.
*sigh*
Ethel's sore eye

Soooo... back to the vet.
Some fluid and wash was put in her eye and
examined under black light.
Fortunately, Ethel's cornea was not scratched.
(Only thought to get a picture when it was almost over,
so not the best shot here, but you get the idea.)

Now we are putting medicine in her eye twice a day. After I saw the doctor do it, I said that I wished I had filmed it so that I would know exactly what to do. She reenacted the application of the medicine for me, in this video (so no more medicine was actually re-applied here).

video


Wish I had videoed it the first time so you could see the actual medicine. The vet laid a line on the top of the white of Ethel's eye perfectly and made it look so much easier than it is. At least, compared to when I did it. Maybe it has something to do with girls learning to apply make-up or something. Then again, could be, I am just that uncoordinated.

If you are a RRRR (Regular Rabbit Ramblings Reader), you know that we take all bonded bunnies to the vet, even if only one needs care. This is to maintain the bond and so one doesn't come home smelling funny (like a "stranger", like the vet's office). So while Ethel is getting her first dose of eye medicine, Bunya starts sneezing.

Take a look at Bunya and he's got a runny nose. So they both needed to be there anyway and Bunya has his own (different) meds.


But they love each other and we love them, so we want everyone healthy. If you are somebunny's human, it's a cost of doing business. You might want to consider health insurance for your bunnies; we enrolled Bunya and Ethel a short while ago (and probably should have done it years sooner).

Thanks to Drs. Mike & Karolyn Akins and Dr. Julia Hill of All Creatures Animal Hospital for helping us take care of our bunnies. We are lucky to have a practice close by with 3 exotics vets and a very caring staff, who tolerate a crazy bunny person (but the doctor said I was the "good crazy", I swear).

Monday, August 1, 2016

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day



This is our Lucy. We lost her one year ago today. She was an incredible repository of bunitude. You can read about her here.
It still hurts.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Yeah, well, both.


Funny Bunny Memes are accumulated here.

[Meme says:
Not sure if important electrical cord,
or delicious bunny snack.]

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bunya & Ethel's taste test

Disclosure: Small Pet Select ("SPS") sent us some products (at no charge) and asked the bunnies to taste test them and to post the honest results. RR, its bunnies and its humans have no ownership or financial interest in SPS. Here are the products, the results and a discount coupon code.

SPS sent us (these are links to the product pages):
A box of 2nd Cut Timothy Hay
A package of Heavenly Green Crunch
A package of Vita-Licious Essentials

This discount code is for 50% off of one package of the Heavenly Green Crunch if you want to try it: RABBITRAMBLINGS

For other purchases, Small Pet Select will donate 10% of the purchase to a rescue. When we buy, we use the coupon code GHRS rather than any of the other coupons. You can check to see if there is a code for your rescue or get your rescue to register for a code. (There's a button link in the right hand column of our blog pages - scroll down a little from the top of the page and you'll see it.)

We didn't need to "test" the 2nd cut Timothy Hay. We order our hay from Small Pet Select already and have a huge box of it the bunnies are working on. We also order the first cut hay - we think Bunya and Ethel prefer this. We prefer the first cut hay for them because it has more fiber and flowers. High fiber will hopefully help keep their pipes running, especially since we are dealing with trying to clear Bunya's blockage. They get both the first and second cut hay every day. SPS also has a 3rd cut hay if you have a picky eater. Check out their site for descriptions.

Since I was not going to eat them (even though they smelled good - if the bunnies had not liked them, I might have used them as potpourri), I thought the best way to convey the results was to show you the bunnies. Here's Bunya checking out the Heavenly Green Crunch:

video

Ethel is the pickier eater. It was not that she didn't like it, but I distracted her when I got down on the floor to video them, So I tried a more "scientific" method. I put about a tablespoon of both treats on opposite sides of a plate to see what they would do.


They both ate both treats but the way it settled out here, Bunya seemed to gravitate to the Heavenly Green Crunch and Ethel did the same with the Vita-Licious Essentials.

They did not eat it all in a single sitting (thankfully). They both came back later (separately) and Ethel was sniffing for a particular ingredient. She nosed under the plate to get at it, pushed both treats into one pile and wore the plate like a big tilted hat (wish I had gotten that picture but I laughed too long before I grabbed the camera).

Here's Bunya after he came back later to nosh
from the combined treats mixed together.
Bunya stepped on the plate for easier access
to some snack ingredient.
It's always been a great rabbit mystery to me
why they dig for one particular piece of hay,
what makes it so special.
Here's one of Ethel's solo treat trips.
This was after she wore the plate like a hat
and the two treats became one.
Love her blue eyes.


A great suggestion from one of the GHRS volunteers (thebunnylady, mentioned elsewhere in this blog) was to sprinkle these treats onto the bunnies' hay to encourage them to eat more hay.

Bunya & Ethel's taste test

Disclosure: Small Pet Select ("SPS") sent us some products (at no charge) and asked the bunnies to taste test them and to post the honest results. RR, its bunnies and its humans have no ownership or financial interest in SPS. Here are the products, the results and a discount coupon code.

SPS sent us (these are links to the product pages):
A box of 2nd Cut Timothy Hay
A package of Heavenly Green Crunch
A package of Vita-Licious Essentials

This discount code is for 50% off of one package of the Heavenly Green Crunch if you want to try it: RABBITRAMBLINGS

For other purchases, Small Pet Select will donate 10% of the purchase to a rescue. When we buy, we use the coupon code GHRS rather than any of the other coupons. You can check to see if there is a code for your rescue or get your rescue to register for a code. (There's a button link in the right hand column of our blog pages - scroll down a little from the top of the page and you'll see it.)

We didn't need to "test" the 2nd cut Timothy Hay. We order our hay from Small Pet Select already and have a huge box of it the bunnies are working on. We also order the first cut hay - we think Bunya and Ethel prefer this. We prefer the first cut hay for them because it has more fiber and flowers. High fiber will hopefully help keep their pipes running, especially since we are dealing with trying to clear Bunya's blockage. They get both the first and second cut hay every day. SPS also has a 3rd cut hay if you have a picky eater. Check out their site for descriptions.

Since I was not going to eat them (even though they smelled good - if the bunnies had not liked them, I might have used them as potpourri), I thought the best way to convey the results was to show you the bunnies. Here's Bunya checking out the Heavenly Green Crunch:

video

Ethel is the pickier eater. It was not that she didn't like it, but I distracted her when I got down on the floor to video them, So I tried a more "scientific" method. I put about a tablespoon of both treats on opposite sides of a plate to see what they would do.


They both ate both treats but the way it settled out here, Bunya seemed to gravitate to the Heavenly Green Crunch and Ethel did the same with the Vita-Licious Essentials.

They did not eat it all in a single sitting (thankfully). They both came back later (separately) and Ethel was sniffing for a particular ingredient. She nosed under the plate to get at it, pushed both treats into one pile and wore the plate like a big tilted hat (wish I had gotten that picture but I laughed too long before I grabbed the camera).

Here's Bunya after he came back later to nosh
from the combined treats mixed together.
Bunya stepped on the plate for easier access
to some snack ingredient.
It's always been a great rabbit mystery to me
why they dig for one particular piece of hay,
what makes it so special.
Here's one of Ethel's solo treat trips.
This was after she wore the plate like a hat
and the two treats became one.
Love her blue eyes.


A great suggestion from one of the GHRS volunteers (thebunnylady, mentioned elsewhere in this blog) was to sprinkle these treats onto the bunnies' hay to encourage them to eat more hay.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ethel sneaking food pellets

Since Bunya is off bunny pellets for now, Ethel can also be deprived. Ethel and I have developed a little scheme... when Bunya's not in the kitchen but I am, she will sneak in and wait for pellets. 


So, basically, I suppose you could say Ethel trained me to give her pellets when Bunya's not around. She sits on the floor and stares at me until I remember. This is her big blue-eyed "what took you so long" look.


Bunya hanging out elsewhere
(in the hay cube box)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

The bunitude projected here is amazing.
Look at that face, that mouf!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Make it a Happy 4th of July for your bunnies, too!

You remember the holiday message right?
Don't drink and drive.
Don't text and drive.
Don't drink and text.
When boating, wear a big orange life vest (you humans look so funny in those).
Play with your bunnies and give them lots of treats!

Be grateful to be in the land of the free and the home of the buns.

Well, here's another one: Bunnies don't like fireworks.
It stresses them just like other sudden and/or loud noises.

If your bunny's neighborhood is firecracker noisy, keep the buns cool and quiet.
Close the windows and doors. Close the blinds to avoid flashing lights.

Play music - peaceful, easy listening (not loud). Think elevator music.
(No hair bands or hare bands. Stay away from 1812 Overture.)
Your TV service might even have a suitable channel in its lineup - you just never tune to those channels.

If you do not already have boxes for them to play on and in, get some plain cardboard boxes (not slick or a lot of ink/color, no staples, labels or tape); cut at least two openings in each box big enough for your bunny to get in and out. They can hide in them, to further mute the noise and feel a little safer.

An air filter in their room may provide a white noise to help muffle the fireworks' sounds.

Keep them company and reassure them that everything's okay. Pet them if they are the petting kind of bunnies. Have a couple of healthy treats handy (Bunya told me to say that).

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July holiday!

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Previously saw these bunnies celebrating on the GHRS Facebook page and their humans from Langhorne, PA graciously sent their too cute pictures for the RR Fourth of July ...

Chloe & Casper,
Rabbit Ramblings' 4th of July bunnies!
<< Insert "SQUEEE" here >>

(Chloe looks like a living Rorschach test)

And Daffney is preparing for the sunshine and cookout
(or maybe the fireworks ... be a dear and fetch her ear plugs, please).

P.S. Daffney, a lionhead, was adopted from the Bucks County SPCA.

Four lucky bunnies (two bonded couples) live together with well-trained human servants who have been adopting rabbits for over 20 years -- way to go!
Wisely, all bunnies are "math-impaired" (they can't multiply).

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bunny sneezes

In 8-1/2 years of life with Bunya (and bunnies), I have never heard him sneeze. At first, I thought he might be choking, but he was very casual about it, seeming maybe a little annoyed and not stressed at all. (But just in case, read about the Bunny Heimlich here). 

Since he has been under the weather with a hairball blockage, anything out of the ordinary shaves years off my life expectancy. So here's about 35 seconds of a bunny sneezing. Yes, we will watch for repeat episodes to see if there is something else to worry about (and help the vet pay off any college loans). *sigh*

video

Sunday, June 19, 2016