BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Drama Queen or something else?
Last Post by Elrohwen at 8/16/2012 5:32 AM (12 Replies)
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User is Offline FooFoosMommy2
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8/09/2012 1:33 PM
Foo had us scared pretty badly last night. We got home from work later than we thought, so she had been pent up most of the day and over night. I realized she hadn't eaten since breakfast-all her pellets were still in the bowl and it didn't seem like she had used her litter box. When she was out of her cage, she wasn't herself and didn't want to play or be near us or anything. I was on the phone almost in tears calling emergency vets and being told none of them treated bunnies. After a couple hours, she ate after Ryan decided to hand feed her and then was back to being her normal self- using the litter box and eating everything we put in her dish. So, she's fine today. We are going to make an appointment with our vet to take her back soon anyway, and obviously will take her to the ER if she starts acting up again. I didn't know rabbits could be that dramatic about us not being with her all day though. I was pretty freakin' scared though. Are there any other bunnies out there that get dramatic when they don't get enough love or whatever, or did we get a special one with Foo?

User is Online Sarita
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8/09/2012 2:21 PM
Drama queen for sure :~) But honestly - rabbits are anxious when their routine is changed up. They are like children in that they feel more secure knowing what to expect. It's not necessarily the love, but the expectation of knowing that everything is the same. They don't like change.

User is Offline FooFoosMommy2
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8/09/2012 4:03 PM
Our work schedules are pretty much the same day to day, it's just been a busier than normal week with people being on vacation and needing shifts covered. I'm worried about what Foo is going to think once summer is over and I start back at my second job and have classes two nights a week. I wish I could just take her with me, but I'm quite sure she would not like sitting in class with me for three hours, or the traffic going into the city. Haha =)

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8/14/2012 10:56 AM
My buns now does that too. He is very sensitive to change or being punished. If I don't see him much because I'm sick for a day, then he gets all sick, doesn't want to eat, etc. The same goes if he had been out and was told he was a "bad boy". He will sulk for hours, not eating or anything. I'm pregnant now, so I like to joke that we both are just a little hormonal

User is Offline FooFoosMommy2
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8/14/2012 2:54 PM
That is EXACTLY what she does. If she's punished or told she's bad she'll go sulk and flop down like somethings wrong and won't take treats or pellets and will just lay in her litter box like it's the end of the world.

User is Offline britt and yeti
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8/14/2012 3:18 PM

my bun Yeti can be pretty stuck up. 

his cage is usually open all day if we're home or not... the last few days hes been acting up and pooping on the couch. so hes been put in time outs.

and once it comes time to open his cage back up hes all pouty and sticks his face in the corner of his cage. drama drama. for hours at a time.. but because hes such a lard butt hes always sure to stick his face in the corner where his hay ball resides. for his nibbling pleasure. eventually he comes out to roam around and bug mum and dad on the couch but since im the one who gives him his time outs. of course he only snuggles on dads belly. -.-'  

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User is Offline TH004
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8/15/2012 3:24 AM
Once I learned my buns can get so emotional to being told he's bad, etc., I have realized training is a lot easier. He remembers more now, not wanting to be called bad. I also only call him bad on a last resort (after 2 warnings being told NO). My first rabbit couldn't have cared less if she was punished, which made it hard for her to learn anything. My rabbit now knows if he bites on me or furniture, he will be told he's bad. So, being all EMO could be a benefit to you

User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/15/2012 5:18 AM
Yep, bunnies are moody and will punish you with pouting and scares, which is bad because you don't want to think it's just a scare when it could be the start of a fast, bad illness. You did the right thing calling for a vet, and now I would say take this time to line up your course of action, and emergency numbers to call, for when there really is a problem.

But I also agree that your bunny will be trainable and happy with some positive reinforcement. That, and be sure to have unlimited hay in the habitat at all times so if you are late your bunny has hay rather than pellets to munch on until you get home. It will keep her needing to use the litter pan anyway, along with a full supply of water.
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User is Offline Elrohwen
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8/15/2012 5:54 AM
She could've had an upset tummy that passed on its own. Hannah has had two episodes in the past year where she refused a meal, but was fine by the next meal. I took her to the vet the first time it happened and they didn't find anything, so it will remain a mystery. Who knows why they do these things sometimes?
- Elrohwen

User is Offline FooFoosMommy2
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8/15/2012 6:39 AM
She always has hay and water. And I'm glad I found out which emergency vet we would have to go to, since the one our vet sends people to does not see rabbits. So we are good to go if there ever is a problem.

She does learn pretty fast, since she hates being in time out or told she's a bad bunny. When we do have to put her in time out or tell her she's a bad bunny, she'll go into her litter pan right away, because she knows we tell her "Good bunny, Good Foo! You're such a good girl!" when she does.

User is Offline FooFoosMommy2
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8/15/2012 6:43 AM
Elrohwen- In our search for a 24 hour vet that would see bunnies, I was also reading about what we could do to help her until we found someone. Ryan was masaging her tummy and holding her butt in the air telling her "I'm gonna make you fart, Foo! Come on, just fart, you'll feel better!" which looking back is funny to think about. He's all like, I'm gonna rub your tummy and make you, whether or not you want to and then asking me if bunny farts smell so he'll know if it worked.

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8/15/2012 7:28 AM
LOL that's really cute, and it probably did help. Well, tummy massage does, I'm not so sure about holding her butt in the air. Might give her more gas pains, not less.
Yes, you can smell bunny farts. Spockie was king of the SPD's. But also, in addition to massage, getting your bunny to run around will move the digestion along as well. So gently chasing her around a bit may do some good, too.

Glad you found an emergency vet you can rely on.
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User is Offline Elrohwen
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8/16/2012 5:32 AM
I always keep Critical Care around in case she stops eating. At least then I can get food in her over night so she can wait until the morning for the vet.
- Elrohwen

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