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Last Post by Elrohwen at 1/22/2010 4:23 AM (40 Replies)
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User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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1/11/2010 5:53 AM
He's so adorable :-) His coloring is probably my fav bunny coloring.

He definitely looks like a lionhead. Sometimes lionheads go through their first molt and lose their manes. Sometimes they keep them. So it'll be a surprise ;-)
- Elrohwen

User is Offline lashkay
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1/11/2010 7:34 AM

Welcome & Congratulations that your mom gave you the go-ahead to get a bunny.  And congratulations on getting such a loveable one!  You are very fortunate that he lets anybody hold him.  Make sure everyone who does respects him as you do when they're holding him so he always stays this sweet and innocent and you will have a rare treasure bunny!  Have fun with him & keep the pics coming.


User is Offline JakeSulley<3
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1/11/2010 9:03 AM
I hope he keeps his mane! But i'll love him even if he doesn't
Thank you lashkay! He's a great boy. He loves to snuggle up against my neck when i carry him. He's a little scared about the initial pick up, but once he's in my hands, he calms down just fine. The people who hold him only hold him for a few minutes and they hold him close to them, so he feels secure.
I have a question, How do you keep him from pooping while out of the cage? He doesn't poop while i'm holding him, but as soon as i put him down even if it's just for a second, he poops. Anybody have any idea how to stop this, or is this something that i just have to deal with?
right now he's living in a small dog crate. I'm going to be making his cage by the end of this week, just waiting for the rest of the materials to come in. It's gonna be a C&C cage. 2x3 grids, one level with a little 2nd level. we're living in a travel trailer at our barn right now, so my mom won't let me make it any bigger. but he'll get plenty of time out of the cage. my question is: will he be able to get out of it? or do i have to make it 2 grids tall?
Thank you for all your help!

User is Offline lashkay
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1/11/2010 9:35 AM
He'll probably keep his mane, their little manes are adorable and stick out like fringe when they tuck their heads to groom themselves, have you noticed? As to the poops, my advice would be to nip it in the bud right now by seeing which corner of his crate he urinates in, then placing a nice roomy corner plastic litterbox that he can grow into, in that corner, with a handful or so of carefresh litter. If he pees in both corners, which he might, put another hi-backed litterbox with carefresh in the other corner as well. In time, he'll probably choose one or the other as his toilet. Then get ANOTHER huge -for him - corner litterbox and fill it with your mom's nice clean hay and put that in the opposite corner at the other end of the crate where his food and water dishes are so he will distinguish between his haybox and his litterbox and keep the hay clean. My Buddie, who is also a lionhead, is very happy with this setup.

However, I know other members will tell you it's better to just put hay in his toilet box, which also, I'm given to understand can work. Buddie's setup works for us but particularly in a smaller crate you may be limited on space so may have to choose just one litterbox for his crate temporarily. That should work if you just put it in the corner Sulley chooses to pee in. When you're making up his cage, and you have more room to work with, you might want to try Buddie's setup. Have fun!

User is Offline lashkay
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1/11/2010 9:48 AM
P.S. I meant to add this, after you pick him up if he usually poops when you put him down, I would put him down in his litterbox so he 'goes to it' right away. Also place all his outside of the box poops in the litterbox and if he pees outside the litterbox, wipe up the urine with a little piece of paper towel and when it is soaked, set it in his litterbox on top of the carefresh. If you do this continually while he makes mistakes and choose the corner he pees in, to place his litterbox, he should get the message rather quickly and start doing what you want him to do about his toilet habits. Keep scooping up the poops and putting them in the litterbox and praise him Good Sulley! when he poops and pees in his litterbox. You'll know when because they lift their rump and their body goes into 'eliminating' mode. You might even want to entice him to his litterbox with a small treat like a small sprig of parsley. Best wishes with your little Sulley!

User is Offline Elrohwen
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1/11/2010 10:26 AM

It's possible he's marking his territory. How old is he? The older he gets, if he remains unneutered, he'll feel even more of a need to mark things as "his".

For now, I would try limiting his space. Maybe just let him out of his cage into a smallish area, not a whole room, and see how he does. Every time he poops, pick it up and put it back in his litter box. If you keep cleaning up after him, he should hopefully realize that his poos go in the box. Then, gradually, you can give him more room to run around as he gets the idea.

eta: What kind of litter box does he have? He needs a nice cat litter box, not a corner box. Plenty of buns have turned their litter training around just by having an appropriately sized box and those corner ones are almost universally too small.

- Elrohwen

User is Offline JakeSulley<3
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1/11/2010 12:07 PM
Thanks you guys, i've seen some pretty big corner litter boxes, don't have one yet, I'm waiting till i make the cage. He's 11 weeks old.
I've got one more, silly, question. I saw pine cone chewies at the store and they looked like real pine cones. Are pine cones alright for them? I've got ALOT of pine trees where I am and thought he might like them.


User is Offline Monkeybun
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1/11/2010 2:08 PM

Pine cones are fine, as long as they haven't been sprayed with pesticides, and are completely dry and bug free. Monkey enjoys nibbling on hers now and then


User is Offline Elrohwen
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1/11/2010 2:35 PM
Posted By JakeSulley<3 on 01/11/2010 03:07 PM
Thanks you guys, i've seen some pretty big corner litter boxes, don't have one yet, I'm waiting till i make the cage. He's 11 weeks old.
I've got one more, silly, question. I saw pine cone chewies at the store and they looked like real pine cones. Are pine cones alright for them? I've got ALOT of pine trees where I am and thought he might like them.



 

Pine cones make a nice toy as long as they're clean and free of bugs!

Can I suggest getting a cat litter box and avoiding the corner ones? They're really never big enough and often bunnies with corner boxes have litter training issues. Plus the cat ones are cheaper

- Elrohwen

User is Offline lashkay
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1/11/2010 4:31 PM
I hadn't been aware that large enough corner litterboxes pose issues in litter training. But Elrohwen has been around this forum longer than I, I believe, and I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Thanks, Elrohwen. There are some good hi-backed litter boxes that I'm sure would work equally well. But I would caution you to do yourself a favor and choose a litterbox that has a nice high back, so the urine doesn't squirt over the back. If you get a kitty box that is so-contained you will save yourself some aggravation from the start.

User is Offline jerseygirl
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1/11/2010 6:08 PM
On corner litter boxes, I think we tend to caution people about them because so many get them when they set up only to find the bun won't use it. Buddys seems a good size for him and well, he's a champ.

On pinecones - ditto. It'll be good if you can source your own. You have to be wary of what pet stores offer sometimes. Some members have recommended boiling collected pinecones then baking in a slow oven until completly dried out. I admit I've given mine small very dry pinecones before without the prep. If I was to offer them often - I would prep them properly now that I know.

User is Offline lashkay
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1/11/2010 8:18 PM

Thanks, Jerseygirl, what a nice compliment!  Your little buns near your bunaholic declaration look like champs in their own right.  It takes one to know one, they say However, to me who lives with him, he seems like a little Jimmy Cagney more and more each day- all attitude!  But he licked me tonight for the first time, on my leg as I was entering his pen to clean his litterbox and his little tongue felt like heaven. 

For some reason I can't remember, the corner boxes have been the only thing I gave to Buddie and it was either use the corner one or go dirty.  And thank the Lord, he chooses to go a lot cleaner than he could.  So far. Knock on wood.  I did have a cat box for Lash, my first bunny, in her cage and she was fine with that.    But I made the mistake of not spaying her and she sprayed.  Oddly enough, I liked her spray on my pillow. I knew it meant she wanted to possess me and I took it as a compliment.  Just washed it out.


User is Offline Monkeybun
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1/11/2010 10:29 PM
Both of mine have normal sized cat boxes.. they both like munching on hay when in their boxes and monkey is just soo little that she cant reach into many kinds of hay racks, so there has to be lots of hay room in her box

User is Offline JakeSulley<3
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1/12/2010 3:15 AM
Thank you, you guys! You are so helpful! The cage i'm building, may not be big enough for a cat litter box. I'll see though, but I'll definitly try to use the litter box instead.
How do you know how dry a pine cone is? And why do they have to be dried out completely?
I also have a question about neutering. Why is it important? I know for females it is, but what about males? I don't think my mom would believe me if I told her I needed to neuter him.
Thanks again!

User is Offline MarkBun
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1/12/2010 5:42 AM
If the pinecone isn't covered in sap, it's dry enough. Basically, if you can break one of the pieces in half and it's not sticky, you should be good.

As for neutering. When hormones hit, the rabbits can become little terrors - spraying and marking areas, aggressive behavior, etc. Now some male bunnies can live their entire lives in tact and be very sweet however if he starts to begin to become a punk, neutering will help that.

Too bad you can't do that to all male species, eh?

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Monkeybun
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1/12/2010 9:29 AM
Neutering helps lower aggression, stops them from spraying (which is icky) and makes your bun happier. It isn't any fun having the urge to mate 24/7 and not being allowed to do so.

User is Offline MarkBun
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1/12/2010 10:29 AM
Posted By Monkeybun on 01/12/2010 12:29 PM
Neutering helps lower aggression, stops them from spraying (which is icky) and makes your bun happier. It isn't any fun having the urge to mate 24/7 and not being allowed to do so.

 

Tell me about it...

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Monkeybun
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1/12/2010 4:10 PM
Awww do you need to get neutered MarkBun?

User is Offline MooBunnay
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1/12/2010 4:49 PM
Poor Markbun - we'll all raise some money to send you to the vet

User is Offline Beka27
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1/16/2010 6:31 AM
Posted By JakeSulley<3 on 01/12/2010 06:15 AM
<!--3--> Thank you, you guys! You are so helpful! The cage i'm building, may not be big enough for a cat litter box. I'll see though, but I'll definitly try to use the litter box instead.


If the cage is not going to be big enough for a cat litterbox, I'm afraid the cage will not be big enough for the bunny.  How large are you planning on making the cage?  Are you doing it with levels?  What materials are you using?

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