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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Did I just get a smart, OCD bunny?
Last Post by LittlePuffyTail at 7/26/2012 1:42 AM (8 Replies)
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User is Offline johnroth
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7/25/2012 5:39 AM

So a few weeks ago my fiance and I acquired a very cute little rex bunny we named Eli. I read a TON of information regarding owning a rabbit before hand so I was pretty prepared. The guy we got him from gave us a huge glass aquarium for free, but I know that wasn't a very appropriate living space for a bunny. So a week and a half later I built him a new cage using a guide to create one of those big wire crate cages... it's huge! It doesn't have the multiple levels yet, but it will as soon as a find the materials.


We had been trying to litter train him in the mean time. Of course he didn't start using his box right away... except for peeing in it. He pretty much seemed to understand to only pee in there. How convenient. It took him about two days to start pooping in it too. After awhile he seemed pretty intent on only doing his business in his litter box. When I moved him over to his new cage he started pooping all over it, because it was a new territory and everything, but then figured out what was going on pretty quickly. I assumed it would be good for him to get his cage smelling like him, and with work and stuff we didn't have time to clean out his cage right away... so... he did it for us? He put all his poop into the litter box and then just continued to use it. Like he cleaned it all up for us. Has anyone seen this before? I thought it was kind of cute. It made cleaning his cage pretty easy.


Also, it's been super hot lately, so he's been sitting in his water dish a lot and laying around it to keep cool. Would he benefit from a fan blowing on him? Or would that be something that bothers him?


We also have a cat,named Mogwai, and the two get along really well? I've had multiple animals for a REALLY long time and I've never seen two animals just be okay with each other right away. Granted, we didn't allow interaction between the two of them for about a week after we got him. And the kitty likes to bat and pounce on the bunny, who doesn't seem to be bothered by this. If things get to intense though we poke the cat and he backs off. But otherwise I don't let the bunny run around unsupervised, so I don't think it should be a big deal. I also do this because I don't want him chewing on cords and furniture.


I guess I didn't think I'd get so attached to a rabbit, but he's a lot of fun and really cute and friendly. Are they always so easy going on stuff? Or did we get really super lucky?


User is Offline LBJ10
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7/25/2012 5:54 AM
Are you meaning he doesn't seem phased by much? A lot of bunnies are like that. Mine could really care less about the dog, for example. They see her and seem rather indifferent. I think this upsets the dog because she loved our chins and they loved her (came up to her, sniffed her, jumped all over her) and the buns just ignore her.

User is Offline johnroth
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7/25/2012 6:03 AM
Posted By LBJ10 on 07/25/2012 08:54 AM
Are you meaning he doesn't seem phased by much? A lot of bunnies are like that. Mine could really care less about the dog, for example. They see her and seem rather indifferent. I think this upsets the dog because she loved our chins and they loved her (came up to her, sniffed her, jumped all over her) and the buns just ignore her.

Well, yeah. Our cat tries to play with him, and sometimes it seems like the bunny is playing to... like he keeps coming back to Mogwai, who play bits and bats at him and pounces on him... and sometimes the bunny will start wildly running around the room so Mogwai will chase him... and other times he tries to nibble on Mogwai's tail and paws.


User is Offline CinnabunMom
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7/25/2012 6:42 AM
I have a fan blowing into Cinnabun's room/Xpen 24 hours a day. It's never off. Even though I have my AC set to 70, I keep the fan for extra circulation and extra air. Bunnies don't like hot weather; all that fur and their body temps are higher than ours (normal for them being about 101) so summer can be miserable for them if they aren't properly cooled. I believe BB suggests that they should be in temps around 70-75 during the summer. I think a fan is the way to go; also, try "ice buddies" (take an empty milk jug/ plastic soda bottle, ect) fill it with water and freeze it. Then place it in the cage with your bun, sometimes you may need to stick it in a sock if your bun doesn't like wetness. It keeps them cool. Ceramic tiles placed in the freezer for 10 mins or so can also give bun a nice cool place to lay. Hope that helps!
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7/25/2012 6:43 AM
PS: welcome to BB! Feel free to share pics your bun!
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User is Offline johnroth
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7/25/2012 7:03 AM
Posted By CinnabunMom on 07/25/2012 09:42 AM
I have a fan blowing into Cinnabun's room/Xpen 24 hours a day. It's never off. Even though I have my AC set to 70, I keep the fan for extra circulation and extra air. Bunnies don't like hot weather; all that fur and their body temps are higher than ours (normal for them being about 101) so summer can be miserable for them if they aren't properly cooled. I believe BB suggests that they should be in temps around 70-75 during the summer. I think a fan is the way to go; also, try "ice buddies" (take an empty milk jug/ plastic soda bottle, ect) fill it with water and freeze it. Then place it in the cage with your bun, sometimes you may need to stick it in a sock if your bun doesn't like wetness. It keeps them cool. Ceramic tiles placed in the freezer for 10 mins or so can also give bun a nice cool place to lay. Hope that helps!

Ooo, that actually does help a lot! I'll be doing that stuff tonight. I know it's pretty miserable for him right now, it's gonna be super hot for the two days...


User is Offline CupcakeandDizziesMom
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7/25/2012 11:13 AM
I freeze water bottles and put them in socks like CunnabunMom does. My bunnies didnt go near them until the socks were on. now they lay right next to them. its a cheap and easy way to keep them comfortable

User is Offline Huckleberry
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7/25/2012 2:27 PM
HAHa a self cleaning bunny! How neat! That might be a pretty rare trick.
Welcome to bunny parenthood, it's like the best secret you could ever uncover, Bunnies are awesome!

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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7/26/2012 1:42 AM
Just wanted to say Welcome. Bunnies are very amazing and adorable arent they? Most people have no idea until they bring one home ( myself included).
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