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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Staying in a pet store cage for a day? Need reply fast!
Last Post by mocha200 at 9/27/2012 11:23 AM (18 Replies)
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User is Offline mocha200
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9/24/2012 7:08 PM
Sorry that the title sounds so frantic but some of you may have heard, Pepper and Pip are leaving tomorrow! They will be staying with someone tomorrow night and then go to the shelter then next day! I am a little nervous though. I asked her if she had 2 cages because they are separated at the moment and she told me "yes but I don't have any food or shavings." that made ma a little nervous because rabbits don't need shavings on the bottom of their cages and most shavings are bad! She said the cages are 2ftx16in. It makes me a little scared that the cages are so small. Is it ok for one night? Am I just over reacting about this? I am just VERY protected over my rabbits (Even though they are not really mine.). Also if she doesn't know much about rabbits should I be worried? Should I just make out a nice list like I would for a pet sitter so it is almost impossible to make a mistake?
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User is Offline LBJ10
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9/24/2012 7:12 PM
In regards to the tiny cages, it won't kill them to be shut up for one day. They won't like it, but they will be fine.

User is Offline mocha200
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9/24/2012 7:14 PM
Ok. That's what I thought. DO you think they will be ok with her? She says she has had a rabbit in the past but I don't know how much she knows. I mean people leave their bunnies with family members when they go on vacation and they do fine... Right? LOL I am so spastic right now!
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User is Offline Roberta
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9/24/2012 7:20 PM
I think a list would be a great idea, especially if she has already said she is lacking in knowledge. It would no doubt be appreciated. Also recommendations like a towel and some paper rather than shavings. Also a food package so they have noms for the night.
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User is Offline LBJ10
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9/24/2012 7:20 PM
I can't imagine much could happen in a day. Unless she fed them something that would make them sick. I don't think she would do that though. If it is just for a day, then she should only need to feed them their pellets and hay. Maybe send some veggies with them?

User is Offline mocha200
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9/24/2012 7:24 PM
LBJ: Yeah I plan to send some veggies. Thanks for the confidence booster. For some reason I am extremely nervous!
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User is Offline Roberta
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9/24/2012 7:48 PM
I think they'll be fine for their sleep over. If you give the woman as much info as she needs to keep them safe.. I.E. No lettuce or potato, lots of hay, towel for sleeping, avoid heat. they should be fine
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User is Offline Monkeybun
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9/24/2012 7:56 PM
Rabbits can eat lettuce though....

User is Offline Roberta
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9/24/2012 8:23 PM
Not Iceberg and its probably safer to say no lettuce for the sake of one night than trying to explain the difference.
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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9/25/2012 2:04 AM
I think a basics list would be very helpful. If you type it up on computer, you can have it handy for future occasions as well. (and tweak it after today.)
I would just say 'no iceberg lettuce. Romaine or green leaf only.' Then add a copy or link to the hrs food list.

Provide a little cup of pellets (the good kind) with the brand name taped to the cup. Also a baggie of hay - same labeling.
A towel on the bottom will be a good substitute for shavings. Size is fine overnight. Litter pan in there? If not, a small bag or baggie of Carefresh will solve the temptation to use shavings. Again, labeled.

You want your list and accompanying supplies to set her on the road to buying safe products within bunny care guidelines. People tend to go out and get what is clearly recommended before they try to guess themselves.
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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9/25/2012 2:07 AM
I checked the Bunny Info section, and BB has a pdf of a bunny sitter guide where you fill in the blanks. It might be a handy template for you to fill out for instructions to go with the bunnies.
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User is Offline Beka27
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9/25/2012 4:07 AM
They'll be fine. Even if she puts them on shavings for a day, the ill effects of shavings are cumulative.
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User is Offline mocha200
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9/25/2012 4:19 AM
I might use the pet sitter guide! I am going to send some Romaine and cilantro with as that is what they eat every day here. I am going to send her almost a whole 10lb bag of Oxbow bunny basics T because I will never use them ( my bunnies don't get pellets). I haven't switched them to a limited amount of pellets yet so she just has to refill the bowel as needed. These bunnies do not drink out of water bottles so do you think I should send her water bowels? I only have one ( the other one is actually my bunnies extra water bowel.). I will go print that out now!
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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9/25/2012 5:15 AM
No, I would give her a covered plastic container, like you get for a small amount of potato salad. It can act as a water dish, be covered to keep from spilling, and is cheap and temporary. Then write that the owner needs to buy a heavy crock water bowl. You don't want to give away stuff and need it in a few months. That's too expensive.
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User is Offline mocha200
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9/26/2012 4:47 AM
Pam: I gave her 1 water dish that I had gotten specifically for the baby bunnies. I told her to go ahead and donate it to the shelter when she takes them along with a few other toys and stuff.

Just wanted to let everyone know that she was a VERY nice girl! I think they were in good hands last night! She sent me pictures of them last night and the cages are not as small as I thought they where going to be. One did have a wire floor but she had a litter box full of hay in there for them to sit in! She also told me that they where eating just fine!
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User is Offline Beka27
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9/26/2012 4:49 AM
Aw! I'm glad they're doing well! How are you doing, Mocha?
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User is Offline mocha200
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9/26/2012 4:59 AM
Beka: Hasn't really set in yet... I came down with a bad cold yesterday and slept the whole way there to dropping them off (2 hour drive) and on the way back I was to sick the think! Haha. I think it will be easier then last year with Sebastian just because I had him longer and his personality was adorable. It was hard for me to get attached with me being so busy that I didn't have time to do anything but take care of them. I enjoyed fostering them but I hated the fact that I didn't have time for my own bunnies anymore and that when something I had smelled like the other bunnies mocha would go crazy chinning it and giving me the butt. Sigh....
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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9/27/2012 2:52 AM
I'm sure your buns will be glad to have their Momma all to themselves again.
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User is Offline mocha200
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9/27/2012 11:23 AM
Oh yes! Mocha was VERY disapproving of the baby bunny smell on me!
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