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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > What's your bunnies most annoying habit?
Last Post by BB at 12/30/2006 11:42 PM (48 Replies)
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User is Offline Kalia Fullerton
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9/19/2006 8:08 AM
My first bunny, angie (who passed away over 2 years ago =( ) was the sweetest girl in the world. she would groom me and was always by my side. when i would lay down, she would lay on top on my chest. Her most annoying habbit, and i know this sounds very strange, was that she would nudge my boobs then bite my nipples through my shirt. not only was it really bizarre, but it was also painful. i suppose she thought she could get milk out of them or just wondered what they were.

User is Offline BB
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9/21/2006 10:13 PM
Posted By hjohannsen on 09/19/2006 9:05 AM
Rappanui, our first bunny rescued from the pound, likes to growl. He growls! Whether it is to give him a treat or remove him from chewing on electrical wires, he growls. That is annoying because I am usually trying to groom him, feed him or protect him and he gives attitude. But, he is so very cute. I can't take it personally.

WELCOME RAPPANUI!  My bunny Jack used to do that when we first got him. But we worked with him for a while and we actually accidentally trained him to growl for a treat.  Meaning we wanted him to trust hands, and so every time we would put our hands towards him we'd have a treat. Then he began to think that lunging and growling meant he'd get a treat.     We finally would wait until he stopped growling before we would offer him the treat.  It took about 3 weeks to break him completely from that habit.

How long have you had Rappanui?   So wonderful of you to rescue him from the pound.  Do you know what his story was?


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9/21/2006 10:21 PM
Posted By kaliabunny on 09/19/2006 11:08 AM
My first bunny, angie (who passed away over 2 years ago =( ) was the sweetest girl in the world. she would groom me and was always by my side. when i would lay down, she would lay on top on my chest. Her most annoying habbit, and i know this sounds very strange, was that she would nudge my boobs then bite my nipples through my shirt. not only was it really bizarre, but it was also painful. i suppose she thought she could get milk out of them or just wondered what they were.

WELCOME KALIABUNNY.  That is absolutely wacky isn't it??!!!  For some reason my bunny, Rucy, will do that.  I"ve had four bunnies, and this is the first one that has ever done that. What in the world?!!!   At first I thought it might be because...well...boobs stick out and it's sort of an obvious target, but she would actually sniff around and then wham...YEEOOUCH  $#!#.    So now, if she even gets close, I'm like "BUNNY, BACK AWAY FROM THE BOOB!!!"

I know people who haven't ever experienced this or have never heard of it must think we're nuts, and yes it's freakishly bizarre, but it's true!  Victims of bunny boob biters unite!

I think next time I'm at the vet, I am going to ask her about this crazy behavior. And if she's never heard of it, then she'll just think I'm crazy.  That'll be awkward.  


User is Offline hjohannsen
California
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9/22/2006 2:02 PM

Thanks for the information! I thought I was stuck with a growling bunny! We got Rappanui 5 months ago and our life hasn't been the same since! There isn't much of a story. He was found running around and they captured him. He was skinny but not afraid to come up to me. I eventually figured out Rappanui is territorial and dominant.

I had a rabbit when I was a child but it was outdoors in a pen. We just fed it and looked at it. I had no idea what personalities and intelligence rabbits possess.  I would love for Rappanui to have a friend to keep him company but I am afraid of what he would do to a new bunny! I will more than likely go back to the pound and adopt another sooner or later. There were about 6 there when I went the first time. I live in Los Angeles, CA so there are plenty of stray animals. I wish I could save them all!


User is Offline hjohannsen
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9/22/2006 2:05 PM
Yes!! I am also a victim! Rappanui knows where he's aiming and he's quick! It was funny (and painful the first time) but bunny stays on my lap or high up on my shoulder from now on!

User is Offline BB
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9/22/2006 8:37 PM
There are some great rabbit rescue groups in and near Los Angeles. 
http://www.bunnyluv.org/
Van Nuys
http://www.larabbits.org/adopt.htm
Los Angeles

The great thing about most rabbit rescues is they help you with bunny dating.  Sort of like speed dating - they usually introduce a few and see which ones works best.  My first bunny found the love of his life, she wasn't his first date, but she was the one he got along with.  It made bonding so much easier.  

This doesn't guarantee success, but usually it does predict that they will get along, and many times the bonding process is shorter then if you just brought a bunny you liked home to your bunny.

Note: the female he bonded with was one grumpy girl!  So even grumpy bunnies can find love.


The other great thing about adopting from a rescue is that many times rescue group bunnies are ones they have saved from a euthanasia list. (because there is such an overcrowding - bunnies are the third most euthanized animal in the US)   SO, you actually save TWO bunnies.  The one you adopted, and the one that will take its place at the rabbit rescue.

User is Offline LillyBear
Chicago, IL
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12/30/2006 3:56 PM
Posted By kaliabunny on 09/19/2006 11:08 AM
My first bunny, angie (who passed away over 2 years ago =( ) was the sweetest girl in the world. she would groom me and was always by my side. when i would lay down, she would lay on top on my chest. Her most annoying habbit, and i know this sounds very strange, was that she would nudge my boobs then bite my nipples through my shirt. not only was it really bizarre, but it was also painful. i suppose she thought she could get milk out of them or just wondered what they were.



I just want to sympathize with you and BinkyBunny... my bunny Lilly does the EXACT same thing!!!  I have two bruise marks right now on my boobs from her biting me.. I don't know what it is about them that she is biting!!  Through my shirt too!!  The first time she did it on my nipple and I literally threw her off of me I was so startled!!  ahh scary!!

Lilly also digs her litterbox and all the papers get EVERYWHERE.. we just started putting Hay in the litterbox also and this has alleviated the problem!!  And this morning we woke up to find Lilly on top of the sink (no easy feat getting up there) she had bitten into the toothpaste and was eating it!!!

She is a bad bun!

Lilly - 3.5 y/o french lop mix
Harry - 2.5 month old mini lop
Henry (RIP)- 3 y/o holland lop

User is Offline dmh426
Syracuse, New York
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12/30/2006 5:19 PM
Sophie's most annoying habit is that there are areas where I don't want the naughty little bunny and she finds those areas of the house to be the most appealing by far. You can block them off but where there is a will there is a way....

User is Offline BB
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12/30/2006 11:42 PM

Welcome LillyBear!!!   Wow, looks you've joined the boobie bunny biting club.  Not fun.

Hay is great way to help buffer crazy digging.

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