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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > paint, plaster, oil base clay. . .??
Last Post by BB at 9/06/2006 9:35 PM (33 Replies)
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User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/20/2006 5:20 PM
I want to thank everyone for their support. It means a great deal to me- this site is amazing, esp. for my situation- I just wish that this was happening to someone else . So, I called the vet and talked to her. She told me to keep him confined (yay to binky bunny for telling me the same thing!), and I have been. He's only been out for maybe 2 hours since saturday. The thing that I was really concerned about was that I'm going out of town- going back home for two weeks- I've had my plane ticket for months. So, he's with a friend right now...eek. But I think he's better. He's been upset being in the pen, but I told her to keep him in there. The vet offered to house him incase he gets out of control. . .thank goodness my friend lives in the building next to the vet So I've been much better. She's given me a few phone numbers to call, and she told me once he settles down and I let him out to cover the baseboards with aluminum foil. apparently they don't like the sound or texture or something about it. I'll be back in a few weeks and will update everyone. Thank you soooooooo much!

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User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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6/22/2006 9:06 AM

Have a good vacation or whatever your two weeks is.   Maybe by the time you come back he'll be better. 

Aluminam foil didn't do didley squat for my bunnies, but you know what, I bet it will for yours, because everything that worked for mine, didn't for yours.  err...did you understand that? 

Anyway, have a good two weeks!!




User is Offline HoppyBunny
Western U.S.
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6/22/2006 4:08 PM

Have a great vacation! Something also to consider is some Rescue Remedy from Bach. It's a flower essence used for stress etc. I use it on my bunnies when they are stressed or acting out a little too much with the attitude. I buy it from my local health food store. If you are interested here is their web site:

http://www.bachflower.com/Pets.htm

I put 1 dropperfull in a gallon of water. I totally spaced the tin foil thing. I had totally forgotten about that until you mentioned it. Wow I'm getting old! Let us know when you get back and how things are!




User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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7/06/2006 2:51 PM
I know I haven't written here for a while, but here we go again. I'm still on vacation- my flight is tomorrow and I need some help. I called my friend who is bunny sitting for me and asked about fujoe's behavior. she said that he was being perfectly behavied!! HE'S NOT CHEWING ON THE BASE BOARDS AT ALL!!! So now I know it's not the bunny, but it's the enviornment which is making him a menace. I don't really know what do do since I don't know what is making him go crazy. I bought a lead paint testing kit- so I'll see if there is lead- the apt manager said there wasn't when we moved in. But if there isn't any lead, then I have to do something. I don't want to give him up... but my apt isn't the best for him. So, I need help. Please. If there's anyone who knows what I can do to seal the baseboards. Maybe if I can seal them and take away whatever smell is trying him crazy I can attempt to fix the problem. Anything will help- but I have to try to seal the apt. thank you so much for dealing with me- i just don't want to lose fujoe.



User is Offline HoppyBunny
Western U.S.
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7/06/2006 3:51 PM
Sealing your baseboards, hmm. Well you could try a water based clear coat. Test it on a small patch to see. Now was Fujoe staying at the bunny sitters house or yours? If he was at your house it is possible you need to re-establish who is top bun.



User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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7/06/2006 9:25 PM
he's been staying at the bunny sitter's place- just a few blocks away from my apt. . .there's no carpenters that know how to seal some paint?? oh ya... Fujoe knows he's the top bunny... not me.

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User is Offline HoppyBunny
Western U.S.
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7/07/2006 3:40 PM
OMG what a cute pic! : ) Sealing wood is normally done with polyeurothane. Which the fumes can be toxic as well as the product itself so it isn't really such a simple solution. I would advise going to your local do it yourself or hardware store and asking a pro. They may be able to provide you with more ideas.



User is Offline BB
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7/15/2006 4:17 PM
Hi Fujoethebunny!   Are you back home yet?  Hope you had a relaxing time away.

How are things going with your destructo bunny?



User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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7/20/2006 10:49 AM
hello! Sorry I haven't been responding. . .I did get back and well, he's still chewing. I'm trying really hard. He stopped for a few days and then started with rage. I tried the aluminum foil. . .he started eating that too. . . I talked to the vet and she said to shake a jar of coins at him when he chews to scare him away. It does scare him away but he goes right back to it after 5 mins. sooo here's the plan: cover everything with cardboard untill we have enough time to put aluminum flashing (used for roofs) all around the apt. It's a little cheaper than plastic or wood. I just have to call the vet and make sure it's safe- but he shouldn't but through metal...i would be shocked. so ya, i have lots of toys everywhere. . .but i'm just going to have to have a really bad looking apt. The other thing we are doing is building one of those cube cages things. I'll email a pic to binkybunny when it's done to post. if anyone has anything to add, that would be great. I keep breaking down... why can't my bunny be a good bunny?

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User is Offline BB
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7/20/2006 7:46 PM
Welcome back!  He is quite the bugger!  How can such an adorable bunny be so naughty!

 I am sorry the aluminum foil didn't work.  My bunnies tear that stuff up too.

Hopefully he will mellow with age, as some bunnies can be tyrants their first year.   And maybe he will settle down as his hormones continue to die down after his surgery.

Also, you may need to just attach an x-pen to your cube cage and just use that  for his freedom.   He  just may not be allowed full access to your apartment if the flashing doesn't work.

You can also begin to allow freedom slowly, and when he starts chewing in the wrong area, back he goes.   He may associate lack of freedom with his behavior and learn to stop - though this technique takes a while.   It doesn't happen in just a few days. 

Oh, I almost forgot to ask, how was he at your friend's house while you were away.  Even if he was confined, how did he handle that in your friend's opinion?

Hang in there!  (hugs)



User is Offline barbara elliott
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8/23/2006 5:45 PM

Hi Fujoe!

Your bunny is adorable. I'm sorry he's being so naughty. I'm only a bunny amateur, but these ideas came to mind: 1. Do you have a regular routine for Fujoe's day? I'm not so great about it myself, but I've read that bunnies like to have regular sleep/feeding/play times every day, and some people have written about their bunnies being sassy when a routine is upset. 2. Maybe Fujoe wants a friend? (I know you might be going, "what?!", with the way you have your hands full right now) ...but maybe Fujoe is lagamorph-lonely, and a companion would help. I know you love your bunny and I wish you all the best of luck. Like I said, I'm an amateur, but I was just thinking bunny-psychologically.



User is Offline BB
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8/24/2006 10:34 PM

Actually Tabby, those are absolutely wonderful suggestions.   You are one rabbit savvy amateur!  

 It is so true about schedules -  It can make them feel more secure.   Being prey animals, knowing what is coming next is calming.  I know this, but always forget to use that and I think this advice can also help with shy bunnies. 

I also think your idea about a second bunny is a great suggestion as well.  I do agree that this can really help sometimes. I know my Jack used to really want to tear up the place, and though he is good, and follows orders, his state of being really calmed down once he was bonded with Rucy.

Fujoe, if you do decide to go the route of a second bunny, I really suggest taking Fujoe bunny dating at the your local House Rabbit Society there in Chicago.   Let them know what kind of bunny he is (most likely dominant) so they can help make the right match - maybe with a passive bunny, or ya never know - a bunny can really change around another bunny.   Fujoe might end up being passive with another bunny.  

You will have to go through a bonding period, but if let him choose a bunny, it's usually much less time and stress involved.

My first bunny went through about six speed dates at my local HRS before he settled on one that I would have never picked out.  But I love her too bits now.

 

 

 




User is Offline Gina Won
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9/04/2006 4:01 PM
I've got it!!!

Well at least with my bun, Floppy... we have this antique dresser that she's been gnawing on and in order to get her to stop, we tried rubbing bittermelon on it first, but she kinda liked it. So then we rubbed ginger on it, which it turns out she likes too. So THEN we rubbed garlic on it and VOILA, she won't gnaw on it anymore!

I'm not sure if this will help you since I don't know if you want to try covering ALL those baseboards with garlic, but I just wanted to let you in on my new discovery. It's only one little corner of the dresser that she likes to gnaw so it's easy for us to just rub a bit of raw garlic on... however in your case, there may be a risk of making your whole apartment smell like garlic and I'm not sure if you want that. But either way, just wanted to let ya know. Good luck!



User is Offline BB
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9/06/2006 9:35 PM
Posted By ligeia on 09/04/2006 7:01 PM
I've got it!!!

Well at least with my bun, Floppy... we have this antique dresser that she's been gnawing on and in order to get her to stop, we tried rubbing bittermelon on it first, but she kinda liked it. So then we rubbed ginger on it, which it turns out she likes too. So THEN we rubbed garlic on it and VOILA, she won't gnaw on it anymore!

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I'll have to mark that down as a deterrent!    I'll add it to the house-proofing section and I'll be sure to credit you. (your member name - ligeia)   I always need to double check tips with a couple of other experts and vet.   And I usually just compile a list over month or two and then go over them all, and post the ones that are valid So it'll probably be in the tips section in about a month.  THANKS!!   Exactly what this site is about. Helping each other out through our own trial and error and coming up with some more ideas!



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