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Last Post by HoppyBunny at 6/28/2006 1:33 PM (35 Replies)
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User is Offline Amie Noakes
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6/16/2006 1:41 PM
P.S. what is the formal name for the cube cages?
Rebel: The sweetest little mutt you'd ever meet. I can hardly express how amazing this old dog is.

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6/16/2006 9:23 PM

I don't know if you have Target stores where you are, but if you do.   The cubes are called "ORGANIZE IT" cubes.   

There are other very similar brands.  "Neat Idea Cubes"

Check out this link.  It has all the different types and where you can get them.   You even might be able to order them online, but I would imagine because they can be heavy, it may cost a lot to have them shipped.

http://www.cavycages.com/cubes.htm (Scroll down to the bottom)  And yes, this is a site for guinea pigs, but rabbits use the same cubes - just make bigger cages.

Also be sure to get some zip ties, because the connectors that come with these squares aren't sturdy enough.

This next link is a great one for options and actual layouts of this type of cage system.
http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/articl...html  (it has lots of links towards the bottom too for more examples)


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6/16/2006 9:55 PM

Well, I am sure others can pipe in too. 

Daily - Like anything, at first, it can be really exciting, but in time, sometimes you may not feel like giving your bunny the attention it needs for as long as it needs.  (I guess try to imagine something you got years ago, that you so wanted, but in time, of course, it may not be as thrilling as it once was) 

 So, with a living thing,  you have to care for it even when you're tired, or if you have something else fun to do. (and even the most intelligent, responsible mature people/kids, like you, sometimes just don't want to do it!)  But ya just have to.

 If you stay over at a friends house or go on a trip, you have to make sure someone is going to do what you would do.  Food, water, and love every day, and litterbox every other day.

I mean think about when you get old enough to get a car, and MAYBE  you'll want to spend more time with friends, or co-workers.  There will be clubs, sports, dances, whatever.  High School is coming up, and talk about changing your life!!  So you may get pulled in many directions.

This is when many bunnies are also given away because high school happens, and friends and activities really become a priority.  So that's why I always suggest the rabbit to be a family pet, because many times it ends up being this way.  I've talked to so many parents, and their "child's" pet has become theirs or it ends up going to a shelter. 

So just know that this bunny will need your time every single day for the next ten years (depending on how old the bunny is)  And as excited as you are now,  and it may be hard to imagine that you won't be about it, but there will be times that you'll really really want to do something else, or won't have so much time, so you have to be prepared to make  a sacrifice in the future for the commitment you make today.   

Weekly:  Usually litterboxes need changing at least a couple of times a week.  If it's warm, and there are flies, you'll need to change everyday to avoid them laying eggs in the bunnies poop (which in some cases can lead to flystrike - not good for your bunny)

Monthly:  You mentioned the list - that's great.  Just keep that.

So, I am not trying to discourage you, but as you are discovering through research, rabbits are not low maintenance as many believe, and so in regards of changing your life, it can be wonderful, fun, loving, but also time-consuming, work, and not always fun or fulfilling.  


User is Offline Anita Stark
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6/17/2006 12:47 PM
Hi
I'd just like to chime in with my 2 cents on builiding a cage or playpen and recommend using the coated closet racks identified as an alternative on the cavy cage site.  

We tried the cubes first because we already had some in the house, and they were great for about a day and a half, but with our bunny he was quick to find he could climb at the corners.  It was really quite amazing, we didn't expect to see him climb but he just stuck his little feet in one square at a time on each side of the corner and up he went!!  Too bad I didn't have a video camera. 

We couldn't put him in the play pen until we had a solution because he would go straight back to the same corner and climb again.  We didn't want to have to put a lid on so we went out and got some of the enamel coated closet shelves.  Now he's well contained when we need him to be because there aren't crossbars close enough together for him to make use of (and don't think he hasn't tried!).  Also, we put the lip of the shelf at the top and it makes for a bit of a visual barrier that seems to help discourage his attempts.  A bonus is that he can't chew the enamel off like he was starting to do with the vinyl covered cubes.

These might be a bit more expensive than the cubes, but they were worth it for our little rascal. 


Sable's Mom

User is Offline Amie Noakes
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6/18/2006 5:29 AM

That sounds great! I'll keep that in mind wile building.

The cubes seem kind of confusing, but I'm trying to figure it out

Rebel: The sweetest little mutt you'd ever meet. I can hardly express how amazing this old dog is.

User is Offline Amie Noakes
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6/21/2006 9:51 AM
can you have a litterbox with a cover?
Rebel: The sweetest little mutt you'd ever meet. I can hardly express how amazing this old dog is.

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6/21/2006 2:58 PM
I used a covered box for a few years - more of  homemade one. It was made to look like a piece of furniture - like a storage/sitting bench, but the only way they would use it was if we cut a second hole.   Bunnies don't like to feel trapped, and some bunnies feel that way if they only have one escape.

So once we cut a 2nd hole in, they were fine.

Also, I have heard that some bunnies end up using the box as a lounging area more than a poo area.

But then again, I have heard some bunnies have no problems with using a covered litterbox. 

Just shows how individual each bunny really is.  

I guess, all you can do is try and see what your bunny prefers.

How are things going by the way in your process.  Are you getting close?  When do you think you'll be ready?



User is Offline Amie Noakes
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6/22/2006 6:11 AM

I've gotten a few jobs, not too many, I'm going to take a babysitting course at the library (CPR, how to prevent infections and burns, excetra) so I might get more jobs, I'm also going to be a teacher at my church (VBS-Vacation Bible School) and maybe I'll get some more babysitting jobs there. I wouldn't say I'm close though, the only things I've gotten so far are the hard plastic covers for our pillars and corners, theres alot I need to get, the cubes are my next step, then somethink to put on the cage bottoms, what would be a good shopping list? Maybe you can put together a shopping list of rabbit things I should buy (please, I'm sorry if its asking too much) so it won't be so hectic.

Thanks so much for the help!

Rebel: The sweetest little mutt you'd ever meet. I can hardly express how amazing this old dog is.

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6/22/2006 7:34 AM

Actually,  a list already exists.   It's in the FAQ section under how much does a bunny cost, and in there is a full list of one and ongoing things:

site/BUNNYINFO/FAQ/tabid/81/Default.aspx


User is Offline HoppyBunny
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6/22/2006 4:36 PM

I would like to add a few things on how your life is going to change.

Cleaning - You need to do this every other day religiously for the rest of their lives. You'll come home dead-tired and not want to do this, but you've got to for their health, safety & the smell.

Hay - Hay is an absolute must for them. It can cost a lot of $$ too for a teeny bag. They need lots of it, unlimited, all the time.

Mess - Hay will be a huge mess and storage is going to be something to think about if you don't have a place to store it. Also a pet store that will supply the right things that you need like an excellent quality pellet (not the Fiesta or ones with colorful junk & seeds which can cause a blockage).

Vaccuuming - Hay will clog lots of vaccums so you need to clean most of it up by hand or get one of the manual ones they use in restaurants before you use a regular vaccuum. You will also use a lot of vaccuum cleaner bags and/or empty it a lot.

Allergies - You may not be allergic to bunnies but you may be to the hay. Be sure to have an allergy test with your Dr. before adopting a bunny rather than finding out you can't keep them.

Dust & fur - It will be EVERYWHERE, it's a lot of cleanup. In your nose, in the air, in your hair etc. You may want to consider an air purifier.

Vet - It is going to cost a lot of $$$ to see a bunny savvy vet. They are not like cats or dogs where an illness can wait a day or two or you can go to the pet store and just buy something for it and dose them. Doing this will make things worse and likely kill a rabbit. A sick rabbit is very serious. Pet insurance is a good idea.

Smell - No matter how much you clean there will be an odor. Be careful what you use to deoderize. I use a plug in that is in a different room is a natural oil and not overpowering. Bunnies are very senstive to cleaners & smells.

Vacations - This can and will be a "pain" to new owners. There are not many places that will accept them and flying with them is out of the question. It's very hard & very strict. You will need to find reliable places to keep your bunny while you are away. It can also be very expensive to board them.

Responsiblilty & long term - Bunnies are great when you first get them, but will that feeling wear off when you get a drivers license and become mobile and want to spend your time out all night (or even spend the night)  with your friends and your bunny is waiting at home for you, wanting dinner, attention and some love? Bunnies need a schedule that is not interrupted. If it is, they will worry and they will worry themselves sick (literally).

I must admit that I am concerned that your last bunny got out & froze to death. What will you do differently to make sure it won't happen ever again?

Work - Are you going to be too busy with your jobs to spend time with your bunny during the school year? Or are you planning on working during this time? What about when you are in high school and would likely want a steady job? Car insurance, payments etc. are pricey and likely you'll have a late night job and no bunny time.

Please don't think ill of me, but these are all things to take into consideration before finally making move to get a bunny or not. Take your time and really consider every aspect. I know it's hard when you're so young but I know when I was your age and I finally got my license I was hardly ever at home. I was out with friends, out at the movies, at work etc. Talk to your parents to make it clear what you have in mind for thier part in all of this and ask them what they expect of you. Let them know if you will anticipate needing them to clean, feed etc. That way, arguments are avoided.  Bunnies are a 10 year investment and you're about to venture into the most important time of your life. Now is the time to carefully plan so you can have a wonderful life too.


User is Offline Amie Noakes
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6/22/2006 5:15 PM
I'll think this over some more, talk with my parents, and be a little more seriouse befor I go any further. Maybe I should wait until I'm older, maybe smarter, more risponcable. I'll let everyone know when I've made my decision then
Rebel: The sweetest little mutt you'd ever meet. I can hardly express how amazing this old dog is.

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6/22/2006 9:34 PM

I know it's a hard decision - Whatever you decide is best, you are welcome to come back here.  I bet you have learned a lot about rabbits and can even help some other newcomers out when they arrive.   If you decide to get a rabbit, you'll be able to let them know all the changes that happened.  IF you decided not to get  a rabbit right now, again, you can say that after researching and learning, this is why.... and those will be just as valuable.

I'm not sure what the volunteer age is as some of your local rescues are. I know some here are 14, while others are 16.   There might even be summer camp, workshops or class type of stuff that involve animals. 

 We look forward to hearing your update.   No hurries, take your time.  We're not going anywhere.


User is Offline HoppyBunny
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6/23/2006 4:31 PM

Hey sweetie, it's a lot to swallow, I know and I'm sorry if it seemed a bit overwhelming. Most of us with bunnies are out of school and have our regular 9-5 jobs and "ahem" boring lives. LOL So we're home at regular times and can prvoide a steady pattern that makes most animals more comfy and at ease. Bunnies are funny that way, plus they are senstive to and pick up on emotions quite easily.

I'm the last person that doesn't want to see a bunny adopted but it is a huge step and one worth mulling over before taking the leap. Please let us know, and you are more than welcome to to keep posting here whether you get a bunny or not.


User is Offline Amie Noakes
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6/26/2006 7:06 AM
I'll stay posted, even though we made our decision not to get a bunny, I still love learning more and helping out in any way I can. In VBS I am teaching a class of 16 fourth-fifth graders. I was chatting with a girl who broke her ankle, and she had a mini rex; I was estatic and started babling on about rabbit stuff, and she ended up learning alot. I told her about the Neat Idea cubes, and then I told her parents, now they are going to ease the bunny into this cage so its habits arn't so suddenly moved (I told her about how rabbits are animals of habit) I felt good about it, and I got another babysitting job with another child (Alexchristopher) so all's well!
Rebel: The sweetest little mutt you'd ever meet. I can hardly express how amazing this old dog is.

User is Offline BB
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6/26/2006 8:46 AM
Wow! I knew all all of your hard work and research wouldn't go to waste.  You should definitely should feel very good about it.  Because the more people know about how to care for bunnies, the less likely a bunny will end up being homeless.   So kudos to you!!!

Congratulations on your booming babysitting business too.

User is Offline HoppyBunny
Western U.S.
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6/28/2006 1:33 PM
That is really cool you spread the word about bunnies. : ) Every little bit helps!
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