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  • #1808091
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    If anyone else has any information on having a cottontail as a house pet I’d appreciate hearing from you! There isn’t many stories I have been able to find online and I’m interested in learning more about his behavior, likes and dislikes. 


    #1808145
    Cottontail
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    Lyss– I hate that I’m not as active on this forum as I used to be, but I would like to share my experiences with my beloved Pete with you. If you want to see a glimpse of what it was like living with an eastern cottontail, I can direct you to some old threads:

    The Non-Adventures of Peter Rabbit: https://binkybunny.com/FORUM/tabid/54/aft/134329/Default.aspx
    (Lounge Thread)

    If you read through the whole thread it will direct you to two other threads, including this one:
    Peter Cottontail: My April Fool, My Angel with Tattered Ears… (Rainbow Bridge Post)
    https://binkybunny.com/FORUM/tabid/54/aft/138813/Default.aspx

    I regret that Pete’s story was not longer… but I have a feeling your little one will be providing you with plenty of ‘non-adventures’ as well. I hope that you have many years of them if he stays with you. Whether he needs to be released or if he stays with you, I hope you enjoy every precious moment with him.


    #1808223
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    Oh the rainbow bridge one made me cry He seemed like a very special bunny. I’ve had Cadbury since he was only 3 days old. His eyes weren’t even open. I haven’t given him any cecals really either. I’ve been feeding him KMR mixed with crushed pellets when he got older. He also gets vitamins. He’s now about a month old. He was my first bunny I hand raised and he’s a funny little guy. I love him to death. He’s curious over everything and doesn’t fear a lot. Any advice? I know he’s still young and can pass away but for now he’s a rambunctious sucker so I figure I’m doing something right. 

    I’m pretty sure that the people I got him from, cruel hearted people, shot and killed mom and then found she had babies. By the time I went to get the bunnies he had “given” all the others away to people… So he’s lucky as I see it.


    #1808224
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    I love reading your other posts. They are so cute!


    #1808244
    Luna's Mom
    Participant

    Awe!! He’s so cute! I think he is a lucky bunny too, you have went above and beyond doing what he needs to be a strong healthy little guy! I do hope you don’t end up having to set him free. You will be heart broken, I know. I don’t know why the right thing to do is so darn hard sometimes! The way he looks like he is so cuddly and loving in those pictures, it would be hard to believe that turning him lose would be good for him. Anyway I hope everything works out for you in the best way possible!


    #1808282
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    Oh he’s super cuddly and affectionate. Loves to spend time on the couch with me watching tv and binkying lol


    #1808287
    LittlePuffyTail
    Moderator

    What a little doll!!! Wouldn’t take much time to fall in love with that little guy!!!


    #1808304
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    I have a video of him doing some binkys after he got his favorite treat if you guys want to see. I’ll be posting more video updates on him on YouTube if anyone wants to follow his journey.

    https://youtu.be/rf9hhiCBkns


    #1808938
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    Cottontail can you give me advice on litter box training him. I want him to have full roam of the house but we need to tackle potty routines first. 


    #1809008
    Luna's Mom
    Participant

    Truthfully it’s very easy, or at least it was for us. If you have noticed where he tends to go potty, clean that spot really good with vinegar and water and then sit his litter box there. Put any droppings or towel that chunks that you soaked up urine with in the box. It seems they usually like going in a corner. Thankfully Luna has been pretty good. She is my first indoor bunny and the first bunny I have had since I was a young kid. She was said to be 6 months old when she came here and has had free roam of my daughter room since she is away at school since she came, except for at night or if we leave the house she goes into a 4’x4′ x-pen. Not that I don’t trust her because she has been so good about not chewing base boards or the dressers or the bed, but I have 2 dogs and a cat too. They are really good with her, but I wouldn’t take the chance of something happening to her if I was not here. I was totally surprised at what a good little girl she really is!! Because he is a lot younger you may have to limit his space and open it up little by little. Buns seem to take to potty breaking pretty easy. Hope that helps you out a little bit!


    #1809014
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    We had him in a smaller area but he can now jump his gate. He’s a springy one and he hates, and I mean HATES being confined. He thumps at me and gives me the stink eye whenever I put him away before he’s truly ready.  


    #1809105
    jerseygirl
    Moderator

    Oh gosh, he reminds me of TimTim when he was a baby in that video. Looks and moves like him.
    He also was a spider-bun and kept getting over his enclosure. I think he flung himself up as high as he could at the side, then climbed the last part.

    Litter training should be easy (hopefully) with a single bun. From your video, I would put one tray in his hutch and another in the pen around it. Is he favouring an area to toilet in? Placing the box there should help and putting hay in it. They’ll poop where they eat their hay.

    Is he tending to toilet on the blanket you have on the floor for him? 


    #1809111
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    He does potty on the blanket. I did what you suggested and put on in his hutch and one on his favorite corner. We’ll see how it goes. lol he likes things his way and his way only. He’s mad I put the litter box in his hutch?


    #1809197
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    So now he’s going poo all around the litterbox, but used the litterbox to pee. He seems to be rebelling against the changes I made haha


    #1809501
    Cottontail
    Participant

    Sorry for the delay; just got back to the site.

    We got very lucky with Pete. He was only using the litter box as a dust bath until he saw our lady cat use it.. then that was it; 90%+ in the box. Until then we made sure that his home base was where he felt most comfortable with it, his box was in a corner of homebase with some soft grasses and alfalfa, and we picked up poops and and put them back his litter box. We also never did a 100% clean on his box. we’d change it out about 2/3-3/4 but always leave some used litter. We didn’t do a vinegar clean on his litter box until he was using it regularly. We’d clean carpet accidents with vinegar and try to encourage him to spend time in his box with the best treats/foods being available there. His pellet and water bowl were also accessable by him from his litter box. He didn’t really click with it until 2-3 months, so you’ve probably still got a lot of spot cleaning in your future, but don’t lose hope. Cottons are smart; and when it clicks it clicks.

    As for containing him, Your best bet is to give him a bedroom of his own. They can jump much higher than domestics (at least from my experience.) We were having to bunny-proof the tops of desks at about 6-8 weeks, and stash your wires as soon as you can. He figured out getting up on the bed around 1-1.5 months old and he loved it. He was also constantly getting into windows, so tie up your shade strings or you might lose them. Make sure to block the bottoms of the door to the room as well, as they can squeeze through the smallest of spaces when they are young.

    You’ll have to teach him boundaries and rules by sitting with him for long periods of time and interacting with him on his own terms. He will likely be very stubborn, so try to give him alternatives to the activity you don’t want him participating in.


    #1810129
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    We’ve tackled potty training at least for the most part. Thank you for the advice you guys


    #1830736
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    Hey everyone! Can anyone here direct me in the right direction in obtaining a permit for him? I was working with a rescue to get it but it just isn’t working out and I’m frustrated. Also he’s very small for his age.. or I feel like he is. Looking for advice. I’m located in California.


    #1830841
    joea64
    Participant

    Has he been neutered yet? I’m pretty sure he’s about the right age to be, and you don’t want to have to deal for too long with the hormonally-induced behavior that bunny teens can get up to!


    #1830894
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    That’s why I want to get his permit but the rescuer that initially said she’d help me hasn’t been returning my phone calls. He’s developing an attitude which I’m assuming is hormones but he’s still sweet. I really wanna get this tackled asap lol


    #1830993
    joea64
    Participant

    Posted By Lyssbaby2010 on 8/07/2017 4:47 PM

    That’s why I want to get his permit but the rescuer that initially said she’d help me hasn’t been returning my phone calls. He’s developing an attitude which I’m assuming is hormones but he’s still sweet. I really wanna get this tackled asap lol

    See if you can contact someone else at the rabbit rescue, or if you can’t get to anyone at that organization, another rabbit rescue in your region/state, if available, perhaps, if you still can’t get to your original contact (you might try the House Rabbit Society itself as well). I wasn’t aware it required a permit to get a rabbit (or other pet) neutered…


    #1831603
    jerseygirl
    Moderator

    Mmm… not sure who you’d ask about this. Would wildlife rehabbers have more of an idea? Facebook pages for different organisations might be another way to aks qu to wider audience. Maybe local council also??
    You can always try PM Cottontail (BB member) also. Just click on envelope symbol under their screen name.

    How old it he now? If left intact, hormonal behaviours may lessen once he gets a bit older. As to attitude, it could be just an aspect of his teenage/adult bunny self. Lol They don’t always stay as forgiving as they are when babies.


    #1831807
    Q8bunny
    Participant

    I’m super late to this party but just about hyperventilated at the pictures and video. Too. Cute. I keep imagining him as Calvin (& Hobbes). lol


    #1846426
    Orrin
    Participant

    I’m late to this party, too. Our cat caught and tormented (as only cats will do) a little cottontail last August. I shooed him away and left the bunny alone. The next night I found it in the lawn, nearly dead. It was totally unresponsive. Long story short, my wife nursed it with KMR and it recovered.

    What with the emotional investment that we had in this helpless little creature, we were not about to release it, only to let cats and coyotes have their way with it. We’ve kept it in our house; and, little Angelo (Bun-Bun) has recovered and grown like a weed. We love him to death. He is very wild; but, he will eat from my hand. If we release him it will be in the spring when the grazing is good and he is big enough to fight for himself.

    In the meantime, Bun-Bun seems to be very happy. He trained himself to go potty in a little tray and he is very clean and tidy. He sometimes rearranges his “furniture” to suit his tastes; but, I wish I could come up with some ideas for toys to keep him occupied. He’s now at the age when he could become a papa; but, lady cottontails are scarce in our yard.

    I’m well aware of the legalities and illegalities of keeping wild animals; however, I look at it this way: had we not intervened our little baby would have been dead months ago. I think Bun-Bun would agree that he prefers his pen to a cat’s belly

    I’m new to the forum and have not yet learned how to post pictures. When I do, I’ll show you some shots of Bun-Bun at two weeks of age and now.


    #1882838
    Lyssbaby2010
    Participant

    Hello  your little cottontail reminds me of Cads! Three months ago Cads went to a sanctuary to live with some other buns because like you I could not release him into the unknown. But was indeed very wild like you said. He brought many laughs and so much joy into my house while he was with us. I still get updated pics of him and go to visit from time to time. He still very much remembers me. I miss his little binkys


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