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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A DANGER! Don’t leave the tub full!

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    • wendyzski
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      To combat the dry winter air in my apartment, I had run the shower on hot and let it fill up the tub. I then left it overnight to try and humidify the place. I’ve done this before lots of times.

      Pepper has never shown any interest in the bathtub before. She has seen me in the tub and never even sniffed around, so I never even thought anything could happen.

      Well, I was wrong.

      I woke up this morning to an odd noise – sort of a scrabbling, I decided I might as well see if she had knocked something down or something, and couldn’t find her at first.

      Then I found her half paddling half floating in the cold water!

      I grabbed her out and toweled her dry as best I could (it took 2 towels!) then I started with the blow-dryer. I got most of her back and head dry and was starting on her tummy when she came out of her shock and decided she could handle the rest herself.

      I have no idea how long she’d been in there – it could have been hours!  Her ears were pretty cold and she was definitely VERY glad to see me.  It was deep enough that her back feet could just touch the bottom but she had no traction and couldn’t get out.

      I tried to dry her some more but the bit my shoulder HARD, so I settled for getting her to sit on a medium heating pad until her ears were room-temp again.

      She took a good long nap this afternoon but is eating, pooping, and playing chase-the-Roomba again, so hopefully all she got out of this was a really bad scare.   I will take her to the vet at the first sign of a sneeze.

      I, on the other hand, probably lost a couple of years off my life!


    • osprey
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      WOW that is amazing.  Tubs are so slippery,  if she came over just to see what was up she could have slipped into the water.  Good thing you heard her scrabbling and could get her out.  Hopefully she is over it now.


    • Gravehearted
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      that is really crazy – I can’t believe she hopped in there. I bet Osprey is right – that she went to check it out and ended up in there. thank goodness she’s ok!


    • Bunnies4ever
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      Poor Pepper! I know how you feel about it taking a few years off your life. I’ve had a few scares myself. I’m glad she’s okay.


    • LillyBear
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      for this reason we ALWAYS leave our toilet seat closed!!!! i am so scared of somthing like that happening!! Im so glad Pepper is okay


    • jacki fullerton
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      What a scarey experience for you and Pepper……how is she today?


    • Elena Niznik
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      Thats horrible, what a fright you must have had. I didnt think rabbits would jump to places where they cant see. Obviously I was wrong I will need to be careful for such things, such as the bath and open windows.

      I hope she is ok now. poor wee thing.


    • poopy
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      what about jumping DOWN to things they can’t see? like jumping off through the rails of the upstairs balcony? everytime i let medusa in the hallway i watch her to make sure she doesn’t go through the railing. but its the way she can pass into the other rooms to play. and no, i cannot put mesh on the balcony.


    • wendyzski
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      Pepper is just fine today – I actually saw her fully-flopped on her side for the first time this evening!  But yeah – we had quite a scare.

      I was out at a rehearsal this afternoon, and I commented as I was leaving "well, I’d best get going – in case my bunny has decided to take up hang-gliding or something…"


    • Gravehearted
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      oo I’m relieved to hear she’s not suffering any ill effects from her swim.
      I hope she doesn’t take up any other scary hobbies, tell her no more swimming unless Mommy is there to supervise!


    • dmh426
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      I am so glad Pepper is ok!!! I am also glad that Poopy put the new family pic up…Hecuba is so cute!


    • skunklionshow
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      I’m so glad she’s doing ok.  This is a nightmare scenario for those of us that do similar things…or leave the toilet lid up. 

      For the person that posted about the railing fear….I was fostering a mama cat and her 5 babies.  She stayed in my guest bedroom w/ the babies (I had 3 other housekitties at the time)…but due to heat and doledrums I let them roam the upstairs and kept my kitties gated downstairs.

      Suddenly I heard a thump and my big male cat came running in w/ one of the kittens.  I looked into the upstairs hallway and the other kittens were peeking through the railings.  The kitten survived…the only boy in the litter.  I think his sisters pushed him…they always stole his milking nipple, so its believable. 

      I decided to keep the mama and her sole boy.  I’m happy to say that they get along great w/ my other cats and our dwarf Jessica.


    • wendyzski
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      I’m guessing she’ll try hang-gliding next though my vet-tech friend is betting on bungee-jumping from the ceiling fan


    • BinkyBunny
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      Rucy actually once did jump in the toilet!   That completely shocked me!  Rucy is the only one of the three rabbits that likes to get up to high high places. But I never imagined she’d do that.  She had been with me for three years, and had never done that.  I think her goal was to get to the bathroom counter, and she looked at the toilet as a possible step up.   

      Well she was just as shocked as I was.  Thank goodness I was right there.  It was in the morning when I was getting ready, and she usually comes in to say hello and check things out, but for some reason that am, she wanted to go higher. 

      Well, that was well over a year now, and ever since that time, she doesn’t even desire to venture into the bathroom at all.

       

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