Gizmo has left what can only be described as “skid marks” both in his pen and on my rug. Best I can tell, it’s a digestive condition called Intermittent Soft Cecotropes (ICS). You did the right thing putting him on a strict hay diet to reset his digestive tract with fiber. What kinds of pellets is he on? Does he eat veggies? I notice Gizmo has the…[Read more]
If he’s over a year old, is eating, pooping, playing, and acting like a bunny then there’s no reason to put him to sleep. Plenty of humans walk a little funny and live perfectly fulfilling lives. If he can get checked out by a vet so you can get confirmation he’s not in any pain and is otherwise healthy, maybe that will change your dad’s mind. He…[Read more]
I’m basing his weight off his last vet visit in October of 2018 when he weighed approximately 10.7 lbs. He’s gained a little weight and my best guess now is about 11 lbs. If my math and conversion is correct, that’s like 4.9 kilos so about 5 tabelspoons. That’s about a third of a cup which is what I’m feeding him now. Oh my god yeah he’s huge…[Read more]
I did a reduction o pellets in January. Oxbow suggested 3/4 of a cup for his size, but I was giving him 1/2 cup. He was leaving pellets in the bowl and not finishing them so I cut him down slowly to 1/3 of a cup. I could try going down to a quarter and see if that makes a difference, but he sometimes starves himself between his morning salad and…[Read more]
I’m not sure. He had definitely been asleep prior to this though. I emailed the sanctuary he came from to see if they’d heard him make that noise before and while they said no, they also said he sounded relaxed and it probably wasn’t anything to worry about.
Shake them out, beat them like a rug, and then tumble dry on low before washing them. Just be absolutely sure you’re cleaning the lint trap in the dryer immediately afterwards. The tumble gets the majority of the hay out, and the washer will do the rest without getting clogged.
I find a variety of flooring is the best. My dorm room has three surfaces Gizmo regularly hops: foam puzzle mats covered with a fleece blanket, waxed linoleum tile, and a cheap $10 rug from Walmart. He tends to not like running on the tile, but if he gets warm he lays half on the rug and half on the linoleum to keep cool. His pen has the foam and…[Read more]
Sr. Melangell: Gizmo (fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) will not drink from a bunny bottle. I prefer bowls because their necks twist in odd ways to successfully drink from the bottles and Gizmo just won’t do it. There probably isn’t one out there big enough for him anyway. He drinks the whole bottle pretty much…[Read more]
After reading what DanaNM and LittlePuffyTail said, Gizmo is definitely going to be scaling back on the pellets, but i did just buy another big bag of Oxbow, so we’re sticking with that for now. I noticed recently that at a half cup he was devouring most of what was in his bowl but leaving 1-2 tbsp for later. I think we’ll start by going back to…[Read more]
Oxbow recommends 3/4 of a cup a day for bunnies 10 lbs and over. I’m actually feeding him at the top of their 8-10lb range where they recommend 1/3-1/2 of a cup per day. I can’t imagine feeding him more than that. He’s a big bunny, but he doesn’t need any more weight to him.
DarthVadar: I’m finding that very true. I checked out the Kent Nutiritional Group brand at the recommendation of the sanctuary he came from, as well as the Standlee Timothy’s Hay horse pellet, and the Purina Rabbit Chow Complete which, surprisingly, a rabbit rescue in the area recommended. All of them have alfafa as the first ingredient and the…[Read more]
Bam: A 25lb bag lasts me about 5 months, so it’s not bad. When not given any other choice, Gizmo devours his hay. I even have large pots with grass in them since it’s winter and he can’t go outside and he loves it! He’s a large, hungry bunny. I try very hard to stick to strict feeding times so he tends to be pretty good about it. The feed I was l…[Read more]
My first bunny, Bonnie, had the same problem. I was pulling clumps of dead skin and fur off her ears. She had three false negatives for ear mites (and I later found out after her death, unrelated to the mites, a vet who didn’t know as much as they lead me to believe). We tried Revolution which didn’t work for her (but I know has worked for…[Read more]
I got my previous rabbit, Bonnie, from this shelter. She was there for six months and I felt it would be good in her memory to help a different bunny escape her fate. I miss her terribly some days, and it felt good to do one last thing for her.
He was neutered very recently. Part of the reason he was at the sanctuary is because not one of his six previous families bothered to neuter him. I believe the date was September 21st, so it hasn’t quite been two months. I’m just confused because I suspected that if he was hormonal, he would be peeing everywhere, but so far my…[Read more]
I am so over the moon. Gizmo has already been to five different homes because no one bothered to neuter him. The sanctuary I’m adopting him from was hesitant to adopt him out as a lone bun but when I met with them on the 6th, they decided we were a good fit for each other. I don’t have any really good photos of his face at the moment, but here he…[Read more]
I upped Bonnie’s water intake to 200 ml a day. Unfortunately things took a turn for the worse last night. The exotic vet was not on call so my local vet was my only option. She gave her a dose of meloxicam and urged me to get to the exotic vet in the morning. Bonnie did not make it that long. I woke up at 5:30 to feed her, but found her seizing…[Read more]