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Old 10-20-2017, 11:43 AM   #21
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Thanks for the lists!

I was going to formulate my own to match what veggies/greens both Bearded Dragons and Bunnies can eat for my own personal use as well lol. That way it's easier for me to shop for the critters!

Yeah, he loves his pellets. I've been feeding less and he's been eating more hay as well which is great! He figured out his hay feeder lol. He had one that went on the outside before but I wasn't a fan of it, it didn't seem like he even knew it existed. So I use one now that goes in the cage and has the area for the salt-lick. I do have a salt-lick in there though I know they aren't necessary if they're getting all the veggies and pellets that they need. He hasn't really done anything with it which is what I expected, but I'd rather have it in there just in case.

He does....lick things though...primarily the floor....and my clothes.....he's weird. I found someone saying they may lick the floor to cool down as well as stretching out? But...if he does it all the time and on any floor, is it just a habit he's gotten himself into? Does he like the taste? He does it to linoleum, fake wood, rug, and plywood flooring. And then also my clothes, it's almost like he's grooming my clothes.

I also have a friend who has shown and bred bunnies all her life. She isn't a big-wig or anything but she is well known. She tells me that bunnies don't need friends and many of them shouldn't be with friends. Now, I'm going to make my own assumption and say she's with her bunnies more of the day than I am. I'm away from home at least 10 hours out of the day for work/travel that goes with it. Then sometimes more if I'm going to the gym or something else. So...in this case, it would be better for him to have a friend. Then if I were home more often, he might not need a friend as much. Am I correct in my assumptions here? I realize that many have their own opinions as well. I was just surprised to hear that form a Rabbit breeder and show person.


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Old 10-25-2017, 11:43 AM   #22
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This will be my first weekend away from Wiki. Putting my mom in charge of feeding him. She wants me to portion out his food for her so she doesn't accidentally overfeed him. So that should be no problem. Will clean his cage out Thursday before I leave and then when I get back Sunday night. Shouldn't be too bad, just bought some more escarole (though, it looks more like Chicory....weird) and some Cilantro for him since he loves both and doesn't leave him stinking too badly lol.

Something I fed him made his pee smell worse than usual the other day. Maybe the endive or the yellow squash I gave him? Those were the only new things. He's not a fan of yellow squash it seems but looooved that Endive!

He's been a bit of a butt as of late, getting into things and acting like he's bored even though he has plenty of other things to destroy and play with >.> He's decided that the EVA foam mat under his cage has to go and is slowly destroying it. I bought him a doggie bed for him to play in and destroy if he wants. So far he seems to like it.

Going to add some thick cardboard to the top of his cage because he likes to climb up there and I'd rather him not get sore hocks, so cardboard for stability and then probably a fleece blanket over that to make it nice and soft. I have a unused cat tree at my dad's that I want to bring over, I think he'd like that a lot, just need space for it >.< He loves to climb. Never thought of bunnies as climbers but it works.

The EVA mat did help soften his thumps but I think I need to double it lol, I can still hear it downstairs, though, not as badly which is good!


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I love your bun!
E lop is one breed I would love to have as I like my buns big and who doesn't love those long ears plus I have heard they have wonderful personalities.

Just a thought but you could ask the vet about trimming his nails while he's in for the neuter if they are still longish. Maybe they can even trim them after the neuter before he wakes up so they can get a good look to get close without hitting the quick


If he jumps to the top of his cage and it's wire than it's a great idea to put something up there as he could catch a foot in the wire when jumping down and injure himself. Maybe even zip tie the cardboard in place.
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I love your bun!
E lop is one breed I would love to have as I like my buns big and who doesn't love those long ears plus I have heard they have wonderful personalities.

Just a thought but you could ask the vet about trimming his nails while he's in for the neuter if they are still longish. Maybe they can even trim them after the neuter before he wakes up so they can get a good look to get close without hitting the quick


If he jumps to the top of his cage and it's wire than it's a great idea to put something up there as he could catch a foot in the wire when jumping down and injure himself. Maybe even zip tie the cardboard in place.
I may not have mentioned here as I have another journal on another forum.
I did cut his nails, he wasn't happy but it's all done. :-)
And yeah, I guess I also forgot to mention that I was going to zip tie the cardboard on. lol, guess great minds think alike hm?

Wiki is quite a trouble maker >.> can't wait till he's neutered so I'll let you know if he's worth it or not lol. The other English Lop/Holland Lop mix we had was so much easier than Wiki >.>
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Alright!

Wiki had his first vet appointment last night and we've scheduled his snipping which is going to cost me an arm and a leg O.O $400 for his neutering :-/ but Dr. Spelman knows exactly what she's doing and I know he's in great hands with her at least. So, it's worth it. His appointment last night as $100 but every checkup after is only $50 which is great.

So he's got a mostly clean bill of health! His ears are nice and open, she said sometimes with Lops, the canal is bent and closes up but he has a great, straight canal all the way in. He did have some gunk in his ear which is why he'd been scratching. She's going to give him a full clean while he's out on his neutering which is great. She was able to get a good bunch of it out last night but told me to call should he start itching more or getting worse with it. I need to work with him on touching so he doesn't freak out as much. He was very feisty last night >.< He tried to bite the vet tech >.< oi....

His gut is doing alright, she said he needs more hay and less greens. So he should really only have greens as an occasional thing she said to get him to eat more hay than anything else. I gave him some greens this morning (mostly because our power is out and I don't want the escarole to go to waste >.>) and lots of hay he can munch on. He prefers loose hay over being in the hay basket/rack thing.

His teeth might become an issue she said. His front top teeth are uneven, his secondary insicors are a little long but she's going to trim them when she does the neuter as well (reasons why the neuter is going to be expensive). His back molars are starting to "wave" which means that he was eating way too many pellets before and not enough hay. When a bunny chews on soft stuff like pellets, they chew up and down which then grinds down the middle of the tooth because the bottoms are bigger than the top. This leaves the edges becoming spikes which can then bite and poke on the tongue/cheek and leave abscesses eventually. When a bunny eats hay, they eat in a circular motion which grinds down the whole tooth instead. Same with horses as we know here ^_^ So lots of hay is needed!

Wanted to write down the results here so that I can remember and maybe for others if they don't know as well and find this info. I love my vet! She wanted me to learn all about it and let me look down his ear and in his mouth to see his teeth. So cool! She's such a great vet and I highly recommend her even if costs are a little high; it's worth it because she knows what she's doing and is very confidant. And, because, she wants to teach you as well so you know too! And can take better care of your animal which I am all for!

So he was mostly a good bunny, they gave him a craisin to help him think the vet is good lol. I don't think he was sold but he did hop around for a bit happily. Oh! And he's just over 9 pounds. She said she doesn't see many English Lops in her office and he was one of the bigger ones she's seen before lol.

I do need to trim his claws again, they got long rather quickly. They aren't long enough to hurt yet but I figure I'll do little trimmings here and there so he can get used to my hold and behaving. This will be (hopefully) easier when he's neutered and not so aggressive >.<
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Wiki has been kind of restless as of late. Bad behaviors are starting! Once he get's into a place that I don't want him in (the other side of the attic for instance) and I get him out and block that entrance, he becomes fixated on getting back into that area instead of roaming the other open areas I have for him >.< I'll probably make a thread on that since it's frustrating the crud out of me!

Need to make him a few dig boxes and stuff he can play with other than eating my plunger >.> or throwing the glass bowl around (tiny fish bowl not used for fish but décor, since taken out of his reach >.>). He tries to dig at the door and digs at the EVA foam mat under his cage....sigh. He's destructive but not as bad as he could be at least, so that's...good. But yeah it's frustrating.

He knows how to push his cage door open so I've had to use a cliff climber clip thing to keep it shut at night so he doesn't escape >.> I really need to clean out that room so I can let him run around in that free range more or less. I'm afraid he'd dig up the carpet though >.> Not what I need.
I have some fleece scraps I can put into a box for him but I'm afraid he'd soil them, should I just throw them into a lingerie bag and wash them? Is it worth it? Or should I use something else I wonder.
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He sounds like a handful! Hopefully the neutering will calm him down and give you a break. I can't remember if you mentioned how old he is or how long you have had him. My flemmish giant I love soooo much but can remember how much he drove me nuts trying to work around his bad behaviors when he was young. It felt like I spent all of my time trying to out think a rabbit...not good for ones confidence. lol Now that he is older there are no worries.
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He sounds like a handful! Hopefully the neutering will calm him down and give you a break. I can't remember if you mentioned how old he is or how long you have had him. My flemmish giant I love soooo much but can remember how much he drove me nuts trying to work around his bad behaviors when he was young. It felt like I spent all of my time trying to out think a rabbit...not good for ones confidence. lol Now that he is older there are no worries.
Yep, in my first post.
He's just over a year and I've only had him a month and a half now.

He's actually gotten better now that I've kept him out of his cage 24/7. He still goes to the bathroom in his cage which is great, he's typically been good with that except for plastic; he loves to pee on hard plastic >.< He hasn't been as annoying and will come up on my bed for pets or to see what I'm doing. I was worried he'd destroy my rooms but so far, it's been since Friday and he's done nothing of note other than run around like crazy happy lol.


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