Calling those with deaf bunnies...

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  1. Nov 8, 2007 #1

    maherwoman

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    Hey guys!

    I'm creating a thread in the Library about hearing-impaired bunnies, and was wondering if ya'll could give me some input...:D

    So, ya'll with hearing-impaired buns, can you let me know the following, and anything else you can think to add?

    - What is life like with a deaf bunny?

    - What things differently do you have to do with them vs hearing buns?

    - Any tips on identifying if your bunny is hearing-impaired?

    - Any tips on how to make a deaf bunny's life fun?

    - Give me your daily routine...

    And anything else you can think of to give me! :)

    So, write me your experiences, guys! :D

    Hugs to all!

    Rosie*
     
  2. Nov 8, 2007 #2

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    I want to know too!! I bet it would be hard for a bunny since so much of their life is based off of their ears!
     
  3. Nov 9, 2007 #3

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    Hi Rosie,

    We have two buns here that are totally deaf. Both are Holland Lops and suffered from nasty ear infections that were not treated. We really don't do anything different for them. Their hearing is mainly to detect predators....and I really hope we don't have any of those in the house. But seriously, it doesn't seem to bother either one of them. We happen to know both of them are deaf because we can see the damage to the ear drums. But in the real world, neither responds to any loud noise. And they don't respond to a warning thump from any of the other rabbits. Since all the hearing rabbits respond, that is a huge indication that both are deaf. Just like our blind buns...they have adapted and done so quite well. Unless we told someone they were deaf, most people would never know. They run and play and do all the other things that hearing buns do. It just seems to be a non-issue with them.

    Randy
     
  4. Nov 10, 2007 #4

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    Gotta keep this one goin...want more than just Randy's advice, guys!!

    (Not to imply that I don't value your advice, Randy...you're awesome! :D)
     
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    Bumpity bump bump...

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    My first rabbit was deaf, and it took a while to realise, but she had real aggression issues, i think because i came up from behind to pick her up without knowing, but she never got better when i realised. We only found out because she would run up to lawn mower and other noisy things without being scared, so this is something you have to watch out for because their hearing isn't there to tell them to be scared. I find to make movements rather than sounds to show your intentions is good, rather than saying food, or cuddle time, have a certain signal so they know what is coming. Apart from that, i think their life can be more interesting because they will explore thingd that hearing rabbits are afraid of usually.
     
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    That's a really neat observation...and I think you're right...:)

    Thank you for sharing! :)

    grumpybabies wrote:
     
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    I don't have a deaf bunny anymore, but I did.

    It took us a long time to realize it, but eventually it 'clicked' when we noticed she wanted to chew the vacuum, not run away from it. It made us think about other things, like how sometimes we would startle her. Or how yelping to get her to stop biting our feet really didn't do anything.

    I did acouple ofthings to help her feel safe and comfortable. If she was playing in a room and I was going in, I would flick the lights twice.

    Anytime before I ever touched her, I would blow on her. This helped a lot. She was cuddly bunny, and when I would blow on her she would get all comfy into her 'love me' position.

    Finally, we would never chase her if we could avoid it (and not that we are in the habit of chasing and scaring bunnies). This helped stop her from being aggressive towards us.

    Life wasn't really anymore difficult having her. It was easier. She didn't get scared if the dog barked, and was generally laid back.


     
  9. Nov 21, 2007 #9

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    Wow, that's great information, kahlin! Thank you! :)
     

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