First time bunny owner. Any help appreciated.

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dogwoodblossoms

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We've come a long way and her habitat is much different than it was 8 days ago.

From everything I've read on rabbits her age (17 weeks) I'll have to disagree on the Alfalfa. She's on Oxbow Essentials Young Rabbit Alfalfa pellets. Her age, being a growing girl, makes them good for her. However, she's got Timothy and Orchard hay to chew on all day.
This I do agree with (honestly I forgot she wasn't a sr.) I just don't really think of it for any rabbits. I've personally never used it. I think odyssey~ had it all covered from the beginning.
I hope your rabbit does well! Enjoy, rabbits are really amazing animals and pets!
 

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She received her evening leafy greens (1/2 cup of Romaine Lettuce). I also added half of a grape and a small bite of banana. When I checked on her an hour later, the lettuce was gone and the fruit remained. Our girl just isn't interested in sweets/fruits. I guess this is good since she doesn't need them and is perfectly happy without a sweet treat.

It does make me worry about her spaying that will be coming up. I read that a good way to give them pain medicine is to add it to a small fruit mash. Otherwise straight from the syringe into the mouth, which I'm not confident she'll be open to.
My vet prescribes honey flavored Meloxicam. My bunny loves it.
 

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Just want to say that I have read everyone's post in this most interesting and informative thread. The pictures including. I just love all I am learning as a new bunny mom myself. I've had buns when I was younger but that was a long long long time ago and things were apparently way different then, perhaps less was known about the true care they require. Whatever the case I to read and see so many conflicting things about what to feed or not feed them, how much to feed them, etc.. I did however post a new exotic vet I found near me whom I am looking towards getting my bun neutered by possibly and on his website he has a care sheet that is very thorough IMHO.

Well like someone here complimented me, your asking so many great questions so your clearly on the right track to being a very good bunny parent. Welcome, I am new here too. ~Drea and Peanut 🐰
 

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Did you see the happy little head shake she gave just as she did it. She totally knew she was being naughty 🤣
This is the second time she's sprayed me. She's also sprayed my son and my fiance once each. Every time she does it, she does that binky shake thing. It looks like pure excitement that she gets to pee on people. 🤣 🤦‍♂️

Do rabbits only thump when they're scared, or do they also thump when they want something and are mad that you're not giving it? Each morning when I go into the room she stays in to feed her, she gets super excited when she hears the door and the bag of pellets. And then a little later after she's eaten I go back and let her into her pen. She gets super excited for this too. But she also thumps a few times in-between the excitement and the licking my hands for letting her out of the cage (she gets locked up overnight so she doesn't escape and hurt herself when we're sleeping). The thumping is accompanied by intensely chewing and pulling at the pen in an attempt to get out and free roam, which she can't do until 3pm (and she gets to stay out until bed time). Nothing about her body language or the way she acts makes me believe she's at all scared, but instead throwing a tantrum that she has to wait to get fully out.
 

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Sounds like Freya is being a little diva. Think she and Xiao Wu will get along? 😂 Xiao Wu tends to act similar. She will, literally, jump on you if you're not up at exactly 7AM to give her greens in the morning. And she will pee on you if you don't say good night to her. She'll also make it known that one forgot to clean the litterbox by nipping you and glaring.
 

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Yes, they'll do it for a variety of reasons - happy, excited, impatient, annoyed, upset, scared, or to get your attention. A few of my rabbits used to do it when I would let them out to play in a room they didn't usually get to be in. They would start running around doing binkies and zoomies, and pre binky or zoomie they would thump first. It's like pre take off, or getting themselves ready. Though most often I would get thumped at for doing something that annoyed them. Or when you get the double thump, you know they're REALLY ticked off at you :p
 

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Thank you! I'll certainly take time to digest all of this.

Right away I'll say: She is at the 1/8-1/4 cup of pellets. She's eating a lot of them. I need to try to "spice up" the hay for her though. She's not that big of a fan yet.

And right away I'll ask: is the cage really too small? Keep in mind she's a Mini Satin and won't get much bigger than she is now. Here she is in relation to her cage and the pen:

Eating her pellets like a dork:

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Coming out to say hi:

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She is absolutely adorable! I love her coloring. Just out of curiosity, do you know her breed? I watched the video and I can see that she is well loved and going to be spoiled often. Just a bit of advice.. if you have any younger kids (I’m not sure of your situation) just make sure you are watching them while they are with her. I have a bunny that loves me (I’m 20) but freaks out when others hold her.she was young and I know now not to just let anyone pet her. She is now accustomed to others as she has had bunny sitter come and take care of her while I was gone. So again just wanted to make you aware.
 

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She is absolutely adorable! I love her coloring. Just out of curiosity, do you know her breed? I watched the video and I can see that she is well loved and going to be spoiled often. Just a bit of advice.. if you have any younger kids (I’m not sure of your situation) just make sure you are watching them while they are with her. I have a bunny that loves me (I’m 20) but freaks out when others hold her.she was young and I know now not to just let anyone pet her. She is now accustomed to others as she has had bunny sitter come and take care of her while I was gone. So again just wanted to make you aware.
She's a Mini Satin.

We're in a completely different place than we were 3 weeks ago when I created this thread. She very quickly bonded with us (especially me 😝 ) shortly afterwards. She's a little piggie, loves to play and be pet, a binky queen, full of energy. Her favorite thing is grooming someone while she receives pets in return. We don't even use her pen anymore. She gets the whole room she stays in, only going into the cage at night so she doesn't hurt herself while everyone is sleeping.


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