Housing for a Head Tilt Rabbit

Help Support RabbitsOnline:

Kate F.

New Member
Joined
Feb 24, 2020
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Buffalo, NY
I adopted a second rabbit (Tilly) 5 months ago and she got an ear infection. I’ll spare you all the medical details (my exotic vet was very through). She is no longer sick but has what will probably be a permanent head tilt. She can hop around but will still roll on slippery floors and also just to get around.

This brings me to my housing question. I have another rabbit (Crash) and I adopted Tilly so they could bond and be friends. Crash is free roam in the house but Tilly is set up in an X pen that I have been slowly expanding as she has been learning to navigate. I would love for them to be free roam together but right now she will roll until she hits a wall to brace against. That would be bad in a bigger space.

Does anyone have experience with a head tilt rabbit that is now disabled? Did they learn to navigate okay? How long did it take? Any tips or tricks for their housing? Is your disabled rabbit able to be free roam?

51C05161-31BF-4B94-AAD4-58BC59B8FD2A.jpeg
 

Mariam+Theo

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 14, 2018
Messages
2,550
Reaction score
2,340
Location
Tennessee
I do not have a disabled rabbit, but once they are bonded Crash may help her free roam by guiding her around. But, I'm not really sure because I have not been in this situation before.
 

JBun

Jenny - Health & Wellness Mod
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Joined
Sep 10, 2012
Messages
9,494
Reaction score
4,381
Location
Utah, , USA
I've read of people doing massage and physical therapy to help their permanently disabled head tilt buns. Some info in this link.
www.disabledrabbits.com/head-tilt.html

It might also be helpful to go onto FB and look for the 'Help for head tilt hoppers' group. They may have some more specific tips to help your bun.
 

Kate F.

New Member
Joined
Feb 24, 2020
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Buffalo, NY
@JBun my vet showed me how to do the massages and physical therapy which Tilly really likes!

I’ve read through the entire disabled rabbits site and got a lot of help from their bathing section (Tilly can’t groom so we’ve had to help her a bit).

I’ll check out that FaceBook group. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

Latest posts

Top