Rabbit sleeping like dog

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    I got a single white bunny, I guess it's Dwarf.
    Its full white in color, when I got it I was told he is 2 months old, I have him at my place now for around a month.
    Usually he use to sleep while sitting with eyes open.
    Since 2 days I have observed that he is sleeping eyes closed like a Dog, don't know what's wrong.

    I mean he now sleeps lying down on its side.
     
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    It could be that your bun has become ultra comfortable in your presence and home. Otherwise, I would recommend taking him to the vet for a physical - just to rule out anything. Best of luck... Hope it's nothing serious!
     
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    I agree sounds like he is just chilled!
     
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    My avatar is Nikki asleep, on her back with her tongue slightly protruding. She also used to sleep like that in her hay rack. Once they feel safe in the environment you get treated to all the personality quirks.
     
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    My bunny sleeps with his eyes closed all the time. Some do.
     
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    Thanks a ton for the reply.
    I am really happy to know that NY bunny is super comfortable in our home.

    Some more behavior changes I noticed are

    coco(bunny) comes and sit next to me in a stretched position
    Sometimes he is also closing his eyes while sleeping.

    Earlier his left rear leg was not parallel as per right and was not able to hop, but now both are parallel and he hops several times property.

    Coco now a days is always hungry for food, I give him Alfafa grass, corainder leaf with stems(but he does not eat the stem) and eat leaf only.

    While he keeps on roaming in the house, sometimes he stops, so I just touch my feet on his tails and he starts running and comes and stops near me again
    (Is it that he want me to do it again)

    When I sit near the cage crossing my legs, he climbs on my thigh and starts to smell my hands.

    He is doing lots and lots of potty.

    Earlier when I use to pick him, his heartbeat use to get high(I could feel it when he was in my hands. But now when I pick up he sets his legs free, when I pick up now, he doesn't react at all

    Sorryvto bother you by writing such a long story, just wanted to know, if the above behavior are normal for a bunny.
     
  7. Jun 16, 2018 #7

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    Don't be feeding alfalfa hay much longer, it's only okay for baby buns. Timothy is generally used but you can get orchard grass and other types too. Make sure he has access to as much hay as he could possibly eat. If his hay rack is empty, you didn't give him enough.

    For the most part what you're describing just sounds to me like a bunny who is happily settling into his home!

    Delilah also sleeps on her back, gives me a heart attack every time. On the one hand, she looks super cute. On the other hand WHAT IF SHE'S DEAD?! She never appreciates me checking.

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    Lahi always sleeps with his eyes open, though he will sleep stretched out.

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    (Delilah is a needy baby.)

    Lahi sleeps with his eyes open but I can still tell when he's asleep because of the quiet snoring noises. When I first heard him making the tiny breathing noises I flipped out and rushed him to the vet for laboured breathing. After he didn't make the noise again during the examination, the vet offered to keep him during the day for observation, where he (unsurprisingly in hindsight) continued to not make the noise. I brought him home, where he immediately climbed into his hay nest and promptly started making the noise again, at which point I realized that as he made that noise he was completely relaxed and his eyes weren't tracking movement. HE'S SNORING.
     
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    Thanks buddy, you helped me a lot and made me tension free
     
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    Yesterday I went to buy a new bunny for Coco company. The shop keeper told me Coco is a female approx 3 month old.
    So I got a black 1.5 months rabbit.
    Now whenever coco sees the black rabbit nearby she is attacking him.
    Due to the attach black bunny fur comes out.
    What should I do
     
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    Grass hay only, not alfalfa. Hay should always be available in a box or something (24/7). It’s the most important food in the diet. Veggies and pellets (Timothy hay based) should be fed in small quantities so that the Timothy hay or orchard grass hay is the primary diet. Take care!
     
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    Keep the rabbits separate! I wouldn’t consider bonding until they are spayed/neutered. Hormones will flare eventually and one can kill the other. One month after both have been spayed/neutered, you can start the bonding process slowly and in a neutral spot that neither rabbit knows and wants to territorially defend. Keep them apart until then.
     
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    1 bunny is 3 and 1 1 is 1.5 months.
    I heard somewhere that alfafa is high in Proteins and very good for small bunnies.
    Please suggest.
     
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    Even I would like to spate/neuter them, but won't be able to do it.
    There are no Vets in my area to do this .
    I am searching for this badly. But no luck.

    I got the new bunny just for betterment of coco and he is not accepting it.
    Should I rather give the small bunny back?
     
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    Keeping bunnies in pairs is highly reccomended. They are very social animals, and you can't give a bunny the level of attention that another bunny can.

    That said they are also very territorial animals, and what you were describing in your first post was a bunny becoming truly comfortable in his territory.

    When introducing a new rabbit, you want to always do it in a neutral area that neither bun has spent much time in. Keep them separated by a barrier at all times; bunnies have a very long memory for bad experiences. Your goal is to get them to associate each other with good things. Feed them together by putting their food bowls on either side of the barrier, where they can see each other but not touch. When they start lying next to each other on either side of the barrier, like they're trying to cuddle, that means you're ready to progress to the next step of very limited contact.

    But that's all moot if they're not spayed and neutered. Rabbits hit adolescence at 3 months; males are aggressive and competitive with each other, and females are territorial and unwilling to concede. And of course a male and a female will very quickly overrun you with babies.

    A rabbit neuter is one of the easiest surgeries a vet will ever do, if they know what they're doing. Spaying is harder but still easier than, say, a mature cat spay. Where are you that there are no rabbit savvy vets? If there's a zoo anywhere nearby, they usually have an associated vet clinic that specializes in exotics.
     
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    Thanks a ton for helping me.
    I took them to a neutral space and had both Rome together.
    For 5 min they both were just smelling each others genital and seems comfortable, but again after some time coco(female) bited him on his back.
    Max(black 1.5 months male) ran away from there after 10 min, he came back and starting smelling, but coco bite him again and he ran away.

    If coco was comfortable earlier, I guess there was no need to get a new rabbit.

    One more thing here. Coco is doing toooooooooooo much potty, which is hard.

    Every 5 to 7 min she is doing it, should I give him less food? She has gained weight and became a fat

    She is just 3 months old, so I give here cauliflower stems, coriander and coriander stems, little wheat bread, alfafa grass, as soon as you give here anything she eat it instantely and do potty.

    For max also I am following same food habit, but he does very less potty.

    Note : fresh water is always available for both of them

    Let ne know, if I should limit the diet
     
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    Hey forgot to tell you important thing.
    When coco bite max, I raised my tone and said Coco No, coco no.
    SHe was still biting him, so I just touched coco head to stop biting him.
    She stopped to bite him
    She started to bite again so I hit her a very very lightly(Super light) on her back, she got upset and stopped biting and after that she ran away
     
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    Firstly, you really shouldn't be feeding rabbits any kind of bread, so stop that immediately. Their digestive systems are not meant to handle processed foods. Veggies should not be at the core of their diet either. If you wish to provide them lots of fresh food, greens would be much better - just avoid anything very high in calcium in large quantities. My own rabbits are on a mostly greens diet and seldomly even drink water. Very limited amount of pellets (about ¼ cup per rabbit; 8-9 pounds each) and unlimited hay is key. And DON'T forget to stop feeding anything alfalfa after about 6 months maximum (this may differ for some breeds so please look it up).

    Secondly, if your female rabbit is urinating that often, I would say that she's marking territory. Are you litter training her? I think that would benefit your situation greatly!
     
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    Rabbits don't learn by negative reinforcement, so stop that behavior immediately! Please listen to the advice you were given in previous posts... It was excellent advice. Either you decide to spay/neuter your rabbits or decide right now to return the 2nd rabbit, otherwise, you're going to have a long hard road ahead.

    Best of luck!
     
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    Got it
    Thanks you guys helped me a lot
    I will search more for vets
     
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    My pleasure! We're all here to help one another and our darling little fur babies
     

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