What should I do for my rabbit who lost its bonded partner?

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  1. Dec 3, 2019 #1

    elizabethhgrace

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    Yesterday, one of my rabbits passed away unexpectedly.
    When I first got Nugget five years ago he lived alone for about two years before I decided it was time to find him another rabbit to bond with. My friend found our girl rabbit, Lola, in the middle of the road in a neighborhood. We presume she probably got dumped by someone who didn't want her anymore. Because of this, I have no idea if she ever lived with other rabbits before we took her in.

    Lola has never been away from Nugget for this long, and she's acting fine so far, but it hasn't even been a full twenty-four hours yet. I'm a high school student so I can't spend as much time with her as she deserves. My mom and I both agree we should find a new home for her as I'm a senior now and I have no idea how I'd take two rabbits with me to college if I found her a new partner.

    I do not plan on rushing this process as I want to make sure she goes to a good home with someone who has other rabbits.

    I gave her the towel that was in his carrier crate and a stuffed animal. We plan on rearranging the room later today to give her a new environment. I'd appreciate any tips on how to help her during the time being. Thank you and apologies for the long post.
     
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    Augustus&HazelGrace

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    If you have any emotional or mental disorders (you don't have to share) and you see a therapist or psychologist they can write you an Emotional Support Animal Letter and you can bring them or her with you to college.
    Did you show her to him after he passed? This can help them know that they are gone. Just make sure she continues to eat if she acts depressed. If she goes more than 12 hours without eating she needs to go to the vet. And she may do just fine being a single bun only time will tell. It may be best to wash anything with his scent on it if you didn't show him to her so she doesn't get confused and start looking for him she still may but the scent may add to the confusion.
     
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    He was at the vet when he passed. They gave us the option to take him home and bury him ourselves but I couldn't bear the thought of having to see him. I read that about showing his body to her after I was home and already made the decision. Their room is covered in rugs since they will rip up the carpet underneath and we vacuum the floor regularly, but I'm sure that doesn't get rid of his scent completely. She has been eating and drinking and using her litter box fine since then. She even started binkying which she doesn't do often, so that made me feel better. But both my mom and I are keeping a close eye on her so hopefully she'll keep doing this well.
     

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