Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sometimes I think River uses Simon as a lookout when she gets an idea for a grand adventure. I don't think she fills Simon in on whatever it is to keep up the air of plausible deniability.
I generally step in at this point before events unfold that would more than likely end with her being stuck behind the couch or something breakable being knocked over.
Note that he's studiously ignoring the hay carnage strewn about his cage. Clearly, only pellets count as food. This is why he will never have a gravity pellet feeder--he would eat until he popped.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Sadly, the bunnies don't seem to understand that we're affected by the sequestration and no one is getting extra oats.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so please don't sue me!
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so please don't sue me!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I should note here that duct tape really does suck when applied to cardboard--it started peeling off within the hour. In my defense, I only used it because we ran out of packing tape. Thus ended the second iteration of the Winchester bunny mansion.
On that note, thanks for visiting the blog and we hope you have a great weekend! We'll be back on Monday.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
This is how I hold them to prevent injury to either of us. It's hard to see, but I have Simon pressed up against my chest and suspended so his back feet aren't touching anything (prevents him from kicking out or thrashing and injuring his spine). His front right arm is pinned between the pointer and middle finger of my left hand and his other front leg is kept still with my thumb near his armpit, while his bottom is supported and his back legs kept separated by my pointer and pinkie fingers of my right hand.
My husband clips the nails using a scissor type nail trimmer with a nail guard (prevents trimming too much) while I hold the bunny.
Meanwhile, River has been circling the bathroom around us while thumping and making interesting vocalizations somewhere between a grunt, a honk and a squeak. This is new for her and I can only assume because of her deafness, she can only approximate the sounds a normal hearing bunny would make.
It was clear that she was not happy in the "waiting room" and knew that her evening was only going to get worse...
At this point, she's switched from vocalizing to purring in an attempt to comfort herself. Despite many noogies and cheek rubs to calm her, she still can't see everything around her while being held and she absolutely hates that.
Simon is constantly going over to her to give her nose-bonks and kisses (he'd even try to climb into my lap while we were trimming River's nails).
It really is hard to tell what her noises mean because she's normally a little chatterbox making all sorts of purring and honking sounds as she goes about her normal day.
Simon: Well, that wasn't too bad! I feel quite pampered.
River: Speak for yourself.
At least we don't have to undergo this drama again for about another 6 weeks.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Well, I suppose this could be taken as a PSA to be mindful of people with cameras because you never know what embarrassing moment could be captured for posterity.
On that note, we hope you have a great weekend and we'll be back on Monday!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Simon really did just lick River's head three times then shove his face between her front paws. Judging by her unamused look, I think River was expecting this.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
River: That's a mature response to me tearing down your Straw Rabbit in our debate.
Monday, July 8, 2013
As an aside, you can see the foam furniture padding we placed under his cage to help damp the noise a bit (along with their kitten brush and the ridiculous amount of fur they produce during a heavy shed in the baggie--hey, it keeps it from going everywhere and gets tossed when it's full).
Quite honestly, we were at the end of our rope at this point and I had no problem giving the little fuzzball the shirt off of my back if it would help solve the problem (I had only gotten a few hours of sleep per night for over a week, so the 2 hours of interrupted sleep the night prior due to the thumping had me wanting to cry I was so frustrated with him).
It was clear that he wasn't afraid of anything or in pain, just that he wanted (or needed) my attention. We were both so tired of the thumping that our gallows humor kicked in and resulted in giving Simon the motto: "When in doubt, thump it out!"
What you see Simon playing with is a tee shirt that has my scent on it (I literally gave him the shirt off of my back that evening). He never chews holes in it like the other cloth pieces in his cage, just nibbles it to shape it and gets bunny hork all over it before snuggling with it like a security blanket.
I'll be honest, the first night made us wonder if this was doing anything at all (I think it got worse because he realized we were ignoring him), but over the next few days, the frequency and duration of the thumping started to decrease and after about a week, we only noticed him thumping in the morning when someone's alarm went off/a light turned on so he knew one of us was awake (and he tried to demand early pellets from us). This has gone on for a couple of months now, so I really think this combination of tactics is working for us.
We're still working on stopping him from making the morning noise, but it's happening less often now and we've managed a few nights strung together of no thumping at all, so that's a start. The only time we find his behavior getting a bit worse is when we have visitors or there's some change to the normal routine, but it reverts back to normal within a few days.
Uninterrupted sleep is awesome!
The bunny won in this epic battle by changing tactics and eating the hay cube like a normal bunny would instead of attempting to snarf it up in one go.
Epilogue: Since we've discovered that Simon isn't good at sharing, we gave River her own hay cube and all was right with the world again.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
River: I can't breathe.
This is what happens when two bunnies try to fit in the 4 inch gap between the table leg and the chair. Neither looked very comfortable but they stayed like that for a good 10 minutes.
Monday, July 1, 2013
I had let them both out for yard time to see if she would move about and to see if Simon could lift her spirits a bit. She immediately made a bee-line for the couch and hopped up on her own, which surprised me.
Look closely at these pictures. This is what a bunny with colicky abdominal pain looks like. Her eyes are a bit squinted, her muzzle is pinched-looking (not the typical rounded shape it should be), and her body is tense and you can see she is pressing her belly into the cushion. If you ever see your rabbit look like this, you need to act quickly.
Here's what I did:
- Aspirin to relieve pain (NOT the chewable baby aspirin because it has artificial sweetener that can be bad for rabbits). This is a weight-dependent dosage. She weighs 3 pounds and I gave her 1/8 of a 325 mg tablet in 2 ml of mint tea. Here's a link to the drug calculator for rabbits that I used: http://www.morfz.com/rx/drugcalc.html. I would err on the side of under-dosing and always check with your veterinarian first about the drug and dosage.
- Simethicone to relieve pressure and bloating from gas. I gave her 0.4cc of our store brand version of Myalanta Maximum Strength. I gave her a second dose about 3 hours later (I waited to see if the first dose had any effect and I didn't want to overcrowd her stomach with medicine--because she's so small--if I wanted her to eat and drink). Here are some good resources for using simethicone for gas and GI stasis: http://www.rabbit.org/chapters/se-pennsylvania/GIStasis.htm and http://rabbitsinthehouse.org/newsletter/HRS-HelpMeMakeIt.pdf
- Kept tabs on her body temperature. A rabbit's ears are their way of dissipating heat, so if they feel cooler than normal, it's a sign of shock and you need to get their body temperature back up. It's also a good idea to have an appropriate thermometer and know how to use it to check their temperature. I used a warm water bottle and placed it next to her for a half an hour to get her temperature back to normal. Don't leave them unsupervised if you're using any warming device to avoid the risk of heat stroke if they get too warm!
- Gentle belly rubs to help break up the gas bubbles in her tummy and help stimulate her GI tract to keep moving.
She finally started to feel better after the second dose of simethicone (she got the full dose with none escaping her mouth). She stopped pressing her belly to the ground and was able to get some sleep. We were lucky that she started eating hay and drinking on her own again by 5am, which was the cut-off point for me to start force-feeding her. She started using the litter box again about 5 hours after that.
From now on, both get brushed twice a day during a shed and get their pellet ration reduced slightly to encourage more Timothy hay consumption. It is ridiculous how quickly they'll go into a shed when the temperature changes! So, take this post as a helpful PSA on the importance of brushing your bunny's fur frequently during a heavy shed. Once a day is not enough sometimes.