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Blind bunny bonding(?) and long update from here

Post by Rhond » Thu, 08 May 2008 14:52:29



I've been not hopping in on the group too much lately but hope everyone
here is doing well! I was hoping someone could give some insight into
our situation.

Update first: we lost our sweet Booker in February. He had a couple of
terrible kidney infections last fall and winter and then died from
kidney failure. He was a brave bunny, fought until the end. He even
lived for two more days after his heart stopped several times one night.
I held him all of that night and there were so many times that I thought
he was gone. He perked up and by morning wanted his breakfast! Two
nights later, he left us peacefully in his sleep with his Bambi beside him.

Our dilemma now is we have 2 female bunnies living separately. Catnip is
blind and knows her 2-story bunny condo. I think it would be better for
her to be on one level although she still does well.

Bambi has a puppy pen and needs that room to run in circles. If we do
this, I'd try them in her pen.

Other concern -- Catnip is about 10 years old and has been living alone
for almost 2 years. Bambi is probably 8-9 years old.

Are these 2 too old to try and bond? Will this traumatize Catnip to have
a new home and a partner she can't see? I don't want the bad to outweigh
the good. I especially don't want to give Catnip a heart attack.

Anyone tried anything similar?

Thanks,

Rhonda

 
 
 

Blind bunny bonding(?) and long update from here

Post by Lisa » Thu, 08 May 2008 22:51:06


On Wed, 07 May 2008 05:52:29 GMT, Rhonda

Quote:

>I've been not hopping in on the group too much lately but hope everyone
>here is doing well! I was hoping someone could give some insight into
>our situation.

>Update first: we lost our sweet Booker in February. He had a couple of
>terrible kidney infections last fall and winter and then died from
>kidney failure. He was a brave bunny, fought until the end. He even
>lived for two more days after his heart stopped several times one night.
>I held him all of that night and there were so many times that I thought
>he was gone. He perked up and by morning wanted his breakfast! Two
>nights later, he left us peacefully in his sleep with his Bambi beside him.

Rhonda - I am so sorry you lost your Booker.  It sounds like he put up
a good fight until the end.  He had a wonderful life with you full of
love.  

Sorry I can't offer any bonding advise.  I haven't been successful
trying to bond anybun myself.  

I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.  {{HUGS}}

Lisa, Hershey, Boo Boo, Louise & Sharkey (Thelma, Wendy & Cartman FTB)

 
 
 

Blind bunny bonding(?) and long update from here

Post by pugnos » Thu, 08 May 2008 23:33:05


I don't have experience with visually impaired buns, but it sounds like
maybe not. Catnip would probably have a distinct routine and maybe
wouldn't like disruption. But I would let Bambi at least try to meet up
with her once. I hope if you do try this that it works out. I am so sorry
about Booker leaving for the bridge. They are such adorable buns from the
Christmas card pictures. Carla Liza and Jodie.

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Blind bunny bonding(?) and long update from here

Post by Nona » Fri, 09 May 2008 03:10:15


Hi Rhonda,

Can you put them in x-pens close but not contingent?

I have my 2 gangs in condos with x-pen "front yards," divided by a
1-inch piece of driftwood. Ever hopeful of that 4-bun gang!

This setup seems to have increased the peace, though I'm not ready to
mix them face to face.

That $400 bunny nose job is still too fresh!

Close x-pens was what worked ultimately for the Pinkster and Hubble,
though they came unbonded when Pinky had to spend some time in bunny
hospital.

I would think Catnip could smell and hear Bambi. If and when they start
lying near each other, I would consider letting the x-pens actually
touch, if there are no fighting attempts.

When and if they lie actually touching through the pens, you could
consider a joint feeding, for instance.

Good luck!

Nona

 
 
 

Blind bunny bonding(?) and long update from here

Post by Professo » Fri, 09 May 2008 12:28:49


We all miss Sweet Booker.  I believe he was a brave bunny.  I believe a
bunny can, in their own way show you much about life.

Bunnies are not Judgmental as far as age, blindness, or hearing, I would
give it a try.  Because Catnip is blind, I would try to bond them in
Catnip's territory.

Professor, The Jump, Zolo, Wizard, & Magic Brenda

Quote:

> I've been not hopping in on the group too much lately but hope
> everyone here is doing well! I was hoping someone could give some
> insight into our situation.

> Update first: we lost our sweet Booker in February. He had a couple of
> terrible kidney infections last fall and winter and then died from
> kidney failure. He was a brave bunny, fought until the end. He even
> lived for two more days after his heart stopped several times one
> night. I held him all of that night and there were so many times that
> I thought he was gone. He perked up and by morning wanted his
> breakfast! Two nights later, he left us peacefully in his sleep with
> his Bambi beside him.

> Our dilemma now is we have 2 female bunnies living separately. Catnip
> is blind and knows her 2-story bunny condo. I think it would be better
> for her to be on one level although she still does well.

> Bambi has a puppy pen and needs that room to run in circles. If we do
> this, I'd try them in her pen.

> Other concern -- Catnip is about 10 years old and has been living
> alone for almost 2 years. Bambi is probably 8-9 years old.

> Are these 2 too old to try and bond? Will this traumatize Catnip to
> have a new home and a partner she can't see? I don't want the bad to
> outweigh the good. I especially don't want to give Catnip a heart attack.

> Anyone tried anything similar?

> Thanks,

> Rhonda

 
 
 

Blind bunny bonding(?) and long update from here

Post by Rhond » Sat, 10 May 2008 14:23:06


Thanks for the ideas about the bonding and the sentiments for Booker. He
really was the cutest rabbit in the whole world. He had a way of dancing
on his back tippy toes to beg, exposing a surprise white (and round) belly.

I think we will try Nona's porch idea. If we take the wheels off the
condo it will be flat on the floor. Bambi's pen can be right beside it.
We can start there, eventually trying them together in a neutral place
or if they seem to love each other, open the condo door to the porch.
They can decide where they want to stay.

The previous aggression between the bunny couples was always with the
boys. I hope these two can spend their remaining years with a new friend.

Thanks again and I'll let you know how the experiment works.

Rhonda