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Bunny & cat advice needed

Post by Chris Baxte » Thu, 31 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Hi:

I'm "owned" by Bunn-Yee, a free roaming, neutered, male house bunny.
He's lived in my house for over a year and he lived outside in my yard
for a year before that.  Bunn-Yee is a fairly timid soul who doesn't
really like to be touched much but he likes to have song sung to him and
likes to be talked to.  He's been a perfect house bunny with no
destruction.  I will say our house is very well bunny proofed, but he
could do harm if he was destructive, but he's not.

I recently saved a little female cat's life.  She was on my back door
step near death.  I took her to the vet and they said she had a severe
uterine infection and needed an emergency hysterectomy.  I did it
without thinking and didn't count the consequences.  Now I have a kitty
and a bunny.

I've been letting the cat in when the bunny is in his "nest" under the
bed.  I close off the bedroom door.  He doesn't like this when he gets
up unexpectedly to use his litter box.  I've seen his nose trying to dig
under the door.  The cat doesn't understand why she can't come in when
it's the coldest outside during the morning time and the evenings.  She
is desperate to get into the forbidden bedroom.  

I let the kitty see the bunny.  I was holding her so she couldn't get
away.  BTW the cat is smaller than the bunny even though she is full
grown.  Unfortunately she chattered at him like cats do when they see a
bird.  Bunn-Yee grew still as a statue.  The kitty is an extremely
playful type of cat.  

Is there any way these two can cohabit in the same house with constant
supervision or is it hopeless?  I don't want my bunny scared literally
to death, but I'd like it to work if possible.  I know Bunn-Yee had to
deal with cats when he lived outside, but he had a huge territory then
and he wasn't neutered so he wasn't as timid as he is now.  Any
suggestions would be welcome.  -Chris

 
 
 

Bunny & cat advice needed

Post by Tom G » Thu, 31 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Hi Chis!

I am working on kind of the same project that you are working on!  I have a
rabbit and just adopted a 6 month old cat a few weeks ago.  I know that cats
and rabbits can get along well with each other, but it just takes time for
them to get used to each other.  Look through the newsgroup listing and you
should see my message asking for advice.  Everyone says that rabbits and
cats get along better then 2 rabbits!  Seems hard to believe sometimes!  :-)
I am sure you have looked there, but check the House Rabbit Society web page
at http:\\www.rabbit.org  they have a good article about what we are both
trying to do.  My guys are slowly trying to work things out, but I think it
will just take some time.  I don't think they are trying to hurt each other.
My rabbit is just trying to guard her territory, and my cat is just trying
to play.  I notice that when he swats at her, he doesn't use any claws (I
keep them cut extremely short too, just in case!).  I am not an expert on
this yet, but learning as I go along also.
Let me know how it is working out, maybe we can exchange ideas.  You sould
get a lot of advice from the newsgroup, people have been very helpful to me.

Tom

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Subject: Bunny & cat advice needed

> Hi:

> I'm "owned" by Bunn-Yee, a free roaming, neutered, male house bunny.
> He's lived in my house for over a year and he lived outside in my yard
> for a year before that.  Bunn-Yee is a fairly timid soul who doesn't
> really like to be touched much but he likes to have song sung to him and
> likes to be talked to.  He's been a perfect house bunny with no
> destruction.  I will say our house is very well bunny proofed, but he
> could do harm if he was destructive, but he's not.

> I recently saved a little female cat's life.  She was on my back door
> step near death.  I took her to the vet and they said she had a severe
> uterine infection and needed an emergency hysterectomy.  I did it
> without thinking and didn't count the consequences.  Now I have a kitty
> and a bunny.

> I've been letting the cat in when the bunny is in his "nest" under the
> bed.  I close off the bedroom door.  He doesn't like this when he gets
> up unexpectedly to use his litter box.  I've seen his nose trying to dig
> under the door.  The cat doesn't understand why she can't come in when
> it's the coldest outside during the morning time and the evenings.  She
> is desperate to get into the forbidden bedroom.

> I let the kitty see the bunny.  I was holding her so she couldn't get
> away.  BTW the cat is smaller than the bunny even though she is full
> grown.  Unfortunately she chattered at him like cats do when they see a
> bird.  Bunn-Yee grew still as a statue.  The kitty is an extremely
> playful type of cat.

 
 
 

Bunny & cat advice needed

Post by Sue and Alan Frenc » Fri, 01 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Chris,

Let the two of them meet when you are around to watch.  Be ready to grab one
of them if any fights ensue.  If it makes you feel more in control, wear
gloves and have a spray bottle filled with water handy.

I have a cat and a bunny.  The bunny was much smaller than the cat when we
first got her.  Now the rabbit looks bigger than the cat, but does not weigh
as much.  I was worried when we introduced them, but there was never a
problem.  They only have three interactions with each other.  Sometimes the
cat***s the bunny.  Sometimes the cat swats the bunny, but never hurts
her.  And whenever the bunny gets something to eat, the cat sits next to her
waiting for her turn.

Sue

 
 
 

Bunny & cat advice needed

Post by Rhonda Matta » Sun, 03 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Is there any way these two can cohabit in the same house with constant
> supervision or is it hopeless?  I don't want my bunny scared literally
> to death, but I'd like it to work if possible.  I know Bunn-Yee had to
> deal with cats when he lived outside, but he had a huge territory then
> and he wasn't neutered so he wasn't as timid as he is now.  Any
> suggestions would be welcome.  -Chris

Hi Chris,

How are they getting along by now? How great that you saved that poor
little cat's life.

I think it could take some time before they both understand the
circumstances -- they are two different species sharing one area. Also,
you're cat is going through some big changes, physically, mentally, and
territorially. I would just watch them for awhile, and give them a
chance to calm down a bit. Cat and rabbits usually don't get to be best
friends (although I have seen a few pictures of cat/rabbit cuddles), but
they normally grow to respect each other. They may push and nudge each
other out of the way, but not viciously.

Let us know how they are doing!
--
                                                 -Rhonda

 
 
 

Bunny & cat advice needed

Post by Laura Co » Sun, 03 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> I recently saved a little female cat's life.  She was on my back door
> step near death.  I took her to the vet and they said she had a severe
> uterine infection and needed an emergency hysterectomy.  I did it
> without thinking and didn't count the consequences.  Now I have a kitty
> and a bunny.

We recently had the same experience. We took in an abandoned kitten. She
was about 10 weeks old at the time. Poor little think. We couldn't leave
her on the streets with winter approaching. Fortunatly, Emma was (and
still is) in perfect health, just a few fleas. No worms or ear mites, no
FIP, and she wasn't too malnourished either, just a bit dehydrated.

Quote:
> Is there any way these two can cohabit in the same house with constant
> supervision or is it hopeless?  I don't want my bunny scared literally
> to death, but I'd like it to work if possible.  I know Bunn-Yee had to
> deal with cats when he lived outside, but he had a huge territory then
> and he wasn't neutered so he wasn't as timid as he is now.  Any
> suggestions would be welcome.

Happy (the fat kitchen bunny) and Emma get along famously. She took to
him right away. I think because they are both still so young that the
introduction went so well. She wandered into the kitchen and came face
to face with him. She ran like crazy in the opposite direction. Then she
slowly came back into the kitchen and went nose to nose with him again.
That time, Happy ran away. It took a few days of tentative sniffing at
each other, but now they hang out together. Infact, they conspired to
get the xmas tree together. The wires were out of Happy's reach. Emma
deftly climbed up the tree and knocked some of the lights down. Then
Happy happily chomped the wires and all the lights on the tree went out.
No one was hurt, but from then on I had to keep a close eye on them when
they were together near the tree <bg>.

They'll probably get used to each other. Just give them time. By the
way, the other day I caught Emma "chinning" right along with Happy.
Maybe she thinks she's a bunny now.

Laura

 
 
 

Bunny & cat advice needed

Post by Chris Baxte » Thu, 07 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> How are they getting along by now? How great that you saved that poor
> little cat's life.

> I think it could take some time before they both understand the
> circumstances -- they are two different species sharing one area. Also,
> you're cat is going through some big changes, physically, mentally, and
> territorially. I would just watch them for awhile, and give them a
> chance to calm down a bit. Cat and rabbits usually don't get to be best
> friends (although I have seen a few pictures of cat/rabbit cuddles), but
> they normally grow to respect each other. They may push and nudge each
> other out of the way, but not viciously.

> Let us know how they are doing!

  -Rhonda

Dear Rhonda:

Well, I can't even allow them to see each other.  The cat is a full
grown female, although small.  She seems to have an exaggerated instinct
to play very roughly and chase things all the time.  She treated
Bunn-Yee like he's a mobile cat toy.  Bunn-Yee is a male bunny and he's
never been aggressive at all.  He's never lunged or grunted at me even
once.  Not even when his toe nails are being clipped or I was changing
his food area.  I think the combo of an alpha type female cat who is
very aggressive and overly playful and a very timid, milk toast kind of
bunny won't work.  What I'm doing is just allowing the kitty in when the
bunny is under the bed in the computer room in his nest.  I close him in
the bedroom so she can't get to him.  This is only for a few hours
during the day.  The rest of the time the cat must remain out.  Bunn-Yee
is getting older and he was here first and this is his only life.  Keety
can go outside and she can look forward to maybe 12 more years of life,
whereas Bunn-Yee's lifespan is much shorter.  She thrives on e***ment
and Bunn-Yee loves everything the same every day.  It's just not a good
combo.

I'm going to try to find a good home for her but in the meantime I will
just keep them separated.  Seeing Bunn-Yee shaking with fear is more
than I can tolerate.  Thanks for your concern. -Chris