How long can you leave a rabbit alone?

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How long can you leave a rabbit alone?

Post by Rob Dunca » Sun, 11 Jan 2004 10:40:54



I seem to stir up controversy.  Oh well.  I still feel I should ask this.

This summer we went to stay out in the wilderness on a friends property.  We
spent the time crabbing, digging for clams and gooey ducks, etc.  We had a
home for Pokey our Jack Russel, but not one for Max... so we figured... what
could it hurt?  We left him with plenty of food (keep in mind that at the
time I was only feeding him pellets) water and a clean cage.  How long is
reasonable for a rabbit to be left alone?  I wasnt worried about him
overeating because he has a light appetite.  Still does.  But was that a
mistake?  Should I have gone out of my way and left him at the vets in our
pet carrier, or was he just fine in his cage for a few days?  Thoughts?

Rob

 
 
 

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Post by Linda bouch » Sun, 11 Jan 2004 11:02:52


On Fri, 9 Jan 2004 17:40:54 -0800, "Rob Duncan"
hI
Quote:
>Rabbits  should never be left alone that long,

anything could happen to them,
why didnt you have someone come in to check
on max, a couple times each day
Linda
Quote:
>I seem to stir up controversy.  Oh well.  I still feel I should ask this.

>This summer we went to stay out in the wilderness on a friends property.  We
>spent the time crabbing, digging for clams and gooey ducks, etc.  We had a
>home for Pokey our Jack Russel, but not one for Max... so we figured... what
>could it hurt?  We left him with plenty of food (keep in mind that at the
>time I was only feeding him pellets) water and a clean cage.  How long is
>reasonable for a rabbit to be left alone?  I wasnt worried about him
>overeating because he has a light appetite.  Still does.  But was that a
>mistake?  Should I have gone out of my way and left him at the vets in our
>pet carrier, or was he just fine in his cage for a few days?  Thoughts?

>Rob

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Balderston » Sun, 11 Jan 2004 11:52:31


Personally I'd be fine leaving Toby on a day-night-day trip, but any
longer and I'd have someone come in and make sure he wasn't out of
water at the very least. Also keep in mind that if hay is not a large
part of a rabbit's diet (it should be) then switching to an all-hay
diet for a few days could cause some tummy trouble.

djb

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Post by Ange » Sun, 11 Jan 2004 21:57:51


Quote:
>Ok, maybe this is an honest enquiry, I just find it hard to believe that you
>wouldn't realize that.

It most likely is an honest inquiry. I get called about this all the time on
the rescue line. (Well, okay, a few times a month, not daily)

Angela (Aol.com doesn't hop!)

www.rabbitadoption.org Rabbits & small animals for adoption--worldwide links,
including vet referrals & other rescues, care tips, mail order products, etc.

 
 
 

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Post by dian » Mon, 12 Jan 2004 00:55:02




Quote:
> Should I have gone out of my way and left him at the vets in our
> pet carrier, or was he just fine in his cage for a few days?

We leave our rabbits alone for a day and a half, maximum -- not more than
36 hours (leaving Sat. morning and coming back Sun. evening, say), and that
ONLY if they are in perfect health. If we have any niggling suspicions
about health we board them with the vet or, more likely, we stay home to
keep an eye on them.

Otherwise, I feel that, for *my* rabbits, the stress of the capture, the
drive, and the strange environment outweigh the dangers of something going
wrong at home in a period of less than two days.

YMMV,

diane
and Betsy (homebody) Vanderbun

 
 
 

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Post by Lorien'sMu » Mon, 12 Jan 2004 01:16:35


Lorien comes with us all the time when we go for an overnight.  She loves
the freedom she gets when she goes to my parent's place, and my parents
come over enough times for her to know who they are.  And they don't mind
her running almost all over the house, and binkying and darting.

They're even planning to give her a indoor run when they up dated the
house.  A place where she can dig, and run, and hide.  Of course that's
when we go on longer trips we can leave her there, and have no worries.

Ilona and Lorien

 
 
 

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Post by Judith Gordo » Mon, 12 Jan 2004 11:04:09


Quote:

>I seem to stir up controversy.  Oh well.  I still feel I should ask this.

>This summer we went to stay out in the wilderness on a friends property.  We
>spent the time crabbing, digging for clams and gooey ducks, etc.  We had a
>home for Pokey our Jack Russel, but not one for Max... so we figured... what
>could it hurt?  We left him with plenty of food (keep in mind that at the
>time I was only feeding him pellets) water and a clean cage.  How long is
>reasonable for a rabbit to be left alone?  I wasnt worried about him
>overeating because he has a light appetite.  Still does.  But was that a
>mistake?  Should I have gone out of my way and left him at the vets in our
>pet carrier, or was he just fine in his cage for a few days?  Thoughts?

>Rob

Okay except for house fires, burglars, gas leaks, the rabbit getting
sick unexpectdly or there being an accident like the rabbit getting his
foot caught in something or the water spilt. Well also rabbits need
company so not okay for that. We take our rabbits camping with us. They
love camping and make wonderful travelers (better than a cat or dog) if
you have a nice carrier for them. Why not take bunny along with you next
time?

Judith Arwen and Sproing

 
 
 

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Post by D. Stuss » Tue, 13 Jan 2004 20:31:28


Quote:

> I seem to stir up controversy.  Oh well.  I still feel I should ask this.

> This summer we went to stay out in the wilderness on a friends property.  We
> spent the time crabbing, digging for clams and gooey ducks, etc.  We had a
> home for Pokey our Jack Russel, but not one for Max... so we figured... what
> could it hurt?  We left him with plenty of food (keep in mind that at the
> time I was only feeding him pellets) water and a clean cage.  How long is
> reasonable for a rabbit to be left alone?  I wasnt worried about him
> overeating because he has a light appetite.  Still does.  But was that a
> mistake?  Should I have gone out of my way and left him at the vets in our
> pet carrier, or was he just fine in his cage for a few days?  Thoughts?

My rabbits will consume 8 (fluid) ounces (aka 1 standard cup) of water in less
than one day - and that's what their water dishes hold.  24 hours is pretty much
the limit.

It seems that your stay was more than one day.  That's too long.

 
 
 

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Post by Carri » Tue, 13 Jan 2004 20:56:47


Here is an example of why you don't leave bunnies alone...
I went out for a day, I was gone for 14-15 hours on Saturday... when I came
home, my bunnies had tipped over their water bowl and hence had nothing to
drink... oh, they were also wet because they decided it would be fun to play
in the water they had tipped up. However, if I had stayed away overnight, as
would have been sensible (for me, if not for them) they would have gone from
having fun, to be dehydrated and getting really sick... this is why you do
not leave bunnies alone overnight... and no, this is not a big deal about
nothing...
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Quote:

> > I seem to stir up controversy.  Oh well.  I still feel I should ask
this.

> > This summer we went to stay out in the wilderness on a friends property.
We
> > spent the time crabbing, digging for clams and gooey ducks, etc.  We had
a
> > home for Pokey our Jack Russel, but not one for Max... so we figured...
what
> > could it hurt?  We left him with plenty of food (keep in mind that at
the
> > time I was only feeding him pellets) water and a clean cage.  How long
is
> > reasonable for a rabbit to be left alone?  I wasnt worried about him
> > overeating because he has a light appetite.  Still does.  But was that a
> > mistake?  Should I have gone out of my way and left him at the vets in
our
> > pet carrier, or was he just fine in his cage for a few days?  Thoughts?

> My rabbits will consume 8 (fluid) ounces (aka 1 standard cup) of water in
less
> than one day - and that's what their water dishes hold.  24 hours is
pretty much
> the limit.

> It seems that your stay was more than one day.  That's too long.

 
 
 

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Post by Carrie Lyon » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 04:32:13


Quote:

>   Here is an example of why you don't leave bunnies alone...
>   I went out for a day, I was gone for 14-15 hours on Saturday... when I came
>   home, my bunnies had tipped over their water bowl and hence had nothing to
>   drink...

[ cypherpunk is being channeled ]

Not to disagree with you, but there are water containers
that can't be tipped over. I could put up a picture of
one. Again, I agree with your response though.

----

Now that I have Miss Winter, the two buns seem to be
eating like three! It's like they're competitive when
I put out food, as if one is worried the other will eat
it all.

Miss Winter is so cute in her shyness.

I start laying down food and she hops to the rear,
while *** (Netherland Dwarf) stays right by me and
stands up to beg. Miss Winter then makes random approaches
but spooks off after she gets close.

She finally came all the way to get food yesterday. Of course,
the slightest extra hand movement still causes her to pop to
the back, but the progression towards familiarity with me is
happening. Getting to know youz...

 
 
 

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Post by Rob Dunca » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 06:51:46



Quote:

> > I seem to stir up controversy.  Oh well.  I still feel I should ask
this.

> > This summer we went to stay out in the wilderness on a friends property.
We
> > spent the time crabbing, digging for clams and gooey ducks, etc.  We had
a
> > home for Pokey our Jack Russel, but not one for Max... so we figured...
what
> > could it hurt?  We left him with plenty of food (keep in mind that at
the
> > time I was only feeding him pellets) water and a clean cage.  How long
is
> > reasonable for a rabbit to be left alone?  I wasnt worried about him
> > overeating because he has a light appetite.  Still does.  But was that a
> > mistake?  Should I have gone out of my way and left him at the vets in
our
> > pet carrier, or was he just fine in his cage for a few days?  Thoughts?

> My rabbits will consume 8 (fluid) ounces (aka 1 standard cup) of water in
less
> than one day - and that's what their water dishes hold.  24 hours is
pretty much
> the limit.

> It seems that your stay was more than one day.  That's too long.

Max drinks from a water bottle.  But I get your point.

Rob

 
 
 

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Post by Anit » Thu, 15 Jan 2004 09:10:26


This has been a big question for me.  Dennis is out of town and I have to
work three nights (and five days) a week right now.  I have to go out of
town on the nights.  I worry about something happening to me and the rabbits
being trapped in the house with no food and water.

Before I leave, I put down a three-day supply of pellets and hay.  I worry
less about them overeating than I do about them going hungry.  One never can
tell what might happen.

Anita, Jessie, and Quark

 
 
 

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Post by Rob Dunca » Thu, 15 Jan 2004 10:54:29



Quote:
> This has been a big question for me.  Dennis is out of town and I have to
> work three nights (and five days) a week right now.  I have to go out of
> town on the nights.  I worry about something happening to me and the
rabbits
> being trapped in the house with no food and water.

> Before I leave, I put down a three-day supply of pellets and hay.  I worry
> less about them overeating than I do about them going hungry.  One never
can
> tell what might happen.

> Anita, Jessie, and Quark

Ive noticed that a lot of simple, straight forward, honest questions are met
with ridicule and insults on this group.  You would think that a bunny group
would be the last place for such a thing.  Odd isnt it?

From what I gather, a night or so is okay, but much longer than that then a
person should check in on the rabbit.  Im not worried about "something"
happening.  Our house is as stable as a house can get, the cage is fine, and
his water bottle is immovable.  For some reason I was worried about
over-feeding him.  I guess thats not a concern.

As long as he cant die from boredom I figure Max should be fine.  We do
leave the radio on for him though.  I think it drowns out noises that may
otherwise spur some anxiety on his part.  Speeking of anxiety... the other
day Max did something Ive never seen him do before.  He was making small
little "Thumps" with his back feet.  Then the power went out.  I have a
magic rabbit.  (or is he psychic?  do de do dooooo...)

Rob

 
 
 

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Post by scGra » Thu, 15 Jan 2004 11:05:48


Life can't always be exactly what we would like it to be. Do you have
someone who would be willing to check on Jessie and Quark if you
didn't arrive home when planned? I know It's hard finding sitters for
our babies, but maybe a neighbor that could be called, just in case,
on an emergency basis? So you wouldn't have to worry so much.

--
Dori ... BB and Cissy
--------------------------------------

This has been a big question for me.  Dennis is out of town and I have
to
work three nights (and five days) a week right now.  I have to go out
of
town on the nights.  I worry about something happening to me and the
rabbits
being trapped in the house with no food and water.

Before I leave, I put down a three-day supply of pellets and hay.  I
worry
less about them overeating than I do about them going hungry.  One
never can
tell what might happen.

Anita, Jessie, and Quark