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17-01-2017, 12:52 PM
Found a pet bunny - anyone w/ bunny experience?
We looked outside this morning and saw a tiny black and white bunny in our front yard. We spent 20 minutes catching it and now have it safely inside our dog's old extra large crate with a blanket, some water in shallow dish, organic spinach and parsley and a little crumpled up newspaper for chewing.

She (guessing. lol) is in the playroom because it's a quiet room and we can shut the door. Since we have a rambunctious dog, I am concerned about her getting scared.

We are 90% sure it is our neighbor's bun, but they won't get home until tonight.

The other issue is they are terrible pet owners and have let a previous pet bunny loose to fend for itself - and she told us this very casually in conversation so she clearly had no issue/moral compass in doing so. I am reluctant to return this bunny Sad

Do bunnies require hay for digestion? Do you think it will be okay w/ what I gave it for now?

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17-01-2017, 12:57 PM
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p.s. it is quite cold here and we also have a daily hawk visitor, as well as many coyotes...to explain why we were adamant about catching it.

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17-01-2017, 01:02 PM
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(17-01-2017 12:52 PM)ShadowProject Wrote:  We looked outside this morning and saw a tiny black and white bunny in our front yard. We spent 20 minutes catching it and now have it safely inside our dog's old extra large crate with a blanket, some water in shallow dish, organic spinach and parsley and a little crumpled up newspaper for chewing.

She (guessing. lol) is in the playroom because it's a quiet room and we can shut the door. Since we have a rambunctious dog, I am concerned about her getting scared.

We are 90% sure it is our neighbor's bun, but they won't get home until tonight.

The other issue is they are terrible pet owners and have let a previous pet bunny loose to fend for itself - and she told us this very casually in conversation so she clearly had no issue/moral compass in doing so. I am reluctant to return this bunny Sad

Do bunnies require hay for digestion? Do you think it will be okay w/ what I gave it for now?

I have 3 mini lops bunnies. It will be fine for a few hours. But do separate it from the dog, unless the dog wants to nurture it. I think I would take it to a pet shelter if I were you. They like water, a carrot to chew on, maybe a little lettuce. They like straw to hide in and eat, but it will be fine for a while without it. My sister's bunnies like little cut up apples. They can be fussy eaters. If you keep it, the pet store has pellets they eat.

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17-01-2017, 01:02 PM
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(17-01-2017 12:52 PM)ShadowProject Wrote:  We looked outside this morning and saw a tiny black and white bunny in our front yard. We spent 20 minutes catching it and now have it safely inside our dog's old extra large crate with a blanket, some water in shallow dish, organic spinach and parsley and a little crumpled up newspaper for chewing.

She (guessing. lol) is in the playroom because it's a quiet room and we can shut the door. Since we have a rambunctious dog, I am concerned about her getting scared.

We are 90% sure it is our neighbor's bun, but they won't get home until tonight.

The other issue is they are terrible pet owners and have let a previous pet bunny loose to fend for itself - and she told us this very casually in conversation so she clearly had no issue/moral compass in doing so. I am reluctant to return this bunny Sad

Do bunnies require hay for digestion? Do you think it will be okay w/ what I gave it for now?

I've never had a bunny as a pet, but I wouldn't be giving it back to the neighbors either. I would probably go to either the local animal shelter to see what they recommend as bunny basics or google...Or maybe ask your vet (many treat small animals) and might be helpful to get you pointed in the right direction (if you're planning on keeping it).


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17-01-2017, 01:17 PM
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Just another link in the food chain...

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17-01-2017, 01:20 PM
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Maybe it’s looking for friends, this website helps bunnies find each other.

http://www.explayboybunnies.com

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17-01-2017, 01:24 PM
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(17-01-2017 01:17 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  Just another link in the food chain...

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Growing up, that's the only reason people kept rabbits. Our neighbors all around us kept them in rabbit cages in their backyards.

Personally, I've never been very fond of rabbit. My man and kids seem to enjoy it though.


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17-01-2017, 01:25 PM
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(17-01-2017 01:24 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  
(17-01-2017 01:17 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  Just another link in the food chain...

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Growing up, that's the only reason people kept rabbits. Our neighbors all around us kept them in rabbit cages in their backyards.

Personally, I've never been very fond of rabbit. My man and kids seem to enjoy it though.

Yup.. Duckies and bunnies are cute.....

They're also delicious domesticated farm animals.....

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17-01-2017, 01:39 PM
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I would call your local veterinarian. Take him in for a checkup and then they can offer ways to keep him as a pet. I would not return him to neighbors.

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17-01-2017, 01:39 PM
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Had a few pet rabbits growing up (and also enjoyed hunting wild rabbits with my slingshot Tongue).

They can actually make good house pets. They're not too difficult to train to use a cat box, and the ones I had would even play with the cats. I had a bunny cage because they prefer to have that perceived protection when they sleep, but I'd rarely close it.

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