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Offline della luna

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Please Help! Found Bunny
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:45:03 PM »
So... I found a rabbit in my front yard today.  Its definitely domesticated, and I could tell at first glance (looks to be some sort of lop?), and it also let me get within a couple feet before slowly hopping off.  It is not scared of my cats or dog (even though both were lunging/ play attacking it).
We called my neighbors, and it is definitely theirs.  They don't know we've caught it yet, as they won't answer their phone.  We're trying to get up with them but I'm about to bring it in for the night.  They mentioned when we talked earlier that the rabbit had been missing for a MONTH.  There is snow on the ground, and we are out in farm country- very dangerous.  Yet this thing is still pretty tame.  We have had bad experiences with these people and their animals in the past, so we're not even sure if they will want it back (didn't sound very enthusiastic when we told them we'd spotted it, and they didn't even come look for it today >.>).  We are going to offer to keep it if they don't want it.

In any case... I need help with setting it up for the night!  Anything in particular I should know?  I'm going to set it in my large dog's crate in our laundry room for now.  What should I feed it?  Can I give it water in a bowl for now?  I don't think I have any extra water bottles.  Ahhh I'm so unprepared!
It's a full house!! 3 horses: Pixie, Tucker, and Bailey; 4 cats: Adam, Cassie, LuAnne, and Chester; 4 dogs: Friskie, Beau, Jemma, and Ruby; 3 rats: Pickle, Pepper, and Pretzel; 2 mice: Kirby and Lionel; 1 duck: Quackers; 1 hamster: Pancake

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Re: Please Help! Found Bunny
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010, 08:01:59 PM »
Hay.
Bunnies need hay, unlimited.

Water in a bowl if you must; it'll be messy but you knew that.

Good luck; let us know how it goes.
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Re: Please Help! Found Bunny
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2010, 08:31:22 PM »
Got some hay right after I did the original post  ;)  Just grabbed some from the shed (for our horses).  It is timothy... I'm assuming it will be alright to feed?  Its not moldy/dusty etc.

Ahhh I need to go bunny shopping!  It seems the owners don't want her, and she's MINE! *happydance*
Do you recommend feeding pellets?  If so, what brand?  And what should I feed as far as vegetables go?  I remember reading somewhere that buns had a tendency to have a sweet tooth and can become obese on treats so to carefully regulate feeding, is this true?
I'm planning on her being a free-roam bunny (just of my room) as I don't currently have room for a proper sized cage.  She will be in the large dog crate for a playpen when not supurvised.  How do I hang a water bottle if she is free-roam, though?
I feel sooo unprepared!  I have never gotten an animal without doing extensive research before and I'm worried I'm going to screw something up  :P

P.S. we will be going to the vets this weekend.  What shots do buns usually require?  The old owners aren't sure of previous vaccinations, either...
It's a full house!! 3 horses: Pixie, Tucker, and Bailey; 4 cats: Adam, Cassie, LuAnne, and Chester; 4 dogs: Friskie, Beau, Jemma, and Ruby; 3 rats: Pickle, Pepper, and Pretzel; 2 mice: Kirby and Lionel; 1 duck: Quackers; 1 hamster: Pancake

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Re: Please Help! Found Bunny
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2010, 12:56:07 AM »
Oh lucky you, and lucky bun for having found you :)

I know in Australia pet rabbits should get the calicivirus vaccine, but am unsure if they need it in other countries. 

As far as pellets go, Oxbow Bunny Basics/T for adult buns is best as it's Timothy based.  With diet, buns need about 90% Hay, 5% pellet + 5% vegetable.  Stay away from anything too watery, and contrary to popular belief carrots really aren't that good.  High in Vitamin A + Sugar, too many can lead to obesity + Liver Damage.  Introduce small amounts of veggies very slowly, adding too much too soon can disrupt their GI system.

As far as 'free roam' goes, she should still have access to her 'den' (cage, crate etc), that way she can access her hay, pellets, water as well as giving her a 'time out' area for when she needs a safe place to take a nap when she is free roaming.

I'd suggest checking out
http://www.rabbit.org/
http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/


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Re: Please Help! Found Bunny
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010, 06:30:13 AM »
^you're always just a fountain of knowledge, Lady Penrhyn!

Thanks for the info.  I think I'm going to set up the crate in my bedroom for the time being.  Its pretty cramped in here but I'm sure I can figure something out, haha.  Hopefully I'll be obtaining some more space in the next six months (roommate moving out) and then I'll be able to build a nice big NIC cage.
It's a full house!! 3 horses: Pixie, Tucker, and Bailey; 4 cats: Adam, Cassie, LuAnne, and Chester; 4 dogs: Friskie, Beau, Jemma, and Ruby; 3 rats: Pickle, Pepper, and Pretzel; 2 mice: Kirby and Lionel; 1 duck: Quackers; 1 hamster: Pancake