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What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« on: June 06, 2010, 07:23:36 PM »
When I was little, it was "ohhh! I desperately NEED that cute fuzzy bunny in the window!" (lol) but now in my teenage years I know...that they are not exactly "stuffed cuddy animals." From what I've heard, they can be aggressive, Loathe being held, and are very destructive without bun-proofing. With all these negatives, honestly, I need some positives about buns.  :)

PS -- If you've seen my other bun post, I realized we simply don't have the room for a bun in our house (my room is too small - well packed with my *wooden* (chewy!) furniture, and the dog and cat rule the rest of the house) so it's gotta wait till I move out to an animal friendly apartment with a bunny proof room. But for now, I am SOO curious!

I didn't mean to offend any bunaholics...I'm unexperienced! ;)

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010, 07:29:01 PM »
They are definitely not for everyone.   Need a large pen, fixed, usually better with a friend.   Aren't an animal you can leave for a few days to fend for themselves.   

Some will let you hold them and cuddle.   Some can send you to the er for stitches.   

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 11:54:45 PM »
Rabbits are the best pet that I have ever owned and I will never not have a rabbit....I always thought that with rats but rabbits are my  :heart: pet.

I will honestly tell you NOT to get a baby rabbit as your first bun....who on earth wants to deal with litter training those messy little things and go through the hormonal stage  :yelcutelaugh:? I've had 2 baby bunnies and will never do that again, unless I took on a rescue that was a baby. I'd go to a shelter and adopt a bonded pair or a single adult....they will already be speutered & litter trained  :thumbsup2:.

If its possible for you, then I really think you should look into volunteering with a rabbit rescue or shelter (that has rabbits) in your area. This way, you get to interact with a variety of bunnies and you will learn that some are "better" then others. I'd encourage you more towards a rabbit rescue since they will obviously be rabbit savvy, where as a lot of shelters don't know what the heck they are doing when it comes to bunnies.

I have 5 bunnies and not one of them likes to be held...most rabbits do not, its a rare thing for a rabbit to absolutely love to be held - buns are ground loving creatures and don't like to be "squeezed" by your arms. This doesn't mean bunnies aren't cuddly, though, as tons of bunnies will love for you to get down on the ground with them for some snuggle time. I have a bonded pair of bunnies who free ranges (no cage) their own bedroom and they love it when I come in there and just lay down on the floor...they will nudge me & hop all over me.

My newest bunny, who is technically just a foster but I will be adopting her because she has bonded with one of my single buns (yay for 2 bonded pairs!!), will melt to the ground (we call it "pancaking") for pets...she's such a love-hog and she's not even spayed yet (shes recovering from a URI). She spent 1 year of her 1.5 years being alive in a shelter....so I think she really appreciates the new life she's been given.


Overall...I think it really takes special people to really love bunnies, as they aren't what a lot of people think they are (eh...boring, mainly, LOL).

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2010, 08:07:40 AM »
Haha. In a few years when I move out, if time and money allows and I have offically decided to own a bun bun then I will get an apartment with a spare room for buns. Heehee.

Undergunfire- don't you own dogs as well? I've also kinda wanted a lab when I move out... would I just never let em in the bunny room?

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2010, 10:55:52 AM »
I have a Doxie/Min Pin mix who is awesome with the bunnies....my bun room door is always open and he can go in there whenever he wants - I trust him (and the 3 cats) enough to go in and out during the day while I am gone  :).

I'd just get a really tall sturdy pet gate installed on the doorway of the room where you plan to have your bunny. You can also do intros between dog and bunny. We always recommend people on the bun forum adopt a puppy and raise it around the bunny, however not everyone does that and it works out for them - my dog was 9 months old when we got him and he tries to chase the buns for a little while, but quickly learned he got punished when he did that!

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010, 09:01:33 PM »
I never had a desire to have a bunny. But, when the "albino cottontail" came into my hospital, and I opened the box, it was love at first sight.

My bunny is awesome; he's cuddly, gives kisses, lays on the couch with me under the covers.
That said: I basically cannot go away anymore because he is prone to GI stasis (just had an episode last weekend, and I almost missed a close family wedding), which means they get gas and stop eating. If you're not on top of it, they can die very quickly.

He also, although pretty good with the litter box, has some stray poops (most bunnies do). But he deliberately jumps on my couch when I am not in the room to pee on the couch. He knows he isn't allowed on it; it's always when I turn my back.

I have a huge exercise pen in my dining room - it is, actually, pretty much my dining room. I don't mind that, however. It is definitely a conversation piece.

They are not for everybody. And as others have said, they all have different personalities/temperaments.

I would strongly suggest going to a rescue; that way, you have a better idea of what kind of bunny is a good fit for you.
(All of the above said, I am insanely in love with my bunny, and  would take take the good with the not-so-good any day!)
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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2010, 12:09:04 AM »
I love my bunnies. I've had them for about 20 years now in my adult life. The first one I got as an adult Nibbles was vicious until she was spayed and then was a love bunny.

Another one I had was a don't touch me bunny.

They all have different personalities.

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2010, 11:29:50 AM »
I'm ok with the rabbit, but when he's gone, i don't have plans for others.  They're just so messy, destructive, and yeah all of them have their own personalities but I had one cranky girl and one sweet boy, who turned into a "don't touch me" boy when he and the girl bonded.  The boy bunny used to be very friendly, would actually jump into the couch to be with you, or on your lap while on a chair and such.  he loved cuddles and pets, but didn't like being held down or picked up at all (what rabbit does?).  we later rescued a female rabbit who was being kept poorly (29 gallon tank, no water, layers of feces, no hay, NEVER let out of the aquarium, etc) and when they were fixed they were put together after healing.  Both loved each other, but the female would LUNGE at me growling, trying to bite and attack.  Eventually she just hated me but didn't outright want me dead.  She did, however, follow my son around all the time wanting food from him (he fed her veggies from our fridge constantly).  Anyway, the two rabbits bonded, and suddenly the boy bunny wanted absolutely nothing to do with us anymore, whatsoever. 

The girl died recently... she was only 6 years old, mini rex, but at least she lived away from where she came from and had a chance to stretch her legs and eat fresh herbs and veggies and hay...  The boy bunny is still with us, and still standoffish after living with her for over 5 years. 

We'll see how he does by himself... he does seem more curious about us than he had been in the past.  I'm sure he misses a companion rabbit, but our son's been spending a LOT of time with him and always giving him food and pets. 

I've definitely learned I'm not a rabbit person from them.  I love rats, absolutely LOVE them to death, but the rabbits were my significant other's pets, and I wound up taking over for caring for them.  Our super-destructive pets are now the prairie dogs, lol....

Oh another thing, the boy rabbit was once litter trained, and then we trained the female rabbit.  HOWEVER our cat went in their litter box once or twice, and she downright refused to use it ever again.  The male picked up on that, and HE stopped using the litter box as well!!! 

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2010, 12:09:14 PM »
I've only had one rabbit ever, but it was a great experience. He was a dwarf lop. He would hippity hop around my house and when he was ready for cuddles would come and sit and my feet. I'd lift him up onto my lap and he'd go to sleep. He was really sweet and I loved having such a quiet, mellow pet.
Having said that, I have only had the one so he may be the exception rather than the rule. He also died in an accident while quite young (about 6-8 months old i think) so he may have become different with old age.

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 11:56:38 AM »
I love my rabbits. As I've quickly found, each rabbit has VERY indiviual personalities. Some rabbits, like my buck Mocho, adore people. If you walk over he'll stand up and sniff you and press his head against your hand for scratches. He's never once bitten, and the first time I ever held him, he cuddled right up under my chin and let me hold him on his back. He didn't even make any angry moves at the vet when he was poking around his testicles before neutering.

My girls, on the other hand, can be little spitfires. One of them shows affection by lightly placing her teeth on your hand and climbing around your shoulders, nuzzling up to and licking your cheek. The other shows affection by licking your hand and chasing it around. Once I was laying on the floor playing with them, and she snuck up behind me and nipped my leg. Startled me good, I could practically hear her laughing as she hopped into her corner.

Every rabbit is different, and they are, by far, my favorite pets. I wouldn't give my babies up for anything.
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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2011, 08:45:33 AM »
They have taught me that they are not for me.  :-\

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2011, 10:29:11 PM »
I know this is an oldish post, but its the top one in the bun forum...and I thought I'd share my experience with others.

As a child, we had a large rabbit, I do not remember the breed.  It was too large for commercial cages and needed a very large pen which we built in the basement.  It got ear mites that took forever to treat and multiple vet visits.  Snowball was neutered but he still liked to hump things/legs.  He was apparently uncommonly friendly though, and would sit in laps and be pet.  He was older when we got him so we only had him a few years, but we did enjoy his company.

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Re: What do you think of your bunnies? :/
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2011, 06:57:55 PM »
I had a bunny that i rescued from a BAD SITUATION, she was so skinny and missing fur. After a week of her being at the house she started gaining weight and fur. She was sweet at first but quickly decided she didnt like me. She absolutely loved my 2yo niece at the time, but she kept dashing out the front door so we fixed her a safe pen outside but sge kept tunneling out of it, but she wouldnt go far. So when we brought her inside again at night she would spend her time chewin on the corner of the front door.  We put wire under her pen but she escaped yet again, so my mom said leave her alone she will be fine. She was fine outside, nothing messed with her, our Savannah cats and Norwegian Forest cat protected her, she was allowed inside/outside when she wanted she followed our Chihuahua around and the Norwegian cat around constantly. When winter time came she refused to come inside so we fixed her an insulated bunny house, she used it occaisonally. She passed away an old rabbit. I said i wouldnt own another bunny but looking at bunny pics on here i decided to try an inside bunny one more time, now that i have my own place.