Well, that was quick. I know, I know, just a few days ago discussing a rescue rabbit and yet here we are with a bunny.

She’s not a “rescue” bunny, as such. But we have rescued her in as such that her future was uncertain, as she was being offered ‘free to good home’ on preloved. Free to good home rabbits are often taken in and resold and that kind of upheaval is not good for them (some are also taken in as snake food apparently..!)

rosie rabbit

Blurry pic because she won’t keep still!

That was how we justified her anyway ;)

She’s been looked after in that she’s had plenty of hay and a decent quality food, but the cage she spent most of her time in is woefully small. Off the top of my head, the minimum guidelines for rabbit hutches are 6ft x 2ft x 2ft (which is much bigger than most commercial rabbit hutches – but that’s a rant for another day) and she’s in a beginner rat cage: don’t think you need the measurements to see the problem there.

There is a slightly bigger problem too: she’s an indoors rabbit. So now we have to figure out how quickly we can adjust her to outdoors, or even if it’s possible this late in the year. She’s got her health check with the vet on Tuesday next week so we can ask then if I can’t find an answer on t’interwebs. Bit odd having a rabbit on the sofa in the mean time…

Comments

  1. Claire says

    Cute house-bunny! Hector was a preloved pup – last one left of an oops litter – no one wanted him and I think he was on his way to Battersea… I can’t imagine someone not wanting baby Hector… :(

  2. Mumblies says

    Hi there Rosie, hope you settle in to your new home soon and eventually be good friends at the “Jem & Karl Zoo with Mr Flymo and the guinea piggies :)

  3. says

    YAY bunny!

    Nigel, our recently departed bunny :( , was a house bunny, exceptionally well trained but we decided we’d try and have him be an outdoors bunny during the day but bring him in at night. (He liked to run around your feet or stretch out at watch the TV in the evening)

    We started by leaving his cage by the french windows to get him used to the temperature, then we would leave the doors open for increasing lengths of time, then we put him in a run for increasing lengths of time.

    All was well until the manfriends parents came back from the shops to find him in his run not moving. :(

    Moral of the story, I’d wean her off the indooors MUCH slower than we did, say over a year, ready to go outside at the beginning of summer as opposed to a few months. We’re not sure what happened, he was about two and a half, but better to be safe than sorry!

    • says

      From what I have been reading it’s the opposite that might be true – that you can go from indoors to outdoors quite quickly but you mustn’t bring them back indoors because the increased temperature indoors can upset them – they’re not equipped to deal with big temperature changes. I’m not saying that’s what happened to your bunny though, you’d have likely noticed an upset bunny before sudden death!!!

      We’re poo-watching at the minute, as that’s the best indicator of rabbit health, so I need to know what’s “normal” for Rosie. Very exciting ;)

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