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abbymarysmokey
26-10-2007, 11:35 AM
Does anybody else find keeping rabbits stops them from doing other stuff or makes them feel isolated?

I'm not really bothered about holidays, but it sometimes gets to me when I can't stop over at somebody's house because the rabbits need me, or I'm supposed to go out straight from work, and I can't go because I need to check up on the rabbits first. :roll:

I'd love to own a dog, because at least you can take part in social activities with other dog owners, i.e. traning classes or walks in the countryside. :D

Amy

XMissySJx
26-10-2007, 11:38 AM
yeh sumtimes especially bcusid nt really no anyone who keeps rabbits

Phill
26-10-2007, 11:38 AM
I don't find it lonely but then again im a bit of a hermit! I like being on my own at home, im not that fussed about holidays or going out, and if i do go away then i know i have someone to look after the buns whilst im gone. if i were the sort of person who enjoyed being social then i suppose it ouwld get to me but im not so it doesn't

casu consulto
26-10-2007, 11:42 AM
Rather hermity here, too. :oops: I tend to favour the company of my rabbits over that of most people I know... Rabbit company I can enjoy for quite a while, but my tolerance for people company tends to fade after a good few hours...

On the other hand, I sometimes feel a little weary when I am unable to settle to anything because I feel 'guilty' that I have not put the rabbits outside yet. This usually happens when the skies are dull and threatening rain, and I'm trying to type up university notes... and so don't want the hassle of them being out for less than an hour, only to be interupted in my note typing by bringing them in again... but until they're out, I don't concentrate anyway. They've sneakily taken over my life. :shock:

LionheadLuver
26-10-2007, 11:43 AM
I don't feel lonely cos I don't socialise much anyway, but if I was social, I would miss it loads. I do miss out on school trips and that, although, I have got one coming up this year, which I have to go to cos it's part of the course, but I don't know what is going to happen to the rabbits. I think I'll have to start training my family now. :lol:

susiemae
26-10-2007, 11:50 AM
I find the hardest thing is the people who look at me like Im mad because I love my rabbits so much. I dont understand why people find it so hard to beleive that my rabbits (oh and dont forget the piggies) are priority for me. If it was a dog or a cat, people accept that but when I say Im upset cos my rabbit is ill or Im worried about my rabbit etc I get the feeling people think Im nuts.

When our rabbits went to be neutered and I was worried about them, one women at work said to me "oh if they die, you can just get another one"!! I was flabbergasted. People wouldnt say that to someone if their dog was being operated on. Why are rabbits seen as soon easily replaceable?:(

Squishybunny
26-10-2007, 11:51 AM
No not really.

I build the rabbits into my life, like I do cleaning the house and going to dance classes. I just make an effort to spend quality time with them and organise my life appropriatley.

I'm trying to work out a way of smuggling the buns away with me.

Has anyone been thrown out of a hotel for having their buns with them??????

XMissySJx
26-10-2007, 11:53 AM
i know. i got into an argument with my lectuer @ college bcus peanut was bad after his neuter he bit himself open and had 2 wear a coller, but he puled the collar round his face and nearly choked to death...so i stayed home fromc ollege to keep an eye on him.

my tutor hates most animals but was furious @ me. said it wasnt a good enough reasone etc etc

he shut up when i told him how, in 3 years i have only ever been off cus i ws sick. And many ppl have had time off 4 holidays, gigs, cus they cudnt be arsed etc etc etc

he soon shut up

nina81
26-10-2007, 11:54 AM
i know what you're sayin, we have a static caravan around 40 mins away and i spent nowhere near as much time there this year which is not so good but when i have gone i have friends that will look after winnie for one or two nights.....my gran(owner of caravan) has said she may buy a shed for winnie so she can come too coz she missed me this year lol, only coz i do all the cleaning and gardening no doubt lol :lol:

Jocelyn
26-10-2007, 11:56 AM
Yeah, but I don't like people all that much so it's not an issue :)

Wizbit
26-10-2007, 12:01 PM
Nope doesn't bother me either, I'm another unsociable person I'm afraid. Never happier than when I am at home with my buns and my hubby... it's nice to know there are others like me!!! Most people look at me like I'm a weirdo cos I don't have holidays or go out much!!

Willow_Warren
26-10-2007, 12:02 PM
I wouldn't say I find it lonely... but I have had problems in the past when work have "expected" me to so somewhere that involved an overnight stop at just one of two days notice... that can cetainly be a problem!

At the moment it doens't matter as I live at home with my parents so I know I can always leave the rabbits in their care!

louise and Gus
26-10-2007, 12:17 PM
Not at all...If I go on holiday the buns go and stay with my or OH's parents so no problems there, if they are ill I will choose not to go out, but it's a choice I make. I often have to work away :evil: but I trust Dave to look after them, they certainly don't stop me going out for the day or evening :?

Bex, Dave and Robbie
26-10-2007, 12:25 PM
Not really. Obviously spur of the moment weekends away are out..but then other half works Saturdays so no real difference. We can no0rmally sort things if one of us is away with work. And as our buns have secure runs attached to their hutches days or nights out are easy. If we go away for a period of time parents and parents in law have them (can mean we need two cars to get them there but that's a minor issue and only cos they live a couple of hours away or buy bigger cars!)

But no..and often have friends round. Even fireworks night doesn't have to cause a problem..bring them in and leave lights on!

Fran
26-10-2007, 12:25 PM
Not really. I don't like people all that much and I can't trust anyone anymore so I don't really feel that I miss out. They don't stop me going out or anything though, I know my parents will always look after them for me if I need them to and I've trained them so they know what to do if anything goes wrong :lol:

sarahmarshadlam
26-10-2007, 12:46 PM
Yeah, holidays are annoying and no one else understands, they just think I'm being a mad rabbit woman!:lol:

Vikki*and*the*buns
26-10-2007, 12:53 PM
Lonely? are you kidding me, How can anyone be lonely with two rabbits around:lol: Plus I'm always on this forum (anyone else think I need to get out more:lol: ).

catswhiskas
26-10-2007, 01:30 PM
I don't find it lonely I do however hate the fact that people don't understand when you need to be with them. They think its mad if it is a dog or cat but a rabbit?! :shock: :shock: They make you feel like you have 3 heads

donnamt
26-10-2007, 01:36 PM
i dont think im missing anything...... ive gained a whole lot of pleasure :)..

just wish i could give up work to spend the time at home with Alvin during the day too :lol: :lol:

WalnutEarth626
26-10-2007, 01:37 PM
I'd love to own a dog, because at least you can take part in social activities with other dog owners, i.e. traning classes or walks in the countryside. :D

Amy

This is where rabbit shows are great, the social side of the shows is a huge positive, i've made friends all over the country and regulary go to visit them and stay with them. :D So no i don't find them isolating at all, almost every weekend there will be a show somewhere, just depends how far I want to travel!

FriskyClover
26-10-2007, 03:45 PM
I find the hardest thing is the people who look at me like Im mad because I love my rabbits so much. I dont understand why people find it so hard to beleive that my rabbits (oh and dont forget the piggies) are priority for me. If it was a dog or a cat, people accept that but when I say Im upset cos my rabbit is ill or Im worried about my rabbit etc I get the feeling people think Im nuts.

When our rabbits went to be neutered and I was worried about them, one women at work said to me "oh if they die, you can just get another one"!! I was flabbergasted. People wouldnt say that to someone if their dog was being operated on. Why are rabbits seen as soon easily replaceable?:(

I agree. I don't find keeping bunnies lonely (not with you lot around and I have a couple of bunny mad friends nearby too) but most people don't understand what amazing little creatures they are. However, I think their lives must be lonely because they don't have a rabbit nudging their ankle for attention every morning (while the other tries to mug me for oat hay :lol: ).

Crystal butterfly
26-10-2007, 03:51 PM
i dont find keeping rabbits has destroyed my social life but it has made me extra piccy with lads because its hard to find a lad who will actually accept that i have rabbits as pets and that i always will.

KarinB
26-10-2007, 03:56 PM
Does anybody else find keeping rabbits stops them from doing other stuff or makes them feel isolated?

I'm not really bothered about holidays, but it sometimes gets to me when I can't stop over at somebody's house because the rabbits need me, or I'm supposed to go out straight from work, and I can't go because I need to check up on the rabbits first. :roll:

I'd love to own a dog, because at least you can take part in social activities with other dog owners, i.e. traning classes or walks in the countryside. :D

Amy

Why can't you have holidays or go out after work?

We have just been away for our third time this year and I have my Dad come over and look after them - they don't get as much attention or time out as they would if I was here but it's only for a little while and things soon get back to normal. I'm sure as long as they have food and water they will be fine to leave - surely you can't put your life on hold because of your rabbits.

abbymarysmokey
26-10-2007, 04:06 PM
Why can't you have holidays or go out after work?

We have just been away for our third time this year and I have my Dad come over and look after them - they don't get as much attention or time out as they would if I was here but it's only for a little while and things soon get back to normal. I'm sure as long as they have food and water they will be fine to leave - surely you can't put your life on hold because of your rabbits.


I do go out after work, but I find it difficult go anywhere straight from work because the rabbits have their routine, and will be expecting food. At the weekend I spend hours cleaning and disinfecting everything, or collecting supplies. Don't get me wrong...I'm not a hermit or something :lol:

Holidays are out because it's just too expensive to board 8 rabbits regularly, and my car isn't big enough to transport hutches/cages etc to my parents house. Unfortunately friends and family often don't prove themselves to be very reliable, which can cause problems.

If your Dad couldn't look after yours, what would you do? Would you be able to go away as often?

Amy

Sooz
26-10-2007, 04:33 PM
Work are very understanding....if a rabbit is sick and its at all possible then it comes with me :D

Holidays, well, me and Phil cannot go away together anymore....we take it in turns :oops: to pet sit.

I dont go out an awful lot but if I want to then unless one of the rabbits was ill it wouldnt be an issue either.

Whats most isolating is not being able to talk to anyone who really understands....hence why I spend so much time on here

luvabun
26-10-2007, 04:38 PM
Not at all, in fact I have two lots of friends now - rabbit friends and non- rabbit friends :D .

I love mine to bits and am totally committed but I have to have a life as well.

abbymarysmokey
26-10-2007, 04:52 PM
How do you manage to go out after work tho'?

I usually get home from work about 6pm and have finished seeing to the rabbits by 7 or 7.30pm, which is fine if we're meeting at 8pm or something, but excludes me from earlier stuff. :(

It can't only be me and Sooz who've had to make sacrifices surely?

Amy

sillyrabbit
26-10-2007, 04:54 PM
Yep its lonely but I dont mind because they are so special, and I would rather go straight home to check they are ok than go straight out from work anyway :oops: :lol: I love my babies! x

Lea-Anne
26-10-2007, 04:55 PM
To being lonely - absolutely not! My close friends all understand how I feel about my pets and in a way I've gained more friends from my love for them ! I joined Tracy's vale royal hopper group (part of the RWA) became great mates with her and then the other members and the group is still growing. We meet regularly for meals out or just go round to each others houses for chats. I met Hilda (Capel ) that way and then got set up with her son who I am now in a relationship with! :lol:

I owned rabbits all through Uni and that was probably the hardest time:? . I would literally go to uni, work a 9-6 job on my days off and do coursework in the evenings and have to try and care for the buns too. I didn't have as many then but I remember one time having to clean them out at 7 in the morning before uni as I just had no time left whatsoever! :lol:

As for holidays I am lucky as I have a superb dad who adores my pets, especially the rabbits and doesn't mind looking after them. In fact I think he looks forward to the "excuse" of having to spend more time with them! :lol: But if this wasn't possible I am sure I have some superb bunny mad friends who would gladly help me out for a couple of weeks (ahum Hilda? :shock: :lol: ) .

I know what you mean about not being able to go straight out. But then I work in a cattery, have old clothes and overalls on so always have to go home to change into something nicer anyway. However if I stay over anywhere I have to make sure I am back in the morning to feed the buns. This weekend I am working both days and seeing my boyf later and going out with a friend Sat night (for the first time in ages) so going to be a really busy weekend for me so I had to clean out the animals last night instead of tonight.

I think its compromise. You must make time for you animals but You have to have a life too! :lol:

Becki xX
26-10-2007, 04:55 PM
I don't so much now, but when I had Tilly-May I guess it could be, she wanted to be with me 24/7 & pined when I went out even for a couple of hours (:oops:) but that was more restricting than lonely I think. I dont really now, my current girls have fitted into my life rather than being my life. The only problem I find is that I cant stay out overnight unless I dont go til later on & get back early morning, because I dont have anybody to look after the rabbits. My Mum & sister are here, but neither are confident with Jen, vice versa-Jen doesnt cope with new people when Im not there, and even Rhia can be a b.u.gger when Im not around :roll: All in all, I just about manage having a life & having my girlies :D

Lea-Anne
26-10-2007, 04:57 PM
I usually get home from work about 6pm and have finished seeing to the rabbits by 7 or 7.30pm, which is fine if we're meeting at 8pm or something, but excludes me from earlier stuff.

I'm lucky as I work 8am to 3.30-4pm depending on how busy we are so that does leave me time to get home (15 mins away) , see to the rabbits (an hour or more) and then have tea and shower and then go out but yea I struggle to get out for 8pm! :lol:

I have turned down nights out when my pets needed me, thats only right. One time Monty had FRS and even though I knew he'd come out of it ok I just didn't want to leave him :cry: :oops:

Weirdly the night Monty showed myxi signs I was suppose to go out but couldn't. I am so relieved I never did! :D

p_prod_uk
26-10-2007, 05:19 PM
i dont think it's lonely! if i go away for one night i leave them at mine and if i'm not back ubntil later the next day my neighbour feeds them etc. If i'm away for more than 2 nights i board them at Bunny Burrows which is an hour from - it's a fantastic place and well worth the extra mileage.

None of my friends bar one at work 'gets' rabbits but i don't mind. i have RU to come to if i need advice or want to show pics etc and get them admired!

:D

cashmincal
26-10-2007, 08:27 PM
:wave: Not really as I show rabbits so I speak face to face with rabbit folk

Theresaclaire
26-10-2007, 09:24 PM
it is lonely I think because we love our rabbits sooo much and if there's not many other bunny mad people around, then when you talk about them they look at you like ou've lost the plot, but then you can come on here, or other places where there's like-minded people and chat about the animasl we all love sooo much without inhabition.

I've got 20 rabbits, and some piggies too and they consume most of my time, but I'm never without a smile. there's something bout keeping rabbits which is so fulfilling it more than compensates for the lack of social life. My fella's equally as hooked.

it is wearing sometimes to come home from a full day's work and then spend 4-5 hours each night putting them away, cleaning, feeding etc. but i never regret a minute of it and wouldnt be without a single one of them.

it's harder when they need the vet, or you absolutely have to do other stuff. my fella was in hospital and lives about 30 miles away so i was driving there, seeing him and trying to do what I could then coming home and sorting out the rabbits. apart from doing over 300 miles in a week, it killed me having to do the extra hours in petcare, but at the same time, it helped because it gave me some time to think about something other than worrying about my guy in hospital!

Therew was an article in "rabbitting on" this issue about what we get from keeping rabbits - people always think that it's about what we do for our pets, but it was writen by a pyschologist who had a hecic lifestyle but was forced to slow down to nothing because of an injury, and how her rabbit helped her through, and made me really think about the pleasure I do get from all my buns - well worth a read if you can get a copy...