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CarmenCole
25-01-2009, 11:01 AM
Ok, so we've all heard some stupid comments made about our own rabbits, and ones we've taken from people to save their lives...

I'm starting to wonder if the majority of so-called good rabbit owners have a phrase book of things to say to excuse their bad behaviour.

This week, I have heard...

- Oh, I had 3 rabbits and 5 gps, they all died in a month, I heard there was a virus going round. Was there a virus going round about a year ago that killed rabbits and gps? (girl on checkout at Tesco when I bought tubes,toys etc)

- I didn't know rabbits had to be vaccinated! (next door, re: Leo bun)

- Oooh! No, I cant do claw clipping, I'd rather leave it! (re Leo bun's 3cm long claws)

- I've kept rabbits, they really stink, I wouldn't recommend having them in the house! (my mother-in-law!)

- It's a swine, I hate it and wish it would just die (neighbour about Leo bun)

- oh yeah, he loves his straw. Hay? No, he never has that, straw is cheaper. (Leo bun)

- he prefers the cheap food from the corner shop, you wont get him eating that pellet stuff (Leo bun)

Is it me, or are humans getting worse by the day? :evil::evil::evil::evil:

MopsyMops =]
25-01-2009, 11:14 AM
A person said to my dad that they should be kept in shade 24/7 and not go out in a run unless it was in the shade - wtf? I was like yeah thats not happening as Mops always used to go in the run - i see where she may have come from with the shade thing but not 24/7 :shock: i think she got overboard with the sun strike thing.

bunlover
25-01-2009, 11:17 AM
unfortuantly its agai na lot of uneducation and what we need is more media coverage like tehre was about dogs so people learn... i wish there was a "rabbit rescue" programme.. .like pet rescue... but one that solely tought people all the needs of rabbits! its very frustrating. x

keepingmesane
25-01-2009, 11:23 AM
i had it the other day when picking my son up from school
i was asked how i stopped my two rabbits from breeding.. she was very shocked when i told her that rabbits could be neutured.
the problem is definately a lack of education, the majority are still very much stuck in the past with care of rabbits :(

Santa
25-01-2009, 11:23 AM
"I don't give hay because of myxi...my bunny is now 8 years old and has never been vaccinated and has never had a dental problem so it must be ok"

Mazda
25-01-2009, 11:23 AM
If your rabbit stops eating... its just not hungry! My MUM!!! :evil:

cotton tail
25-01-2009, 11:29 AM
Why dont you all think about making a magazine or come up with a website that is interactive so people can be educated more on rabbits and we could all put flyers out at schools to educate children about rabbits with website address on?

sillyrabbit
25-01-2009, 11:31 AM
Someone I know won't neuter her lad because she thinks its cruel, she said to me how could I take that away from my buns :shock: They should be able to breed apparently thats what they are supposed to do :roll: And all she does is complain the bunny won't use his tray and gets annoyed when she goes into his room! He is brought to the vets for vacs and check ups but she insists not vet has recommended neutering to her :? Luckily she has no intention of getting any girls so at least her attitude won't result in babies

Sky-O
25-01-2009, 11:36 AM
We have 7 buns inside (although today that's 13 :shock:) but a guy from my dad's work found out how many we had and asked my dad how we cope with the smell. :roll: Of course dad politely told him that they are cleaned out regularly and so there is no smell at all. I had a lady come to my house that I was training up for doing rabbit home visits and she was surprised by the lack of smell of them too.

Bunny Buddy
25-01-2009, 11:48 AM
I was told recently by someone who has kept rabbits for years..

"I'm reluctant to have him vaccinated for myxi as the jab hurts, you can see them wince." The rabbit in question free ranges and has recently been fighting with a wild rabbit :shock::shock:

ZakuraRabbit
25-01-2009, 12:29 PM
One of my neighbor thought it was cozy to have their rabbit running loose in the garden.... I wouldn't mind...if he didn't come into MY garden too:roll: and left droppings in front of my shed which was stinking.... and I was scared of taking my own rabbits out in fear of them coming into a fight with him or Aroma getting pregnant. I took over that rabbit though so now he's safely locked up in one of my runs...relatively safe at least, there's no roof on the run, but he doesn't jump out and well...he's been running loose for months and not gotten eaten.

I hate it when people lift rabbits by their ears or scruff of their neck because their mother does it....anyone who's had baby buns should notice that mother rabbits NEVER carry their kits, unless she intends to kill them. Lifting by the scruff can cause them to get internal bleeding under the skin.

Rabbits are rodents...they're not. Just not.

Rodent mixes, worst food on the market for any species ever.
Rats, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits have COMPLETELY DIFFERENT dietary needs, heck the first two are omnivores, the latter herbivores (who also eat grass rather than seeds which are common in the mixes) how are those supposed to get a proper diet eating the same thing??
Most animals I've seen eating them end up looking obese and constant diarrhea is common.

Someone at a farm where they took in animals when their owners went on vacation told me she kept the rabbits on wire bottom because otherwise they ended up getting poop stuck to their tails...unless you feed above mentioned rodent mix or other bad food types their poop is supposed to be completely dry and doesn't get stuck.

EDIT:
One more thing I heard from these so called experts was when I considered getting Zakura neutered because of her bad temper.... and someone suggested I'd breed her instead. :shock:
Does anyone stop to think that the babies might end up just the same??? Then what? Breed them too? Congratulations! You have 30 aggressive rabbits! Lets breed them too so they'll calm down! GREAT PLAN PEOPLE :p

Crystal butterfly
25-01-2009, 12:35 PM
at college from my teachers... there supposed to know about these things!

'no their not dwarf lops, dwarf lops are the size of Nethies' (when i took Crystals babies in to be sexed which they got wrong :roll:)

'you always restrain a rabbit by the scruff of the neck' (they made us all do this to a rex bun :( then i found a safer, easier way to restrain a rabbit)

ive also heard silly things like

'let your doe have babies and she wont get cancer'

'when your doe nests she wants babies so let her have some'

'a does homones should calm down after she has a litter of babies'

'brother and sisters cant breed so are fine living together'

'if a rabbit has dental problems its kinder to pts'

'a head tilt means they have brain damage'

i was also told be someone that 'rabbits are vicious creatures'

*Spider*
25-01-2009, 12:37 PM
"Hetty, i really think that their house is FAR too big for them, let's get them a little hutch instead." My Mother :roll:

areia
25-01-2009, 12:49 PM
i give my rabbit guniea pig food because it is all he will eat he doesnt like the rabbit food i give him :roll:

nieghbour when we had guinea pigs we had a rat problem

other neighbour once said i have mice in my garden because of your rabbit ummm she feed birds from the ground

TermiteFrank
25-01-2009, 01:00 PM
I think a lot of the stuff said about rabbits is the same as people said about cats and dogs 30 years ago. We just have to keep plugging away and raising the bar for the ignorami out there.

I'm desperately trying to persuade my mum to tell her friend that Frank's brother (they said they'd had him neutered) needs a lady rabbit from rescue to keep him company and not be running loose in the garden all day with a guinea pig, who also needs a friend of his/her own kind. Thankfully she at least separates them at night when they go in their hutches. I live in hope, but she's a know it all and of course is a rabbit and guinea pig expert as she's kept them like that for years.

On the positive side, I was chatting to a lovely Polish girl who was buying a bag of Excel at the same time as me. She'd been feeding him on the muesli type stuff but he won't eat half of it so she's seen the light and at least cares enough to change him over. There is hope!

CarmenCole
25-01-2009, 01:03 PM
Crazy isn't it! I'm glad I'm not the only one that has to hear this drivel day in day out. :roll:

Here's more you guys reminded me of...

- Giants are the ones that live longest mine lived to 17, but nethies only live to about 6-7 years, none of mine lived past 8. (no flippin wonder - my great nxt door neighbour again)

- Oh, we dont sell toys for rabbits, they dont need them (pet shop)

- that'll last you over 6 months (when I bought a farm bale of hay for the 6 rabbits I had at the time.)

Website idea is a good one. Have to think on that...

ZakuraRabbit
25-01-2009, 01:08 PM
In Norway pet books and even the government info slips claim rabbits need a friend...okay that sounds nice enough. But it states the best is to have a same-sex couple from the same litter...which appears to be failing more than it works especially for males:? If neutering comes up it only mentions the boys.

marie_kubiak
25-01-2009, 01:59 PM
On recommending that a male and female from the same litter were separated and neutered asap to prevent breeding (they were nearly 5m old):
"No, they are brother and sister, they wouldn't do that..."

Crystal butterfly
25-01-2009, 02:03 PM
i forgot a few things that have been mentioned to me in the vets while in the waiting room.

2 little girls were staring into the carrier to Rolo and Polo the 2 baby rescues from last year and said 'we have a rabbit but its not allowed out because it digs up the garden because its naughty' i politely replied most rabbits do dig because its a natural instinct.

a middle aged woman from jus a few weeks ago started asking me questions about my rabbits and said 'i had a house rabbit but he couldnt be picked up because he used to scratch and bite so we rehomed him as he obviously wasnt happy with us' i replied saying that neutering helps most bad behaviour in rabbits and explained how much Crystal calmed down after she was speyed.

when i went to the garden centre a few months ago for some supplies a woman was talking to one of the employees about her rabbit ripping up her carpet the employee said that teh rabbit was probably just bored and told the woman to buy a couple of toys and it should sort it out. needless to say the woman left with a tunnel and a wooden chew toy i just kept my mouth shut :roll:

i know one of the vet nurses at my vets and she was telling me about her neighbours rabbit how their never let out and the hutch is to small for them and when she talked to them about their welfare i.e needing a bigger hutch, needing exercise for health reasons and that they should be vaccinated they replied i wouldnt worry they'll be fine :roll:

Fifibutton
25-01-2009, 02:15 PM
People can be such A-holes :evil::evil:

In the waiting room at the vet's last December, I had 4 buns in two carriers (a pair to each carrier). This old duffer with his dog came up to have a look and said oh you've got two rabbits (one always hides behind the other in a carrier). I replied that there were in fact four and he exclaimed "4 rabbits, what do you want 4 rabbits for?" I said I liked to rescue rabbits as I saw them as a misunderstood and often neglected species and that it was best to keep them in pairs so they wouldn't get lonely. And do you know what this old barstad said? If there are so many rabbits needing a home, why don't they just kill them for meat? :evil::evil::censored::censored: I nearly exploded. The vet heard it too and asked him to leave :lol:

Dog Star
25-01-2009, 02:17 PM
- Oh, I had 3 rabbits and 5 gps, they all died in a month, I heard there was a virus going round. Was there a virus going round about a year ago that killed rabbits and gps? (girl on checkout at Tesco when I bought tubes,toys etc) what? for real???

- I didn't know rabbits had to be vaccinated! (next door, re: Leo bun)
er, what??

- Oooh! No, I cant do claw clipping, I'd rather leave it! (re Leo bun's 3cm long claws) I can't clip bunnie claws either but I would take them to the vet then or ask my sister to do it!!!

- I've kept rabbits, they really stink, I wouldn't recommend having them in the house! (my mother-in-law!) rabbits only stink if they are ill or neglected - I have had so many bunnies over the years and they are cleaner than cats, dogs, ferrets, horses, you name it and i should know, I've worked with them all!

- It's a swine, I hate it and wish it would just die (neighbour about Leo bun) ??? er, let's have this person stuffed into a tiny little hutch and leave them at the bottom of the garden!

- oh yeah, he loves his straw. Hay? No, he never has that, straw is cheaper. (Leo bun) well then, when the poor baby dies of a malocclusion the idiot will probably say 'oh was there a virus going round?'

- he prefers the cheap food from the corner shop, you wont get him eating that pellet stuff (Leo bun) bunnies will selective feed often if given mix. But I have never yet met a bun who hasn'tloved pellets.

:censored::censored::censored::censored::censored: :censored::censored:

People should be made to take exams to earn lisences before keeping pets.

P.S. fifibutton that is so sick!!!!! lucky i wasnt there or the ***** would be dog**** by now because I would have chucked him in with a pack of starving dogs!

drpengie
25-01-2009, 02:36 PM
what rally bugs me is when you say you have rabbits, and people ask you if you breed them! I get it all the time. If i told people I had cats would they ask me the same thing? No i doubt it. It does my head in!

caerleon
25-01-2009, 02:47 PM
i always get the reply (whenever i say ive got buns) 'i like like rabbit stew' just tell em i wish i had a for everytime i heard that:lol:. since joining this forum ive been really shocked how many buns are negleted and abandoned its awful, what kind of people are we living amongst? they should have the same done to them, there the scum of the earth:evil:

Santa
25-01-2009, 03:03 PM
My favourite reply these days to people who say 'yeah well I've done it like that since I was a kid and my rabbits have always lived long lives' is 'my nan smoked until she died aged 94 but that doesn't mean it's a good idea does it' :lol:

Diddeen
25-01-2009, 04:19 PM
I've had a few too...
When people ask me about my rabbits and i say i have 2 girls and 1 boy they always say omg you are going to end up with alot of babies if you aren't careful! They are always shocked when i tell them they have all been spayed/neutered and live together. :roll:

When one of my rabbits was unwell once and had diarrhoea i told my friend who was a new vet nurse and she told me i must be feeding her too much hay cos that causes diarrhoea in rabbits :shock: Obviously i told her this was not correct!!!!:roll:

A lady at work who always knows best :roll: told me about her daughter's rabbit and guinea pig who lived together, i told her it wasnt a good idea etc but she said they loved each other and that was fine blah blah.. then told me the female rabbit attacked them everytime they put the food in.. wouldnt listen about getting her spayed though, its just a grumpy rabbit :roll:

SmokyJoe78
25-01-2009, 04:30 PM
People can be such A-holes :evil::evil:

In the waiting room at the vet's last December, I had 4 buns in two carriers (a pair to each carrier). This old duffer with his dog came up to have a look and said oh you've got two rabbits (one always hides behind the other in a carrier). I replied that there were in fact four and he exclaimed "4 rabbits, what do you want 4 rabbits for?" I said I liked to rescue rabbits as I saw them as a misunderstood and often neglected species and that it was best to keep them in pairs so they wouldn't get lonely. And do you know what this old barstad said? If there are so many rabbits needing a home, why don't they just kill them for meat? :evil::evil::censored::censored: I nearly exploded. The vet heard it too and asked him to leave :lol:

Fifi - I had a similar experience at the vets - this "loved himself" guy, with two massive huskie type dogs came out of the vet's consulting room (we were in the waiting room) and one of his dogs veered towards our buns in the carry cases - the guy just laughed and said "yum, dinner time" - meaning for his dog :shock:

ZakuraRabbit
25-01-2009, 04:37 PM
I've had a few too...
When people ask me about my rabbits and i say i have 2 girls and 1 boy they always say omg you are going to end up with alot of babies if you aren't careful! They are always shocked when i tell them they have all been spayed/neutered and live together. :roll:


I heard an opposite version of this once. At school we had some kids visiting the animal-room and one of the kids said his family had a male and a female rabbit. My friend asked if they didn't get any babies and the kid said "no, because they chopped the male's penis of" :lol: Clever kid.

I've gotten a few questions on whether the rabbits breed a lot too...mine are not neutered (except Zakura) and I've never had an accidental litter, its just a question of keeping them secured.

caerleon
25-01-2009, 04:40 PM
Fifi - I had a similar experience at the vets - this "loved himself" guy, with two massive huskie type dogs came out of the vet's consulting room (we were in the waiting room) and one of his dogs veered towards our buns in the carry cases - the guy just laughed and said "yum, dinner time" - meaning for his dog :shock:

ive had that too :censored:! i just say my bun wud eat yr dog shes nasty!shud see there face:lol:

SmokyJoe78
25-01-2009, 04:43 PM
ive had that too :censored:! i just say my bun wud eat yr dog shes nasty!shud see there face:lol:
I'll remember that for next time! :lol:

Jazzy B Bunny
25-01-2009, 05:01 PM
i always get the reply (whenever i say ive got buns) 'i like like rabbit stew' just tell em i wish i had a for everytime i heard that:lol:. since joining this forum ive been really shocked how many buns are negleted and abandoned its awful, what kind of people are we living amongst? they should have the same done to them, there the scum of the earth:evil:

I get that a lot too oh and when people find out how much I spend on vets bills there like 'but you can buy 20 new ones for that' :?:(

caerleon
25-01-2009, 05:04 PM
I get that a lot too oh and when people find out how much I spend on vets bills there like 'but you can buy 20 new ones for that' :?:(

thats horrible fancy saying that:roll: some people have no feelings

lottielouise
25-01-2009, 05:04 PM
My aunty asked me at christmas how I cope with all the flies. I was completely confused, she said, well when we had rabbits they attracted flies. I promply explained that unlike her, I actually clean my rabbits out, and that being litter trained its really easy.

My other Aunty just laughed.

I do think that getting to children young enough is the best way to change thoughts.

Woman in the pet shop at the weekend explained to me that people prefer small hutches! What about the rabbit, what does he prefer!!

lottielouise
25-01-2009, 05:05 PM
I get that a lot too oh and when people find out how much I spend on vets bills there like 'but you can buy 20 new ones for that' :?:(

I had that when we were thying to save Princess

winnies angel
25-01-2009, 05:09 PM
Why dont you all think about making a magazine or come up with a website that is interactive so people can be educated more on rabbits and we could all put flyers out at schools to educate children about rabbits with website address on?

Yeah thats what we did do www.hoppybunnyrabbit.com I thought making it colurful and from my rabbits point of view will make people/kids understand and want to read more.
Although how do you educate a vet "dont worry your rabbit will be sick to get rid of anything bad if he was really poorly":shock:

winnies angel
25-01-2009, 05:14 PM
I get that a lot too oh and when people find out how much I spend on vets bills there like 'but you can buy 20 new ones for that' :?:(

Yeah when my bun had accident and I was upset they said "its just a rabbit" i'l buy you a new one!:shock:
Wasn't impressed when I replied well when your kid has an accident just leave it you can always make a new one their equally not as important are they? He was quite took a back ha ha but we get on great now and he sticks up for my buns even bought Book Not just a Rabbit and loved it!

steph182
25-01-2009, 05:30 PM
Heard all the "rabbit stew", ect... When I got mine my friend was like "Why do you want a rabbit? They're aggressive, mine was horrible"
Quite clearly wasn't spayed. Or handled much. Oh and it lived with guinea pigs.

lottielouise
25-01-2009, 05:40 PM
Oh thats another one,

I had been looking for a friend for Sophie, and my OH mum, butted in and said I have to agree, you already have THREE rabbits, they can all live together !! erm NO, well she can live by herself out side she can see the other rabbits thats company enough, erm NO (Oh god imagine a rabbit without snuggles, whats worse than that, Seeing two other rabbits snuggling!!) Well get her a guinea pig to live with!!! LOL Sometimes you know!!

ZakuraRabbit
25-01-2009, 05:47 PM
I get that a lot too oh and when people find out how much I spend on vets bills there like 'but you can buy 20 new ones for that' :?:(

Better not tell anyone what I paid for Zakura then.
She was "free" when I got her...bet I spent more money on her than any of my other rabbits...and she hasn't even been sick once.

FudgeMallow
25-01-2009, 06:08 PM
I was talking to a lady today who has 2 buns (one of my buns half-brothers) we got talking and i mentioned the hay experts website as she was looking for willow balls and i said they have all kinds of hays for the buns to try and she said "mine are indoor buns so dont get hay as its too messy" :shock::shock::shock:

I told her that a rabbits diet is ment to be 90% hay but she said they will be fine :?

Whenever i mention to anyone bout vet bills all i hear is "But its just a Rabbit.....!" :evil::evil: Its not JUST A RABBIT they are my friends and family members :D

When i had Fudge at the vets once i had her carrier on the floor and a man came out of the consultation room with a big dog and it started barking at fudge which obviously scared Fudge and the man just let it bark at her and he LAUGHED and said " is that dinner" :evil::evil::evil:

steph182
25-01-2009, 06:13 PM
I was talking to a lady today who has 2 buns (one of my buns half-brothers) we got talking and i mentioned the hay experts website as she was looking for willow balls and i said they have all kinds of hays for the buns to try and she said "mine are indoor buns so dont get hay as its too messy" :shock::shock::shock:


:shock::shock::shock: Animals do make a mess! My god people :shock:

TermiteFrank
25-01-2009, 09:09 PM
Whenever i mention to anyone bout vet bills all i hear is "But its just a Rabbit.....!" :evil::evil: Its not JUST A RABBIT they are my friends and family members :D

That really, really gets on my goat. It's just a rabbit. In that case when your children or granny is ill, I will say yes, but it's just a sprog and if it dies it's not like you can't pop another one out or well she's old and will die soon anyway. Insensitive and cruel? Yep and that's why I would never say that to these people. They don't understand at all and if they did, they wouldn't say it. Mine aren't just rabbits, they are my rabbits.

huppie
26-01-2009, 08:32 AM
From the vet (who is amazingly uber so its a bit unfair): 'They aren't your babies' - Yes they bloody well are :lol:

From a friend: I don't like rabbits, they are vicious :roll:

A conversation with an ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TEACHER!!!!!!!! (who has also been on volunteering expeditions to look after wildlife etc):
Him: Why were you late for work today?
Me: I had to give my rabbit an injection and he is an outdoor bun so I had to wait for it to be light.
Him: Are you serious?
Me (getting confused): Yes, of course, he has sore hocks.
Him: You take IT (!!!!!!) to the vet?
Me: Yes, of course, are you being serious?
Him: Er... (looking shifty)...but its just a rabbit...what's the point?
Me: RANT RANT RANT

An hour later he came back and wanted me to do an urgent job for him I told him to get lost... :censored:

Angie65
26-01-2009, 08:39 AM
They make great pets for children

Horse feed is ok as long as they are used to it

Mine are weaned at 2 weeks old

They fight if they are with another rabbit - they should live alone

If they bite, tap them on the nose or withold their food so they know they've done wrong

Brothers & sisters can't mate

:roll::roll::roll::roll:

Jesssy
26-01-2009, 08:58 AM
Best one i heard was - my rabbit had babies with my guinea pig!

J

FudgeMallow
26-01-2009, 09:24 AM
I remember something else, a girl i work with said "I dont like the black and white ones (meaning dutch)........infact i dont like rabbits because they are funny looking"
Me "what you talking about bunnies are gorgeous, maybe you just dont like uppy eared rabbits?"
HER "No, i dont like rabbits none are cute and arent they aggressive animals?"
Me "NO" then i walked away :(

Or from my manager who ALWAYS has to be right (and she is a manager of a pet shop :? )

Me "I would love to have another hamster but my mum doesnt want rodents in the house"
Her "rabbits are rodents"
Me "actually they arent, they're lagomorphs (SP)"

then talking to another member of staff about animals
Her "rabbits arent rodents they are lagomorphs"
Me "You only know that because i told you!"
She walked away and didnt talk to me :lol::lol: