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10-07-2007, 08:36 PM
I have my first bunny and he is very young, just 6 weeks, my query is, he doesnt do very much he mostly sits around and Im not sure if its his nature or wether or not he is unhappy I'm trying my utmost to get him to play with things but he really isnt interested, can anyone advice me wether or not he is unhappy or have I just got a really lazy rabbit?
10-07-2007, 08:38 PM
How long have you had him? Has he been vet checked by a rabbit savy vet?
10-07-2007, 08:47 PM
I have had him only 1 week, I have spoken to a vet but they didnt specialise in rabbits and I dont feel sure that they knew what they were talking about so Im gonna seek one out tomorrow
10-07-2007, 08:48 PM
I would get him checked over asap as you will only worry. I haven't had a bunny so young so I don't know but I think you will rest easier when the bunny is given the all clear.
At 6 weeks he should still be with his mum - he is just a tiny baby and you must be extra careful not to feed him any veg or grass until he's a few months old as his stomach will be delicate. It's very stressful for them when they leave their mother, so give him time to settle in quietly, make sure he has lots of hay to eat, and water to drink, and he should come out of his shell when he feels less afraid and stressed.
Edited to say - if you've had him a week, he must have left mum waaay to early - where did you get him from? poor baby :(
10-07-2007, 08:49 PM
Why was he taken away from his Mum at just 5 weeks of age :?
10-07-2007, 08:52 PM
Is he eating & drinking & pooping? If not then he really does need to see a vet asap.
He really is too young to be away from his mum & siblings & might be pining for them, which might be why he`s so quiet & will still be getting used to you, so will still be nervous.
could you give him a teddy or something to snuggle upto? He may find it comforting.
Please let us know how he gets on
10-07-2007, 08:53 PM
yeah, I know he was too young, I was upset when I found out his age cos I know he shouldnt have been seperated from her, I think its causing me to worry about him more so im trying to give him all my love and attention and lots of yummy hay too
But your right I have to speak to a vet to set my own mind at ease,
Thanks, Im sure I will have many more querys in the future, I'm alrady loving this site.
this links to a good questionaire for vets, to give you an idea of what you should look for (a lot of vets specialise in cats/dogs, not rabbits)
I think what Su said about a teddy bear or some kind of cuddly toy would be a great idea too - is he living indoors at the moment?
10-07-2007, 09:00 PM
I have another query already, is he too young to give him a bath?
as for why he was taken away at such a young age, I live in Spain and I'm aware that pet care, the buying and selling of them here has more relaxed rules
he doesnt appear to be stressed and definetly not afraid of me, he comes to sit at my feet and lets me hold him and stroke him and he snuggles under my chin a lot, the only thing he seems to like doing though is eating my shoes!
nothing else interests him
10-07-2007, 09:02 PM
Why do you need to bath him? It isn`t really good for bunnies unless in an emergency.
10-07-2007, 09:03 PM
yes he is indoors, in my room, as this is the room that im in most of the time,
I have been looking for a teddy for him but im worried he's gonna eat it and make himeself sick, maube I'm worrying too much about that so I will get one tomorrow
10-07-2007, 09:12 PM
Don't bath him!! Rabbits shouldn't be bathed at all - they will keep themselves clean. If they get a mucky bottom or something and you have to clean them, just use some gentle wipes.
I woulnd't worry too much about him not playing.. It IS important though that he should be eating frequently (especially hay) and drinking and pooing lots of round dryish poops. If he isn't he could have a problem. Diohrrhea (sp?) is also extremely serious at his age so anything like that would need immediate vet treatment.
10-07-2007, 09:25 PM
he is eating lots of hay he loves it and drinking fresh water lots too and i have been keeping a check on his poo and its all as it should be but he does have a mucky bum, I think its mostly due to his hair being quite longish so I thought he might need a helping hand as I live in spain it's very hot here at the mo and I dont want to attract any flies
Thanks for the advice
10-07-2007, 09:30 PM
Please do not even think about bathing him :shock: Sorry to be blunt but if you do it may kill him :cry:
If he is mucky, which he should not be if he is healthy, then gentle cleaning with unscented baby wipes is OK. If he is mucky with poo then he is likely to be a VERY poorly baby Bun and Veterinary attention is needed NOW
The cornflour that you use for thickening sauces in cooking can be used to clean poo off their fur - it's silky and you can get some on your fingers and kind of massage it into the dirty fur and the dirt will slide off and brush out, or you can wipe it with a damp face flannel - he's probably got an upset stomach from stress and it should settle down with plenty of hay and no veggies - it's good he likes hay :)
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