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    Hi all,

    Do you have anyone who can take care of your rabbits / knows how to, in your absence?

    I was seriously 'man down' last night, I haven't felt so ill in a long time. I think it was a migraine, the pain was unbelievable!

    I told my dd she would have to look after the rabbits for me (she's the most competent) while i was suffering in bed. However I hadn't taken into account what a challenge this would be, resulting in an upset, stressed daughter, an irate dh and complete carnage! My dh was trying to tidy up from tea, our ds needed settling for bed and one of the dogs had weed on the kitchen floor!

    Due to the weather I've been leaving the shed / playhouse doors open with various contraptions covering the entrances. My dd didn't know which were the right keys, so couldn't get in. She didn't feel up to preparing their veg and was unsure of how many pellets they all have and all the while it's getting darker outside.

    I had to come down and struggle to finish things off, but it has highlighted a potential issue. If I had not been able to come down or I couldnt be here on another occasion, no one else would have a clue.

    My dh has suggested I prepare a manual of how to care for them, which should avoid this in the future.


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    Bless, I hope you are feeling better now. A mannual sounds like a great plan.My OH doesn't do much but on a weekly-ish basis I get him to change litter trays, forage etc to keep his hand in. I try & get him up to speed on certain issues & talk him through less frequent jobs eg bunny pedicures etc. A few months ago when I was at work he got Mouse through a stasis episode

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheThreeB's View Post
    Hi all,

    Do you have anyone who can take care of your rabbits / knows how to, in your absence?

    I was seriously 'man down' last night, I haven't felt so ill in a long time. I think it was a migraine, the pain was unbelievable!

    I told my dd she would have to look after the rabbits for me (she's the most competent) while i was suffering in bed. However I hadn't taken into account what a challenge this would be, resulting in an upset, stressed daughter, an irate dh and complete carnage! My dh was trying to tidy up from tea, our ds needed settling for bed and one of the dogs had weed on the kitchen floor!

    Due to the weather I've been leaving the shed / playhouse doors open with various contraptions covering the entrances. My dd didn't know which were the right keys, so couldn't get in. She didn't feel up to preparing their veg and was unsure of how many pellets they all have and all the while it's getting darker outside.

    I had to come down and struggle to finish things off, but it has highlighted a potential issue. If I had not been able to come down or I couldnt be here on another occasion, no one else would have a clue.

    My dh has suggested I prepare a manual of how to care for them,
    which should avoid this in the future.


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    I have done exactly that. I have included details of any specific dietary issues each Rabbit may have, details of any longterm treatment they may be on (although the people who would step in to help would already know about the latter)

    I also have very experienced and well qualified people who would insure the welfare of my 4 Rabbits

    I carry one of these with me at all times



    The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF)- The UK'S biggest and best organisation for Rabbit lovers

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

    Rabbit Health and Diseases, a list of useful online information

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ealth-Problems

    Myxomatosis, RHD1 and RHD2- VACCINATION IS ESSENTIAL

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...60#post7041560

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    I have done exactly that. I have included details of any specific dietary issues each Rabbit may have, details of any longterm treatment they may be on (although the people who would step in to help would already know about the latter)

    I also have very experienced and well qualified people who would insure the welfare of my 4 Rabbits

    I carry one of these with me at all times

    I have one of those cards should really fill it out

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    Not really. I have a Home for Life arrangement with the RSPCA if I should die but that's it. Funnily enough, after 20 years of having a lot of rabbits, my neighbour said if ever I couldn't do it she would be happy to come in. I don't think she really knows what she is letting herself in for. It's the same if you have a small child and on your own, you've just got to look after them, no matter how you are feeling.

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    Iíve got a file with details of all my rabbits, their favourite foods, when to feed them, etc. Iím lucky enough to have several family members who could step in but you never know.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheThreeB's View Post
    Hi all,

    Do you have anyone who can take care of your rabbits / knows how to, in your absence?

    I was seriously 'man down' last night, I haven't felt so ill in a long time. I think it was a migraine, the pain was unbelievable!

    I told my dd she would have to look after the rabbits for me (she's the most competent) while i was suffering in bed. However I hadn't taken into account what a challenge this would be, resulting in an upset, stressed daughter, an irate dh and complete carnage! My dh was trying to tidy up from tea, our ds needed settling for bed and one of the dogs had weed on the kitchen floor!

    Due to the weather I've been leaving the shed / playhouse doors open with various contraptions covering the entrances. My dd didn't know which were the right keys, so couldn't get in. She didn't feel up to preparing their veg and was unsure of how many pellets they all have and all the while it's getting darker outside.

    I had to come down and struggle to finish things off, but it has highlighted a potential issue. If I had not been able to come down or I couldnt be here on another occasion, no one else would have a clue.

    My dh has suggested I prepare a manual of how to care for them, which should avoid this in the future.


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    This is a very good idea, and I had to produce this at short notice recently so I know how complicated it can be! Also, it changes as to the rabbits you have in your care so it needs to be kept updated.

    I'm sorry you had this struggle and I hope you're feeling a lot better soon. xx

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    I think it highlights that you have shouldered too much of the domestic burden.

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    OH's really competent with them. He doesn't like doing litter trays and sometimes over-pellets them (he's such a softy!), but he does pretty much everything else on a daily basis. But then I do tend to go away a lot so he has to XD And he's very rarely ill which is a massive bonus: he's got a stinking cold right now, and I've got a background headache, but we've never been out of action at the same time ::fingers crossed::
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    Yea I think making a manual is a good idea, or just going through it all thoroughly with them?

    My boyfriend does about half the work, but when it comes to medication or anything we haven't been through or he's unsure about he gets me to do it. Hopefully I'll always be there to do things like that, even if I was in a bad way I'd still try to I think because he just isn't confident doing so.

    When I have gone away and my boyfriend isn't there, my mum follows a guide I write down haha same for if they have to go into boarding. It worries me if anything happened to me, I just hope my boyfriend would keep them both x

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