Archive | January 2013

Blablu & Jackie (Jan2013)

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(Above photo provided by owner)

Boarding Period: 5.5 days

Rabbits: Blablu (Male, 5yrs old, brown) & Jackie (Male, 5yrs old, Grey White)

Sterilized: No (both, but I have advised owner to consider sterilization)

Bonded: No

Health Conditions: Both visually looked healthy. Both has mild sore hocks. Blablu has broken front teeth & has difficulty chewing.

Special Note: Both never had water to drink & only got their water intake from veggies.  Both eat human food (eg: muruku, meat, rice, sambal chicken, etc).  1st day of boarding, I noticed their poop looked weird and has a very pungent smell.  I was determined to train both rabbits to get on a rabbit diet.

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Yes, u hv read correctly.  I was told that both rabbits have been eating human food. And have never been fed water.

Before boarding, I have alrdy advised the owner on a proper rabbit diet & she reverted that both rabbits have rejected all kinds of hay & pellets previously.  Still, I informed them that I will try to get them on a healthy rabbit diet during their stay with me.

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!!

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On the 1st day of boarding, I gave them hay and pellets. And offered water in their veggie plate.

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Jackie immediately went for the hay & pellets. But never drank water from the bowl.

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Blablu immediately went for the water and drank a lot. He nibbled at the hay but couldnt chew properly becuz of his teeth problem, so he gave up & nvr touched it after that.

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I tried all kind of methods to get Blablu to eat pellets (cant train him to eat hay becuz of his teeth issue). Had to slowly do a mix of pellets & his usual human food.  Initially, he rather starve himself.

But by the 3rd day of boarding, I am super happy when he finally accepted the taste of pellets together with his usual human food.

By the 4th day, I offered only pellets & I guess he finally relented and ate all the pellets. Good boyyyyyy ♡

Jackie also learnt how to drink water from his veggie bowl after I squeezed some veggie juice into it.  Awesome!  But the water has to be changed every few hours becuz I didnt want him to drink veggie water that has gone bad.

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Now some grooming photos!

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Blablu ran around the corridor for 30mins before I brought him for a quick warm shower.

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He was a calm little bunny during the whole grooming process.

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But he had a lot of matted fur, so I had to spend lots of time on him… gently getting rid of all the matts.

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After grooming……. handsome manly bunny! Lolll dont u think he has a gentle manly charm????

Now, for Jackie!

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He also calmly allowed me to groom him. Probably felt so clean & refreshed after the warm shower.

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Soothing the bunny before I start grooming.

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After a few minutes, he started to relax…. see his eyes were half-closed. Hahaha

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Jackie trying to crawl back onto my leg… such a sweetheart! I had to put him back on the grooming table quite a few times before he agreed to sit there.

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Smart looking bunny after grooming!

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Then he decided to snooze on the cool floor.

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These 2 bunnies are paper-trained. Omg cute, right????

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The only down side is that they sometimes overshoot & pee would land on the floor.  Poop was also unable to contain within the newspaper as they hop arnd or dig on it.

So, I advised owner to get a large litterbox and train them to hop in to do their business.  Should be easy becuz these 2 bunnies alrdy kw what to do. =)

Both bunnies also showed great improvements.  Their poop looked normal & the smell wasnt so pungent anymore.

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Happy tears!  Happy tears!

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More random photo memories of Blablu The Manly Bunny!

Somehow I just happen to take more photos of Blablu, even though Jackie has pretty fur color.  I also dont kw why.  =(  But I must make it a point to take more photos of Jackie if they come for boarding again!!!!!

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2 days after they went home, I did a follow-up with the owner & am happy to kw that they hv continued to follow the rabbit diet!

It is such a sense of accomplishment to kw that I hv helped make a difference.  I hope that whoever reads this blog will be able to learn something from it as well, if you are facing similar problems with your bunny. =)

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Cubone (Dec2012/Jan2013)

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Here he is again! The neatest bunny I have ever boarded. Lol

He seems to remember my place and the minute his owner placed him into my playpen, he immediately went to flop in a corner. No signs of stress at all.

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The first time he came for boarding, he was having gut stasis.

This time round, he was still showing some signs of soft poop which still got his fur a little stained.

But after grooming him on his last day of boarding, he was clean again! Also the easiest bunny to groom. He lays very still during the entire grooming session. Lol thanks, buddy.

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Outdoor grooming with scenery.

I am glad that he still has been eating lots of hay since his last boarding.

I always miss this little sweetie when he goes home, but his owner has been very nice to send me constant updates after he returned home.

I hope you get well soon! ❤