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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