(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)
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.
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.
On the 1st day of boarding, I gave them hay and pellets. And offered water in their veggie plate.
Jackie immediately went for the hay & pellets. But never drank water from the bowl.
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.
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.
Now some grooming photos!
Blablu ran around the corridor for 30mins before I brought him for a quick warm shower.
He was a calm little bunny during the whole grooming process.
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.
After grooming……. handsome manly bunny! Lolll dont u think he has a gentle manly charm????
Now, for Jackie!
He also calmly allowed me to groom him. Probably felt so clean & refreshed after the warm shower.
Soothing the bunny before I start grooming.
After a few minutes, he started to relax…. see his eyes were half-closed. Hahaha
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.
Smart looking bunny after grooming!
Then he decided to snooze on the cool floor.
These 2 bunnies are paper-trained. Omg cute, right????
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.
Happy tears! Happy tears!
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!!!!!
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. =)