Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bunny care: Build your bunnies a warren

One way to fight bunny boredom is to construct things for your bunnies to chew on and play in; if you don't, they will find things themselves. Cardboard boxes are great hidey places for your buns. You can make them more interesting by grouping them.

Having bunnies has changed my Costco shopping habits. In addition to buying mass quantities of vinegar (for cleaning their litter boxes), it has changed the way I select boxes to pack up purchases. The best boxes are "plain" brown cardboard, with no waxy surfaces and as little ink as possible. Then you start prepping them...

Remove all the tape.
(Keep boxes closed by the classic flap fold in sequence,
with the last (#4) folding under the first flap.)

Note: The bunnies' interest may
be piqued before you are finished.

Continuing with box prep:
Remove all labels.
There were no staples in these,
but if there are, get rid of those, too.

After label removal.
(The little stragglers were removed, too.)

For really stubborn labels,
well - here's a window!
(Used the cut-out as a template for sizing other doors)

Bunya has not lost interest yet.
Cut out a door in the side of one box and another door in the side of another box.
Leave the flaps attached. Fold the door flap of one box
into the other box and vice versa.
This will provide a loose connection and
allow the bunnies to run from one box to another.

Even if a door is not use as a connector, leave the flap on.
It gives the bunnies something else to chew.

Attach a series of boxes.
(Could also do this in different arrangements, e.g., an "L" shape.)

Lucy inspects the finished product. Bunya is already inside
and he is chewing away - very loudly.

Miss Ethel always loves the high ground.

As noted above, the bunnies like to chew the door/window flaps.


So be on the lookout for good bunny boxes. Do not construct anything higher than a height from which they can safely jump to the floor. In the case of one large relatively flat box we had, we used a smaller box in the middle as a pillar/support for the top of the box so they wouldn't fall in between the top flaps if they walked on the top. Which they did (walk, not fall). The "inside" box also had doors and they would hop inside it to chew. So it was a bun in a box in a box.

Here's another post about Battling Bunny Boredom.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rabbit Ramblings is 4 years old!

A few musings on our fourth anniversary ...


THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the fans of the Rabbit Ramblings Facebook page. It has become its own blog. While there's usually a link to any new posts here, it has many of its own cute bunny posts, alerts, news items and more. And as far as "reach", it seems to reach what took this blog four years (about 425,000 pageviews) -- around every couple of months or so.

Thanks to Bunya, Lucy & Ethel for making our lives so entertaining.
Thanks to our daughter who smuggled Bunya into our basement.
Thanks to our son who suggested I start a blog.
Thanks to our other son, who mocks me as totally nuts and whose laugh as he's seen something that amuses him on the blog is a joy to hear as he says:
         Just to be clear, Dad, I am laughing at you, not with you.
         [He means it and he is not alone.]
Thanks to my sisters who, before this blog, probably never realized how many Bunny Things cross their paths almost every day.
Thank you to all you bunny fans out there who are members, followers, subscribers and especially, the commenters.
Thanks to Dr. Mrs. Bunnymom, my partner in life, bunny crime and bunny care.

A few RR statistics:
Bunny Things: Over 400??? (especially counting links to posts with Bunny Things too numerous to list one by one on the page)
Posts: Over 1,100
Comments: Almost 2,000
Pageviews - all time: About 425,000
Countries we noticed making those pageviews: 120
Facebook "Likes": Over 7,800
Please "Like" Rabbit Ramblings on Facebook! Thank you! 

Wishes for the next New Year:
Healthy bunnies (or other rescued pets) for all of us
Greater capacity at HRS and all animal rescues - but not the need for it
Whirled peas - Tolerance among humankind, joint efforts to repair the world, good health and prosperity for all

We hope to see more of you next year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Chanukah!

To those who celebrate, Happy Chanukah!
Festival of Lights Bunny products by artist Penny Collins are available HERE


My favorite bunny breed: RESCUED

Sound on.
Grab some tissues...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bunny care: Teeth

"I am bunny - hear me ROAR!"

You need to be on the alert as to when your bunny may not be feeling well. Part of this is knowing your bunny's personality, so you can tell when something is not quite right. Bunnies can get deathly ill very quickly. It's been posted before but is worth repeating: Bunnies are prey animals. They instinctively know that predators seek the weakest. Therefore, a sick bunny will expend all his energy trying to keep up the appearance of being a healthy rabbit. When they finally give in, they can go downhill rapidly. Here is a post with more about how to "Monitor your bunny's mood".

Some basic "healthy" signs include if they are:
1. Eating - remember that hay is the largest part of a bunny's diet, over 80%.
2. Drinking - a heavy crock type bowl that they can't tip over may encourage the bunny to drink more than a drip bottle. Plus, it's easier to keep the water fresh (fresh water at least daily). Here's a picture of this bowl.
3. Pooping and peeing normally, i.e., the usual round pellets (not runny or pinpoint small) and pee (e.g., you don't want to see white pee that may indicate the bunny is not getting enough to drink).

One reason a bunny may not be eating normally or eating slowly is pain in their teeth. Bunny teeth grow constantly and they have to wear them down by eating healthy and chewing your wood furniture and baseboards. There can be several misalignment problems with teeth; the cause might be congenital or it may be from an injury or infection.

When teeth do not line up correctly and are not treated, they may grow into the bunny's cheeks or gums. Even with the right diet and chew toys, it can happen. Some bunnies will need to have their teeth trimmed (or, in extreme cases, some may be removed). Checking your bunnies teeth should be part of a regular rabbit-savvy ("exotics") vet examination. Take your bunnies to the vet for at least an annual check-up and right away if you suspect any problem due to changes in their behavior or mood.

For more information, read this article from HRS: Oral Health in Rabbits

Monday, December 8, 2014

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Bunya, Lucy & Ethel's (and slipper's) picture found it's way to icanhascheezburger's site a few years back. Then it was selected as one of the top memes for their Year of the Rabbit page. They have a meme-maker page (make up your own caption) with it here. Over 200 so far.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Ethel gets her CPE

A CPA in this state must get required hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE). No problem... except that 16 of the 80 hours must be in "Auditing & Accounting". Which is a shame if you are not in public accounting and have to waste time and money for something totally unrelated to your work, instead of beneficial knowledge that you can use. [Excuse the vent.]


To maximize the utility of the wasted cost of the course, the materials have been re-purposed (after passing the exam). The bunnies also got some CPE, as illustrated here by Ethel.

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This actually works out well. Since there are not really any white pages phone books anymore, this was an even thicker substitute. The subject matter was certainly dry. Luckily, she found the topic tastier than I did. There weren't even any personal injury attorney magnets to remove from the covers. And if the bunnies chew this, they are not chewing something else, like charger cords, electric wires, furniture and baseboards. And we're recycling.


And if she wants, Ethel can sit for the CPA exam next year.

Happy endings all 'round.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ethel at the gym

Just Ethel amusing herself with a couple of long cardboard tubes (from carpet). Maybe she liked the sound they made when the narrow one tapped on the big one. You can see they have had the large one for quite a while by how much of it has been chewed away.

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This video has been added to the Rabbit Ramblings YouTube channel.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

And yet another bunny-human look-a-like

As voted for on the Rabbit Ramblings Facebook page, this has been added to the RR look-alike page.


Obviously, had a hard time deciding which little lionhead looked like Albert Einstein, so picked two and the Einsteins they looked like.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

New bunny-human doppelganger

As voted for on the Rabbit Ramblings Facebook page, this has been added to the RR look-alike page.
Dusty and Steve Martin
Dusty has a stick on his head
and they have similar suit and hair.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Lucy & Ethel - Loving & Lifting

This clip is a couple of minutes but I could not cut it down any more. When I grabbed the camera, I was trying to get Lucy grooming herself and talking on her "ear phone". By the time I got focused, the video turned into something completely different.
Here are some highlights:

0s: Lucy is loving on Ethel. While Lucy was grooming herself, Ethel came over to get some loving, even if only pretending Lucy was loving on her by Ethel inserting herself under Lucy.
Lucy scratches and then grooms Ethel. Ethel is just happy to soak up the love.

12s: Lucy decides she wants to snack on their new cardboard tube (discussed in a recent post).

18s: Ethel wants more loving and tries to remind Lucy of that fact by sliding her head under Lucy as Lucy is chewing. So even if Lucy doesn't groom Ethel directly, Ethel can pretend. All three of them do this behavior a lot. Lucy continues to chew and Ethel gives up.

30s: Lucy takes another tug on the tube and lifts it up - and Bam! - right into Ethel. Ethel acts like she's going to chew on the tube, too, but then decides to give the loving another try; she gets tube-smacked again for her efforts. Ethel addresses an itch. Lucy's lifting like she's showing off at the gym. This is where it really reminded me of the coordinated physical slapstick comedy of the Lucy and Ethel from "I Love Lucy".

1m: Ethel's thinking about just playing with the tube, too. No - not really! She decides she'd rather be receiving some lovin'. And gets repeatedly smacked in the face for her romantic overture.

1m39s: Ethel senses an opening when Lucy decides to clean her paw... to no avail; Lucy goes back to the tube.

1m55s: Ethel finally gives up and under the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" theory, begins to chomp on the tube with Lucy.

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This video has been added to the Rabbit Ramblings YouTube channel.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Do you even lift?

Ethel does.

If you have bunnies, you are always on the lookout to score some good cardboard. It has totally changed the way I select boxes at Costco.

When we got a new rug for the bunnies' pen, there was a cardboard tube in the center - bonus! We would have paid extra for it. It's basically a 7 foot heavy-duty paper towel tube. The bunnies love it. Here, Ethel demonstrates...


Also added to the Rabbit Ramblings YouTube channel.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ethel racing around

Ethel was just in a happy race around mood. Caught the tail end on this video.

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We call them the NASbunnies or the Buntona 500. Probably it's part fun and part instinct that as prey, they have to know their turf and multiple exit routes quickly if a predator appears... like a human to pick them up to brush them or, worse, take them to the vet.