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whalegirl 08-19-2013 07:47 PM

I'm **FINALLY** getting a pet!
 
3 years ago my family experienced some huge changes, we were homeless, I was sleeping on friends couches so that I could work and save money to move to New York at the end of the summer, my parents were living in a homeless shelter and planning on moving to Minnesota where my mom's family were going to take them in. I had to rehome my beloved Lab/Rottie mix Ebby who I'd had for 8 years. I was absolutely heartbroken. It was better for her, though. We didn't have a home, how could we manage to keep a dog? She was my baby and I still tear up when I think about her, still break down when I see a dog that looks like her is up for adoption. I haven't had a pet since.

Now, however, I've been on my feet for a while and finally have an apartment that allows pets SOOO after a LOT of deliberation and soul searching I've decided its time for me to get a companion. After lots and lots of research I decided I'm getting a bunny! I've been saving the money, I've got the time and the space and I'm SO excited! I've started compiling supplies already even though I probably won't actually bring one home until the end of the month. I know there's a lot of bunny owners on here and soon I'll be able to put pics on the bunny thread too! Any advice for a first time owner?

xlionesss 08-19-2013 08:04 PM

My advice would be to research their vital signs, common illnesses, best forage for the age of the rabbit, how to treat illness, and DEFINITELY have plenty for them to chew on!!!! My girl will chew on her cage when she gets bored! I love her to death, though and wouldn't ever get rid of her. I didn't think rabbits had as much personality as they do. She's a feisty little thing.
Oh, and be prepared not to pick her up and cuddle much, I believe thats one of the most common misconceptions...that somehow they enjoy being cuddled in your arms.
Most rabbits are afraid of heights and will only tolerate being held, they generally do not enjoy it.

Kotori 08-19-2013 08:13 PM

You've have a tough run of it, haven't you? But you've made it through, and what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

I have a guinea pig, and it's a step away from a bunny. Thinks it's a bucking bronco though. Tips: have the hay outside. an easy thing to do is get hardware cloth and attach to the outside. they waste alot. they kick bedding outside. lots of bedding.don't get the small, overpriced bags from petstores. If you have the storage, get the big bag from Tractor Supply- $8 for 50lb. They enjoy fresh air, and it is best enjoyed from a rabbit tractor with chicken wire on all sides- even the bottom.

Most of all, they make cute noises and love carrots.:wink:

Hope you enjoy your bun-bun.

whalegirl 08-19-2013 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by xlionesss (Post 3402385)
Oh, and be prepared not to pick her up and cuddle much, I believe thats one of the most common misconceptions...that somehow they enjoy being cuddled in your arms.
Most rabbits are afraid of heights and will only tolerate being held, they generally do not enjoy it.

yes i knew that! it's actually a reason i considered one.. i'm highly allergic to cats and dogs and birds (and basically the whole environment) so i wanted a pet i could bond with but wouldn't need to cuddle lol. my allergies are under control with medication and i see a specialist every few months but i like the peace of mind that my pet won't go crazy or act out if i don't get too close. I'll be happy just sitting in it's space lol and keeping company. i petsit for my boyfriend's family when they go away and their cats go INSANE if they go too long without cuddles lol the sacrifices i make :lol:

xlionesss 08-19-2013 08:22 PM

Yesss! I'm allergic to all animals, as well as horses.she's probably the only thing that doesn't make me go nuts. I also second the hay wastage, it is ridiculous! Sometimes I wait an hour or so to give her new hay, when she gets bored enough she eats the stuff under her hay feeder.
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PastureSongs 08-22-2013 01:14 AM

Have you settled on a breed?

Personally, I LOVE Tans. They tend to be very dog-like in their personality. Lion Heads are nice too.

whalegirl 08-22-2013 10:19 AM

not any breed in particular although i would LOVE to see the looks on everyones faces if i brought home a flemish giant hahaha

my local pet store has bunnies for adoption so they only have a few at a time. theres a 6 month old dwarf rex there that was so friendly and social, just came right up to me! sadly he will probably have been adopted by the time I get around to bringing one home, I'm waiting on the boyfriend to come back from his family vacation, as he's got the car lol

Zexious 08-22-2013 01:19 PM

Congratulations on the future addition! You'll have to post pictures!

I have a bunny <3 I...don't know what breed he is ._. But he's awfully cute, and very sweet!

Shoebox 08-22-2013 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by whalegirl (Post 3426905)
not any breed in particular although i would LOVE to see the looks on everyones faces if i brought home a flemish giant hahaha

my local pet store has bunnies for adoption so they only have a few at a time. theres a 6 month old dwarf rex there that was so friendly and social, just came right up to me! sadly he will probably have been adopted by the time I get around to bringing one home, I'm waiting on the boyfriend to come back from his family vacation, as he's got the car lol


Please consider getting one from a rescue, not a pet store! Pet store bunnies so often come from bunny mills, and there's PLENTY of needy rabbits in rescues that need homes. Google for one, or go to Petfinder. Another plus of this is they sometimes already come litter trained if you've gotten it from a rescue. :3

whalegirl 08-22-2013 10:56 PM

i've considered that and searched petfinder but there are no rescues within reasonable distance from me, they're all cat and dog rescues -_-. there is a possibility that the small animal vet nearby will have some, i read on yelp they sometimes do, so i am checking that out tomorrow. i was hoping to rescue for the obvious reasons and also because they usually come spayed and neutered. i'm definitely keeping my eye out though.


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