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He wants his friend now

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Minion, Jan 28, 2012.


  1. Minion

    Minion PetForums Member

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    My rabbit was neutered on Tuesday but he hasn't been the same since, very quiet, not eating much, not letting me pick him up etc.

    We were planning on getting him a friend and found someone with rabbits but she wanted us to go see them before we make up our mind which one, so we went yesterday. When I got home Minion could smell the girl rabbit on my hands and went hyper and won't leave me alone despite having washed my hands multiple times with both handsoap and washing up liquid. In all fairness he's now decided he wants to be picked up again and is eating more than he did before his operation.

    Despite me washing my hands and him being neutered he will no leave my hands alone after he smelt the girl rabbit on them yesterday. It's actually getting quite bad. I put my hand infront of him to show I had no rabbit in my hands and he bit the palm of my hand lightly (lightly for him not me) so I would move my hand and was looking around the back of my hand and up my sleeve (like I'm some kind of magician :S ). I thought today he would have forgotten but no. He's still running around me in circles and won't leave my hands alone.

    Do you think I should give in and pick the rabbit up tomorrow instead of Tuesday? ... Before he bonds himself to my hands :eek:
     
  2. B3rnie

    B3rnie Guest

    He was only neutered 4 days ago his hormones will still be raging through his body and he will still be fertile.

    Please don't even think about getting him a friend for another 4 weeks MINIMUM.
    Did you ask your vet why they had shaved his ear?
     
  3. Rubyrubes

    Rubyrubes PetForums Member

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    Sorry cant help about getting a new rabbit but just wanted to say thaty rabbit was neutered on thurs and his ear was shaved too. The vet said it was because the injection is put into a vein in his ear and easier to get to it of they shave it a little bit,I assumed this was normal?
     
  4. Minion

    Minion PetForums Member

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    It was because it was easier to put the needle in his ear than his leg. Personally I'm surprised they got him to sit still. I had had nightmares of vets ringing me up saying he was the naughtiest rabbit they had ever had and refusing to do it for a week leading up to the day. Turns out he loves the vet and behaves for her.

    The rabbit is a baby and isn't ready yet. I told the nurse we were getting him a friend and she said it would be a great idea. Then I asked how long he would be fertile for and she was like 'Oh yeah... I'll double check' >< . It's 4 weeks, but the lady we are getting him from said her vet told her it was 1 day :eek: Luckily she has offered to hold onto the little girl we chose for a while.

    If we were to pick her up in 2 weeks (3 weeks after his op) would it be ok if we just put their cages in separate rooms?
     
  5. B3rnie

    B3rnie Guest

    Rabbits should have gas for GA's because it is much easier to make subtle changes, not one of mine (I've had 10 rabbits neutered) and not one had their ears shaved, this would make me believe that the vet used an injectable anesthetic which can be very dangerous.
    Ask your vet if they use isofluorane gas as that is by far the safest method for rabbits.

    As above ask your vet if they use isofluorane gas, having a shaved ear makes me believe that they used an injectable anesthetic :(

    So long as you keep them separate then it is fine to get her when you wish, but I would hold off on bonding until she is spayed as you will have to split them for 4 weeks after her op anyway :)
     
  6. emzybabe

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    Why dont you have a look at the rabbits your nearest rescue centre have available. They are bound to have a spayed female ready and will hold her for a few weeks til he calms down.

    If you buy a baby girl you would really need to wait til she is 6months and can be spayed before bonding them. Having a female rabbit neutered is a much more serious operation than having a male done, it can be heartbreaking watching them in pain.

    Also many rescues will do the bonding for you, its really not easy to bond rabbits as they are very territorial.

    Most rescues charge around the £20 mark but this includes, spaying, vaccinations and worming so it works out much cheaper!
     
  7. Minion

    Minion PetForums Member

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    I did look but only came up with 1 in Plymouth, which was all males and one un-spayed female. The second closest one is a 45min train journey away and they are all males and paired females. Why are there so many male rabbits for adoption??

    After that i went on gumtree to see if people were giving up their rabbits, as I thought it would save them the job of taking them to an adoption place. The woman I originally emailed who had a spayed female had already found someone else to home her rabbit and said it was going to a home in 2 weeks but if I would pick it up sooner I could have it :confused:. The whole thing seemed very dodgy. She had 2 rabbits that I assume were bought at the same time, same age, looked like they were from same litter, but one was out door and one indoor, had never tried to bond them and they had had no interaction. Was selling the rabbit for £20 with free cage that was worth £50. I assume one was ill and I didn't want to take the risk. Minion is my top priority and although he needs a friend and the other rabbit needed a loving home, I didn't want to risk Minion's health.

    They did have some british giant grey rabbits but my house is not big enough. My uncle had one and I looked after it for a summer a few years back. It was lovely but it needed a specialist diet and I couldn't for the life of me pick it up.


    p.s. Found out why he has an obsession with my hands after I washed them. He wanted treats :blush: I haven't been giving them him since his op and he had finally decided he wanted them back! He's the only rabbit I have ever had that begs and sits at the cupboard he knows his treats are kept in.
     
  8. emzybabe

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    I used to live in Plymouth, I got George from Woodside!!! They were extremely helpful!!!

    I also Animals in Distress Ipplepen are great!

    Please give them both a call, they dont have the staff to keep their websited completely up to date
     
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  9. Minion

    Minion PetForums Member

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    Animals in Distress if Newton Abbot way isn't it? Do they have single rabbits?
     
  10. emzybabe

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    yes plenty of single rabbits but very few girls!!

    they have Grace currently unuttered that is very scared of people at the min I'm sure she would thrive in an indoor home with a friend tho. She is a grey lionhead with grey eyes and is just beautiful, I would have nabbed her for myself but shes young less than 6 months I would say and my guys are getting on a bit now

    They have plenty of pairs of girls If you've got room for 3
     
  11. Minion

    Minion PetForums Member

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    Unfortunately I don't have room for 3, although I definitely would if I could.

    I don't understand why there are so many males up for adoption. Don't take this the wrong way because I have loved my girls I've had in the past, but males have such a bigger personality and tend to make more sociable pets.
     
  12. McSquirtle

    McSquirtle PetForums Senior

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    To get a rabbit asleep enough to operate using only isofluorane is near impossible and stressful for small animals (it stings eyes, tastes bad and is a danger to nurses too). We always give a premedication which includes a small amount of sedative - then iso (along with oxygen) is used to keep the patient asleep. They clip the ear because most sedative drugs need a reversal and to get the rabbits awake as quickly as possible the best way to do this is to gain I/V access. I'm sure this is nothing to worry about and is quite common practice.

    Male rabbits are very sexually driven and so I can understand his excitement upon smelling the female, but as others have stated you should wait a few weeks at least (he'll probably still hump her a lot but at least you won't have the risk!)
    I'm sure he'll be very happy to have a little friend :)
     
  13. emzybabe

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    Yes I would agree my boy is so chilled out much less grumpy and territorial than my girl.

    Woodside have some lovely little white bunnies, says on their website they'd be happy to split them
     
  14. Minion

    Minion PetForums Member

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    Ooh, they've added some. Hehe, you can always tell when rescue places have had a new batch in as all of their names are based around the same thing. Clearly Leonard, Penny and Sheldon came in all around the same time with no names (Big bang theory) and Fizz, Bella and Milo (Tweenies). I did some volunteering at a seal sanctuary where they did the same thing.

    I wish I'd seen Penny, she's perfect. A neutered female that wants a neutered male. She's been reserved though :(
     
  15. emzybabe

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    Give them a call and book an appointment to be shown all the rabbits.

    I reserved George even tho he wasnt yet for rehoming as he has an eye problem that they were still monitoring.

    A lot of reserves fall through, sometimes they fail the home check as their hutches/runs are too small, sometimes they get board of waiting for the neutering to heal and go out and buy a baby rabbit, sometimes they just change their minds
     
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