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Rabbit withdrawn and scared after moveing him to new cage.

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by teddybear154, Sep 20, 2019.


  1. teddybear154

    teddybear154 PetForums Newbie

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    I wonder if any one can help me I have a adorable white mini lop rabbit called Fin. I rescued him about 4 weeks ago. He was being kept in awful condions, and really neglected.
    When I got him he was in a tiny cage, that he could barely move around in. The litter tray took up most of the space and he had to stand in little tray to get to his food bowls and water bowl.

    I found this really cruel so bought him a much larger cage.
    I kept him in small cage just for about a week to give him time to settle.
    He settled really well and was eating lots and drinking, he would come out of cage and run around binkying. I left cage open all the time when around.
    After a week new cage arrived and I moved him in to new cage. I put all the things he was familiar with, I put his litter tray in new cage. I did not clean or change it as wanted it to have his scent.
    But he hated new cage. He seemed terrified. Just kept hiding away. Did not want to move. Would not eat or drink unless I put it right next to him, and started weeing and pooing where he was lying.

    I thought he maybe just needed time to settle, so decided to keep a eye on him for a few days. But nothing changed. I took him specialist rabbit vets as was worried he was ill. They checked him over and did some tests but said he was fine an perfect healthy and to just give him more time.

    So I took him home put him back in cage and he just again sat there and wouldnt move. I left him a few more days but still he would not move and would only eat and drink if I put near him.

    I decided to put him back in old cage hoping it might help.
    To start with he moved a bit more but he still has not moved much.

    He is sitting in a corner still does not want to move, won't run around and is barley eating or drinking.
    I got him to drink some water earlier by putting bowl near him and he took some Kayle.

    I've spoken to vet again and they say there is nothing wrong.

    I don't know what to do. I feel like such a failure and wish I had not bought new cage. He was perfectly fine and happy before I got new cage.

    Is there any thing I can do to get him settled, happy and eating and drinking again.

    I've removed new cage from house now so he can't see it will probably get rid of it tomorrow.

    I am at a loss as to what to do. It's like he is very depressed and scared. I don't know what to do to help him.

    Has any one been through this and can give me some advice

    Any advice much appreciated

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. bunnygeek

    bunnygeek PetForums Senior

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    If the vets have ruled he's healthy, he's throwing an epic sulk. Do monitor his output and poops though in case this sulk makes him go into gut stasis.

    Make sure the new cage has a hiding place like a box so he can feel more secure and get away from prying eyes and the environment he's in is quiet, not a busy or loud area of the house. He's come from a neglectful situation so is likely a bit worried by that.
     
  3. teddybear154

    teddybear154 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you bunny geek for your reply. After moving him back to old cage he was back to normal within 24hrs. I did keep a eye on him and he is in a quiet place.
    I've left him in old cage for the last week and He is fine and happy running around eating and drink fine. I've left cage open all the time when home which is most of the time.

    I'm scared to try to move him to new cage again. The only reason I want to get him in a new bigger cage is so he will have more space if have to go out. I hate having to shut him in the tiny cage he is in. I don't feel safe leaving him out when I'm not home. We don't go out much, I work from home, but have to go out some times.
    When I'm home the cage is open and he has free roam of house. It's all been rabbit proofed.

    Can any one give any advice as to how to get him moved to new cage with out causing him distress again.

    Once he was back to normal I brought new cage back in and put it near old cage. I have left door open in new cage so he can go in and explore if he wants. He has been over and sniffed cage a few times but won't go in.

    Is it a good idea to leave cage near do he can explore in his own time or not

    Any advice much appreciated
    Thanks in advance
     
  4. bunnygeek

    bunnygeek PetForums Senior

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    That's good with leaving the new cage near the old, they are naturally very curious creatures, if you scatter his favourite snacks in the cage a few times a day he'll gradually get use to it and associate it with good yummy things. They think with their stomachs.
     
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