She was just being too adorable yesterday!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Flynn and Zuri, I'm glad to finally announce, are doing quite well. I've just been busy with finals, christmas break, working, and classes to post on here lately.
Zuri's litterbox training has been a constant struggle. She seems to poo about 80% in her litterbox, but very rarely pees in there. I tried giving her fleece and towels, but they just became saturated with urine within a day or two. Then I tried just leaving her with the bare plastic bottom of her cage, but she ended up sitting in puddles and cleaning it up was beginning to be a huge, disgusting chore at least three times a day. So, I finally gave up and got her a dog crate with a grate. The grate is SO much better than the ones in rabbit cages- much thicker and stronger coated wire, doesn't cut into her feet, comfortable for her to rest on, and since it's meant to support the weight of a dog up to 85 lbs, the flooring doesn't sag beneath her and she doesn't make any noise jumping around on it. In the slide out tray, I put puppy pads which soak up a lot of liquid and contain the odor. The whole setup is easier to clean and I feel much better not leaving her sitting in her own feces all day long.
Flynn has settled down. He doesn't freak out when Zuri is out, although he does ask to be groomed and she grooms him through the cage bars sometimes. He'll even flop and eat in her presence, whereas he used to pace frantically. He's once again my relaxed little guy.
I know baths aren't usually recommended for rabbits, but urine started to scald Zuri's bottom, belly, and feet so I have been bathing her every 10 days or so with baby shampoo and oatmeal, which my vet recommended, as well as putting on some neosporin. Tonight, I believe, will probably have been her last bath, since she is no longer able to come in contact with her urine.
Flynn enjoys imitating plush toys.
... almost as much as he loves cheek scratches!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Flynn was feeling a little jealous by all the Zuri pictures on here lately, so we had a little photoshoot today.
My little cuddlebug.
Yes, I know I'm handsome.
Look mom, I can look elegant while eating, too.
And then the zany little Zuri came out to play :)
Locked in my cage? I object!
Hello, there. You and your toys are MINE.
Bow down to me, mere male.
Yes, I stole your chewy...
I see why you like it so much... it's yummy and chewy.
Who me? I didn't steal anything! I swear!
No, I'm not on the wrong side of the fence, either... and I'm not destroying anything under your bed.
Nooo! Let me back out, I'll be good, I promise!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Today is Zuri's third day home, and these days I just can't get the cage door open fast enough. I decided to let her run around my room for awhile again- about a half hour. Flynn has been running around frantically ever since. She's quite hilarious to watch- those ears just go everywhere, and she chins everything in sight. Meanwhile, I have yet to ever witness Flynn chinning ANYTHING. In fact, when Zuri touched noses with Flynn through the cage today, she even chinned HIM. :) Silly girl.
Hmmm... to come out or not to come out? That is the question!
A pretty profile.
Pet me please?
Baby bunny tongue! Isn't this picture great? I just love those ears!
Flynn is running about my bedroom now. I'm still making sure he gets more time out than Zuri and an equal amount of attention, so he doesn't get jealous. He started jumping up on the bed today :D This is something he was NEVER able to do before, no matter how hard he wanted to come up. It's nice, because now I don't have to sit on the floor just to be with him- he keeps jumping on and off the bed periodically to visit and occasionally get petted. He's been leaving a little trail of poos in his cage whenever Zuri's out and if he goes out right after her. I just put them all back in his litterbox and he's back to his wonderful habits quickly.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Zuri's doing even better today. As you can see, she is still calm and unaffected by strange noises, smells, and movements.
Her poos are still soft, and she has the habit of peeing in whichever far corner I moved the litterbox from, so I put in a giant cat litterbox with a homemade grate, like Flynn's. The grate is made of 1/2"x1/2" coated wire, so that when she eats the poos fall safely through. The grate has also stopped her from eating her litter, which I was concerned about.
Excuse me, I was TRYING to relax!
Since Zuri's poos have been a little firmer, I decided to let her run around the bedroom for awhile. And BOY, did she RUN! Baby binkies galore! She was hilarious to watch... she routinely tripped over herself and faceplanted :)
Flynn wouldn't stop looking at her, he paced back and forth and followed her every movement. At first, I intended to steer her away from his cage at all costs.
But Flynn just looked too pathetic, so I let them greet eachother through the bars. Flynn, surprisingly, was calm towards her and even presented his head to be groomed!
Zuri desperately needs her feet and bottom cleaned. They are caked with poop and urine, from wallowing in her soft poos, and it's quite disgusting. I'm just not quite sure how to do it without stressing her out. One idea I liked was soaking a towel with warm water and putting it in the kitchen sink, with about an inch of water, so she can walk around in it and let it soak in for awhile. Then, is there anything anyone recommends to scrub those little feetsies with? She doesn't mind being held and actually seems to like being close to me, but her feet simply gross me out!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We picked up Zuri today. She is one RELAXED bunny- not jumpy at all, which is a big difference from Flynn, who would be sent skittering away at the slightest movement or noise for weeks after we got him. She even flopped in her carrier and fell asleep on the way home while I was massaging her cheeks.
She has settled in quite nicely here. At first, she had some very sloppy, diarrhea poops. After filling her belly with hay and pellets, however, she is now leaving nice, round, mostly-solid poops. She seems a bit thin- her belly is a bit bloated/squishy, but you can feel her spine and ribs beneath her skin. I'm trying to remember if Flynn felt that way too? Well, either way, she has unlimited access to hay and pellets so hopefully she will put on a little weight soon! She's not really much smaller than Flynn- they are about the same length, but Flynn is much more filled in and muscular-looking. She's awfully scrawny, lanky, and awkward looking at the moment, especially with those crazy ears! I'm sure that will change in time.
It adds to her endearment ;)
Flynn is going absolutely crazy with the new baby in the house, but unfortunately they will not be allowed to meet each other for at least a month.
One relaxed baby. (Sleeping)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Zuri's cage and all of her things are all set up in my room. Her cage is above Flynn's, and he seemed very anxious about it so I brought him up there to investigate. Well, I had completely forgotten this peppermint puppy bone that had come as a free sample with some of the supplies I ordered online. Flynn was quick to find it and enjoyed it immensely.
What a strange bunny!
Hey, give it back!
Flynn's face after my boyfriend Eric burst into the room. They have mixed feelings about eachother. Sometimes they get along, sometimes they don't.
Zuri comes home tomorrow! We just got our first major snowfall of the year today, so hopefully the roads won't be terrible tomorrow. We have to drive 1 1/2 hours to pick her up.