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Fri May 22, 2020, 11:47 PM

I found a bunny in my house! Update with bad news

Last edited Sat May 23, 2020, 08:39 AM - Edit history (7)

I just found that the little guy didn't make it through the night.


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I was downstairs in my basement, which is finished, but really not used much, changing the water in the cat fountain and checking their food when I spotted a tiny little bunny. I know nothing about bunnies, but I think this could be a pet. My daughter-in-law put on a glove and picked it up and we put it in a cardboard box. My daughter brought over a kennel and bought a water bottle and some food. We put a towel on the floor of the kennel, and then put in a shoebox with a hole cut in it so the little guy (or girl) could have a place to hide. Then I put the whole thing in a room that the cats can't get into.

I just don't know if this little guy just came in the cat door or if one of the cats brought him in. He's pretty small. He kind of looks like a dwarf bunny. If he came in on his own, he probably fell. I have cat trees by the windows, but it doesn't seem like a bunny could just hop down off of them. I don't know if he's hurt. He moves around, but not very quickly. Maybe he's in shock, or just scared. Honestly, I don't even really know how bunnies are supposed to act.

I sure hope we find his home tomorrow, if he actually has a home. I really don't think I can keep a bunny. I've got the four cats, and they're all hunters.

If anyone can give me good advice, I'd appreciate it.

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Reply I found a bunny in my house! Update with bad news (Original post)
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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:51 PM

1. Be careful feeding it. Neighbours had a bunny in a building i lived in long sgo.

They left for a weekend and had friends (maybe boyfriends) look after the bunny. It died. I don't know if it was fright or how they fed the bunny. But they didn't know what they were doing or what happened.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:56 PM

4. I'm very worried

My daughter brought some food, and we put a tiny dish of it in the kennel, but I'm thinking I should take it out. I'd rather it be hungry for one night than to feed it the wrong thing and do harm.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #4)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

5. I don't know. If it says it is bunny food let it eat. It may be starving. I would just get

it to a animal shelter or get a bunny whisperer on the phone as soon as possible.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #5)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:04 AM

9. Bunny whisperer

I wish I had seen him earlier. I actually have a camera in the room I found him in, but so far I haven't been able to see his entrance. I hope we find a solution tomorrow.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #9)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:07 AM

10. Yes. Must be very stressful for him to be in the same abode as cats too.

Good luck.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #10)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:20 AM

11. Thank you

They can't get to him at all. He's in the kennel, which is in a room they won't be able to get into. But if they brought him in then I'm sure he's terrified from that.

I walked right past him, and then it hit me that something was out of place. I just couldn't even believe what I was seeing.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #11)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:25 AM

12. Yes i had a cat that would bring in live critters. One bird. One mouse. I managed to set them

both free. Poor little bunny.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #12)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:05 AM

19. One of mine is terrible about doing that

It just infuriates me.

And, yay, lizard season is almost here.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #19)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:09 AM

20. I know. I don't like that part of cats. I am relieved none of mine go out.

Safer for them too, not just the critters.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #20)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:39 AM

23. I just don't think I had the option of keeping them in

The mama cat showed up a little over two years ago with a collar and tag. We called the number on the tag and the guy wouldn't return our calls. Then, with a little sleuthing, I found his Facebook page. There were photos of the cat on his Facebook, along with kittens. He didn't want any of them. He lived way on the other side of town, so who knows how the mama cat ended up in my neighborhood, but she promptly had three kittens and then promptly hid them somewhere. When she started bringing them around to my yard I first tried to tame them, and then finally had to trap them. I kept them in my office for a month while I was waiting for their spay/neuter appointment. We went in and sat with them and talked to them and played with them for hours every day. They were already very wild. The mama cat, however, is tame and sweet as can be.

I kept them in for about a week after their spaying/neutering, and then opened the door and let them go. They just weren't at all happy in the house, and life was generally pretty crazy at the time. I've done what I think is the best I could do for these cats, given the circumstances of my life at the time.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #23)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:54 AM

24. You did great. You gave them a great home. I think cats are happier when they get to go outside. Esp

if they were used to it. It depends where you live.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #24)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:05 AM

25. Thanks.

I sure didn't choose to have these guys, but I do enjoy them.

And I just discovered that the bunny squeezed out of the kennel. I hope he can't squeeze under the door. I just don't know what to do with him. I don't really have anything around the house that I think would contain him.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #25)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:07 AM

26. Upside down laundry basket?

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Response to applegrove (Reply #26)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:15 AM

27. I don't think so.

I think he'd chew through it.

He's in a bathroom, and the gap at the bottom of the door is very, very small.

This could be a nightmare.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #27)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:26 AM

28. Stuff sock under the door. Maybe print off some posters with a picture

of the bunny on it?

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:52 PM

2. If it is a dwarf

he is likely someone's pet. Feed it greens and carrots and water, they are often litter box trained as well. They eat special pellets but if it is just temporary the greens, ours loved brussel sprouts and cucumber as well. They will eat bananas and strawberries as well and need water.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #2)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

6. Thank you

My daughter-in-law said she read they eat bananas, and we do have those. He went in the box, and I think he'll probably hide overnight.

I'll probably be up all night worried about the little guy. but I think it's best that he's just left alone until tomorrow.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #2)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:45 AM

14. I tried to post a pic

I just can't figure out how to do it.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:55 PM

3. Have a humane society near by? Maybe they could help, cats kill bunnies

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Response to KS Toronado (Reply #3)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:01 AM

7. We do, and I'll try to get in touch with them tomorrow.

It's a holiday weekend, and then there's the virus, so I don't know if they're even reachable.

And I'll just add that I definitely wouldn't trust my cats around him.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:04 AM

8. "or if one of the cats brought him in." - If you peruse youtube videos...

you'll see that apparently cats do like to bring one home on occasion.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #8)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:31 AM

13. Usually the mama cat makes a big announcement

Her "kittens" - my other three cats - are two years old, but she still thinks she needs to bring them prey. It's quite annoying.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:50 AM

15. Pretty cute little puff ball

You might want to look on some local social media pages and see if someone has lost a rabbit, or call some of the local vets. Call some of your neighbors--he probably didn't come from too far away. I would suspect one of your cats brought it in. No marks on him? He probably is pretty freaked out.

Most feed stores (like Tractor Supply) carry rabbit supplies. I think even places like Walmart do now. I'd recommend wood shavings (pine, comes in bags) in the crate instead of a towel. Easy to scoop out any messes, and refresh (kind of like cleaning a cat litter box). Most people feed alfalfa pellets.

Keep an eye on the water level to make sure he's figured out how to drink out of the bottle.

Please keep us posted.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #15)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:00 AM

17. Hopefully I won't have him long

My daughter thought I had a full size rabbit, I guess, and bought a bottle that holds about a quart, so it'll be hard to see if any is actually gone. There's not a whole lot I can do tonight. I think the best thing to do is to leave him alone so I don't stress him any more than he's already stressed.

My daughter-in-law said she posted it somewhere. I'm thinking it was probably on Nextdoor, which I don't belong to. I'm kind of afraid to post a photo to a social media site it because there are some people who peruse those sites and claim animals are theirs, and then use them as bait for dog fighting. Makes me sick.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:58 AM

16. From the photo

I think this has almost certainly been someone's pet. Sometimes people dump them just as they dump dogs and cats. Bunnies can be very sweet pets, but not everyone is up to caring for them long term. Maybe it just escaped from someone's home. Poor little thing. I hope he/she gets a good home. It looks scared to death. Make sure it has water. Can you take it to a vet tomorrow to make sure it isn't injured? Please keep us posted.

https://myhouserabbit.com/rabbit-care/what-to-feed-your-pet-rabbit/

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #16)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:03 AM

18. I'll definitely try to have him seen tomorrow

But of course it's Saturday, so it won't be easy.

And i think there's a special hell for someone who dumps animals. It's hard to comprehend anyone being so cruel.

This bunny is barely bigger than my fist, just for reference sake.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #18)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:17 AM

21. I hope you can find a vet that's open

That tiny little thing had no way to take care of itself out on its own. I hope it perks up by morning.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:21 AM

22. Bunnies like vegetables

Carrots ... lettuce ... cabbage ... spinach ...

Leafy green stuff ...

It looks like a pet breed ... definitely not the wild bunnies that run around my yard ...

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 02:54 AM

29. Whoa! What an experience.

I have to tell you that they do eat wires and that can be a bit of a bummer

They also poop on the go, Im sure you have found out already. Good news is that the bunny poop is great fertilizer for anything that you want to flower.

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Response to mahina (Reply #29)

Sat May 23, 2020, 08:05 AM

32. Yes, I've already had the, uh, pleasure

Tiny poops.

It's not a bunny. It's a tiny poop machine.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 06:12 AM

30. I have had bunnies for 18 years

Feed the little fellow hay. They have very delicate digestive systems. Anything with too much sugar like carrots and bananas can cause problems if he is not used to eating things like that. You cannot give too much hay.

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Response to Darwin2019 (Reply #30)

Sat May 23, 2020, 08:06 AM

33. ....

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I kind of think he was too young to eat whatever bunnies eat.

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Response to Darwin2019 (Reply #30)

Sat May 23, 2020, 11:44 AM

37. Yes we fed alfalfa

but I doubt she has a bale of hay hanging around, so just some veggies until she can get it home or to the humane society.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 07:44 AM

31. You might try googling House Rabbit Society of "whatever state you live in." This baby needs

to be taken in by someone that knows buns. Bless you for helping keep him/her safe until you can find help. Def. not a wild wabbit. If you can't find a house rabbit society or rescue, try the humane society nearest you.

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Response to japple (Reply #31)

Sat May 23, 2020, 08:09 AM

34. ....

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Thanks for that suggestion in case I'm ever again in the position of trying to rescue a bunny.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 09:32 AM

35. I'm sorry about your bad news.

I have heard it is very, very difficult to rehabilitate baby bunnies. I'm really sorry.

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Response to phylny (Reply #35)

Sat May 23, 2020, 09:35 AM

36. Thank you.

I do think he was really young, and I think he was hurt. I just hope he didn't suffer much.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #36)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:28 PM

39. Whoa..

What? I'm missing that post. Did he die?

Oh no!

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Response to Bayard (Reply #39)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:30 PM

40. Yes, sadly he did

I suppose I shouldn't feel so bad, but I'm pretty sad.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2020, 12:16 PM

38. Awww... I'm so sorry he didn't make it

RIP little bun.

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #38)

Sat May 23, 2020, 01:32 PM

41. Thank you, me too

I had to wait until my daughter-in-law left for a little bit with my little grandson, and then I buried him under my lilac bush. I just always hope that nature provides some way for them to not feel so much pain when something like this happens.

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