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Q: what do i do?

May 29, 2009 | By kandi l. | 9 answers | Expired: 1960 days ago

kandi  l.

ok i love my aunt to death but she has 2 rabbits (big) rabbits in one small cage.. if i tell her that they r in not good condition then she will yell at me and everything.. but idk what to do.. there bedding gets change like once a month. and they get fed once a week (if i dont feed them) but i try to feed then every time o go over.. i dont know what to do.. any ideas????!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP THE RABBITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wendy L.
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May 29, 2009

poor bunnies! They must be miserable. Our rabbit rescue hears similar, but usually the person feels bad about it, not defends it!

Short of you taking care of them yourself (going over every couple of days and scooping litter, feeding, etc.) you can print materials from rabbit.org or arba.net (American Rabbit Breeder's Association) and leave them with her.

You may also want to suggest that she finds them another home - instead of just suggesting it, maybe mention that someone you know is looking for rabbits and you were wondering if she'd like to give hers to them (of course, have somewhere for them to go lined up, whether its a friends house or a shelter).

It may cause a lot of grief, but you can also document everything by taking pictures and writing down dates, etc., and turning it into animal control. Of course this would most likely put a great strain on your relationship, but if the other options don't work out, that may be best for the bunnies.

You didn't mention if they were indoors or out, and I am NOT telling you to do this, but I have heard of cases of outdoor bunnies that were "stolen" by people and brought to a rescue. One bunny was being kept in a pet carrier on the side of the house where dogs were coming up to it and tormenting it, neighborhood kids were feeding it pixie sticks, and it was out-of-sight, out-of-mind so no regular feeding or bedding changes. That one was pretty bad! I've also gone on an animal control raid and found rabbits with no food or water that were being kept in very enclosed outdoor hutches in the heat of summer, corners covered in poo, and the skins and bones of deceased rabbits in with the live ones.... its sad what some people let go on in their yard!!!!

These poor buns are likely suffering or soon will suffer from sore hocks, urine scald, upper respiratory problems due to the ammonia smell, and lack of muscling (which makes them weak and fatigued), not to mention the mental and social aspects of it. These bunnies need help!

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Mary C.
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May 29, 2009

Take it upon yourself to get a bigger cage for them and supply her with the proper things to care for them better. If you have to, tell her you got a great deal on the stuff (larger cage, better bedding, large food and water dishes, etc..) and someone gave you some tips on how to care for them better. Let her know that by using certain bedding she can get away with not changing it so often, and using large hopper dishes will supply them with food longer! Hopefully you can convince her somehow to provide better care or maybe you can offer to find them a better home.

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Kavykeeper
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May 29, 2009

Ask whichever parent of yours is your aunt's sibling to talk to your her. I assume your parents are the ones who raised you to care for animals so they would probably be as alarmed as you are. That way, you won't have to worry about confronting your aunt .

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