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Q: what do i do?

May 29, 2009 | By kandi l. | 9 answers | Expired: 1771 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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Swayloveswasabi34
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Jun 10, 2009

Maybe you can do it with a little tact! Hear is what I came up with. Since she gets defensive a gift would be a easy way to get to her about the issue. By a few books or magazines about Bunnies. Maybe a water or gravity feeder. I few treats and thoughtful gifts maybe even a new cage! Go over there with compassion and love, tell her your sorry for getting her upset, and hope she will except your gift with your apology. Tell her you love her, and care for her and also her bunnies. Say you would like to show inst rest in her furbabies too! Tell her you know they can be a handful and its hard to keep up with them sometimes, you were just concerned because you care you didn't mean to offended her in no way! And explain that you got her bunnies related gifts to help her out with her love and interest... her bunnies. Hug her and hopefully it will go smoothly.
And the little bunnies with thank you in their little hearts! You will be the hero! And you strengthen your relationship! It really sounds that she don't like to be told what to do, she puts her guard up every time. I hope it work out good luck!

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jessie
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Jun 05, 2009

I agree, I would very nicely tell her, maybe get her a book on bunny's from the library. she wont get mad at you she loves you.

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jackie
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Jun 05, 2009

I agree with knavi just talk to her she may get mad but you really need to talk to her about it

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Animalbunnyluvr
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Jun 01, 2009

What you can do is ask her for some money and go buy some storage cubes (1 inch squares) from target or something and build a cage. They are very cheap and mine is 3 stories. You will need carpet for the levels and also 2 wooden sticks to hold the cage up but overall it cost me about $50.

For hay-you can buy large cat ltter boxes (probably 2 or 3 since they rarely get cleaned) and fill them up with hay then clean them everytime you go over to her house which is hopefully once a week. Rabbits need a constant supply of hay and if they don't have it there whole digestive system wil stop and they might pass away.

For food-They really need ot be fed everyday but if your aunt wont do it what i reccommend is making baggies of veggies for each day so all your aunt has to do is put it in their cage. They should also be getting pellets (I do pellets in the morning and veggies at night). You probably could do the same thing with that. Because she has 2 large rabbits, 1/2 cup a day will be enough for the pair of them.

If she wont't give them away these suggestions should help, but i strongly reccommend you do. Even local animal shelters can take good care of them if you are willing to pay the fee to give them up. Try to find a new home for them first.

Well, I hope this helps and good luck!!!!! :)

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Anonymous
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May 29, 2009

i would just tell her nicely and prove why u think u r right. she may get mad at first. that is calling getting defensive. but she may think about it later. but really u cant do much about running how an adult does something sometimes.

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Nicole D.
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May 29, 2009

I think you should so talk to her and tell her what your thinking!!! It is not good the way they are and i know you can't really do anything but i think you should talk to her on maybe getting rid of em or she NEEDS to learn how to take care of them...HER SELF... :)))) When you talk to her maybe tell her thtas not the life they want to live in a small thing they need a good home... (((Don't be skrdd to tell her how YOU feel!!)))

<3 Nicole

(((thats a pixxx of my old rabbit i got rid of her to be at a better home......i loved her "Bunns" but somebody really wanted her and i'm the kind of person who is happy when other people are happy)))

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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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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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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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