Yesterday, Gracie (our lionhead rabbit) had her Health & Wellness exam. As you can see there are a few things different about her. A shaved mouth and stitches!
I’ve been keeping Oreo and Gracie separate until they bond. Females rabbits can be a bit challenging but it’s doable if you have patience. I have plenty of that. In the past, I’ve successfully bonded females. It’s not advised to put them in the room unsupervised. It could be like WWE in bunny land! What with the potential of kicking bunny feet, boxing front paws, fur flying, and who knows what else. You don’t want that!
With Oreo and Gracie, the initial introductions were done in a area neutral to both of them. Both were in small cages a few inches apart from each other. It gave them a chance to sniff each other. That was successful so I then moved the cages close together. They were in touching distance. They sniffed and seemed fine. Since that worked well, I moved on to the next phase.
With Oreo and Gracie, occasionally I have let Gracie into Oreo’s room (supervised of course.) But only while Oreo is caged, so they can get used to each others scent. As you can see in the link, Oreo would come up and greet Gracie with a bunny sniff and then hop away.
Rabbit bonding gone wrong
Monday night when Gracie hopped up to Oreo’s cage to say hi, instead of sniffing her Oreo nicked her through the cage. Which left me wondering. How in the world did she manage to do that? The cage bars are small, so I’m guessing her nails on her front paws or her hind legs might have swiped her? The bleeding was minimal and Gracie was hopping around like normal (sporting a cut) after a bit of consolation from my daughter, Angel and me. Even though she looked fine. I still felt like such a bad fur mom!
I immediately called the vet and relayed what happened. I told them that although she was cut, she was still her inquisitive self, hopping around and eating. Since I had already scheduled an appointment for the following day, they told me they’d check her out then.
Upon arrival at the animal hospital Gracie’s vet (same as Oreo’s) had a chance to thoroughly check her. She recommended laceration surgery. I was expecting this, based on the lengthy research I’d done on Monday night. Gracie’s vet also said that I didn’t have to get the procedure; however, she strongly recommended it since it would ensure that it didn’t get infected and the stitches would help it heal correctly. Of course I chose surgery!
We left Gracie at the vet. We returned home and waited for the call. Those time drug by… I was extremely worried, but tried not to show it since my daughter blamed herself. Of course I told her this wasn’t her fault. We both were concerned about Gracie and were hoping she was fine. Three hours later, we received the call that her surgery was successful! I must say we both were relieved to get that call.
Upon returning to the animal hospital, her vet gave me a lot of meds to give her during the recovery process. We also noticed that Gracie was now sporting a new look; fur shaved close near her mouth and she now had black stitches to help the cut heal properly. Even with the new appearance, we were thrilled to see that Gracie was fine. I must say, it was great to see our furbaby again. My daughter and I both gave her gentle hugs.
How much was the procedure? The surgery, with medication (and other services administered) totaled $236. Several years ago, I created a savings account just for my pets. You know, in case, an unexpected surgery happened. Besides yesterday, I’ve only had to use it one time. That was with Hanuman, my silver mitt ferret. He loved rubber and swallowed part of a rubber ball. I’m still trying to figure out how he managed to do that! That surgery was $168.
Gracie is back to normal
Despite the unexpected events, Gracie is doing fine. She still likes to be held, loves to lick us and loves hopping beside me while I read. My Hiya Hiya knitting needles fascinate her and she likes to nose them while I knit. It’s so cute!
This sweet bunny loves being around others. I have to thank “A” again for being such an awesome fur mom to this delightful bunny. Our biggest challenge will be slowing her down a bit so she can heal.
Oreo is fine
Oreo is doing fine also and I don’t blame her for this unexpected event. I blame myself. Oreo is our timid girl, but over the past few weeks she’s been coming out her shell. I do wonder what type of life she had before she came to live with us. She was one year and eight days old when we adopted her from the Humane Society of Harford County.
Oreo now lets me hold her. She does interact with Mr. Bentley and Angel (without feeling threatened.)
The challenge will be bonding the two female rabbits; Oreo and Gracie. We’ll pick up bonding after Gracie has been spayed. I’m not planning on scheduling Gracie’s surgery until October. Hormones, can be a factor in how well the bonding sessions go and once she’s spayed that should help tremendously!
What I would have done differently
Although they seemed to get along, I should have taken more time before allowing Gracie in Oreo’s room. Yes, Oreo was confined to her home/cage, but she’s marked that entire room! In her bunny mind, that room is hers!
I will say, even if they never like each other, they both still have a furever home with us. We love both of them and can’t think of our home without them.
- Bonding: When the Going gets Rough
- Bonding Rabbits: A walk-through informational film
- Female Bonding: Lionheads Ariel & Miranda bonded!