So it appears that Aubree, the 7 month old blind bunny we adopted from a breeder, could also be deaf 😦
Remember I said she was so calm and chilled despite all the noises, even when she had never lived inside before? I mean she hasn’t reacted to me opening her pen / cage, the vacuum, Rey squeaking toys, Kasper barking, me going up and talking to her etc etc – she doesn’t flinch.
That got me wondering if she is either deaf or has minimal hearing.
We’ve conducted a few unscientific tests and think she very much might be, and probably is…this will make handling and training her much MUCH harder, but I still think she can live a happy fulfilled life so there is no way I will have her put to sleep.
I may phone my vet back though and ask if any other health checks need doing, although for just the eyesight she seemed fine with it.
I bought Abree some new toys today 🙂
We went to a small pretty seaside town that we haven’t been to since Autumn last year, before the Zoey stuff, and we had such a brilliant day!
My partner said I could spend £16 at the pet shop (money has to be controlled and limited when I am manic 😉 ) and I got some awesome loot!
Now Aubree’s toys have to be carefully planned – I wanted her to have something to chew and something to throw about, but I wanted both to be fixed in place so she would always know where they are.
First I bought a light, fun chew toy that fastens to the bars of the cage (the degus watched this toy go into her cage with envy!) – she can pick it and toss it about, but it won’t come off the bars of the cage!
The second toy is more of a spin / chew toy, and is a toy I have wanted to buy for the past few years but, before Aubree and the chins, I didn’t have any girl pets that would enjoy it!
Isn’t that pretty?!
So here is her lay out:
I will be taking out the hay roller toy because, quite frankly, it takes up room and she bumps her head on it! I know she will get to know the layout, but it seems a pointless thing to leave in there.
The thing she has her paws on in the above photo is her new food bowl, which is actually a metal balti bowl.
The wondrous thing about this is she can’t knock it about and lose it, because I have cable tied it to the cage. It can’t be tipped and, best of all, she can hop about under it so it doesn’t take up any room 😀
Here are my bunny questions:
- Does anybody have any training advice on how to go about helping a bunny with no / limited eyesight and hearing begin exploring and getting to know us?
I am not talking about doing this immediately, I am talking about in the near future. Obviously the problem if she is hearing impaired is that we can’t alert her to our presence by our voices, we can’t use a marker to reward good behaviour etc etc.
Currently I have begun teaching her that being touched (which obviously makes her startle – I do talk to her before and during doing so) means I have tasty food – I have done this three times, and it seemed to work well.
- The ramp – should I be trying to tempt her down by leaving strong smelling food / veggies, or would you just leave it and see how she does?
I am tempted to just buy a 120cm cage but, after just buying this one for £55, my partner is less sure XD
And now two adorable photos from our brief training session…
My next post will probably be bunny and dog free (sorry!) and will be about the lovely day me and my partner have had today – there will be pretty phone photos, I promise!