A slight change of plan here to keep this post brief. Until little Leo’s hormones finally calm down, I need to start scheduling my writing time for his nap time. Usually, I have been writing after Blaine gets home from work so that he can distract Leo from his pursuit of me. Unfortunately, Blaine has come down sick with a cold / flu today and has been sleeping most of the day.
It is now two weeks since Leo’s neuter, but his hormones are still raging. Leo is a leg man, an arm man, an anything he can reach rabbit man. My legs are getting cramped trying to keep them up out of his way and he is at times chewing on my chair in frustration.
Leo at the moment is a poster bunny for why a house rabbit needs to be neutered. We are thinking that the reason we were given for his being turned in to the shelter (owners working long hours) might not have been the whole truth of the matter. Or he may be much younger than was thought and just hit the full hormonal burst right as we adopted him. Any way you look at it though, the love bites that accompany Leo’s rabbit embrace are quite painful if I fail to evade him. This really isn’t an ideal way to start off our bonding process. We are glad to have rescued him, but so sad it was necessary because so many don’t properly understand the needs of a house rabbit. Our vet told us it would take 1-2 months for his hormones to settle down. I am guessing it is going to be the full 2 months at this rate.
Gotta go for now, but I will make sure to finish the story on the diagnosis and the long road to recovery for Shadow and get that posted tomorrow …
T-Bone did the same thing. I hope Leo calms down soon so you guys could enjoy each other’s company.
All he needs is love and lots of things to chew on. Thank you for rescuing him He will turn out to be the best bun ever.
I’ve started volunteering at the Utah Humane Society with the bunnies only and some of the intake reasons I read make me angry… And apparently, I’ve only seen the “adoptable” bunnies. They get too many in for the capacity they have.
And then there’s the behavior of the ones that have clearly been ignored… Nippers and stompers… give them a bit of freedom and off they go on bunstruction. I work with these the most, but if a person isn’t ready to make a commitment with a “bunny project” the results are often sad. Or the bunnies just don’t get adopted.
I’m glad Leo got you.
That has to be really sad to see all the abandoned rabbits coming in. I intend to write more about our rescue bunny Portia starting next month. She is the big gray in our logo. How she was abandoned was just awful. It does make it even harder for the rabbits to feel a bond or connection and to settle down and be good companions when they have been abandoned or suffered abuse. It is a ‘bunny project’ to rehabilitate them to being good house rabbit companions.
Since the shelter made such a huge mistake with Leo and his not being neutered, I hate to think what might have happened to him if someone else had taken him home. Would they have taken him to a vet and found the mistake and gotten it taken care of or just put him outside somewhere when he started really acting out? I think we really did rescue him.