I had intended to tell a Shadow story today, but Leo is making it impossible. I had written an introduction last week of Leo and his unexpected intact status. We took him in for his neuter surgery last Thursday. He came through the surgery and is on the road to recovery now. However, he seems to have had a huge surge of hormones right before the surgery which has us and our vet thinking he may be younger than previously estimated, perhaps just six months of age rather than the year and a half the shelter thought.
After I posted his intro blog, Leo chased Blaine out of the room and humped my leg. The next day in the early evening before Blaine got home, Leo went nuts. I was down on the floor with him when he suddenly started humping everything he could reach while I was trying to get up and away … my feet, my legs, my knees, my hands and arms when I tried to push him away. I ended up leaving the room to find a stuffed rabbit to try to pacify him. I thought he was going to give himself a heart attack with all his vigorous activity with his new stuffed bunny rabbit friend. Then he came back after me. I ended up sitting in my office chair with my feet curled underneath me or propped up on the desk. Leo kept vigil on the rug beside me, just waiting for me to put a foot down. Sometimes he would come stretching up to his full height trying to reach me on the chair. Blaine says he wished he had been there to get it on video as he thinks it would have been hysterically funny.
The neuter has not yet tamed our little lion and I am sitting with my legs crossed underneath me in my chair as I write this. Leo is again sitting on the rug waiting for me to put a foot down. This evening is Leo’s first vet sanctioned free run time since the surgery. The vet thinks that it will be at least a month or two before all the hormones leave Leo’s system. It is going to be a long summer. However, it is giving a good picture of just why a neuter / spay is a really good idea even with only one pet rabbit in a household. The rabbit hormonal activities when they hit their bunny rabbit teens can be quite over the top.
If Little Leo will allow, I will post a Shadow story on Wednesday …
Look at him eyeing those toes! I’m sorry it’s going to take some time for him to calm down – you do make it sound very entertaining & cute, though.
Oh my goodness, but he’s so cute!
Leo is going to follow in the Tigger principle, small size and awesome cuteness gets away with a whole lot!
Awww, but he is so cute!! hahaha! It totally reminds me of when Moshi hit bunny puberty… My word! My legs, MYYY stuffed bunnies! I wonder if this is TMI but there is one particular stuffed bunny that my boyfriend calls “[insert scientific term for male germ cell] bucket” after I told him what Moshi did to it… Oh boy… Luckily he calmed down soon after his surgery.
Leo is at the moment the poster bunny for why a rabbit neuter is a necessity even with him being an only bunny.
Adventures in bunny parenting?
Exactly so, and on we go with the adventure.