By nature, I am probably already born lazy.
But being lazy & having to be NOT lazy, is really taking a toll on me.
It’s like all I ever want to do is lay in bed & watch TV all day, but there’s always work to be done. Whether it is WORK work or HOUSE work. =\
On top of that, ever since the new bunny (we named him Flappy) came into the picture, my old bunny (poor lil Mafia) fell sick. He didn’t eat or drink or poop or pee. For rabbits, this is actually life-threatening becuz it means that his gut is shutting down.
We brought lil Mafia to the vet many times. The vet suggested that it could be psychological. Mafia could be affected by the sudden introduction of Flappy. And it was made worse when Flappy kept wanted to mount Mafia & all Mafia wanted to do was relax in one corner of the living room. At one point, Mafia got so irritated with Flappy that he stomped his hind legs repeatedly on the floor.
Any good rabbit psychiatrist?
Ever since Mafia got sick, I separated the 2 bunnies.
So… 3 weeks later & after many force-feeding of soft food, Mafia got better. But due to him not eating solid food on his own, his back teeth is slightly overgrown & it’s hurting his tongue when he eats. So next week, I have to bring him to the vet for teeth filing. Be strong, my young padawan. May the force be with you.
Myself, I have to wake up early in the wee morning between 6-7am to feed Mafia bunny. Then feed again every 4 hours until I go to bed.
As he is not eating on his own, you’ll have to mix rabbit’s critical care (which is in powder form) with water, till you get a consistency similar to baby food. Then you put it in a syringe & jab it (gently, of course) into his mouth.
You can expect A HELL LOT of struggling & kicking & scratching. But be patient with the feeding & he will soon get used to it. In fact, I think Mafia bunny is loving the feeding now becuz he sits quietly while you feed him about 20ml of critical care. If you think that 20ml is a small amount & it’s easy to feed, try using a 1ml syringe. You have to repeat the process 20 times, ok. =\ And each feeding time takes about 30-40mins (if he is not being co-operative).
So that’s my life the past 3 weeks.
Waking up super early to feed Mafia.
Feeding every 4 hours till I go to bed at 11pm. In between have to find time to work, do housework, clean the 2 rabbit cages, give them fresh water, let them out of their cages to run around & exercise, clean their shit off the floor after their running (thank god it’s dry & round, not like soft & mushy), groom their fur, feed myself, catch a little nap if possible, etc etc…
Repeat the same thing everyday.
So how fun is it to have rabbits as pets?
I can tell you that I enjoy every bit of it. But it is also very tiring especially when a rabbit falls sick. However, whenever I look at their faces, it brings a smile to my face. Every action they do, it makes me laugh.
Like how Flappy runs to his water bottle when I touch it. To him, it means that I will help him squeeze the water out instead of him licking the metal tube like crazy.
And Mafia bunny will run crazily around the house, but he will occasionally approach to sniff my feet & then lie down beside me. Maybe he likes the scent of my stinky sweaty feet? I dunno. LOL
Not everyday is fun & games. Sometimes, when I get super tired from work & I come home to see them pee all over their cages, I get frustrated.
BUY YOU A BEDPAN YOU DUN WAN TO USE?!?!?!?! WHY PEE EVERYWHERE?!?!?!??!?! MORE CLEANING FOR ME, OKAY!!!!!!! *furious furious angry angry*… NO MORE TREATS FOR YOU TONIGHT!!!!
*cleans their cages*… *watch them hop around happily in the living room*…
So cute for wat… *kiss kiss the bunnies*… *give them a treat for god-knows-what-reason (probably rewarding them for being irritating, no wonder they never learn to just pee in bedpans)*…
Ok ok, to give them some credit, Flappy does pee in his bedpan 80% of the time & Mafia pees in his 90% of the time. So it’s actually not too bad. Both of them are still very well-behaved. Mafia used to pee in his bedpan 100% of the time. He was so well-trained that whenever I let him run around the house, he would still jump back into the cage to pee before jumping out again to run around. However, with Flappy in the house, Mafia felt that he needed to mark his territory now. That’s why he occasionally pees outside.
Oh by the way, Noni facial soap is going good. The last batch will be sent out this weekend. I’m still consolidating.
After this batch, I’m taking a break. But for those who are still interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org & I’ll take down your orders. Next round of shipping will be either in July or August 2011.