Friday, November 20, 2009

Sick Max

Our huge beast bunny, Max, had some minor health problems last night, but all is well.

We noticed something was wrong when Max didn't pursue his usual favorite activities:
  • Begging for food
  • Running maniacally around the apartment
  • Chasing Little Man
  • Hopping on couches
I checked him, and he had a bit of a waste elimination problem. Poor little guy. We looked up what to do, and we gave him plenty of water, greens, and hay before bed, as usual.

When we checked him again this morning, he had some accident streaks on his cage floor, but he was much perkier. It looked like he pretty much took care of the problem and was very interested in food again. However, because the bunnies are pretty much 100% bonded now, poor Moby had to stay in the cage with a depressed 10-pound rabbit that couldn't control its own bowel movements. Poor Little Man!

I read about what might have caused it, and the likely culprit is too much sugar. No, not table sugar - as far as I know, he has not gotten into any cookies recently. I have been introducing some sweet fruit to him as a treat, including small pieces of pear, apple, strawberry, papaya, and pomegranate.

The pomegranate was what did it, probably, but we're going to limit his sugar intake anyway. He seems extra sensitive to it, and since he loves greens so ridiculously much, they're a treat in and of themselves. (Maybe a little piece of pear or apple every now and then...)

Can't wait to spend time with my recuperating bunny tonight.

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