Hi folks, we got two new bunnies last week, and we are hoping to convince Kiba they are friends, not food. He gets so excited, especially when I touch them, with whining, barking and all kinds of vocalizations. He also strains to reach them through the cage wire, and we are working on keeping him calm around them. He's been doing pretty good, so we thought we'd bring the bunnies inside for a closer introduction, while Paul cleaned the cage.
Warren and Charlie:
I put barriers on each side of our tiny hall outside the bathroom. Kiba got quite excited, but I just kept telling him to calm down, and then basically ignored him while I sat with the bunnies. I opened the crate and let the bunnies come out or not as they pleased. I made sure the door stayed open so they could run back in whenever they felt the need. Charlie is the bravest, and was first out. Warren followed, but was much more tentative. Neither of them seemed bothered by Kiba, who kept forgetting himself, and would whine or bark to be let in. They were much more unsure of me, especially when I sat down on the carpet with them. They froze when I touched them, although they didn't try to run. Charlie let me pick him without any fighting or scratching, and he just lay in my hands, calm. Kiba, on the other hand, decided he didn't like that AT ALL, and started barking at me for holding him. Kiba is a jealous creature, and doesn't even like me touching Spyder, whom he's known all his life! He will jump down off Paul's lap to run over and chase her away from me, if she dares to jump onto my lap where he can see her! NOT because he wants me; he doesn't, and he just goes back to Paul after she jumps down and runs away from him. He just doesn't like to share.
Anyway, the bunnies were happier if I stood up, and they were soon both exploring the little area. It was so cute when Charlie found Kiba's toybox! He wasn't interested in the toys, but he had a good look, anyway. They had a little nosh on a baby carrot, but they weren't really interested. Charlie kept trying to dig up and eat the carpet, thinking it was grass. If we EVER get a day that isn't raining, we'll take them out and let them run in the grass a bit. Charlie also tried chewing on the board blocking off the kitchen, and on the door frame to the bathroom. Charlie is a chewer!
When Paul was done outside, he got a leash and collar on Kiba, and it was time for a face-to-face. Kiba had been sitting quietly beside the baby gate, and was even laying down at the end, just watching me with the bunnies. He was calm, so we thought we'd give it a go. The only other creature Kiba has met (other than dogs) is Spyder, and we all know how that went. *sigh* We are NOT experienced in introducing dogs to other animals, but we figured as long as we kept firm control on Kiba, and didn't allow him to become over-stimulated, the bunnies were safe.
It went better than I thought it would. Kiba was curious, but calm, and tried to sniff the bunnies like he would a dog! The bunnies couldn't care less about him, and just kept hopping around, exploring, and basically ignoring him! Brave buns!
After a few more minutes, Kiba got a little more excited, and made a quick move towards one, and I called the first meeting to a halt. I'm sure the bunnies had had enough, and I didn't want to push our luck. I got these pics, and a video of the event. Hope you enjoy!Youtube Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t110ZbA2 ... ature=plcp