Rabbits/Deaf

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QUESTION: Ok I have tried snapping at the ears and sneaking up and clapping and he just doesn't respond at all I want to know if this is just him or is he deaf

ANSWER: Raleigh,

It sounds like your bun is, at the very least, very hard of hearing, and quite possibly is deaf. Lops have issues with hearing - what breed is your bunny?

In any case, deaf doesn't mean your bun can't enjoy a good quality of life. I'd recommend flipping a light switch on and off when you enter the room to avoid startling him (don't want to cause a heart attack).

Best,

Christine

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QUESTION: I think he is an English spot and he lives outside But I'm thinking of taking him inside should I do that because I don't live by myself

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Raleigh,

I always support bringing a bun inside. They're prey animals by nature and as such, are skiddish (fight or flight response). Bringing your bun inside will definitely make him more at ease, and I think you'll end up appreciating your bunny's quirks and fun moments that much more with him indoors.

Christine

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Christine Whetstone

Expertise

I am not an expert on wild rabbits, only domesticated rabbits. I can answer questions regarding habitats, behavior, diet, health, pairing/bonding - pretty much anything having to do with owning a rabbit.

Experience

I've owned indoor rabbits for the last 10 years. During that time I've gained experience in areas like bonding exercises, understanding behavior, warning signs of sick bunnies, how to handle more serious illnesses (GI stasis, abscesses, eye problems, etc.) and more. It's rare that I come across an inquiry that I do not already know the answer to.

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House Rabbit Society, supporter of local rabbit rescues

Publications
http://ilovemyhouserabbit.com/

Education/Credentials
Personal experience beats the pants off of a degree, in my opinion.

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