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post #1 of 25
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I found a very very hurt bunny at work tonight and now he's home with me in a box in a spare bedroom. He's bleeding and probably won't make it the night, but at least his last night will be warm. The question I have is, can he infect my cats through the box? I don't know if he's sick or not, he's obviously been attacked by something, he's lost an ear and his back leg is gone, he's in shock, and doesn't look very good. We are going to euthanize him tomorrow but noone will do it tonight.
Please help, can he make my cats sick in anyway??
post #2 of 25
maybe call a pharmacy and see if they sell any kind of ether (sp?) or anything that could be used for this.

sorry, sounds horrible.
i did this very same thng but it was during the day and took him to a local vet and they said they would take care of it. (pts)
post #3 of 25
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He is so bad off. I feel terrible for him. I know he's in pain. I can see it in his eyes. I am also worried that he will make my cats sick and that's my main concern right now. Can you tell me if that's a possibility?
post #4 of 25
The poor thing sounds like he's suffering very badly Can you not take him to a vet and have in put to sleep? That would be the more humane thing to do. If you explain the situation of how you found him in the road, they will even do it free.
post #5 of 25
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He is so bad off. I feel terrible for him. I know he's in pain. I can see it in his eyes. I am also worried that he will make my cats sick and that's my main concern right now. Can you tell me if that's a possibility?
If you keep your cats away from him and the box they should be fine.

I also recommend keeping the cats away because they will cause the bunny even more stress.

Please, call an emergency vet and take him in
post #6 of 25
Aww, the poor baby I am not sure if it can affect your cats..sorry I can't be of more help.
post #7 of 25
no one knows what bunny has been exposed to or if he's carrying any diseases that could threaten your kids. However, he's clearly dying of some kind of injury and not an illness.

While I wouldn't worry too much about it I would still keep my kitties away from the bunny, and yes, I would also take him to the closest emergency pet hospital and have him pts. poor thing.
post #8 of 25
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The poor thing sounds like he's suffering very badly Can you not take him to a vet and have in put to sleep? That would be the more humane thing to do. If you explain the situation of how you found him in the road, they will even do it free.
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If you keep your cats away from him and the box they should be fine.

I also recommend keeping the cats away because they will cause the bunny even more stress.

Please, call an emergency vet and take him in
If we had one, I'd be calling, trust me. Unfortunately the closest thing we have is 45 minutes away and our roads are covered in a foot of snow right now. It was heck getting home from work.
Money isn't the problem, getting someone to DO it is. I'd pay someone to put him down, the problem is, noone is willing, I called everywhere. All the vets, to no avail. I even called the Police station and they gave me a number of someone that takes wildlife and they never called me back. So here I sit, stuck and worried. Feeling horrible for a little creature that is obviously in pain. Trust me 8 am tomorrow I will be at the vets when the doors open, and they WILL put him down so he doesn't suffer anymore. I just wish there was more I can do for him.

If he's in a box in our spare bedroom and he's on the floor is that a bad thing? Should I take him to the basement (it's heated)? There's no carpet so no chance critters can get into anything down there. Should I clean the spot where the box is?
post #9 of 25
He shouldn't infect your cats with anything as long as he stays in the box. Poor thing.

Now, I'm going to throw this out, and please don't think I'm being cruel, but do you know anyone with a gun that knows how to shoot? If the vet isn't open and he can't be pts before tomorrow morning, he may be warm overnight but he will be in agony. It sounds like he is beyond repair, and the sooner you can put him out of his misery, the better it would be for him. It is heartbreaking, I know. Or, is there an animal control you could call and explain he is really suffering?

Bless you for taking care of the poor bunny though.
post #10 of 25
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He shouldn't infect your cats with anything as long as he stays in the box. Poor thing.

Now, I'm going to throw this out, and please don't think I'm being cruel, but do you know anyone with a gun that knows how to shoot? If the vet isn't open and he can't be pts before tomorrow morning, he may be warm overnight but he will be in agony. It sounds like he is beyond repair, and the sooner you can put him out of his misery, the better it would be for him. It is heartbreaking, I know. Or, is there an animal control you could call and explain he is really suffering?

Bless you for taking care of the poor bunny though.
I wish I did. Noone I know owns a gun or anything or the sort. He IS in pain. I know it. I feel like I should just let him go back outside, but all that'll do is give him a slow cold death. Either way this little bunny is loosing. Animal control was the first place I called, they aren't opened....They have hours from 8 to 4 and that's it. We have ONE animal control person in this town, and she works days. PERIOD. Our shelter is opened from 10:30-4 three days a week, and oh....puddles! I feel now like I should'nt have tried to help him. Now he's bleeding and hurting more then when he was cold and outside.
post #11 of 25
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I wish I did. Noone I know owns a gun or anything or the sort. He IS in pain. I know it.
I don't know if I could do this, but I saw a thread within the last few months where the person saw a dying animal and had gathered up the courage to run over it with her car a couple of times to put it out of it's misery.

for the bunny that he goes quickly to the RB.
post #12 of 25
Can you maybe perhaps put something over its leg and ear and at least try to slow the bleeding down? I know it's most likely to pass away, but if you cannot get it pts tonight, surely there is more you can do to make it comfortable. Poor bunny
post #13 of 25
I really wish I had some advice to offer, but it sounds as if you've already covered all bases. Maybe God will be merciful, and not let the poor thing suffer through the night.. Poor thing.

I think your cats should be okay, if you keep them separated.

~KK~
post #14 of 25
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I don't know if I could do this, but I saw a thread within the last few months where the person saw a dying animal and had gathered up the courage to run over it with her car a couple of times to put it out of it's misery.

for the bunny that he goes quickly to the RB.
That sounds like a terrible way to go, I couldn't do it.
I hope I'm never in a position like this, but what about water? Or a pillow?
Poor little bunny! I know how you feel, I'd be completely torn up over something like this if it happened to me.
post #15 of 25
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No. I couldn't kill anything, letting it suffer is killing me. Hubby can't do it either.
Call me horrible, but I just can't kill any living creature. It's not in my nature.
post #16 of 25
You poor poor thing, that sounds just horrible... I had a rainbow lorikeet that was dying in pain a while ago... same situation.
I stayed with it all night and wrapped it in a towel and gave it water off my finger... I felt so bad that I couldn't help it any further...
I hope it works out in the end, and that that poor rabbit won't have to suffer any more than necessary.
post #17 of 25
No - not if they have no direct contact. But the bunny could be carrying parasites (like fleas or mites) that might seek out another host.

Poor little bunny
post #18 of 25
Poor little mite. I would say the main risk to your cats is parasites or coccidia, just don't let them in the same room (no need for it to be stressed more by their presence either).

When I was young we once found a very very injured wild rabbit in the fields behind our house, there was no way anything could be done to save him. My dad did the best thing he could under the circumstances, and gave the wee fella a quick and hopefully relatively painless end with a large rock to the head. It wasn't an easy thing for him as an animal lover to do, he was red eyed and sniffling for the rest of the day
post #19 of 25
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Bunny update:
I took him in first thing today and they are going to try and save him!
They actually have a place to take him if they can sew his leg up and get him mended up. He ate all the lettuce I put in with him last night, spilled his water and went potty so I think he still has some fight left in him. I just hope that the injury to his leg isn't to terrible and that they don't have to put him down.
They are supposed to call me and let me know. If I haven't heard by 4 I'm going to call.
post #20 of 25
Well that's much better news than I was expecting to hear!

Here's hoping that the injuries were not as bad as they looked and they can fix him up
post #21 of 25
here's some for the little guy!
post #22 of 25
I'm sure this has been resolved by now but I had to tell you that we once had to smash a kitty with a boulder under very similar circumstances...
kitty was so young too, it was heartbreaking but ultimately it was either that or let the poor thing suffer.
post #23 of 25
I'm late on this one but the bunny breeders I know will put a lost cause rabbit in the freezer. They just drift to sleep from the cold. I'm glad it's not a lost cause though
post #24 of 25
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Actually, when they put him under, they found more damage done to his leg then could be repaired, so they had no choice but to put him down. RIP little bunny.
post #25 of 25
poor bunny...

RIP
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