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Tofu Tuesday: Blindness diary. Week 2

Week 2

Before blindness, when Tofu was offered a grape or a piece of carrot, he took it firmly between his bunny teeth and ran away with it to somewhere he deemed “safe”. His instinct tells him the treat is too much of a good thing and he doesn’t trust us enough to eat his treat near us.

Now that he cannot see, this impulse is a bit messed up. He recognises the treat, lunges for it, misses, takes off, realises he hasn’t got the treat, frantically returns for the treat, while still ready to flee. If he could just calm down and look for the carrot methodically, he’d find it. It’s a concerning how hysterical he gets over a piece of carrot.

When there is just the three of us home, it is familiar. The sounds of the the house are regular and objects are where they should be, Tofu gets around fine. When there are lots of people in the house, random feet and bags in unusual places, Tofu gets disorientated. He can’t judge distances and tends to run into things. Once a social bunny who didn’t react to loud noises, loved parties and investigating new people; since blindness, parties and loud noises confuse him.

Most mornings, he wants to go outside. It’s part of his precious routine. One morning, when he noticed I was awake, he made his way to the back door. I let him out and then watched him from our deck. He started down the stairs and then waited. Then he came back to me for reassurance and a pat. This makes me wonder if maybe he can see me. Maybe it’s easier to see me when we’re outside and the world is bright and I’m wearing all black. When he eventually he returned to the stairs and had no trouble navigating them.

Tofu enjoys spending the same amount of time in the backyard each day. He still comes inside and goes outside on his own. He navigates doorways and stairs several times a day and continues to roam around as he pleases in our backyard and inside the house.

Check out previous Tofu Tuesday posts here.

5 Comments

  1. Poor brave, wonderful Tofu! Gosh, I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for you both. It must be heartbreaking to see him timid or confused. It sounds as if he still is able to see something, even if it is light and dark, or shadows. Did the doctor say that his eyesight would degenerate further?

    Am sending many thought-apples and grapes your way!

    • Bunny Eats Design says

      Thank you for the virtual apples and grapes.

      No confirmation from the vet that his eyesight would get worse, also a slight chance it could get better. I guess they just dont know.

      I write this for other and future bunny owners that are looking for solace. There isn’t much out there on brave blind bunnies.

  2. It is indeed incredible how animals can adapt, and Tofu sounds like he is managing well. I would not manage quite so well. Bunnies have a very keen sense of smell so if he couldn’t see you, he likely smelled you (not that you smell bad, oh, you know what I mean). Thanks for sharing these updates. Tofu is a well loved bunny, that’s for sure!

    • Bunny Eats Design says

      Yes, I’m pretty sure he can not only recognize our scent but also some of our friends. He acts (up) accordingly. 😉

  3. Oh Tofu 😦 I know what you mean about the affection part with bunnies. He would be looking for more reassurance now though I suppose. Maybe he can just see outlines of people? Flatpac loves it when we have people over, I think it gets her a little over excited though and she tends to be all tuckered out the next day.

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