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Tofu Tuesday: Tiny Carrot

I made dinner for my parents in the weekend and they sent us home with a bunch of goodies like a bottle of wine, home made bread and home made pate plus 3 tiny carrots for Tofu. So spoilt! Immediately after this photo was taken, Tofu took the carrot between his front teeth and proceeded to frantically run around the room with it in order find the perfect dining spot.

Tofu Tuesday: Hutch mod

We have taken the top off Tofu’s hutch and lined the base with hay. It is easy for him to get in/out now and encourages good hay eating habits. At first he didn’t know how to get in and out because we had removed the door. But once he realised there were no walls and got used to it, he liked it very much. He jumps in and out from every conceivable edge. We don’t have anywhere to lock him up now. So when we want to vacuum*, Tofu gets some backyard play time. Thank you for all the good mojo sent to Tofu since his illness last week. Yesterday we went back to the vet for a scheduled check up to make sure all the meds are on track. They have kept him overnight so that he can get another eye flush today, but we’re feeling good that the bladder sludge has been cleared. We will be picking Tofu up tonight but feeling good this time, though his treatment will not be urgent, hope …

Tofu Tuesday: Bunny is sick

Scenario Tofu was sick. He was weeing on himself and spending a lot of time in his litterbox which could be due to several reasons. He was smelly and pink underneath and his fur was missing in patches where the urine burned away the fur. It can be uncomfortable and even be painful. Rabbits have sensitive and elastic skin. We trimmed away the really dirty, dreaded bits and gave Tofu daily baths with a medicated shampoo which soothed and helped to clean it up. But all we were doing is washing away a reoccuring symptom, so a week and a bit ago, we took him to the vet. Diagnosis The best diagnosis was a simple infection, treatable with a course of antibiotics. Best case scenario. If the antibiotics didn’t work, we were advised that Tofu may have to go back for x-rays and further tests. Sitting differently while weeing can be a symptom of arthritis (he can no longer sit comfortably in the position required) and the doctor also mentioned the possibility of diabetes. Thankfully, …

Tofu Tuesday: Blindness diary. Week 1

Week 1 First week of blindness in both eyes, we all had to adapt. I admit, the first few times I saw him run into things, it was a funny sight but now it breaks my heart. However, blindness doesn’t stop Tofu from running at full speed. What a brave wee soul. A common collision is when he’s running at full speed down our hallway and we have a clothes horse set up. Even with perfect vision, a bunny would have trouble seeing the skinny legs of a clothes horse and the problem is that the clothes horse is not always up. It’s not in his memory so he forgets to put it in his mind’s eye. If we can find a new place to put the clothes horse, we could eliminate this problem. Tofu’s “raisins” can be found littered around outside his hutch. We keep his litter tray inside his hutch and most time he goes to the toilet in there. It’s hard to say if it’s blindness or if he is marking out …

Tofu Tuesday: Blindness diary – Intro

“Love was kind, for a time Now just aches, and it makes me blind This mirrors haunts, by eyes too bright That I can’t see the others in my life” – MUMFORD & SONS, Lover’s Eyes In January this year, we noticed a cloudy white cataract appear in one of Tofu’s eyes and few months later, another cataract formed in his other eye. We took him to the vet were given eye drops. Eye drops neither cured it or harmed it, but helped the weepiness some. Now that Tofu is blind in not one, but both eyes, things are a little different in his world. The cause Cataracts (also known in bunnies as moon eyes) cause vision to become cloudy and can result in blindness. Since the size of Tofu’s cataracts fluctuate, his eyes are still searching for light which means he may see light, but the picture is severely impaired. Cataracts can appear with age and Tofu is 4 years old. While rabbits can live over 10 years, it’s hard to say how old the average …

Tofu Tuesday: Easter Bunny

Like most bunnies, Tofu has a sweet tooth and adores raisins and bread. Neither are good for rabbits but can be viewed as occasional treats. Tofu goes crazy for hot cross buns and a single bun can transform this usually mild-mannered lagomorph into a common thief. One Easter, I left a plastic-wrapped hot cross bun in my handbag which was on a chair near our front door. The next morning, half the bun was found under our bed in our bedroom. Tofu had sniffed out the bun, foraged for it in my bag and carried his trophy to the bedroom to enjoy. We now know to keep treats like these firmly out of reach. For those that are considering adopting a rabbit just for Easter, please don’t. Rabbits are not a holiday decoration. Animal shelters become inundated with unwanted rabbits shortly after Easter as kids and families move on. Parents with seemingly innocent intentions purchase a rabbit for Easter, only to get rid of it when the season is over. This is irresponsible and teaches …

Tofu Tuesday: Dougal

Dougal the fluffy ginger cat lives next door, but spends a lot of time in our front yard (where Tofu the bunny does not hang out). Dougal is a cowardly lion. At first, he would never let us near him but has since gotten used to us and he now permits patting. Every now and then, Dougal will come into the back yard, but he is sure to give Tofu a very wide berth. I snapped this photo of Dougal on our deck and Tofu (oblivious) on the ground below. Check out previous Tofu Tuesday posts here.