Katy and the Baby Rabbit

sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)June 18, 2013

I put a PS on the First Tomatoes subject, sorry that I was (further) hijacking the thread.

Today she went out and the first thing I knew, she had "her" baby out and was trying to get it to nurse. Lying on her side and smiling all over herself. I put it back in the nest with a paper towel). Now, she was spayed early and I thought we were all done with that. But now she has adopted that baby and has a cute smile on her face when she goes out on the leash with me. The leash is for Ma Rabbit's benefit and peace of mind. Ma has been very careful to keep her two babies covered after Katy's ministrations.

It's just been a sorta wonderful/horrible experience, as I am sorry for the momma and have to keep Katy leashed in her own backyard until everyone fulfills their destiny. Having found two baby rabbits in the yard over the last two years, I now understand that Katy dug them out of their nest.

Anyone else had this experience? I can't scold her for doing what to her is a natural thing -- she wants a rabbit for her own (I guess) . "Can I keep it, Mommy? Pleeeeease????)
Sunny

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helenh(z6 SW MO)

That is kind of sad in a way that she wants to mother something. I have heard of dogs nursing other animals but usually it is a mother with other pups of her own. I once had a cat who slept in the puppy basket with the pups but I think that was because they were warm. That cat would lick them and if they wiggled around it would grab them and kick them like cats do. It was kind of puppy abuse.

Honey would have eaten it no playing around. He plays with mice and ignores moles after he digs them up. Rabbits are goners.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:50PM
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sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)

There are actually two babies. They are about the size of a computer mouse. The one on the bottom of the hole moved his/her foot so it wasn't smothered after all. I don't know how they manage to breathe, all covered up and buried like that. So far, they are both okay and Katy is not a happy camper to be on her leash out there.
Sunny

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 1:18PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

If you just let her loose and watch her will she go immediately to the rabbits? She minds pretty well; would no work. Rabbits grow fast soon they will try to run or hide but having her on a leash will be a pain until they grow up a bit.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 2:57PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

What a cool story. Katy needs a kitten. I think you should take her to the humane society and let her pick one out.
And post photos. : )

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 3:21PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Oh Christie I wanted to say that but I didn't dare! A little fluffy kitten or a baby yellow striped tommy cat is what she needs.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 3:30PM
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sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)

Nice thought. How in the world do I train Katy to change a litter box?? I'm so tired of doing it. Our old (indoor) black cat, JadeAnn, is 20 this year with no health problems. She raised Katy, and a black Labrador, Susan, raised Jade. Jade was a stray before she was properly weaned.

Katy is 7, and it seems my pets manage to marry me for years and years and years. That's a happy thing, but I can see many more years of litter -- however, I do love kittens and never say never.

Fun to read your posts --
Sunny

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 8:18AM
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