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Cat got a hold of baby rabbit! Need help!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by sunflowerenvy, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our outside (about to be dead!) cats got a hold of a baby rabbit this afternoon. My husband chased the cat off when he saw what was in her mouth. When we saw her, her whole back layer of fur was gone, almost like she was skinned. She's still breathing and jumping around but we took her in to clean it up.
    We cleaned it up with water, she was screaming the whole time we washed her. Then we put triple antibiotic on her and wrapped her up in gauze. My daughter has an extra rabbit cage, luckily. So we're keeping the bunny in there with a towel.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on what else we can do to keep it alive?
     
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cat does it quite often, we figure he's doing what God intended and if we find dead ones, we bury, if we can get him to drop a live o ne, we just do the same. Here, by law, we cannot keep wild rabbits indoors or as pets.
     
  3. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont want this rabbit for a pet i would like let it go.
     
  4. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Put the bunny in a cage, completely covered up, and LEAVE IT ALONE. (Caps for emphasis, not anger!) They stress very, very easily and can die instantly of a heart attack if startled! If you have a heating pad you can put in the cage, that's the best, and keep it somewhere warm, dark, and quiet. Do not feed it or give it water.

    Then call your local wildlife rehab group as soon as possible, and they will take in the bunny and heal it and release it if pulls through. (It does not cost you any money, though you can donate money to help with the bunny's expenses if you want.) I'm a wildlife rehabber myself, we do our best on these animals. It is illegal to keep it as a pet, and if you simply keep it yourself and don't get it to a rehabber, it will almost certainly die.

    Good luck! And don't feel bad if the bunny doesn't pull through while you try and get it help--they're very fragile and often they go into shock and that's it. [​IMG]
     
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  5. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:how warm should the room be i will put it in cage now
    i will call try to call a rehabber in my area but we are in booneeee
     
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I'm puzzled by why you have outside cats but expect them not to hunt and kill wild game? This is what they do and they do it very well....they are predators. Why would you want to kill a cat for doing a good job?

    Just curious and at a loss for advice to give about saving a wild animal that should be quietly digesting in your good cat's tummy right now. [​IMG] My best advice would be to return the rabbit to your cat and never take one from him again.
     
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  7. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i call 800 number and the closest one 2 hrs away and they wont take a baby rabbits oh well it up to me
     
  8. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:this kitty cat under one yr old bought me the rabbit and the rabbit was still live just the back did not have no skin on it.
    plus this kitty cat just play with the animals she does not know yet to eat them.

    she was a good mole catcher always leaving dead moles near the doors and the flies are on them before we go out the door
     
  9. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck and its kind of you to try and save the kit. The wild life rehabber I have delt with has told me that the bacteria in cat saliva is almost always a death sentance to wild critters. So don't be surprised if he doesn't make it. Good luck and I wish you the best!
     
  10. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it die went and when we on her check it

    moderators pls lock this for me
     
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