I took Captain Janeway and Chakotay to the Dixie Trail Animal Clinic last Thursday. As could be expected, Chakotay was a very good bunny: opened his mouth wide when prompted, sat pretty patiently while his nails were being trimmed, stayed still while the doctor listened to his little heart and lungs. Captain Janeway, as could also be expected, was difficult to work with. But the vet and vet tech loved both of them.
Captain Janeway and Chakotay "can stand to lose a few pounds," Dr. Brown said. Chakotay is 8 lbs. and the Captain is 8.75. You may remember that the Captain was having a problem with her cecotropes getting stuck to her butt. Well, guess what: Dr. Brown says Captain Janeway may be to fat too reach her butt, and so she can't get the cecotropes to reingest their vitamins.
I feel bad. I thought the bunny haven--with it's 2 stories, the tunnel, etc.--was good enough exercise for the both of them. I guess I was wrong. Their diet must be cut to only 1/4 cup of pellets each per day (down from 1/2 cup) and lots of hay.
So, the bunny harness seems like the perfect solution for all of this. Today, I opened the bunny closet door and let both of the bunnies cautously walk out and smell their immediate surroundings. I put the harness on the floor, so they would get used to having it around. By the end of the week, I hope to at least get Janeway way on the harness and hopping about a bit.