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Old 06-01-2016, 08:59 AM
 
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
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I have a male, dwarf lionhead rabbit, who's 7 years old. Over the last few days he's been doing this odd, sort of twitching movement with his front paws.

I've never noticed him doing this before. It's hard to describe but it's like a digging movement, but he's not digging anything on the ground, he's doing it with his paws out in front of him. He keeps repeating it, every so often.

He's still eating his food, as normal, but he looks a bit smaller than he used to. Can I put it down to old age or does anyone think there's something wrong with him?
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:50 PM
 
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I don't know much about rabbits. Just wanted to give you a virtual hug, and say I hope your bunny's fine!
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:16 PM
 
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Hmm....hard to say. My rabbits used to do a twitching things with their front feet right before they started to bath themselves. Like they were making sure there was no dirt on them before they cleaned themselves. If poop and pee is good, you might consider getting a small scale to weigh him periodically to check on weight. I would also check the nails and feet to make sure there isn't any foot issues.

A good resource is rabbit dot org, the house rabbit society, they have lots of info and articles! good luck!
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Old 06-03-2016, 04:23 PM
 
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As a former owner of many, many rabbits over the years, I can't really even guess as to what this could be. My only suggestion is to take him for a quick medical checkup to rule out anything serious, esp. if he looks "smaller" to you. It might be neurological, or a response to pain somewhere in his body, or...I really don't know. But he definitely needs to be looked at by a professional.

Hoping the best for your boy...
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:39 AM
 
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I don't know much about rabbits. Just wanted to give you a virtual hug, and say I hope your bunny's fine!
Thanks very much - that's really kind of you.
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:41 AM
 
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Hmm....hard to say. My rabbits used to do a twitching things with their front feet right before they started to bath themselves. Like they were making sure there was no dirt on them before they cleaned themselves. If poop and pee is good, you might consider getting a small scale to weigh him periodically to check on weight. I would also check the nails and feet to make sure there isn't any foot issues.

A good resource is rabbit dot org, the house rabbit society, they have lots of info and articles! good luck!
Yes, my rabbits do that before cleaning themselves too. That's a good idea about getting some small weighing scales to weigh them. Thanks for the info about that website too.
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:44 AM
 
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
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As a former owner of many, many rabbits over the years, I can't really even guess as to what this could be. My only suggestion is to take him for a quick medical checkup to rule out anything serious, esp. if he looks "smaller" to you. It might be neurological, or a response to pain somewhere in his body, or...I really don't know. But he definitely needs to be looked at by a professional.

Hoping the best for your boy...
Thanks. Unfortunately my rabbit has become weak on his legs now. My husband is taking him to the vets tomorrow.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:45 PM
 
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Thanks. Unfortunately my rabbit has become weak on his legs now. My husband is taking him to the vets tomorrow.
Best wishes for a good outcome!
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Old 06-10-2016, 08:19 AM
 
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Best wishes for a good outcome!
Thanks, but sadly, in the morning before we were going to take our rabbit to the vets, we found that he had died. The only consolation is that he had died in his little bedroom area, rather than at the vets.

I wish that pets had the same life expectancy as humans.
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:46 AM
 
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I am so sorry to hear about your rabbit
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