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My new rabbit

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by lissyya, Mar 13, 2014.


  1. lissyya

    lissyya PetForums Newbie

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    hi,
    I know that I have just joined but I am hoping that someone can help me.
    I had my 6 month old rabbit for a week now and she was fine when I first got her was a bit shy but that was to be expected. I have handled her every day and have allowed her to run around every day. I keep her inside and when I let her out today, she was running around as I cleaned her cage and she bit my dad.
    is this normal behaviour for my bunny. is there anything I can do to prevent this behaviour?
     
  2. Summersky

    Summersky PetForums VIP

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    Hello and welcome.

    Your rabbit is growing up and is probably becoming hormonal, and is "protecting" her home.

    The best thing you can do is have her spayed. It will also protect her from getting uterine cancer.

    Also,be careful how you approach her - no sudden movements, talk quietly as you approach, and don't approach from above (rabbits are a prey species).

    Out of interest, where did she come from?
     
  3. lissyya

    lissyya PetForums Newbie

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    I got her from pets at home and she was alone in her cage so hasn't been socialised with other bunnies.
     
  4. simplysardonic

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    I would do what Summersky has suggested & get her spayed, & also think about getting her a companion to bond with as rabbits do best with company, there's lots of lovely rabbits in rescue waiting for homes, & many rescues will help with the bonding process.
     
  5. lissyya

    lissyya PetForums Newbie

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    thankyou guys I will look into that will my vet do it?
     
  6. StormyThai

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    Hormones have hit.
    She will need to be spayed to eradicate the 85% chance of uterine cancer and spying her will calm her behaviour down.

    6-8 weeks after she has been spayed then you can bond another rabbit to her, forget about everything the pet shop told you, it doesn't matter that she was alone in the shop. Rabbits are very social animals and do much better in pairs or groups, so once she is neutered you can have a look at some vaccinated and neutered bucks from rescue as many rescues will be able to help bond for you, and if the pairing doesn't work then they can work with you until you get the right pairing for your girl.
     
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    lissyya PetForums Newbie

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    okay thanks you for your help I will see when I can get her into the vets. so glad that I now know whats happening with her :) thank you :D
     
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    i used to have a buck who bit me if I was in his way....he wouldn't move round me....he would bite me so i moved and he carried on running!:eek6:
     
  9. Summersky

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    Are you sure he wasn't just trying to get you in the mood, in a bunny sort fo way?!!!:D

    A couple of ours go frantic if they know they are about to get their ration of pellets. Woe betide anything that moves, including toes, as they will lunge at and nip anything.
     
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