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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Help!! Aggressive rabbit, I need advice!
Last Post by lolasnewmommy at 10/03/2012 4:36 PM (37 Replies)
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User is Offline LolaBear'sMama
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10/01/2012 4:55 PM
Okay I rehomed Lola to a home I thought would be good but about 3 weeks after they had her, they messaged me saying it wasn't working out and that she had lounged and tried biting her kids a few times. My Lola has NEVER even remotely acted aggressive when I had her. 
Well they found her a GREAT home with a woman in my town, I have her on facebook and talk to her almost everyday as well as get pics. Well Lola has bit her hubby twice leaving blood, and she just tagged me in a pic of her hand, Lola took a chunk out of that! 

What I didn't know is that the first people that had her apparently had another family living with them, so extra kids, so about 5-6 total, and the other people had an inside dog.. 
Now Lola's new mom just found a newer scar on her side that had a little bald patch around it, we're thinking maybe something happened with the dog. 

Anyway, what would you suggest we do about the biting?! We don't know what to do!

I researched these people and asked a million questions, and things still turned out bad.


User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/01/2012 5:28 PM
Oh I must've missed it, what happened? Why did you have to rehome her?

I wonder what the new owners are doing to make her bite, maybe she's in a small cage or they are picking her up/ doing things bunnies don't like in general?

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/01/2012 5:32 PM
could she be scared and missing you? that is an awful big change in environment
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User is Offline LolaBear'sMama
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10/01/2012 5:34 PM
She never had free out of cage time anymore because of my schedule and I knew it was not fair for her. I didn't wanna give her up, I just thought it'd be better for her..now I wish I would have kept her. Family A (first people with millions of kids) are the first ones to notice any aggressiveness..they got her a bigger cage, but she's still not happy, now family B (the good people) have her, and are trying everything possible to break this behavior. They have two other rabbits so they know what they're doing.

User is Offline lolasnewmommy
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10/01/2012 5:35 PM

Hello I am Lola's new mommy... and also have 2 other rabbits, Rocco and Momma... Lola is in a big cage, I think that it is to high off the ground, but she is very territorial, when I tried trading cages with her, and Momma, she wasn't at all happy so I put her back, and during the day I let her roam my bathroom. Due to her being a bit wild, and running away when It's bed time so forth. I do have a 2 year old and with her speratic behaviour I keep them away from one another.

 

I spend alone time with her, I love on her everytime I go into the bathroom, and also go in there just to see her and play... 

 

I was only petting her when she chomped my hand today... Any help would be appreciated!


User is Offline LolaBear'sMama
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10/01/2012 5:36 PM
If it's her missing me that will just break my heart. We're planning a visit for me to see her, but family B wants to get her used to the new place and less aggressive first.

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/01/2012 5:38 PM
She probably just needs time. She's been tossed around quite a bit, and the last place sounded like a nightmare. Is she spayed? Hormones could be playing a huge part. Flemmies also need a LOT of space, mine is out all day with an xpen at night.


User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/01/2012 5:42 PM
wow That is very strange to have such a sudden change in personality. She is spayed right? perhaps she is just feeling the need to establish her own territory? that is confusing.
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User is Offline peppypoo
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10/01/2012 5:44 PM
I can't recall whether or not Lola is spayed, but right now that would be my #1 suspicion regarding her behavior. Especially with all those hormones, being dropped off in a new place where there are already two other rabbits could be making her more territorial/defensive as well.
Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline LolaBear'sMama
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10/01/2012 5:44 PM
Not spayed yet, that is in the works though

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/01/2012 5:46 PM
I would say that's the culprit then. Get her spayed

User is Offline LolaBear'sMama
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10/01/2012 5:47 PM
But that would cause such a drastic change in her?? I just didn't think her personality would change like this, so fast too.

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/01/2012 5:48 PM
I will have to agree with Peppypoo also, hormones could be a major issue here, and its worse with females
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/01/2012 5:54 PM

Short answer, yes. But it's also been about a month since you've had her, and the stress of the moves along with putting her in a home with other bunnies could heighten any hormonal behavior. 


User is Offline lolasnewmommy
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10/01/2012 5:55 PM

Miss Lola will be getting spayed in the next couple of weeks, There is a male here, and another female with 5 babies. Once those babies are done nursing, both ladies will be spayed, just trying to make one trip to our vet rather than 2...

 

I sure hope she gets better... My poor hand hurts!!! I just love her to pieces and she is so beautiful!  


User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/01/2012 5:57 PM
I will have to second that, Especially if she can smell the babies!!
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User is Offline lolasnewmommy
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10/01/2012 6:10 PM
So you think the babies may be doing it??? Hmm, they are all close together in separate cages at night... I will move the babies into another room, and see how that goes... The babies are only 2 weeks, so they will be here at least another 3 weeks!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/01/2012 6:19 PM
It's not just the babies, it's the entire lot of 7 other bunnies shell need about a month after her spay to see an improvement, and depending on her living arrangement, it may or may not get better. Can I ask what you have her in now? And your other buns?

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/01/2012 6:32 PM
Yup sam and ladys human is right, her hormones are raging and it will just take some time to adjust.
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User is Offline lolasnewmommy
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10/01/2012 6:34 PM

Sure SHe is in a hutch type cage, I do not like it, its to high off of the ground, and has a wire bottom:-( But the CLUELESS folks I got her from, family "A" made this for her, and said that she liked it. I don not believe that for one second, I have tried contacting them for her old cage that her original mommy had for her, they just ignore us both! So i have the extra large "Super Pet" cage, I tried putting her in there, but she did everything she could to get out... She was going crazy! So i put her back in the Hutch style cage. She only sleeps in her cage, WHen I'm up, she's out. I tried leaving her in the bathroom, with less space to run because she wasn't allowing me to catch her, and wouldn't come to me either. The bathroom is where she took the chunk out of my hand, and when she bit my husband, she was in her cage, and his hand was inside so I understand that a bit more... ANY suggestions would be great!

 

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