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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Bunny bonding! [long]
Last Post by BB at 4/13/2007 9:32 PM (22 Replies)
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User is Offline BB
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4/10/2007 4:17 PM
Vet visits can actually set off fighting even with fully bonded pairs.   The reason is after a bunny has been at the vet, they don't smell the same to the other bunny.     One tip in the future is to bring both bunnies to the vet even when only one is seen.  

So if he came home smelling different, she may feel the need to go through the whole dominance dance thing and he is thinking....what the....haven't we been through this?!!!  So this can cause some major problems.

Bunnies can even sometimes still fight even if they went to and from the vet together.  Especially if their relationship is rather new.  So it's a good idea as soon as you get home to pet them both and rub each other's scent on each other. 

For now, you may have to start over. .   I know....I know....awful!!!!!   But give them a few days apart to relax, and then begin again.   It may not be as hard the second time around, but I do understand that this setback is more than just a pain in the arse.    This happened to my original bonded pair, so I understand the complete frustration. 

If they continue to make zero progression, you may have to wait until their completely done with their meds as that can make them smell different too.

Good Luck!  Keep us updated. I'm sending new bonding vibes their way!

User is Offline jellyrose
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4/10/2007 9:58 PM
We took them to the vet together- in the same carrier, I was wondering if maybe the meds were changing his sent a little or the extra attention he was getting to give the shots was upsetting her? I was thinking that we would keep them separate but should they be right away from each other or can we still have their pens next to each other in the same room? I'm worried that if we keep each in a particular area that I'll lose the neutral/combined territory. Should I still rotate them? We've been talking about the possiblity of it being kinder to get the shelter to rehome Josephine- but I really don't want to give her up- I just want to do the best thing for both of them... I wonder if they would miss each other as they were pretty good with the grooming and I got the feeling they did love each other. I'm just so down about this whole thing- I really thought we had got them bonded, but dose anyone think that we should have tried harder to get them to stay overnight together (I read that once they are bonded if you separate them you have to start over again with the introduction- could this be what happened). 

User is Offline BB
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4/13/2007 9:32 PM

Ackk!  So sorry, I so empathize with you.  It really is just miserable!   I don't think anyone who hasn't had to go through a difficult bonding can understand how stressful, space consuming, and time consuming it is.  So I am sending you patient peaceful vibes!

In my opinion, because they started to bond before, means they should be able to do it again, and I suggest not giving up just yet.

The trip to the vet could make them smell funky, and yes, their meds could also make their scent be a little different.    i think you are right in keeping them in the same area near each other.   Rotating is a good idea to get them comfortable with each other's scent again without interacting.   

So just do that but don't do bonding sessions yet, wait a week, and this is also for your benefit too - to just relax a bit and let your emotions decompress a bit about it.   Basically to give yourself a break too. How you are feeling will also affect their bonding sessions, so it's best if you're calm and refreshed about the whole thing....well refreshed may sound goofy...but  hopefully you know what the heck I mean.

 

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