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We're in neutral territory - an xpen in the living room, which they've only ever been in together. They seemed to do fine sharing the litterbox before their first fight, but it's also where their two biggest fights started.
I want to thank everyone for all the advice on this thread (and others). I definitely would have been much more stressed out without this great resource and community.
I tried putting them both in the litterbox. I put Digby in first, then Yoshi. Unfortunately, as soon as I put Yoshi in there, Digby growled and lunged at him. I tried petting them both, but Digby wanted to get at Yoshi and Yoshi just wanted to get out. It's a litterbox I keep in their exercise room that they've both used. Next time I'll try cleaning it with vinegar first to remove any scents.
I put up a dividing wall in their exercise room so they could both be in there at the same time and see each other. It seemed pretty sturdy (2 rows of NIC grids attached to chairs on each end), but tonight they found a way to get through it. There was fur all over the floor. They must have fought quite a bit, but when I came in they were snuggled together under a cardboard tent and blanket I had set up in there. I brought some veggies in there, and they both ate, but when we had a chance to examine them, we found a bit of a gash on Yoshi's shoulder. It didn't bleed at all, but the skin was broken a little, so I put some triple antibiotic ointment on there. It's about 1.5 inches long and less than quarter of an inch wide.
The divided room seemed to be working really well until now. I think being in sight of each other 24/7 really helped, there was no aggression at all during the bonding sessions.
I feel terrible - incredibly stressed out and sick to my stomach. They seem ok - both are eating veggies and hay. I don't even have time to take them to the vet tomorrow.
I sure hope they've sorted it out amongst themselves. I don't know if I can take another night like this. My heart skipped a beat when I came in the room and saw that the divider was down and there was fur everywhere... then I saw them snuggling together.
I think I'll do a very short, very cautious bonding session tomorrow if they both seem to be ok.
I really hope so. Unfortunately I have had to hold off on bonding sessions, since Digby is very persistent about trying to groom Yoshi's wounds, and I'm worried he's going to make them worse. Yoshi is healing well though, so hopefully I can start bonding them again in about a week or so. I've reinforced the barrier in their playroom, so they're still in sight of each other all day. Occasionally Yoshi will run back and forth in front of the barrier, like he's trying to taunt Digby, but they also lie down next to each other and groom themselves, so I'm hoping that they won't have to start back at square one again.