Last Post by MarkBun at 7/07/2008 7:53 AM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline RascalnBinks
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7/04/2008 10:52 AM

Hi. Well I never officially bonded my two since we are still dealing with Rascals eye. They have been fine though thru the cage bars for quite awhile now. Recently though something changed and im not sure what or why. Rascal has gone back to biting and lunging at Binks. Binks goes up to her door like he always does cause he loves to be near her. The other day he did that and she took a chunk of fur outta his side. Then he goes nose to nose and she tries to bite his face fur a/o his nose. I dunno whats going on. They havent been seperated,or given more love/attention than the other. Only thing i can really thing of is maybe her eye is bothering her and making her grumpy towards him. Though she is fine with me. So I dunno i dont get it lol. Any ideas? Im thinking im gonna have to put up the wire mesh again so she cant hurt him. I know its just fur now,but sooner or later she might get skin. I dont have another room to put Binks in either to give them time away as it were. So i appreciate anyways ideas. Thanks!

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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7/04/2008 12:26 PM
Hmmm...The wire mesh might be a good idea for the time being.

I am a little undecided on putting two rabbit's cages together when you want them bonded...On the one hand, they get used to sight and smell and can even lay next to each other. On the other hand, I almost feel like they get a little territorial about protecting their home...*maybe* that's where the aggression is coming from?

IMO you could test that theory by doing the cage 'switcharoo' just put binks in rascals' cage and vice versa. Don't switch bowls, toys anything. You can switch them back and forth each day for a couple days... Then they get used to sharing and lose thier "this is MINE' attitude and see how they are after that!

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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7/07/2008 5:52 AM
i missed this before... i would definitely shake things up. have a few inches betw/ the cages so they cannot bite each other and switch cages every night until they are bonded. i did this and it worked wonders with my two. don't change anything in the cages, just the buns. the bun has to use the other's litterbox, food dishes, water bowl/bottle, toys and hidey house. whatever you have in there. i noticed that if i missed one night of switching sides, by day two my first bun would be getting territorial again. keep it up and let us know how it goes.
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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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7/07/2008 7:53 AM
If a bun is feelin' grumpy or upset because they feel bad they will get more aggressive - sometimes even towards a bonded mate. The trouble is that the other bun can tell that there's something upsetting the bun and comes over to try and comfort them. Once Rascal's eye is better, you should see an improvement in the behavior.
My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!