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Last Post by BB at 11/09/2006 9:30 PM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline bobey miah
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11/02/2006 4:08 AM

Please help. I have a gorgeous rex little girl who is 6 months old although she is fully litter trained she has taken to spraying on my sofa every day please help this is driving me mad. she also likes to try and dig at the sofa as well as biting the fabric.

Would apreciate and thoughts on this one

Thanks x x


User is Offline wendyzski
Chicago, IL
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11/02/2006 5:40 AM
Sounds like puberty to me!

Around 5-7 months old is when most bunnies hit puberty, and bunny-teenagers are as annoying as human ones.  She may be starting to mark her territory.

She will live a happier and healthier life if you get her spayed, and it will likely help with some of this bratty behavior.

User is Offline BB
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11/02/2006 11:52 AM
Welcome bobey miah!!   Rexes are beautiful bunnies!  I just love their velvety soft fur.   I'm sorry your bunny is being such a pain!  Unfortunately what she is going though is normal, and this is the time people think their bunny has gone crazy and end up giving their bunny to the shelter.  But there are ways to solve this problem.  

Like Wendyzski said, it sounds like your rex has reached sexual maturity - usually between 3 - 6months, and this usually is fixed when a bunny is spayed.  The sooner the better to avoid bad habits from setting in.   

What is happening exactly is that now that she is sexually mature, her instincts are driving her to develop and mark a territory.  By doing this,in her bunny mind,  it helps ward off other "bunny" intruders who could take her prime spots for food and any future nesting for babies.   Also as being part of a warren, all the bunnies will mark certain areas to claim a territory for their group.

With places that hold our smell, like the bed, linens, pillows, chairs and couches, bunnies may feel that we have marked this place and so as a good warren mate, they will too.

The other reason a bunny might mark these areas is to display that they are the dominant bunny and mark OVER  your scent.   It really depends on the bunny.   It does sound like she is trying to claim the couch because she's digging at it, maybe trying to dig out the human scent, as well as she sprays it so often.

Is she displaying any aggression or grunting towards you at all yet?

Either way, since she is determined to spray it everyday, and not just happy with leaving her scent behind once,  then the best way to solve this right now is to clean the couch the best  you can, and do not allow her up there at all.  You will be the "dominant" bunny by claiming the couch as your own - not just using it as a central marking place.

If she persists, and you can't leave the couch for a second without her digging, you may need to get deterrents like "snappy trainers"  which are these things you can put up on the furniture and when the bunny just hops up, it makes a very loud noise.   They scare the bejeebeeze out of me, so I didn't use them, but my bunnies seemed to be deterred enough  with me never allowing them on the furniture by themselves.   They can be up there with me, and so far they haven't peed or pooed while I was up there. 
But then again, all three of mine are altered.

Spaying really can make a big difference with this behavior, and not only that, because unaltered females have a very high risk of cancer of their reproductive organs, spaying helps prevent this.   And another little benefit, spaying makes their urine much less pungent.

If you intend to have her spayed, we can help guide you in finding a rabbit savvy vet.  Which is extremely important - it is not the same as cats and dogs.

User is Offline bobey miah
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11/03/2006 12:25 AM

ok so she is booked in to get spayed.

any ideas on how to explain this to her - lol she is my baby after all!

No seriously will it hurt her she has shown some agressive gruntinf and trying to bite me and i mean bite not nibble. She also refuses to be picked up

 


User is Offline Theresa Moan
Nashua, NH
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11/03/2006 7:17 AM
I wouldn't worry too much, they will(or should) give her pain meds.

User is Offline Pooperscooper
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11/04/2006 2:36 PM
I know what you are going through. I am completely going nuts with my two rabbits, as they have become increasingly determined to pee and poop on my bed!!! I have an efficiency, so unfortunately, I can't block their access to my bedroom. It doesn't matter how many times I shoo them off the bed, they just jump right up and poop or pee really quickly once my back is turned! What is infuriating is that besides this, they are completely litter-trained!

I just don't know how to stop them from eliminating on my bed. I have tried chasing them off, making loud noises, spraying water at them, putting a big sheet of plastic over the bed (they just crawl under it). It seems the more I want them to stay off, the more determined they are to get on the bed and mark it! They are both about 3 months old now, so I suppose I should get them neutered. I hope that fixes it, because I am tired of washing my down comforter.

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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11/06/2006 7:02 PM
hi Pooperscooper - welcome!!!

At three months they likely are a bit too young to be neutered. It sounds like you're already trying to shoo them off the bed and many of the things I'd suggest trying. You might consider using an Xpen to block them from getting to your bed - I find them really useful to have around with bunnies! Anyone have any other suggestions?
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Gravehearted
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11/06/2006 7:06 PM
Posted By bobey miah on 11/03/2006 3:25 AM

ok so she is booked in to get spayed.

any ideas on how to explain this to her - lol she is my baby after all!

No seriously will it hurt her she has shown some agressive gruntinf and trying to bite me and i mean bite not nibble. She also refuses to be picked up

 

I'm so glad to hear you've booked an appointment for her - she likely will calm down GREATLY with the aggression after being spayed.  I would be honest with her - she likely will be uncomfortable for a few days - but in the long run will be MUCH happier and healthier.

Here's a good  article on pre and post op care for spays:

 http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/opcare.html
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline BB
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11/09/2006 9:25 PM
Posted By bobey miah on 11/03/2006 3:25 AM

ok so she is booked in to get spayed.

any ideas on how to explain this to her - lol she is my baby after all!

No seriously will it hurt her she has shown some agressive gruntinf and trying to bite me and i mean bite not nibble. She also refuses to be picked up

 

Oh, that's great. I know you may worry though.  What date is she booked?   We can help encourage and calm you as the date gets closer.

Her behaviors should get better once she's spayed, but note it can take a month or longer for her hormones to die down, so she may not become an angel right away.

Most bunnies don't like to be picked up, even after they are altered, so that may never change.  But the biting and aggression should stop.   When she tries to bite you, is there anything in particular going on?  Are you just reaching down to pet her, or are you reaching into her territory or ? ? ?.    What sparks it?

User is Offline BB
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11/09/2006 9:30 PM
Posted By Pooperscooper on 11/04/2006 5:36 PM

I just don't know how to stop them from eliminating on my bed. I have tried chasing them off, making loud noises, spraying water at them, putting a big sheet of plastic over the bed (they just crawl under it).

WELCOME POOPERSCOOPER!  Gravehearted's suggestion of the x-pens is a good one.  You could also try to spray perfume on your bed, but that may be too heavy for you too?  Sometimes perfume makes a good deterrent.

It sounds like their teenage nightmare stage is starting.   How are they with each other right now?
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