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Forum BEHAVIOR Bunny hissing and biting?

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    • Cookies4
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      Cookies has started this weird thing. Whenever I shake out his towels, he start hissing at me. So, I figured that he didn’t wat me doing that. Right when I put my hand in there to put it back, he bit me! It didn’t show much, but it kinda hurt. Is it because he is being territorial? Or was he just being… mean? Please help and thanks in advance!


    • Sarita
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      Yes, rabbits don’t like you messing with their stuff – try to do this when he is not in his enclosure.


    • LittlePuffyTail
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      I agree with Sarita. I try to do all my tidying up of the bunny houses when they are out for play time. Olivia will growl at me and pummel me.


    • LongEaredLions
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      He does sound like he is being territorial.
      is he neutered?


    • Cookies4
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      No, he isn’t. It’s sad, I know. I am saving up to pay for the neuter. He should be neutered in 3 months or less.


    • Beka27
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      If he’s becoming territorial now, it would be better to clean up and feed while he’s out of the cage during his exercise time. Even with neutered bunnies, this behavior doesn’t always go away. Some are just always more protective of their stuff… 😉


    • Linette
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      I had one years ago who used to get livid when I changed out his litter box. He’d go in there after me and dig all around and rearrange it etc. He had a sprig of silk flowers that he had found that he kept in his litter box, if I left a handful of the old litter in there and made sure I put his sprig of flowers back, he was a bit less fusty with me BUT, he still had to give me the stink eye.

      With my current bun, I made him a hidey house of his own. A big box with dirt in it and some flat rocks. It’s pretty much enclosed with a tunnel going into it on one side and a small swinging door on the other. It’s HIS place, and he is much less protective of his cage and litter box. He never messes in his house, but I think his having it makes him less fussy about me doing routine housecleaning. He keeps an eye on me when I clean the cage and litter box, but he never gets snotty.


    • Walter's Mom
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      My bun does the same thing. I always take Walter out when I clean the hutch. He only acts this way IN his cage. When he is out of his cage he will let kids pet him and play with him and he doesn’t bite them.


    • Cookies4
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      I agree with everyone. I’ll start fixing his cage when he is running around.


    • Darren
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      I read lot of posts on here about territorial buns and makes me wonder why my little guy trigger is such a good boy. Trigger is one year old today he is not neutered he is a sable point holland lop. He has never bit any one does not get mad when I touch any of his stuff, if I do stick my hand in his cage all I do is get bunny licks and head bumps. He has free roam of the whole house when I’m home, only caged when I’m gone. He doesn’t spray or pee on any thing just the random poop here and there. Not sure if it just a holland lop thing or If I just got extremely lucky. But I have been thinking about getting another bun but probably won’t get so lucky on the next go around.


    • LongEaredLions
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      Darren-You probably just got lucky. Some bunnies just aren’t affected by their “intact bunny” hormones. That is of course good for you.
      He may begin to be naughty in the future, so keep that in mind with the whole neutering situation.


    • manic_muncher
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      Darren, I agree with LEL… sounds like you got lucky. I want to point out, bringing another bun into the picture could very well change all of that, especially if he isn’t neutered. I would seriously reconsider bringing a new bun home unless you neuter trigger.


    • Darren
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      If I end up getting another bun I’m guessing that the neuter won’t be far behind. It’s either another holland lop or possibly an english angora. I’d be happy with either one or both but not until I have a bigger house. I was curious if any one else had come across a non-neutered bun that acted in such a way. He was very trusting and loving right away. I got him when he was 6 weeks old and within the first hour or two he would hop right over to me and start licking and giving head bumps.

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