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Home Forums BEHAVIOR Nearly 2-year old female started to toilet on the kitchen cupboard doors

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    Balirabbit
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    She started this behaviour when the rescued 3 little kittens grew into cats. The kitchen is brand new with wooden doors and she present against them, only after dark and not in the day time. She is generally friendly with the cats and even eats their dry food. I asked the vet if it would help to have her spayed but hr says it is unrelated. I want to know why she does it and how I can stop her from doing this. The kitchen is open Plan, so no doors to close to keep her out.


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    Bunny House
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    Is she spayed? She might be territorially marking the kitchen if the cats are there often


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    Asriel and Bombur
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    I’d see a different, bunny savvy vet. Females should be spayed for their health as they have a high risk of developing reproductive cancers after the age of 3. Spaying also helps territorial behaviors like marking.


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    Wick
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    I do find it strange that your vet did not 1) consider pooping/peeing a hormone-related behavior and 2) doesn’t seem to present spaying as something to do (based on your short mention)?

    If there’s intent to go in a certain place or on a certain object, it mainly revolves around hormonal behaviors, such as marking territory or asserting dominance. Both these behaviors are significantly reduced through spaying/neutering a rabbit, as these reproductive organs are the source of hormone production and regulation.

    Has your vet discussed spaying your rabbit in general?

    Outside of spaying, the most direct method would be blocking off the kitchen and seeing how that is tolerated by her. If she’s decided that’s a place she loves to mark, it’s difficult to change a rabbit’s mind on that. Would that be plausible?


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