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Home Forum BONDING Neutered Male spraying female rabbit

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    • Deleted User
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      Hello Everyone – I need some help!

      Our 7 year old male rabbit, who was neutered when we was a lot younger, is spraying wee around the room. We think he is aiming for our new female rabbit and it may be a territory thing. But we have had her about 7 months now. They are bonded, may need a little longer. One minute they are snuggling into each other and the next she is telling him to go away then he sprays wee everywhere. He is also very humpy, and they only disagree when he starts grunting.

       They are house rabbits so we really need the spraying to stop. Any advice will be appreciated! Are they only half bonded by what i described? Should we seperate them?

       Thank You !


    • Bunny House
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      Hi!

      Did you do prebonding? Is she spayed?


    • Deleted User
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      Yes we bonded them when we first got her. They got in well, eating together, licking heads, and lying together. But whenever he gets a bit humpy/starts grunting, thats when they disagree. She is spayed yes.


    • Asriel and Bombur
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      It’s not recommended to bond bunnies as soon as you get them because they haven’t settled and are still pretty shocked by the new environment and then you just start bonding them with this new bun, it’s a scary experience and they don’t really show their true personality yet. You always need to let a new bun settle for 2-4 weeks, then you can begin prebonding. Prebonding is a very essential step as it helps them to not feel aggressive and territorial. It does not sound like they are bonded. It sounds like maybe your female is finally feeling comfortable enough to tell him enough is enough. Keep them separate and swap items between their enclosures while you do bonding sessions. Note when the issues occur. Stop all humping after 10 seconds, and face humping needs to stop immediately. I would also recommend stress bonding to try to help them along.


    • Deleted User
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      Thank you for your advice – we will start from the beginning again tonight then This is very helpful!


    • Asriel and Bombur
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      If you’re planning to go back to basics, I’d start with a session no longer than 30 minutes, just to notice the little nuances in their relationship and where you might be able to help things along.

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