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Forum BEHAVIOR Rabbit protest peeing?

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    • Sages’ bunmom
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        Hi there

        Ive had my boy Sage for over 2 years now, and he basically to me came potty trained.
        As of this past week, he has peed on my bed at night 3 times. (In and around the same area, however I wash with vinegar… and the strong vinegar at that)

        the first time, I didn’t even know it happened. I found the puddle the next morning.
        the second time, I took a bathroom break and he took my absence as a go ahead apparently.
        The third time?? He PEED ON ME, and on the bed.

        Now the reason I believe it’s him being angry is because he’s taken a liking to absolutely going feral and digging at my blanket all night. It disrupts my sleep a lot & I give him the boot from the bed, only because he is relentless. I understand rabbit behaviour but it’s pretty bothersome behaviour when it multiple times a night and RELENTLESS!
        He’s always has free roam of my room, he sleeps with me in bed since little. He’s happy and I believe well taken care of.

         

        So I wanted to know, is his starting up of peeing …. Him being mad at me??

        if I’m doing something wrong, pls direct me.
        thank you!


      • Bam
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          He is not peeing on you because he’s mad at you. When a bun pees on the human it is a form of courtship or claiming. The frenzied digging is connected to this, the peeing is not bc he’s angry at you, rather the opposite tbh.

          Is your rabbit neutered? Sexually driven behaviors can occur in neutered animals as well as in intact individuals, but in an intact rabbit the behaviors you describe can be perfectly normal, whereas in a neutered animal you should start to suspect that something is amiss.

          In a neutered rabbit I’d start thinking some sort of pain, for example a UTI. It’s the wrong time of year for “March hare syndrome” – that typically occurs in early spring, when the days are starting to get longer again. (March hare syndrome -a sudden surge in activity level incl sexually driven behaviors) can occur in both intact and neutered rabbits).

          In an intact rabbit this could be normal or it could be about some type of pain/discomfort. How is appetite and poop?

           


        • mia
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            Aww. I had a bun who’d pee on me when he got “too comfortable” in my arms, just as when he got nice and comfortable in his soft bed.


            • Bam
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                Oh yes, I had a bun that did that! He’d relax so completely, especially in my mum’s lap. And then he’d just pee 😄

                 


            • LBJ10
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                I agree. This sounds like hormone-driven behavior. If he isn’t neutered, then I would consider this normal. Something probably triggered him to start trying to claim you and your bed. This can happen for seemingly no reason, but I’m sure there is probably something going on in their little bunny brain. Has anything changed in your house? New people? New animals?

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            Forum BEHAVIOR Rabbit protest peeing?