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Justine
29-06-2008, 11:52 AM
A friend of mine has a giant house rabbit which is almost a year old and was neutered about 3 months ago. Since the op he improved with his litter training very well but she is having increasing problems with him being destructive with anything he comes into contact with. He has now started to run at things to knock them over.

Do you think adding another bun would improve this destructive behaviour?

XMissySJx
29-06-2008, 12:09 PM
even neutured buns can cause destruction because they are bored. having a friend would most likely decrease his boredom as he would have company :)

jelly my female bun used to be so destructive, she was an escape artist who was always chewing the run, digging holes etc. since shes been with peanut butter, they ar emuch happier as they play together :wave:

Justine
29-06-2008, 08:02 PM
Thanks for the reply. :)

The owner is nervous about how her rabbit will be with another and was thinking about taking him to a rescue to see how he will react. ARC would be her local rescue.

Good idea or not?

janice
29-06-2008, 08:23 PM
If you mean ARC in Twickenham, ARC have an apple looking for a home http://www.animalrescueandcare.org.uk/animals.asp?i=1670 she is a BIG girl.

Tamsin
29-06-2008, 08:28 PM
Bringing a girl home to a boy is usually the easiest way around as it's the does that tend to be the territorial ones. Going to a rescue is the most stress free as then you have the experience people on hand to tell you whether it's a good match.

Other rabbits are definately the best interactive toy. cutting down pellets, putting what you do give in a treatball and hanging/hiding veg tends to help with destructive tendencies too. If they eat to quick they have too much spare time for trouble making :lol:

Justine
29-06-2008, 08:41 PM
Having another big rabbit might be a problem as she lives in a flat and feels two big buns might be too much.

At the moment she isn't able to trust her bun enough to let him be fully free range because of the destruction and mayhem he causes. If she is not able to watch him at anytime, he has to be put in his crate to stop the destruction.

Thats some great ideas Tam, thank you.

Tamsin
29-06-2008, 08:44 PM
You might find it's a bit of a vicious circle if she's having to confine him for safety. Another thing that might help would be to fix a puppy play pen on the front of the crate for when she's out. That way you can still block walls/furniture and it folds flat when you want the space back when you're there too :)