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amywithbunny
29-10-2010, 10:01 AM
I'm not sure what to do about Bella. She's turned nasty towards me lately. She's bitten me, scratched me... I wish I knew why. In regards to the biting thing it's no longer a little testing nibble it's a full on draw blood bite :(
Does anyone have any experience of this or any suggestions as to what I should do?

biscuitblossom
29-10-2010, 10:03 AM
How old is she?

Is she spayed?

Bink
29-10-2010, 10:04 AM
How old is she?

Is she spayed?

^^ this.

Fifi turned like that overnight before she was spayed.

amywithbunny
29-10-2010, 10:04 AM
She's 13 months old and no she's not spayed I'm afraid of putting her through it (same with my piggies)

biscuitblossom
29-10-2010, 10:05 AM
She's 13 months old and no she's not spayed I'm afraid of putting her through it (same with my piggies)

then I'd say her behaviour was hormonal.... if you get her spayed it will calm her down .

Georgeypudding
29-10-2010, 10:05 AM
Im afraid the only answer is probably speying her. If you find a rabbit savy vet then it shouldnt be anything to worry about :wave:

*lily*
29-10-2010, 10:07 AM
I agree with the others, get her spayed. Tinkerbell used to jump up onto hubby and bite him quite badly, before she was spayed. I used to laugh (whoops) but it really hurt him.

Bink
29-10-2010, 10:08 AM
I'd say get her spayed. It can be very worrying having your little one in for an operation, but it will potentially benefit her health in the long run if you do have the op.

I posted similarly when Fifi started grunting, lunging and biting when previously she had been as good as gold. It's not certain that spaying will change her behaviour, but it certainly did with Fifi. It was miraculous in fact.

Are there any stresses or changes in her environment or routine?

The Duchess
29-10-2010, 10:12 AM
Hello Amy

This is normal behaviour with some unspayed female bunnies.

You will need to take the plunge and find a good rabbit vet because is you don't this behaviour will get worse and may become ingrained. That would mean even if you spayed her later in life, she may not unlearn the defensive behaviour.

Females do this because it's natural for them to 'protect the nest' and an unspayed female will do anything to protect her nest and territory.

In particular if you have other animals (even GPs) in my experience it will make things worse because they can smell and sense them. In fact I believe that some bunnies even know when humans are having their monthlies and get more defensive then. I have certainly experienced it.

And apart from all of the above, you can't give her a friend (which she would ideally have) without her being spayed, AND and even bigger and, she may get uterine cancer which is almost certain in unspayed females heading towards 3-4 years of age. This is painful, expensive to treat and often kills in the end.

Let us know where in the country you are and we can advise you on a good vet.

Helen

amywithbunny
29-10-2010, 10:13 AM
I shall have to seriously consider the op then :( poor Miss Bella
Hmm no everything is pretty much the same; she still gets fed around the same time, gets time for a good run around... I suppose it must be hormones. It's odd how some rabbits don't get hormonal though. A friend of mine has a 4 year old bunny named Mable who has not be spayed and is so sweet.

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Oops missed that last post before I replied! I live in Bolton in the UK although I haven't lived in the area long. The vet I go to doesn't seem particulary in the know when it comes to bunnies. If anyone could suggest a vet to me that would be great :)

The Duchess
29-10-2010, 10:14 AM
I shall have to seriously consider the op then :( poor Miss Bella
Hmm no everything is pretty much the same; she still gets fed around the same time, gets time for a good run around... I suppose it must be hormones. It's odd how some rabbits don't get hormonal though. A friend of mine has a 4 year old bunny named Mable who has not be spayed and is so sweet.

Behaviour can be in the genes too, but they are just like us humans - why is it that I become a grumpy old witch once a month and some other ladies don't? Just nature that's all. :-)

hannah101
29-10-2010, 12:20 PM
Hi there :wave:

You have nothing to worry about re: spay as you have one of the best vets in the country in your area, Ashleigh Vets in Chorlton, Manchester. They are an exotic specialist and are brilliant. Aidan the vet is brilliant and has fixed one of my bunny's that had a very serious abscess wrapped around a nerve in his leg. He wouldn't have survived at a non-specialist vet.

I volunteer with my local RSPCA, we have had hundreds of rabbits neutered there and never had a problem.

I've had my male piggy neutered there too when he was little, he was absolutely fine.

http://www.vets4exotics.com/

In regards to spaying it's best to get it done when they are young, you could have 8-10 years + with your bunny. Don't risk her life being cut short by developing uterine cancer, it's an horrific thing to witness. Just because other people have unneutered rabbits that seem okay doesn't mean anything - it's just pot luck. She will be much happier afterwards, fewer hormones driving her loopy!

Good luck! :D

amywithbunny
29-10-2010, 07:39 PM
I'm glad there's a good very near here, thank you for that :) I think she does need to be spayed since she just bit me again :( Not quite sure I deserved that, Miss Bells!

The Duchess
29-10-2010, 07:44 PM
Amy

I think we need to see some photos of the lady in question. Black bunnies are so beautiful!

areia
29-10-2010, 07:54 PM
just like to add as all good advise has already been given:D,

do you find shes biting more when you feed her or basically in "her" area

she an indoor or out bunny ?


I have a very territorial girlie shes absolutly fine out of her "area" but will still lunge and growl and sometimes bite when i feed her or start to clean the cage out, you just have to be patient and find ways of being calm and working around her, she is as with all my buns neutered

try to remain calm to as any fear she will sense

once spayed it may take a few weeks for her hormones to settle, does help the sooner done the quicker they do :D

amywithbunny
29-10-2010, 08:01 PM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/xsoxveryxfakex/P291010_1912_01.jpg
It really is such a hard life

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/xsoxveryxfakex/P291010_1912.jpg
Bella why are you lay on your monkey... "Because it's comfy! Silly mummy"

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/xsoxveryxfakex/P291010_1844.jpg
Blurry Bella enjoying her veggie ball

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/xsoxveryxfakex/P171010_1044_03-1.jpg
"No time for pictures mummy I think daddy has foods for me!"

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/xsoxveryxfakex/P171010_1044-1.jpg
"Do not chuckle at my serious face!"

amywithbunny
30-10-2010, 04:32 PM
All is well with Miss B. Bunny today :) She's not in a cuddle mood but at least no bites so far!

susie bun
30-10-2010, 04:57 PM
Hello Miss Bella! :wave: Sorry I missed your earlier posts.

I have a boy bunny, and like you am worried about the op. With girls it really is so important because such a high percentage of unspayed does develop uterine cancer. Good luck ... maybe wear gloves in the meantime to protect your hands.

LuceMarbles
30-10-2010, 09:52 PM
Look up Bunny Hop Hotel and Rescue, she posts as KayJ on here. I'm sure she'd be happy to recommend a bunny savy vet in your area.