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MiniC
01-08-2017, 07:44 AM
Billy and Poppy have been in boarding for a few nights, and got home yesterday. As soon as he'd recovered from the car journey, Billy started humping Poppy and we were pulling him off her every 5 minutes. In the night, we eventually decided to shut them in different rooms, because Poppy wasn't getting any rest (and neither were we). I think I'll have to keep them apart while we're at work today too...

Is there anything I can do to stop it? I hope it's just because she smells a bit like the boarding place, but is it a potential sign of illness? Both ate, pood and drank well last night.

keletkezes
01-08-2017, 09:08 AM
Ours were quite humpy when they came back from boarding because they were overexcited about being back in their familiar space, but it wasn't that bad! Can't offer any decent advice, but best of luck getting it sorted!

MiniC
01-08-2017, 09:28 AM
Ours were quite humpy when they came back from boarding because they were overexcited about being back in their familiar space, but it wasn't that bad! Can't offer any decent advice, but best of luck getting it sorted!

Oh, this could be part of it. He was quite pleased to be home...

MightyMax
01-08-2017, 11:01 AM
Ours were quite humpy when they came back from boarding because they were overexcited about being back in their familiar space, but it wasn't that bad! Can't offer any decent advice, but best of luck getting it sorted!


I agree - it's usually over excitement at being home again.

I hope you don't have to keep them separated for too long MiniC :)

MiniC
01-08-2017, 11:20 AM
That's a relief! I was getting quite worried this was a big dominance play that meant she was ill, or she smelled funny.

It's good news he likes his home so much though :)

MightyMax
01-08-2017, 11:33 AM
That's a relief! I was getting quite worried this was a big dominance play that meant she was ill, or she smelled funny.

It's good news he likes his home so much though :)



Nooo! Home is best :D

MiniC
01-08-2017, 06:23 PM
He's still at it, poor Poppy.

MightyMax
01-08-2017, 07:35 PM
He's still at it, poor Poppy.


Poor Poppy indeed!

Hopefully it will settle soon ...... Rampant Rabbit!

Britannia
02-08-2017, 10:16 AM
I seem to remember someone posted about using Bach's rescue remedy to calm their buns - might be worth looking into?

MiniC
02-08-2017, 03:46 PM
I seem to remember someone posted about using Bach's rescue remedy to calm their buns - might be worth looking into?

Actually, I do have some pet remedy - I'll dig that out. He's still got the bug!

MightyMax
02-08-2017, 04:18 PM
Actually, I do have some pet remedy - I'll dig that out. He's still got the bug!


A short while ago I was going to recommend this to a friend (in Australia!) so I thought I'd do a bit of research to find the scientific background to how it works.

I think it's like homeopathy - no scientific evidence that it works, but in some cases seems to work well :)

http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2017/01/pet-remedy-a-natural-herbal-product-to-reduce-stress-and-anxiety/

Good luck :)

MiniC
02-08-2017, 10:16 PM
I've used the Bach's rescue remedy myself - it is pretty good, but I've no idea if its effects are just placebo. I bought the pet remedy plug in a while ago, but I've not had much use for it. It smells pretty potent!

MiniC
03-08-2017, 09:39 PM
Billy is still at it, just a little less. The rescue remedy hasn't helped that much.

We just noticed Poppy has a fairly big bald spot on her back but her fur is so thick, it was hidden. There's a big scab there, and it looks like it's been there a few days - poor thing! It's awful we didn't spot it until now...

MightyMax
03-08-2017, 10:38 PM
Billy is still at it, just a little less. The rescue remedy hasn't helped that much.

We just noticed Poppy has a fairly big bald spot on her back but her fur is so thick, it was hidden. There's a big scab there, and it looks like it's been there a few days - poor thing! It's awful we didn't spot it until now...


Oh dear I'm sorry to hear that. Poor we thing.

What will you do? Separate them?

MiniC
04-08-2017, 07:34 AM
Oh dear I'm sorry to hear that. Poor we thing.

What will you do? Separate them?

We've worked out it's basically where Billy is holding on with his teeth while humping.

We separated them the last few nights, but we let them have their evenings together while we were there to supervise and pull him off, I think I'll give them 1 more day like that before separating them properly if there's no improvement.

We also tested them out to see if they could get through a work day ok, but I think we'll separate them for today.

MightyMax
04-08-2017, 02:04 PM
We've worked out it's basically where Billy is holding on with his teeth while humping.

We separated them the last few nights, but we let them have their evenings together while we were there to supervise and pull him off, I think I'll give them 1 more day like that before separating them properly if there's no improvement.

We also tested them out to see if they could get through a work day ok, but I think we'll separate them for today.


Yes I thought that might be the cause of fur loss. But I'm surprised it's still going on MiniC. Bit depressing to have to part them.

MiniC
04-08-2017, 04:17 PM
Yes I thought that might be the cause of fur loss. But I'm surprised it's still going on MiniC. Bit depressing to have to part them.

Me too! I hoped he'd at least have stopped doing it as often. She's probably in a huff with him and not grooming as much as he wants.

I'll get him a few new toys to distract him...

Saffy2017
04-08-2017, 07:32 PM
Wow .. this is happening to mine right now.

Rufus and Luna are two Netherland Dwarf bunnies and are well and truly bonded.

They have recently come back from a 16 night stay in a "Hotel" and he is being such a b****r ... Poor Luna! Thankfully she has escape in the day as their run is really large, but at night I am having to separate them. He's coming into the indoor cage in the garage because I feel he should think the outdoor cage is more her domain rather than is, but it's a devil when you have to go out and buy a separate cage after being together for three years.

Funnily enough she has stopped grooming him and puts her head down to be groomed but then snubs him ... lol

So .. I also have a rampant rabbit.

MiniC
04-08-2017, 08:08 PM
Wow .. this is happening to mine right now.

Rufus and Luna are two Netherland Dwarf bunnies and are well and truly bonded.

They have recently come back from a 16 night stay in a "Hotel" and he is being such a b****r ... Poor Luna! Thankfully she has escape in the day as their run is really large, but at night I am having to separate them. He's coming into the indoor cage in the garage because I feel he should think the outdoor cage is more her domain rather than is, but it's a devil when you have to go out and buy a separate cage after being together for three years.

Funnily enough she has stopped grooming him and puts her head down to be groomed but then snubs him ... lol

So .. I also have a rampant rabbit.

Yes, sounds so familiar! It might be the time of year is exacerbating things!

We are a touch better tonight, I bought Billy a new seagrass house and he LOVES seagrass houses. He's spent most of his evening in there, and has only bothered Poppy a few times.

Tomorrow I'm hoping B&Q will have some turf in so I can make him a digging box. As long as I can keep him occupied elsewhere, we might get through this!

MightyMax
04-08-2017, 09:00 PM
Yes, sounds so familiar! It might be the time of year is exacerbating things!

We are a touch better tonight, I bought Billy a new seagrass house and he LOVES seagrass houses. He's spent most of his evening in there, and has only bothered Poppy a few times.

Tomorrow I'm hoping B&Q will have some turf in so I can make him a digging box. As long as I can keep him occupied elsewhere, we might get through this!


Grief what a lot of trouble you're having to go to!

You're so sweet to give him a seagrass house. What does it look like?

MightyMax
04-08-2017, 09:04 PM
Is it something like this?

http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/woodlands-seagrass-rabbit-hideaway


I was browsing seagrass things and came across Peter's Woven Grass Mat for Rabbits.
It's got 708 good reviews and postage is just under a fiver.

So ... at £454.11 it's a tad expensive, but what price our rabbits?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peters-Woven-Grass-Mat-Rabbits/dp/B0009YD810


I like the way the third image shows you what a human would look like if they ate it :lol:

Horace the Bold
04-08-2017, 09:57 PM
I like the way the third image shows you what a human would look like if they ate it [emoji38]
Have you had a glass of something this evening MM? [emoji1] [emoji1]

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MightyMax
04-08-2017, 10:07 PM
Have you had a glass of something this evening MM? [emoji1] [emoji1]

Sent from my XT1032 using Tapatalk


:lol::lol:

MiniC
04-08-2017, 11:10 PM
:lol: £454 - I think I bought one for £6, it's in the cupboard - I could turn a real profit here!

Yes, it's the one from P@H. Bless him, we bought him one when we first adopted him - he spent every minute he could in there for 3 whole months and didn't realise he could EAT it, until Poppy came along and showed him. They destroyed it within a week!

MightyMax
04-08-2017, 11:47 PM
:lol: £454 - I think I bought one for £6, it's in the cupboard - I could turn a real profit here!

Yes, it's the one from P@H. Bless him, we bought him one when we first adopted him - he spent every minute he could in there for 3 whole months and didn't realise he could EAT it, until Poppy came along and showed him. They destroyed it within a week!


I know you're having a hard time with them at the moment, but they do sound adorable :love:

Saffy2017
05-08-2017, 09:13 PM
Wow, must look for a sea grass house. They already have a 5 x 3 foot area of soil which is part of their run, to dig in.

Caught the little so and so actually pulling Luna's fur out with his teeth today.

He's in the garage, in his cage ... hoping to put them back together tomorrow night. Wish me luck lol

MiniC
05-08-2017, 10:42 PM
Wow, must look for a sea grass house. They already have a 5 x 3 foot area of soil which is part of their run, to dig in.

Caught the little so and so actually pulling Luna's fur out with his teeth today.

He's in the garage, in his cage ... hoping to put them back together tomorrow night. Wish me luck lol

I hope it goes well! I let ours have a few hours together today, but they're separate again now.

MightyMax
05-08-2017, 11:43 PM
Wow, must look for a sea grass house. They already have a 5 x 3 foot area of soil which is part of their run, to dig in.

Caught the little so and so actually pulling Luna's fur out with his teeth today.

He's in the garage, in his cage ... hoping to put them back together tomorrow night. Wish me luck lol


Good luck Saffy :)

Saffy2017
07-08-2017, 09:35 AM
I like this review


I keep asking the dwarf rabbits how they like the mat. I put out some paper stars and tried to cajole them into rating it but they ate half of the stars and used the others for litter. I'm assuming they liked the mat because it was destroyed without a trace within a week. You can cut this mat in half for two rabbits to share, but then you'll undo the weave and it will start to come apart. Still, it keeps rabbits busy. They chewed on it, unraveled it, took the strands to different parts of the cage, and did all sorts of rabbity things.

MightyMax
07-08-2017, 11:09 AM
I like this review


I keep asking the dwarf rabbits how they like the mat. I put out some paper stars and tried to cajole them into rating it but they ate half of the stars and used the others for litter. I'm assuming they liked the mat because it was destroyed without a trace within a week. You can cut this mat in half for two rabbits to share, but then you'll undo the weave and it will start to come apart. Still, it keeps rabbits busy. They chewed on it, unraveled it, took the strands to different parts of the cage, and did all sorts of rabbity things.


Love it :lol:

MiniC
07-08-2017, 10:55 PM
I didn't spot the reviews, but love that 705 people have written reviews for something priced £454!

MightyMax
07-08-2017, 11:51 PM
I didn't spot the reviews, but love that 705 people have written reviews for something priced £454!


Obviously the Crème de la Crème of Société who can afford the mat!

There's one advertised underneath that one for around a fiver. Exact same thing. Made me smile :)

MiniC
08-08-2017, 07:51 AM
Obviously the Crème de la Crème of Société who can afford the mat!

There's one advertised underneath that one for around a fiver. Exact same thing. Made me smile :)

This lady must be up there with the queen then, planning to throw them away each week:

"Decided to try this to line the bottom of my guinea habitat because the material the lining is made from is getting stained from pee, despite using a decent absorbing bedding. Anyway, my scheme is to line the bottom and then place the bedding on top, maybe help absorb some of the waste. At the end of the week, I figure it would be a simple matter to toss the whole lot, making clean up of the habitat a lot easier to accomplish.

Since we have two guineas, we have a fairly large habitat. It took two mats to cover only 1/3 of it. Needless to say, this would be slightly cost prohibitive, even with this being an add-on product."

Only slightly cost prohibitive :lol:

MightyMax
08-08-2017, 10:47 AM
This lady must be up there with the queen then, planning to throw them away each week:

"Decided to try this to line the bottom of my guinea habitat because the material the lining is made from is getting stained from pee, despite using a decent absorbing bedding. Anyway, my scheme is to line the bottom and then place the bedding on top, maybe help absorb some of the waste. At the end of the week, I figure it would be a simple matter to toss the whole lot, making clean up of the habitat a lot easier to accomplish.

Since we have two guineas, we have a fairly large habitat. It took two mats to cover only 1/3 of it. Needless to say, this would be slightly cost prohibitive, even with this being an add-on product."

Only slightly cost prohibitive :lol:


:lol:

MiniC
10-12-2018, 10:00 AM
Billy has never quite gotten over this humping habit, but it's generally been manageable. Some nights worse than others, but Poppy is always able to get away.

We moved the couch on Saturday (only for December, because we need the space for a bigger dining table), and he's like a rabbit possessed ever since, and nothing Poppy or we do can get him to stop. I am no sure what to do, any ideas? Even if I move the couch back, I think he's in a phase now, and it won't stop him.



The history is: Billy and Poppy are neutered/spayed, and have been together for 3 years now. Billy is a nervous bunny, Poppy is a very confident bunny, Billy likes to assert that he’s top bun.

They stayed in boarding about 18 months ago, and when they came home, Billy took to excessively humping Poppy, and we were struggling to get him to back off. He'd improved enough to let them stay together though.