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    Ok lovely bunsters ,


    I know the above sounds strange but its what fluff seems to be doing. He digs at the utility room door to get in and bites at it. He only made it in there once and promptly went behind the washing machine ! Gave me such a fright.

    Now it seems like he is having a temper tantrum . I sit with the buns and interact and stoke and talk to them of an evening he will stop very occasionally and accept a bit of love .most of the time he is running around like a mad thing. He gets enough out time as have opened the run earlier and they come out for a tiny it then just sit in there hay and look at me .

    He has now started digging madly then turning and biting at himself . I have moved him away from the area rolled balls at him said no loudly . Put piles of sticks in the way willow balls and even tried to distract him with food.all to no avail . He likes things where he wants them he moves the kitchen bin to where he wants it and will not tolerate an litter tray at all at the moment .

    Hei is wearing himself out at the moment keeps flopping over !

    I have serveral balls around the kitchen a tunnel and stools sticks and of course binky his love match .

    I can't use cardboard for boredom breakers as he tried to eat the cardboard ! Heeeelllp ! What am I missing / not doing ?

    Any input welcome xxx

    Lisa

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    Has he been checked by a vet?

    I had a self harming rabbit, it stated after her epilepsy began. I'm not saying itvis epilepsy but maybe there is something going on healthwise?

    Is he neutered?
    My name is Neleh and I'm a bunnyaddict, I can't get enough of bunnies, they are all so cute, fluff and squishy.

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    How old is he and has he been neutered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarlett View Post
    How old is he and has he been neutered?
    This. And does he have a rabbit friend?

    How many hours does he get free-ranging a day? And how large is his permanent area?

    Does he exhibit the digging and chewing himself behaviour in one area, or multiple areas of the room?

    Flopping is fine, don't worry about that, it's just him relaxing.

    Is it possible he got washing powder on him when he went behind the washing machine? It would be an irritant and is also toxic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nessar View Post
    This. And does he have a rabbit friend?

    How many hours does he get free-ranging a day? And how large is his permanent area?

    Does he exhibit the digging and chewing himself behaviour in one area, or multiple areas of the room?

    Flopping is fine, don't worry about that, it's just him relaxing.

    Is it possible he got washing powder on him when he went behind the washing machine? It would be an irritant and is also toxic.
    Yes he has a female friend a very much in love .

    He gets 3 hours in the morning and then they happily snuggle together for the afternoon then from 6 till about 10 with half an hour missing when I put the kids to bed . Like I say I have opened the run earlier and they don't come out. They will be going outside with 8ft run when we eventually get good weather ! They don't have a winter coat so am awaiting good weather!

    He digs all over the kitchen floor will often stop running and dig in one place. So farms its only been today bit himself at the door of utility and opposit corner of cuboards.

    It was a few weeks ago behind the washin machine and don't think any powder got on him and was just covered in fluff and dust :0)

    He is about 8 months and yes neutered end of feb.

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    Could he still be a bit hormonal as its only just 6 weeks since he was neutered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffs mum View Post
    Yes he has a female friend a very much in love .

    He gets 3 hours in the morning and then they happily snuggle together for the afternoon then from 6 till about 10 with half an hour missing when I put the kids to bed . Like I say I have opened the run earlier and they don't come out. They will be going outside with 8ft run when we eventually get good weather ! They don't have a winter coat so am awaiting good weather!

    He digs all over the kitchen floor will often stop running and dig in one place. So farms its only been today bit himself at the door of utility and opposit corner of cuboards.

    It was a few weeks ago behind the washin machine and don't think any powder got on him and was just covered in fluff and dust :0)

    He is about 8 months and yes neutered end of feb.
    How long after getting in the utility room did he start, then?

    I wouldn't rule out a health problem but I think it sounds like he is bored and frustrated. One of my rabbits would dig and destroy things if she was confined overnight, she'd be really destructive when she was out. It gradually stopped over couple of weeks after I let them free-range 24/7.

    Rabbits are generally quite sleepy during the day and so won't exercise much then, so that my be why you are seeing them sit. But it is important that they get as much exercise as possible, especially at dusk, at night and in the wee hours of the morning, which is when they need it most but unfortunately when they are most likely to be shut away. Does he eat enough hay? That is a great boredom breaker, and they should be getting through a pile the size of themselves every day.

    Have you changed their toys around? If not, could you? Maybe introduce something new, like a tunnel. Most rabbits like tunnels.

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    Only today he has started the biting.

    He has a tunnel, loves running around the kitchen and sliding into it they have a 6 by. 5 ft run in the kitchen would love to leave them out over night but the amount he chews maybe divorced.

    Any toys I can make that don't use cardboard. They have hanging sticks in the run

    Hopefully he was annoyed at something today and will keep an eye and pop to the vets if not.

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    One of my bunnies did all this digging and strange behaviour, and was taken to the vets to be checked over, but the vet explained to me that rabbits do need something to dig because that is their natural behaviour, and if we don't provide them with something they will find it themselves, which can result in quite destructive behaviour. I had an old indoor cage that was really too small, but used just the base and put some straw in it, and he then started to exhibit all his digging in that. Also, as somebody posted about bunnies being more active during the night, he and his wifey are now out during the night, and in an enclosure during the day, and all his bizarre behaviour has stopped. I can see now though, why he was like this, because I was in effect forcing him to do everything that went against his natural instincts. I know most buns are fine and adapt to how I guess, we think they should be living and behaving, but I think sometimes you get the odd bun like your boy and mine, that it is just too unnatural for them and they just can't cope with it, and we have to go back to the basics and think about how they really need to be living, not how we think they should be. Is there anywhere that you could move them too, say maybe initially, just part of a room that you could bunnyproof easily, and then if he starts to improve allow them more space then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffs mum View Post
    Only today he has started the biting.

    He has a tunnel, loves running around the kitchen and sliding into it they have a 6 by. 5 ft run in the kitchen would love to leave them out over night but the amount he chews maybe divorced.

    Any toys I can make that don't use cardboard. They have hanging sticks in the run

    Hopefully he was annoyed at something today and will keep an eye and pop to the vets if not.
    I have a dog basket that has safe bedding in it and i sprinkle pellets in so my buns dig around for them. They seem to have great fun doing that x

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