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    Quote Originally Posted by msalisoncarroll View Post
    Thank you all so much for your advice, it was greatly appreciated! He seems too of settled, however Im having a bit of an issue with him growling. Hes possessive of the food bowl and the floor. Hes happy for me stroke him, however if I so much as put my hand near him while hes eating or to pick up, tidy etc he growls at me and lunges. The only thing he ever had, is his food bowl, Im guesing he sees it as his bowl, your not touching it . Hes eating hay, Im gradually introducing nuggets which he eats no problem, as long as food is involved hes happy. Hes going to the vets next week for his vaccinations, Im going to ask about neutering. As anyone else ever experienced this behavior with a rabbit? XX

    You're very welcome

    Glad to hear he's doing well!

    Re the growling and lunging, is he neutered? This should have a big effect on this kind of territorial behaviour.

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-health/neutering/

    Some unneutered males are aggressive.
    After castration, testosterone levels will fall dramatically which should reduce aggression or get rid of it completely.
    Up to date and comprehensive info on RHD2:
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...16-Sept/page14
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    Quote Originally Posted by msalisoncarroll View Post
    He has the entire spare room to himself, he’s got various boxes etc to hide in and a zoo zone 2 cage base for his litter tray x
    That sounds lovely for him. I'm guessing as he's come from a terrible home, to now have all this, he's feeling quite possessive about it. He might calm down once he's been neutered.

    I found a couple of articles that might help, as I'm not too clued up on it:
    http://www.therabbithouse.com/behavi...ive-rabbit.asp
    https://rabbit.org/faq-aggression/

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    I posted at the same time as ThreeB's ... Great minds
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    Quote Originally Posted by msalisoncarroll View Post
    He has the entire spare room to himself, hes got various boxes etc to hide in and a zoo zone 2 cage base for his litter tray x
    That sounds great!

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    Like the sound of his set up. Hopefully he will settle once neutered. I scatter feed all mine. Gives them something to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    I posted at the same time as ThreeB's ... Great minds
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    Hello fellow Stokey!

    Just a heads up for if you need somewhere that does both vaccinations Willow Vets in Tunstall/Werrington/Endon does them for a pretty reasonable price. I think Nobivac is around 15 and Filavac is 28!

    Clive is also an exotic vet and I've always been pretty happy with them when I've been previously!

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    Hello roxyroller! I actually took dexter my bun with a poorly eye to the willows today, I wanted to see Victoria but shes allergic to rabbits apparently. Weve seen Clive quite a few times x

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    My bunnies are jealous that your new fellow has an entire room to himself!! He is so lucky to have you.
    One of my bunnies is also possessive. Raven is so possessive I must approach slowly and with caution when I clean his area and refill his water and food. Sometimes I cannot even touch a stray poo if he is watching or he will lunge at me. My Raven is a very nice neutered bunny who will allow me to pet him and pick him up without incident. I am glad he likes his things.

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    Bucky had me in tears earlier. I know it sounds ridiculous Im a 34 year old mother one. Had a delivery this morning of new hays, nuggets etc put his new hay down, seemed happy enough. Got him his spring greens, went to pass it too him- next minute, hes sunk his teeth in to my wrist and swinging off it. No idea why, its usually the one time hes happy to sit and take things from me. I ended up shouting NO, probably the wrong thing but I was in shock and hes a massive French lop. When hes at the vets next week for his vaccination, Im asking about neutering. My 8 year old daughter is petrified of him x

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