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    Hello,

    I am a new, first time (as an adult) rabbit owner. We bought our Minxie, who is a dwarf lion headX female, approximately 2 months ago. She was born on 9/2/18 so is currently 4 months old.

    Ever since we bought her she has been a very loving rabbit, enjoying cuddles, following me around the house and has never been agressive or bitten, however, over the last 2 days she has started lunging and me and biting my hands in a nasty manner if I reach into her hutch to pet her or refresh her food and water bowls. She has also been biting my trouser legs and thrashing around with lots of thumpibg of her back feet. She currently lives as an only bunny but after neutering (booked for 7/7/1 we are planning to adopt a rescue bunny from a rescue centre who offer a bonding service.

    My questions are:

    Is this normal behaviour?
    Could it be her hormones or is she being territorial?
    Is it likely to continue??

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Lydia

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    She is beautiful it sounds hormonal/territorial, hopefully after she is spayed and her hormones have subsided (it can take up to 6-8 weeks) this will change and she will be back to behaving how she was before it’s great to hear you willl be giving a home to a rescue bunny

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    Thank you, I do hope her behaviour subsides x

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    Hello and welcome. It sounds like your bunny has reached the "teenage" years. She should be spayed as soon as the Vet is happy to do it then this behaviour will subside. She should then return to being her old sweet self. Keep in touch and good luck with finding her a lovely friend. Is she vaccinated?

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    I thought this might be the case. I have a 13 year old daughter who also thumps around and moans when I go in her bedroom so it does make sense.

    Yes, Minxie is vaccinated and has had health checks with the vet

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    Quote Originally Posted by lydia3101 View Post
    Hello,

    I am a new, first time (as an adult) rabbit owner. We bought our Minxie, who is a dwarf lion headX female, approximately 2 months ago. She was born on 9/2/18 so is currently 4 months old.

    Ever since we bought her she has been a very loving rabbit, enjoying cuddles, following me around the house and has never been agressive or bitten, however, over the last 2 days she has started lunging and me and biting my hands in a nasty manner if I reach into her hutch to pet her or refresh her food and water bowls. She has also been biting my trouser legs and thrashing around with lots of thumpibg of her back feet. She currently lives as an only bunny but after neutering (booked for 7/7/1 we are planning to adopt a rescue bunny from a rescue centre who offer a bonding service.

    My questions are:

    Is this normal behaviour?
    Could it be her hormones or is she being territorial?
    Is it likely to continue??

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Lydia

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    Hi there and welcome to the Forum

    Female rabbits get hormonal and territorial just as you've said. The best thing would be to get her spayed, especially as you're thinking of getting her a companion.

    Can you find a good savvy vet to do this for you? You could take her for vaccinations if she hasn't had any, and suss out the vet at the same time. Ask questions about how many spays they do etc ...

    Some info on neutering:

    http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pdfs/neutering28807.pdf

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

    Good luck
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    An extensive and comprehensive guide to all things RHD2 - Please Vaccinate!
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...RHD2-July-2018

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    Hi Lydia and welcome to mad bunny world! Everyone has already answered your question so thought I’d just say hi and your bunny is gorgeous x

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    We have an excellent vet who we have been with for many years with our aging Labrador. Minxie has had 4 visits so far, 2 for vaccinations, one for a free health check during rabbit awareness week and one for booking her spay which is due in 2 weeks time.

    Thank you for your advice

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    Another question: how should I deal with the biting? Should I just ignore it or do they respond to a squeak or "no!"

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    Also, during this feisty period, try not to enter her space while she is in it, or give her something to eat while you are going in there.

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