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    Default New bond - U/D with photos, bond starts tomorrow!!!

    Hey all,

    It’s been such a long time since I’ve been here and sadly have had a rabbit cross the rainbow bridge in that time too Harley sadly passed away January 10 2020

    My remaining boy Bailey didn’t take it well, his behaviour changed so much with him getting aggressive and he seemed so upset, so as much as us humans wasn’t ready we knew he was for a new companion!

    So anyway we’ve rescued a female - she is beautiful (I’m probably bias) but she was only spayed at the rescue on the 12th March, we brought her home that weekend

    She’s healing well from her spay and has settled in nicely we’ve named her Willow, she’s in a large dog crate with a pen attached in the living room as Bailey is free roam. First few nights he was boxing the pen and growling but they’ve both settled down well.

    They lay next to the pen to each other etc etc licking each other as much as they can (we’ve also meshed it)

    The only thing now is she’s getting frustrated being in the pen, she does get free roam down the hallway and bedroom etc and we’ve shut bailey down there and let her out in the living room

    But they’re both eager to get to each other - not in an aggressive manor just let me out let me in sort of attitude we’ve swapped toys, litter trays etc and bailey wasn’t even fussed when willow was having free roam scenting things he didn’t really seem fussed when he came back in, my question is(sorry it’s such a long post)

    Is it too early to start bonding them? They seem ready but I am aware she was only spayed on the 12th - she’s estimated to be about 3/4ish so I’m aware there’s hormones etc but they both seem ready? I’m just wondering if to make the most of this quarantine malarkey?

    Thanks for any advice I just want to know really is it too early for her hormones to off calmed down and how long should I be waiting if it is too early? X
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    It's just over 2 weeks post spay - has she had her stitches out? If so I would go ahead as you seem confident that they are both ready to be together, try to use a neutral space and if they get on well then you could increase the space. Good luck, I am sure they are going to be happy.

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    you won't get better bonding advice than from tonibun so I'll just say good luck & may we please have photos

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    Personally, I always wait 4 weeks after a neuter or spay to allow for hormones to fully calm down. Never had a bond fail doing it this way. Hope this helps x
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    Tonibun is pretty much the encyclopedia on bonding and she is pretty much always right.
    Having just gone through a bond myself )opposite to yours), and having taken on board Tonibun's words of wisdom, I have two very contented bunnies.
    I would advocate taking things very much as you feel and it may be that you have to do a slow bond in order to protect your doe as her wound may still perhaps be a little fresh still.
    Good luck and yes - photos please. x
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    Hey

    Yes just over 2 weeks, I was going to wait about 4 weeks so was going to try around the 9th but it seems silly to make them wait - my last bond was a bit of a drama as Harley was free roam and obviously very territorial

    But I’m hopeful this time will be easier lol - she’s not had her stitches removed vet was happy to let them dissolve on their own, she has has a checkup a week post spay vet was very happy it is healing well and itnisnt ted etc and fur is starting to grow back

    Gawd I really hope this is better than before as Harley sadly managed to bite bailey before we reached her and was constantly attacking through the bars

    However bailey doesn’t seem fussed she’s there she has free roamed the living room scented everything, peed in his litter tray etc and he didn’t even go around chasing that scent if that makes sense? X

    I’m really so very tempted if there’s been enough time passed

    She’s back to the vets Thursday for her VHD2 jab so I could always ask for the stitches to be checked again then x

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    Quote Originally Posted by k1984 View Post
    Personally, I always wait 4 weeks after a neuter or spay to allow for hormones to fully calm down. Never had a bond fail doing it this way. Hope this helps x
    Yes see I was thinking the month too which would make that 9th April which isn’t too far away really it’s just she’s getting frustrated in the pen and he keeps eyeing the top (I’m thankful he’s a bit older now and won’t be able to jump it lol)

    But they do seem very interested in each other in a good way and I am wondering if I am wasting time with them x

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    I need to get on to my photobucket I think and get photos for you all x

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    The more time she free-ranges on her own then the more she is going to become territorial, nothing to do with hormones really.

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    Well I still stand by the 4 week wait after neutering If you need any help or support with bonding, then please feel free to pm me. Can't wait to see pics of your two! x
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    Bear, Greyie, Pete, Buttons, Leo and Adam, Princess and Leia
    Phil & Dev the rescue Guinea Pigs
    Gary the shih tzu pup!
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