Male neutered rabbits always together now fighting?
Rabbits/Male neutered rabbits always together now fighting?
Expert: Dana Krempels, Ph.D. - 1/22/2013
Question I have recently been given 2 male neutered rabbits, I was told that they get along, today when they were in their run they decided to fight and caused one of them to get an injury to their ear we have token both to the vets and got them checked for any other injuries, they have been separated currently but as they have always been together I would like to be able to put them back together but I don't want the to start fighting again because other injuries could be caused, but with them being apart I don't want them to get lonely. I think it may be due to my other rabbits being young females. I hope I can get them back together and happy I just hope this hasn't caused a problem forever because I don't want more problems with them fighting I don't like seeing them on their own when they have looked so happy together, I have other rabbits that live together and get along fine. I know it might be a long process getting them back to being friends but I'm prepared to do it.
What I am asking is for tips on getting them back to being friends? Any help will be gratefully received and I will be very thankful
Answer Dear Natalie,
A change of scenery, a new home, and the presence of the females can all trigger discord between bunnies who have formerly been friends. Now the question is: Can this marriage be saved? It depends.
For certain, don't put them back together in the area where they have been fighting. You'll need a neutral territory and perhaps car rides to have them share stress and re-bond. Here are some tips that might be helpful:
If the boys absolutely won't get along, you might consider bonding them with the girls, one each, unless the girls are bonded to each other. A foursome *might* work, but that will be tricky and you will need a very large, neutral space to allow the four to introduce themselves to each other.
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