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Help!! I'm a new bunny owner and I'm having difficulty understanding my bunny. He was neutered less than a month ago and he is still spraying me more than once when I let him out of his cage! I understand that it takes about a month for the hormones to get out of his system, but I'm afraid this will become a habit. Why is he spraying me? Is he threatened by me? Because he doesn't seem like he is. He is very friendly. I feel awful because I don't let him out as much because I'm just constantly cleaning up after him. I clean up the urine and then,as if he is upset that I cleaned it, he comes over and sprays me again!I'm used to dogs who aim to please you but I know bunnies aren't like that. What do I do!?

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Hi Jessica

This is going to take patience! He could well still have those hormones raging and it may also be frustration at being cooped up because of his behaviour.

I would recommend building him a pee-proof pen (use cheap plastic sheets i.e. shower curtains with cheap fleece bedding on top which can be washed when its dirty) around his cage and giving him more space. When you go to see him keep it slow, gentle, don't try and pick him up or force handling on him, let him come to you and, most importantly, don't wear different fragrances! Rabbit's eyesight is poor compared to their sense of smell.

Some rabbits will remain pee'ers throughout their life to express their displeasure at goings on. Best move would be to look up on bonding him with a wifebun, a wifebun who will put him in his place if he decides to pee haha! Bonded pairs tend to be more settled than singles, and less messy.

Good luck!
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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.

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I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

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I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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