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Is my rabbit Allie pregnant? She is really aggressive now, bites, scratches and snorts and won't let me pick her up anymore so I can't let her out for her daily runs anymore, isn't eating as much as she used to and isn't interested in her male rabbit friend, Noah, at all. When I first got her we put her inside the cage and let Noah hop around her, they were all over each other through the bars, we didn't put them together because we weren't sure if she was pregnant or not and didn't want them to mate. The male rabbit is my friend Shantelle's, we let them be friends but in separate cages next to each other as we don't want them to breed but we do want them to each have companionship (this is only occasionally usually they are both by themselves). So they haven't had sex at all, but when I got Allie from the SPCA they said she had been surrendered to them, and had been in with an entire mini lop male and could be pregnant. So I didn't want her to be pregnant at all yet as she is only six months old and still new as a pet. She is getting very territorial of her cage, bite and attacks when you put your hand in to give her food. I'm not sure if I even want her to have the babies because she is so moody and I am scared she will eat them or kill them and I couldn't cope with that. I read online that you can tell if you feel movement but I tried to touch her and she bit me so I'm not sure how else to find out. Please help as my friend, Shantelle, who owns the male rabbit has had her female rabbits have babies before and she says that her girl rabbit Sophie acted exactly like that but she was a good pet and didn't bite Shantelle. Allie is a mini lop, I rescued her from the SPCA and I would be gutted if she had babies as I know how hard it is to find homes for rabbits which is why I rescued her and didn't get one from a breeder. Allie is usually a happy rabbit, I get her out everyday for an hours run around or so, and she also plays chase with my cat (she chases him and vice versa, in a friendly way, they love each other although I don't trust my cat enough to leave them alone together). I haven't gotten her out since she has started being angry which was today, yesterday and the day before that. She used to come up to your hand eagerly for pats and also used to try and get out of her cage, by standing on her hind legs when I would open it but now she doesn't do that and she bites and attacks anything that goes in the cage. Please help me as I am not sure what to do, being a teenager and am very worried about Allie. Thank you for your time.

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Sorry to hear about Allie. Slapped wrists to the SPCA for adopting out a rabbit that "could be" pregnant, if they knew bunnies they would either send her in for an emergency spay or keep her for at least 30 days so if she does have kits, its at the rescue and their problem, not yours!

If you have a good bunny vet, pop her in there and they should be able to feel for babies, or even do a scan, which are tricky if you don't know what you're feeling for. If they can't feel anything she can be booked in for a spay. If she isn't pregnant but has been around a male she can have very convincing phantom pregnancies. Rabbit gestation is 28-30 days so do a rough count if you know how long the SPCA had her for before you adopted her. If its been a lot more than 30 days, you're most likely dealing with a phantom pregnancy and should book her in for a spay.

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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