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I have an older spayed rabbit. Shes about 9 yrs old. I got her a companion that is neutered. He is about 6 and more active. I have experience with bonding but i am perplexed. BB the male continues to mount her but she runs away. She doesnt try to stop him by fighting. Last night she was out of breath. I have a hiding place for her but i dont want her to have to hide. She lost her last companion which was a perfect match. I grieve this loss bkaz they were so compatible and nice to watch. Anyway if i get a spray botgle and use it when i c him mounting her do u think he will stop mounting her. They do snuggle and groom each other. He was at a sanctuary and not social but is getting better.mm

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Hi Karan

Bonding can be tricky and stressful. The mounting isn't sexual but he's asserting his dominance. Spraying him with a spray bottle won't make him stop but could make him fearful and cause the situation to escalate to a fight. She should be able to run and hide, otherwise she could feel cornered and turn on him.

Make sure they're being introduced somewhere completely neutral and the humping should lessen as the bond develops. However even pairs that have been established for years can have the odd chase and hump now and again. As long as it's not escalating to fighting and fur pulling, it's normal. Just make sure she does have escape routes and hiding places for a time out. Sometime bonds just take time to settle.

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 belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

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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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