I have two female rabbits, one at 4 years old and the other at 1 year. Recently they have started to fight to the point where i can not let them near each other. I am wondering why this sudden fighting has occurred? The youngest had a bath due to medical reasons and that seemed to set it off, i put it down to stress but now, more than a week on, theres no change. The year old is always the one that sets it off, resulting in hair pulling and front feet fighting but no mounting so i do not believe it's a dominance thing. They were difficult to bond to start with and they've never been very close. Will i have to start the bonding process again?
Answer Hi, Holly.
Oh, dear. Yes, a bath could certainly have set things off, as the bathed bunny came back smelling like a stranger. We always recommend that if one member of a bonded pair needs veterinary care that BOTH bunnies go, to prevent exactly this sort of thing.
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