6 months in and still not friendly?!?
So my rabbit, Whinnie, we've had for 6 months and she's never been friendly and still hasn't warmed up even remotely. We originally had her with our other bunny Jackie, who was very curious in becoming friends (maybe a bit aggressively, but nonetheless) and Whinnie would always run and hide or fight her and run. Eventually we gave up trying to bond them, after over a month. Through that process she was never social with us either.
Still when we approach her she'll run away and thump immediately. If she is in her cage she will lunge at us at any moment our hands go in her cage, she'll scratch our hands, sometimes bite and then sprint to the furthest corner and stare at us. If we don't move our hand she'll do it again and again. She grunts and growls while we do this. We can't even walk into a room or walk near her without her running or thumping. Gettng to the point where we can touch her is pretty much a victory and she just huddles down and runs at the first opportunity.
I've tried to take the advice of everyone on here and she's just not even remotely interested in anything we do. She'll take treats and turn and run, if I pretend to have a treat she won't stick around for any type of contact. If we sit on the ground with her, she'll just avoid us and play somewhere else.
We've always assumed that she would eventually warm up to us, but it's been a very long time, she's gone though life with and without another bunny, she had a custom cage that was very big and we thought she was being too protective in it, so we gave her a more open and visible layout so she would see us more instead of hiding under things or in corners, and she's still super protective. It seems that no matter what we do or how long we wait she's not even changing a little.
Is it possible that Whinnie is just never going to be friendly with any rabbits or any people? When we bought her she was with other rabbits and was fine, grooming them and snuggling with them, but the second she was with Jackie she ran, and even though Jack would ask for kisses or grooming Whinnie would resist or get up and move (and thats if Jack could even get close enough to touch her!). It just seems like after she left those rabbits she was with she'll never bond with anyone or any bunny again.
We're looking to get another bunny (Jackie died from complications from her spaying) and the adoption agecy said we need to fix Whinnie before they will give us a bunny b/c only fixed rabbits will bond. Do you guys think that fixing her will solve our problems? Maybe she's just very hormonal? Additionally, do you guys think that fixing her and bonding her with a fixed boy (they say grown girls don't bond no matter what) will yield the same results as when she was a baby with Jackie, even though she's fixed?
I hope you guys can give us some insight because it's really hard to have a bunny that you need to put oven mitts on to pick up or one that gives you bloody hands when you feed her everyday. It's hard to keep going when she seemingly hate us so much.
Last edited by kenworthyj; 10-19-2009 at 10:44 PM.