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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2010, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Rabbits Fighting

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About six years ago we purchased a 3-month old male rabbit for our daughter from a local pet store. The rabbit has always been friendly even with the occasional rough handling from young children. About 3 years she wanted to get a companion for the rabbit so we purchased another 3-month-old male from the same pet store. (both may have the same parents). Both have always been outdoors. From the start they have gotten along very well. I notice that occasionally one will mount the other and this will go back and forth between them and recently we are seeing more of this. Almost suddenly something has happened. I would often here thumping coming from the cage (this was a first for this pair) and they are now often fighting. We will separate them for a while and when they are reunited it soon starts again. The older one seems to causing most of these problems. I just now reunited them again and instantly the older one mounts the younger (from the wrong end) and starts in again. As I write this a can here almost constant thumping. I notice the younger also has scraps on his face. The younger one is quit a bit larger then the older and older does seem to be slimming down as it ages. Any ideals what may be causing this and what we should do to prevent this.

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Have they been neutered? Have they gone through an actual introduction process, and not just been let out loose together?

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If they haven't both been neutered, I wouldn't even try introducing them again. Even if two un-neutered males get along at first, they almost always end up fighting at some point and the fights can be bloody.

Check out rabbit.org, they have a lot of useful information on introducing rabbits .




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Yeah, any rabbits but together need to be neutered, or they will end up fighting eventually. It would be best to keep them separated permanently.



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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-26-2010, 10:08 PM
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And they are super territorial so just putting them together will not mean that they will get along.
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