Hi, we have had a male rabbit for 5 months now and Wednesday last week we got him neutered. We have had him since he was young so we have been able to train him myself, to be a loving housepet where he jumps up on the sofa and snuggles etc...
Anyway, the Sunday before his neutering we bought a female rabbit (about the same age) we hadn't introduced the two rabbits yet at all. She looked like she hadn't been handled a lot so as soon as we got her home we started to spend lots of time with her, sat next to her doing nothing, letting her come to me to trust me. And all this effort had worked as after that she let me stroke her all the time and wasn't that scared of being picked up. But a week or so after we neutered the male we moved her cage from another room next to his cage. (You keeping up? lol) so they were side by side. Of course all the male wanted to do is get to the female as much as possible but we prevented this.
2 days passed and it was all going fine and both rabbits allowed me to stroke/pick them up until the male rabbit managed to jump from outside right through the top of the female’s cage. This obviously shocked the female and she got a bit distressed. We tried to pick her up after that to console her but she was having none of it, sprinting round her cage as fast as possible, not letting me get near her. We left her for a bit to calm down and then went back, but she was still the same!
This had annoyed me as we put a lot of hours getting her to trust me. Anyway a couple days passed and we thought it would be a good idea to get her spayed. (To calm her down) So we did last Monday. We have spent more hours just sitting with her not doing much and yes she has got a bit better where she will let me stroke her sometimes, but when we try and pick her up (to give her medicine) she always runs away and makes it really difficult.
Question is how we can get her to trust me again. She did before the male rabbit scared her, can we still do it?
Sorry if this bored you we just needed to tell you all the information, hope you can help me