Fighting Females

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Fighting Females

Post by Rich Stran » Thu, 11 Sep 2003 08:11:58



Hi Folks

We have two female rabbits of approximately four months old, one is a dwarf
lop and the other is Netherland dwarf.  Recently the larger dwarf lop chases
the smaller netherland around the room/hutch attempting to put her head
underneath the other rabbit and also digs at her back!  Understandably the
other rabbit does not like that so runs away and then the chase starts.

Is there anything we can do to try and discourage them?  Someone has
suggested that we have them spayed, would this help because we'd rather not
put them through the operation.

Any help would be appreciated.

Rich

 
 
 

Fighting Females

Post by j.. » Thu, 11 Sep 2003 08:28:04


Quote:

> We have two female rabbits of approximately four months old, one is
> a dwarf lop and the other is Netherland dwarf.  Recently the larger
> dwarf lop chases the smaller netherland around the room/hutch
> attempting to put her head underneath the other rabbit and also digs
> at her back!  Understandably the other rabbit does not like that so
> runs away and then the chase starts.

> Is there anything we can do to try and discourage them?  Someone has
> suggested that we have them spayed, would this help because we'd
> rather not put them through the operation.

I have two females that come very close to what you're describing,
except that mine are a Mini-Rex and a Netherland Dwarf.

Get them spayed when your vet thinks they're old enough. Until then it
might be a good idea to keep them separated, like keep one in the cage
while the other one gets to roam. Other people here might give you
better advice.

But get them spayed. That will not only calm them down somewhat (not
totally, if mine are any indication), but it will also make them less
likely to contract uterine cancer. I know how hard it is to watch them
huddle in a corner for a few days in pain after the surgery, but
that's only a few days. Hopefully they'll have a lot longer than that
to look forward to.

Joe

 
 
 

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Post by Arlette & Coco » Thu, 11 Sep 2003 11:00:34


I second what Joe said and just wanted to add that you make sure you go to a
rabbit savvy vet. Not all vets know how to treat rabbits, you need an
***s vet. Try checking my link below for a vet in your area.

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Post by Karin, Daffy and Eri » Thu, 11 Sep 2003 22:13:38


Hi Rich,

I agree with what Joe said, get them spayed! I would just like to use
slightly stronger terms -spaying them doesn't just make them "less likely"
to get uterine cancer. NOT spaying them means that there is a very high
chance that they *will* get cancer - it is frighteningly common in
non-spayed rabbits.

Apart from that, they should calm down, be less stressed and much  less
likely to chew, dig, fight and pee all over. They'll probably still chew and
dig quite a lot, just less than before ;-)

--
Karin, Daffy and Eric