Would you like to snuggle with us? The more, the merrier <3
Review: Tried Small Pet Select for the very first time over the weekend and we love it. We ordered a 10lb box for $30 and it arrived in less than 3 days… so fast! The hay is very fresh & green, super crunchy, and delicious!
Hay is extremely important and should make up 80% of a bunny’s diet, so if your bun is picky about their hay, try out different brands!
Rabbit. Labbit. Smorkin’ Labbit.
Throwback Thursday: Our first bonding session in a bathtub was stressful, but it forced us to seek comfort from one another and become better friends.
Hi sweet buns! i have a question for you. i have two bunnies, brothers who are about four months old, and for the most part they get along okay, but lately whenever i open their cage door to play with them, the smaller one (Tobago) starts bullying the other one (Trinidad) chasing him around the cage. I assume its bullying because Trinidad always thumps his foot and I read that rabbits do that when frightened. Do you have any advice on how I can maybe bond them better so they don't fight? Thanks!
It sounds like Trinidad is upset if he’s thumping his foot, but do they only chase each other when you open their cage door?
Rabbits from the same litter generally have an easier time bonding, but it is highly recommended that they are fixed before living together. If they are not neutered, their hormones can cause them to be agressive and fight, which can lead to injuries and possibly death. I would keep them separated until after they are fixed, wait 4-6 weeks for their hormones to dissipate, then start the bonding process.
If Tobago and Trinidad are neutered, I recommend short bonding sessions in a small, neutral space, like a bathtub. Monitor them and only intervene if they start fighting. It may take several sessions before you see progress in their relationship, but once you feel comfortable, you can do longer bonding sessions in a bigger neutral space. Bonding in a neutral space is important because rabbits, by nature, are territorial animals. With that said, it would be a good idea to separate their living quarters until they are properly bonded.
Nugget & Emilee lived in separate cages, but were close enough to see, smell, and hear each other before they were officially bonded. You’ll know you have a bonded pair after a 24-48 hour bonding session in a confined space, with no fighting or aggressive behavior.
More bonding information can be found at House Rabbit Society. The BinkyBunny Forum is another great resource and helped me a lot when I started bonding Nugget & Emilee. They have many experienced members that give great advice and feedback in regards to bonding rabbits. Good luck!
Sniffing butts is not just a dog thing. Unfortunately.
Mom should be honored that I even let her touch my pristine fur coat.