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Old 03-02-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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Recently, my rabbit has become very noisy at night. He trashes his cage, tips his litter bin, throws his ceramic food dish around, spills food everywhere, etc. It's getting to the point that I haven't had a full night's sleep in 4 or 5 days.

Does anyone know why he's doing this?

I've checked everything I could - temperature, bedding, litter, water, food, hay, light, sound, etc. He has toys and boxes in his cage to play with if he's bored. It's definitely not an exercise thing - for the past week (I've been off school), he has been getting over 12 hours per day of running around the bedroom. He's neutered and he's about 5 years old. I have another rabbit (his best friend) in the same room, in a different cage about 5 feet away from him. They've been in this housing situation for years. The other rabbit isn't making any noise and is acting completely normal.

Can anyone help me out?



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Old 03-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Sounds like the wee laddie is getting a bit spoilt. You have been off school for a week, and this has just happened for the last 4-5 days. He is getting used to running around the bedroom and now doesn't want to be lock down. Is he a reliable bunny that doesn't get into mischief if you leave him loose, with his cage at a level he can go in and out of. Ours have never been locked up at night, they just sleep on the floor, or okay sometimes snuggle in bed.



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Old 03-02-2012, 10:41 PM   #3
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I'm not sure you should reward bad behavior. Can you move his cage to another room at night where you can't hear him? After a couple nights of this he might get the idea & then you can go back the way things were.

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Our rabbits are more active at night too. Have you tried earplugs?

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Yes, I normally wear earplugs because even the slightest sounds from them wake me up (ie. moving a box from wide side of the cage to another). But he is being so destructive lately, earplugs aren't doing it.

He actually flipped his ceramic dish so high, I thought it broke because it was so loud when it hit the cage. I'm scared he's going to hurt himself.

As for keeping him outside the cage at night, no, he can't be trusted. I have thought about moving his cage to another room, but as it stands right now, my bedroom is up a LOT of stairs, and there isn't any room to run around downstairs. So I'd have to cart his cage downstairs at night, then back up in the morning. It would be too much.

Thanks for all the replies and suggestions!!

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Does he have a cover over his cage at night? It might not do much, but for Poe it kind of means - That's it for today, it's time to think it's really dark outside and go to sleep and be good (it is dark when he goes to bed, but this makes it a bit darker and is a sign that it's time for bed for him). He still has a little bit at the front uncovered so he can see a bit of sun in the morning to wake him up and get into normal routine, but everything is covered all the way to the floor so he can rest and feel safe in his nice dark cage. He will also run straight up to the bars and give you a sad look and want his head scratched from outside the bars, but I think in the end he gets it. We have no trouble with him trashing his cage other than normal - poos, chewing papers and putting everything he can find into his litter box

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Does he have a cover over his cage at night? It might not do much, but for Poe it kind of means - That's it for today, it's time to think it's really dark outside and go to sleep and be good (it is dark when he goes to bed, but this makes it a bit darker and is a sign that it's time for bed for him). He still has a little bit at the front uncovered so he can see a bit of sun in the morning to wake him up and get into normal routine, but everything is covered all the way to the floor so he can rest and feel safe in his nice dark cage. He will also run straight up to the bars and give you a sad look and want his head scratched from outside the bars, but I think in the end he gets it. We have no trouble with him trashing his cage other than normal - poos, chewing papers and putting everything he can find into his litter box

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Old 03-03-2012, 04:51 AM   #8
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putting everything he can find into his litter box
Glad to know mine isn't the only one that does that! I always found it so odd, haha.

He has half of his cage covered (for a dark spot to hide). I'll try covering it all the way tonight and see how he does.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:17 AM   #9
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My boyfriend has become very particular about how loud the bunny is in our apartment at night. We are in a studio/efficiency with no bedroom door and anything wakes him up. Used to I would have to lock up franklin (my french lop) in his carrying cage with some water because he would make so much noise in his regular cage. Now before bed I let him run out and about for an hour or two depending on what time i get home make sure his food bowl is to the top and take out his paper towel rolls that he loves to throw about. He sleeps right through the night and i haven't had to lock him up in a while. I like it that way

But maybe instead of letting him out all day put it in increments. Maybe in the morning until noon and then close up his cage then let him back out during or after dinner and lock up before bed. Having him use up his energy before bed might let you at least get more sleep

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Yeah I've tried covering the entire cage when Harvey was being way noisy and annoying one night, but he thump at that idea. He did not like that.

Now he only really gets destructive and noisy either in the morning when I don't let him out early enough or if it's close to bed time and I put him away for the night and don't turn out the lights right away. He doesn't like it that I still am awake but he has to sleep.



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