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Hi, I have 2 bunnies female unspayed and seperated, as much as I want them spayed my parent dont see it as something that is needed, which now worries me for their behaviour. My 4 yr rabbit is suddenly showing aggression to me, she is normally cuddly with attitude but is now defensive and attacks, I’m worried about her, I’ve checked to see if she’s in pain or change in diet but she’s eating healthy and shows no sign of injuries. I believe she is acting like this due to lack in affection from me but that’s only Because i have too many scratches from her. I’ve given her space. My second rabbit is almost 1, she was first skittish but is now social and wanting attention. She’s suddenly started peeing reddish stuff which I thought was blood at first but she too is healthy, little pickywith eating but still eats and poops a lot, she also shows no sign of injury because she darts around the room Happily. Both my rabbits are in large cages with enough space for running around, packed with toys and chews, they’re also given fresh hay and water everyday. I don’t understand why these things are happening though? I’ve tried giving small treats but not every day, laying beside the cage and while they have free roam. I also noticed my 1 yr old bunny pulled a lot of fur out but she’s not pregnant. please help. How can I make them happy again? how do I stop this behaviour without the expense of spaying them? I know spaying them will benefit them but I want to know from someone whose in a similar boat when parent take control of animal cost.
 

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Should probably add that we are in Winter where I am (Australia) , so the fur pulling for my 1yrold rabbit could be her winter coat??
 

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For the four-year-old: It is likely due to lack of attention and interaction. My boy was similar, and it took a lot of scratches and bites before he even started tolerating me touching him. But, you just need to persevere. Apollo will now let me pick him up, cut his nails, and pretty much do whatever I want. I think you just need to spend more time bonding and interacting with her if it is just because of a lack of affection. If not, it might be a good idea to have her checked by a vet, as a change in behaviour can be caused by illness. I'm also thinking that it could be because there's another rabbit in her territory (assuming she lived with you first).

For the one-year-old: it's likely a phantom pregnancy
 

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For the four-year-old: It is likely due to lack of attention and interaction. My boy was similar, and it took a lot of scratches and bites before he even started tolerating me touching him. But, you just need to persevere. Apollo will now let me pick him up, cut his nails, and pretty much do whatever I want. I think you just need to spend more time bonding and interacting with her if it is just because of a lack of affection. If not, it might be a good idea to have her checked by a vet, as a change in behaviour can be caused by illness. I'm also thinking that it could be because there's another rabbit in her territory (assuming she lived with you first).

For the one-year-old: it's likely a phantom pregnancy
i thought having my second rabbit was causing it but she shows affection to her through the cage bars, grooming her and licking. My 1 yr old bunny hasn’t been around a male rabbit? Are phantom pregnacy caused from seeing a male or just random ?
 

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Are you absolutely certain they're both female and have the two rabbits ever been been put together at all, even if for a few minutes, and if so, how long ago? How long have you had both rabbits? Have there been any recent changes in your house, new cleaning smells or odors in your home, any new pets, or changes in the rabbits set up or area? Any changes outdoors, loud noises, construction sounds, animals walking near your place? What happened that caused the scratches from your 'aggressive' rabbit?

Have you made any changes to their diet or fed anything new around the time you started seeing the red pee, especially any new veggies? Is it actually red, more orangish red, have spots of red? In what way is your other rabbit picky with what she eats?


False pregnancies can happen in any unspayed female rabbit, even with no male rabbits around. This would be the likely explanation for the fur pulling if there's absolutely no way she's pregnant, and is in fact female.
 

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Are you absolutely certain they're both female and have the two rabbits ever been been put together at all, even if for a few minutes, and if so, how long ago? How long have you had both rabbits? Have there been any recent changes in your house, new cleaning smells or odors in your home, any new pets, or changes in the rabbits set up or area? Any changes outdoors, loud noises, construction sounds, animals walking near your place? What happened that caused the scratches from your 'aggressive' rabbit?

Have you made any changes to their diet or fed anything new around the time you started seeing the red pee, especially any new veggies? Is it actually red, more orangish red, have spots of red? In what way is your other rabbit picky with what she eats?


False pregnancies can happen in any unspayed female rabbit, even with no male rabbits around. This would be the likely explanation for the fur pulling if there's absolutely no way she's pregnant, and is in fact female.
I am certain theyre both female, they have been together in the past but only until they started fighting is when I did the separation (last year). They are in new cages more higher and wider with everything from their old cage transferred , their previous cage was not suitable for any rabbit. Theyre still side by side to still have that company and they seem to like it, I’ve had one rabbit for 4 years the other for almost 1, both from baby. No new smells in the house, nothing to effect them. No diet change. But our neighbours lastweek did demolish their house for new units. That caused trembling so I would see how that would change behaviour, but it’s been a week of quiet and their behaviour started around that time. The scratches from my aggression bun is from me simply changing her water dish and hay, also from cleaning her change that she messes up every hour. So in away its normal from her but she’s started to bit more, not enough to break skin but to give a warning to back off. My other 1 yr old bun is just making reddish pee which says it’s the pigments from the food. She isn’t in any pain and loves head pats so im confused as to why they switched personalities and acting this way. My 4yr old bun did recently go throughout gi stasis, I massaged her belly and fed her water in a syringe until she began pooping but she did put up a fight for it. so That could be it too. She could have been in pain from me touching her she now sees me as someone to hurt her, but all I wanted was to relieve her.


sort - yes new cages. Neighbours demolished house causing trembling and sounds. Been together in past but seperated (last year) . No change in diet. 4 yr old bun recently had gi stasis but is now better but still is unsure of me patting her, she is eating and playing around. 4 yr old bun pulled fur out and pees reddish I would say closer to and orange red And comes out like normal pee but is still healthy and plays, not pregnant but was told could be phantom pregnancy?
 

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If the pee is just orangish and no signs or reds spotting in it, it could easily be just from her foods plant pigments, and the fur pulling just a false pregnancy, which is common in unspayed does. However, if you're still concerned about the orange pee, and/or you start seeing other signs of a possible UTI like dribbling urine, a urine soaked bum, spots of blood in the urine, straining to urinate, lack of appetite, or a change of behavior, then I would suggest taking your bun to be checked by your vet.

The other rabbits change of behavior I'm addressing in your other thread.
 

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