Hyper ventilating male rabbit about 3 years old.

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Our rabbit, when allowed, scratches incessantly on our throw pillows on our sofa.
We don't mind the scratches on the pillows so much as the fact that this just
exhausts him; his heart beat is VERY rapid after each session that might last as
much as 5 minutes. It's as if he had run for miles and is out of breath.
After so much of this we do make him take a "time out",
but we also know that digging is a natural behavior for rabbits. Our question is
will this hyper scratching hurt his heart or lungs or other internal organs or is this
activity just simply good for him? Otherwise, if kept away from the pillows, he sleeps
most of the day!
 

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