You should separate them immediately when they are fighting. Fighting between male rabbits could lead to severe injuries or even death.
Next, neuter each rabbit to prevent hormonal aggravation. Having your rabbit neutered at three to four months is recommended or as soon as they reach puberty. A rabbit’s territoriality and aggression begin to develop during puberty.
Now that the rabbits have been neutered, you can reintroduce them to one another. Don’t rush the reintroduction process; it could be lengthy.
Now that you know what the article is about continue reading to learn how to resolve a fight between a male rabbit and another:
Do you know how to handle a couple of male rabbits that fight?
Fights between rabbits are dangerous since, if left unattended, they can cause serious injury to one another.
A rabbit injured in a fight appears like this:
There is a vicious fight between male rabbits, as shown in the video. Kicks, bites, and scratches will force their opponents to submit or leave.
It’s time to talk about how you can prevent rabbits from fighting after learning the consequences if you don’t stop them:
1. Both rabbits should be separated.
When fighting occurs between two rabbits, separate them immediately. It can be fatal for a male rabbit to fight another male rabbit.
Separate fighting rabbits, avoid getting hurt. A bite or scratch could happen to you. Rabbits fighting should be separated with towels, spray bottles, or brooms.
If you want fights to be separated, start by spraying them. The rabbit would likely wipe its face first if sprayed with water, likely stopping the fight.
It is also recommended to keep separate water and food bowls. In male rabbits, territoriality may cause them to eat less if they fight.
2. Make sure your rabbits are neutered.
Neutering your rabbits is the best way to prevent them from fighting. Hormones cause a rabbit’s territoriality and aggression toward its peers.
Around 3–4 months after your rabbit’s birth, your rabbit’s hormones will start kicking in. It is at this point that their territoriality and aggression begin.
Rabbits can benefit from neutering in the following ways:
- Cancers of the reproductive system are prevented.
- Sexual aggression is reduced.
- Eliminates unwanted behaviors such as spraying urine.
- Litter training is easier.
- Destructiveness is reduced.
- A calmer atmosphere.
- Poop and urine odors are reduced.
- Rabbits of the same sex fight less or stop fighting.
Several weeks after neutering, newly fixed rabbits may be aggressive. Be patient while your rabbit’s hormones settle. Two to four weeks may be required.
3. Make sure there are no open wounds or illnesses.
Injuries and illnesses can also cause a rabbit to become aggressive toward its fellow rabbits. Take your neutered rabbit to an experienced vet if it is aggressive despite being neutered.
Your rabbit can become aggressive when it suffers. Make sure your rabbits don’t have lesions or patches of fur missing. If your rabbit’s teeth or ears appear to be abnormal, make sure to check them.
These signs can detect pain:
- Teeth grinding that is loud.
- Breathing that is shallow and rapid.
- A posture that is hunched.
- Grooming is either more frequent (pulling hair) or less frequent (no grooming).
- Urination and thirst are increased.
- Unfocused, bulging, strained, or strained eyes.
- A lack of motivation to move.
You should see a veterinarian familiar with rabbits when you detect these signs.
- Introducing the new person should be repeated.
It’s okay to reintroduce your rabbits once you’ve checked everything previously.
4. To reintroduce your rabbits, follow these steps:
- Separate your rabbits into individual cages with drinking and feeding bowls.
- Next to one another, position cages in an open area (where neither rabbit has ever marked a territory). Ensure that the cages are close enough to allow the rabbits to bite one another, but not too close.
- Let them stay there for a few minutes (between 20 and 30).
- Try opening their cages, letting the rabbits smell each other, and getting closer together if they seem calmer.
- Spend a minimum of 20 minutes bonding with them. Tomorrow is another chance if there is a fight.
- It may take some time; be patient.
You should neuter both rabbits to prevent them from fighting. Any hormonal or territorial behavior would be eliminated.
Before your rabbits reach puberty, or when they are 3 to 4 months old, neuter them. Rabbits become aggressive around the age of puberty.
One or more of your neutered pets may suffer pain and injury if they continue to fight after being neutered.
Missing fur or open wounds may lead to aggressive behavior in rabbits. Make sure that the mouth and ears of your child are healthy.
You should consult a veterinarian if everything seems fine and you have not noticed any physical problems.