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Causes of aggression in the rabbit and methods of sedation


Stress (from the English stress - “load, tension”) is a reaction of a living organism to external stimuli, which allows you to adapt to the environment. A sharp, prolonged change in familiar conditions leads to the development of diseases and can even cause the death of the body.

Rabbits are very tender animals, subject to various influences. From unfavorable conditions, the pet can become chubby and even seriously ill.

A healthy rabbit is active, loves attention, has a good mood and appetite. The fur of the pet glistens, the respiratory rate is about 60 per minute, the pulse is uniform, 120-160 beats per minute, the temperature is 38.5-39.5 degrees.

Stress can be associated with relocation to a new cage, a car trip, sudden sounds or sudden light in the dark. Of great importance is the change in diet or daily routine, lack of water, a long lack of food.

The health status of the wards is significantly affected by the microclimate of the room. Rabbits do not tolerate heat, stuffiness, direct sunlight, drafts and high humidity. For them, insufficient ventilation, harmful impurities in the air are dangerous.

A serious cause of stress is various surgical interventions (including sterilization or castration), injuries, bone fractures, infectious diseases, as well as preventive vaccination and vaccinations.

Caught in a stressful situation, a small pet is hiding in an unusual place, refuses favorite food, does not respond to sounds. Atypical behavior, a depressed appearance, and increased anxiety are characteristic. In some cases, loss of consciousness and paralysis of the limbs. Body temperature rises. Disturbed breathing, palpitations, digestion and urine output. The coat loses its luster, becomes dull and may fall out. The mucous membranes turn pale, acquire a bluish or dark red hue.

Often, severe effects cause serious illness and even death of the animal. For example, stress or fright can cause limb paralysis.

All these disorders go away on their own, if they are short-term and moderately expressed, but often lead to serious illnesses, so a consultation with a veterinarian is highly desirable. It is important that in such situations, the baby needs the attention and care of others.

The rabbit is in great need of communication, from loneliness he is in constant stress. However, due to natural timidity, the baby needs time to get used to an unfamiliar environment.

The main thing in taming the ward is not to rush. Negligent treatment is disastrous for him.

The animal calms down faster if you give him some goodies, calmly talk, do not make sudden movements and in no case forcefully hold on to it.

It is necessary to pick up an eared pet carefully, stroking, while speaking quietly and gently. Take the baby with one hand under the chest, and the other under the hind legs.

Stroking the baby, without changing the position in which he is at his choice (lies on the floor, on the sofa, etc.). You can do a light, tangent massage with your fingertips, talking quietly with your pet.

Do not touch the sleeping animal, touch its chin, mustache, heels, paws.

It must be remembered that rabbits have very fragile bones. If a frightened baby jumps out of her hands, she could be seriously injured.

You should be aware that due to improper maintenance, the behavior of the pet is disturbed.

By nature, the eared pet is calm and friendly, but if you do not comply with its needs, it becomes aggressive, which can be caused by any violence, even a slap in the newspaper.

When dogs or cats live in the house, you should gradually accustom the rabbit to their presence, while showing patience and affection.

Caring for a rabbit involves choosing the right place for the cage. The animal house is located away from the battery, drafts. In size, the cage should be at least four times the size of an adult pupil so that the pet is comfortable.

In the cage, a plastic pallet for food is necessarily placed. A tray must be kept clean.

For normal health, the animal needs a varied and complete food. Food should contain a sufficient amount and the right proportion of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins.

The best food is green, fragrant hay, haylage. You can use grain mixtures, animal feed.

It is necessary that the cell always has clean, fresh water.

Rabbits are cute, gentle creatures that require careful care. To maintain the health of the baby, it is necessary to observe rational feeding, careful observance of hygiene standards. Psychological contact with the ward is extremely important. Compliance with these requirements will protect the baby from severe stress.

At the same time, the rabbit cannot live in isolation from the environment. He needs to be gradually accustomed to environmental conditions (noise, contacts with people and animals). It also requires attention, patience and care.

Aggressive rabbit: what to do?

Under the rabbit's problematic behavior
often understand only the behavior that does not fit into the rules of life of the person himself. For example, loud pounding, which disturbs people at night, or biting wallpapers or furniture.

That is, what creates problems and inconveniences for a person is often considered to be a problem behavior of a rabbit. However, such behavior cannot be considered only on the part of man. Any atypical rabbit behavior has serious reasons.

Do not forget that mammals have a well-developed nervous system, which is also prone to malfunctioning if the animal enters or is in conditions atypical of its species for a long time and thus suffers. Rabbits suffer silently and endure much.

Therefore, the host person must not only know the characteristics of the content of rabbits, but also satisfy the needs of these animals to the fullest. This is the only way to avoid the problematic behavior of the rabbit, which negatively affects not only the person, but more to the animal itself.

Long-term stress reduces immunity and leads to disease.
Causes of problematic behavior come from maltreatment with the rabbit and improper maintenance.

Aggressive, biting rabbit

The most common reason: incorrect content.

Too little space (less than 2m2) and lack of opportunities to occupy oneself (uniform situation in the cage, aviary) lead to increased aggression and irritability in rabbits that feel driven out.

Many rabbits are aggressive, being in the cage, and behave calmly while walking around the apartment. This is a clear sign of a lack of space and activities.

  • • If a rabbit is kept without a relative, this can also lead to aggressive behavior. Social animal rabbits need a partner, since group cohabitation gives rabbits a sense of security. Man or animals of another species do not perform this function.
  • • Pregnant females or females can behave aggressively during a false pregnancy, as well as in hunting.
  • • The rabbit is dominant and tries to convey its superiority to humans through aggression.
  • • A person does not respect the right of a rabbit to calm during rest, eating or any other activities and begins to bother him (picks up, squeezes, does not allow passage, etc.). The rabbit reacts with fear with aggressive behavior.
  • • The rabbit is in pain.

To eliminate the symptoms of problem behavior, you need to know their cause. Watch the rabbit. In what situations does he behave aggressively? How did you behave at that moment? Is rabbit aggression directed specifically at you or is it manifested in certain situations when the animal is prevented from doing anything? When was the first time you noticed this behavior?

  • Check the rabbit at the vet. It is necessary to exclude diseases that may be accompanied by discomfort and pain.
  • Check the contents of the rabbit: Does the rabbit have enough space for movement and training 24 hours a day? Does the rabbit have enough shelter from you and from relatives? Does the rabbit rest enough without interference from people who are relatives? Does the rabbit have a relative? If one of the conditions for keeping rabbits is not fulfilled, this may be the cause of aggression. In this case, it is enough to change the conditions of detention and the rabbit becomes peaceful for several weeks. If the rabbit does not have a congener and at the same time there is not enough space for movement and activities, then for a start it is necessary to expand the area for the animal and provide classes. Only then introduce to relatives. Acquaintance of a rabbit aggressive from improper conditions of keeping with relatives is not an easy test for people and for the animals themselves.
  • If the rabbit reacts aggressively when it feels driven, such situations should be avoided. For example, do not bend over a closed aviary, but immediately sit down at the door and put something into the aviary through it. Do not pick up the rabbit for no apparent reason. Never catch it in order to put it in the aviary (it is better to lure it tasty). Never drag a rabbit from a house or from any other corner where he rests and hides.
  • Pregnant females and females in the hunt should be left alone. When cleaning the enclosure, it is recommended to wear thick gloves or mittens.
  • If, contrary to good conditions, the presence of a relative / absence of disease, the rabbit continues to behave aggressively, then the person must make it clear to the rabbit that he does not claim any place in the hierarchy of rabbits. Do not let the rabbit feel that it can scare you, make you step aside. Protect yourself in an emergency with appropriate clothing (jeans, long sleeve, do not bring your face to the rabbit). In the event of an aggressive attack, calmly but surely move the rabbit to the side with your foot. Perhaps another attack will follow. Do not succumb to provocations. Ignore this behavior. You need to show the rabbit that his attacks for you, a person, do not mean anything, since you do not fit into the hierarchy of rabbits.

Your behavior

Most aggressive rabbits can be cured by improving their conditions or treating a disease that causes pain. It doesn’t matter for what reasons the rabbit is aggressive, you should be sovereign, calm and confident.

Never scream, do not beat the rabbit. This will provoke even more distrust, fear and aggression. Treat this little creature with trepidation and understanding. It cannot say that he does not like it and reacts in the way his ancestors reacted hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Never rely on the advice of people who “eliminate” the symptoms by closing the aggressive rabbit in the cage and exposing it somewhere so as not to interfere, or do not let it out at all.

This will only aggravate the situation and can lead to serious diseases, not to mention the constant suffering of the rabbit in such conditions.

Some rabbits, with all attempts at therapy, remain difficult to behave. But is it not so for people? Some children or adults are considered “complex”. But they are complex only for the usual society. Any “complex” rabbit remains a wonderful person and requires no less attention and love than his affectionate relatives.

Try to find your individual approach to such a rabbit. Create rituals that will give the animal a sense of stability and build confidence. For example, at a certain time of the day, give him a treat (a piece of a nut or a berry) or spend ten to twenty minutes with him talking about the past day.

You do not even need to touch the rabbit. Just go into the room where he lives and sit not far from him. A familiar voice calms.
Do not despair if the rabbit remains aggressive, despite the improvement in conditions. Give him and yourself time. You will always have time to give the rabbit in good hands.

But will he be better off in the new family, given its features, with which you are already so familiar?