How To Stop Male Rabbits From Fighting: 4 steps (personally proven)

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Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

If you notice that your two male rabbits are fighting, immediately separate them because two male rabbits fighting could result in severe injuries or in some cases — death.

Then, have them both neutered to stop any hormonal-related aggressions. Rabbits should be neutered before they hit puberty or 3 to 4 months old because this is when they start to become territorial and aggressive towards other rabbits.

After neutering, you can now start to slowly re-introduce the rabbits to each other. Be patient, this re-introduction could take a long time.

Separate the two male rabbits.

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Separate the two male rabbits as soon as you notice any fighting. A male rabbit’s fight could cause severe injuries and can even lead to death.

Be careful not to get yourself hurt when trying to separate fighting rabbits. You could get bitten or scratched yourself. Use a towel or a broom to separate the fighting rabbits.

You should also use a separate cage with their own separate bowl of food and water. Male rabbits are territorial and a fight could lead to the other rabbit eating less.

Get your rabbits neutered.

Get your rabbits neutered
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Neutering both the rabbits are the most important factor to stop a rabbit from fighting. Hormones are the main cause of a rabbit fighting each other.

Ideally, your rabbits should be neutered before they reach puberty or around 3-4 months old. Puberty is around the time your rabbit’s hormone would start to kick in and would suddenly become territorial and aggressive towards each other.

Check for any illness or open wounds.

Check for any illness or open wounds.
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If both of your rabbits are neutered, another reason why they could be fighting or aggressive towards each other is injuries or illness.

When your rabbit is in pain, it could lead to aggressive behaviors.

Check your rabbits for any open wounds or missing fur. Also, check your rabbit’s teeth and ears for any abnormalities.

If you didn’t find anything wrong with your rabbits from the outside, it’s time to bring your rabbits to a veterinarian for a more thorough search.

Your rabbit might be suffering from diseases only a veterinarian could detect.

Repeat the introduction process.

Repeat the introduction process.
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After you checked all the things I mentioned above, it’s time to re-introduce your rabbits to one another. To do this, first, get a cage that has a see-thru wall in the middle just like in the photo above.

Also, make sure that both rabbits have their own food and water.

This would ensure that your rabbit would not be able to fight each other while being close.

After a while, you can try to get them out on their cages and see if they would play or socialize with each other. If not, then they need more time separately.

Summary

To stop your rabbit from fighting each other it’s important that you get both rabbits neutered. This would remove any hormonal and territorial-related behaviors.

Make sure that you get both your rabbits neutered before they hit puberty or before 3-4 months of age. Puberty is around the time rabbits would start to get aggressive towards each other.

If both of your rabbits are already neutered and are still fighting, one or both of your rabbits could be injured and is in pain.

Pain could cause a rabbit to be aggressive, so check for any open wounds or missing fur. Also, check their teeth and ears for any abnormalities.

If everything is normal and you didn’t notice any physical injuries, bring your rabbits to a veterinarian for a more thorough search.

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Sources and further reading

  • Buseth, Marit Emilie., and Richard A. Saunders. Rabbit Behaviour, Health, and Care. CABI, 2014.
  • Lebas, F. The Rabbit: Husbandry, Health, and Production. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1997.
  • Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.
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