I recently adopted a French Lop from the SPCA (I named him Cadbury)-- I've only had him for about 5 days so far. The volunteers at the adoption center said he should be okay around other animals. He is pretty big, about 14 lbs.
The first couple of days he had been really sweet and quiet, got along with our cat (Spider) just fine. However, this evening, as Spider was just walking past him Cadbury all of a sudden jumped up and attacked him. Our cat did not fight back (he is somewhat submissive), but was so frightened he would not come off the top bunk for a long time. I really don't know what to do! This is the first time this happened, Cadbury didn't seem to have a problem with Spider at all before, he would only sniff him a little and be on his way. I thought they would get along just fine.
I'm scared this might happen again and I don't want to have an aggressive animal in the house. He is a house-rabbit and is outside his cage most of the day so he can exercise and play. Can rabbits be trained out of this? I would like to keep him and will try to work with him if I can, otherwise I may need to re-home him and adopt a more compatible rabbit. Please give me some advice! Thanks so much :)
***Edited By: n0carrots on 1/4/2006 6:37:00 AM*** Reason: add something
try getting both of them in your lap and pet both at the same time thats what i did with my pup and cat. they were so consumed with my petting they had not noticed they were so close and now i have done this so much they have gotton used to each other. how old is the rabbit and the cat?
Are you sure he was not playing and just scared your cat? I have a bunny that loved our cat (she was about the same size as the cat maby a little biger) but when she was running around playing she would do this funny kick thing (like a horse kicking you with both back legs) and she would pounce the cat and chase him around and stuff but when she was ready to sleep she would cuddle with the cat. It took a few days for our cat to cuddle with her after the first time she jumped at him and he would never cudle with her very long after that eather. It was quite funny to see them both sleeping on the back of the couch though
If hes a male he could be showing territory issues.Has he been nutered? We kept rabbits for our rabbbits dogs and the males can get mean protecting what they think is their own. We could only keep 1 buck w/ the females ,even in a large fenced in area.
Oh sorry..let me explain... My husband had beagles and we used them to trian the puppies to track and trail.They pretty much just ran after them with no harm done.They actully have certain breeds of rabbits for that reason. They supose to have the same game scent as the wild ones. I forget sometimes that this site is mainly pet breeders.
***Edited By: duchess on 1/4/2006 1:44:50 PM*** Reason: add on
My bunny kinda does the same thing. He chases my dog around sometimes and like tries to mount him. Could be he wants to be dominate, could be he wants to play. Either way he never bites him or anything like that just chases him around.