How can I be less heated

Zickenalarm and women stuff - why heat and pseudo-pregnancy are not diseases

Admittedly, female rabbits can be pretty bitchy when they are under the influence of strong hormones. It is not uncommon for owners to complain about some problems that can occur during hormonal phases:

  • Intolerance, frequent hunting and shooing away the partner animal.
  • Strong beating of the other rabbits, sometimes even a lot of fur is plucked on the back, so that even crusts and hairless areas can develop.
  • Urine syringes, sometimes even meters high on the walls / furniture ... Marking with feces (everywhere).
  • Extreme digging, creation of tubes that can be dug extremely quickly and deeply.
  • Plucking out fur (often on the belly / neck) and building nests that are posted with fur, carrying tufts of fur and hay around in the mouth to build nests. Plucking out the fur does not hurt the rabbit. Due to the extreme stress, the fur sits very loosely.
  • Irritated and stressed behavior of the females, the animals hardly come to rest.
  • Aggressive behavior towards the owner.
  • Red and swollen genitals (easy to see)
  • the rabbit tolerates the jumping rabbit and stretches her backside towards her. This can also be tested by patting the rabbit's bottom.

A trend has developed over the past few years that we are rather concerned about. The sexual behavior of rabbits when keeping pets is downright dramatized and equated with uterine diseases. If a rabbit has a strong pseudo-pregnancy or is more often heated, castration is recommended.

How did that happen?

This development comes from the English-speaking area. Rabbit medicine was much better developed there earlier, so that many German veterinarians learn from English literature about the diseases of female rabbits. In this language area, however, it is common to castrate all rabbits, regardless of whether they are male or female. A number is always invoked, which says that 80% of all rabbits have uterine diseases and thus castration is justified as a prevention of this disease. However, this study was only misinterpreted. As such, the studies to date show a completely different picture. Only about 3-10% of the rabbits (corresponds to 6-20% of the females) develop a disease of the uterus. However, many die in old age from completely different diseases and their uterine disease exists but does not lead to problems or death. It does happen that a rabbit gets sick with uterine diseases and dies (untreated), but it is not the rule.