As a popular choice of pet, rabbits are usually
bought in the hope that they will provide the
same level of companionship as a dog or a cat.
In the right conditions this is certainly possible,
however many rabbits can develop unforseen problems
like nervousness, aggression, inappropriate toileting,
marking behaviour and destructive behaviour. The
possible causes of these problems are many and
varied and thus an accurate diagnosis needs to
be established to enable an appropriate treatment
programme to be developed.
The domestication of the rabbit has been quite
recent and its behavioural repertoire corresponds
closely to that of the wild species. The lack
of understanding of the rabbit’s behaviour
and the requirements for safety (being such a
prey species) can lead to provision of an inadequate
environment and inappropriate care by owners.
This in turn can result in the development of
behaviour problems. In order to resolve a behavioural
problems, the underlying causal factors need to
be ascertained. These can include illness, pain,
frustration, fear, learned behaviour, resource
related issues, sexually related behaviours and
stress relating to an inadequate environment.
To ensure that there is no underlying medical
condition causing your rabbit’s behaviour
all consultations are seen on veterinary referral.
You can download and print the referral
form and once your vet has agreed and
filled it in, it should be given to the behaviour
counsellor at the consultation, or posted with
the questionnaire and video for a telephone consultation.
Rabbit Behaviour Clinics are held in London,
Southampton and Ipswich. For owners that do not
have access to one of these clinics, telephone
consultations are available.
If you are unable to attend one of our clinics,
a telephone consultation is available for a fee
of £40. To take advantage of this service
you need to download and print our questionnaire
and complete it, take some video footage of your
rabbit following the instructions in the questionnaire,
and send it with a cheque made payable to RBAG for
496 Hornsey Road, London, N19 4EF
To avoid delays please send all information and
video footage by recorded delivery to the above
address. You will be contacted immediately to
organise a suitable time for the consultation,
for which you will need to allow approximately