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My Flemish (MALE) Rabbit leaked on me: What is it??

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Pugzy, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Pugzy

    Pugzy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 2 month old Flemish (MALE) rabbit. My first rabbit ever and I'm in the learning phase. Today while he was playing (I think it was playful), he sorta leaked something on my bare foot and I'm not sure it was urine. I hate to think it was semen but it was kinda thick and may have even been a clear whitish color. He hasn't been aggressive so I don't think it was a territorial thing. I haven't neutered him yet but I want to make sure this doesn't mean something's wrong with him or that he's sick. Anyone know what this might be?
     
  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not a rabbit person but it sounds like he was having a lil' bit of fun with you[​IMG]
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Sounds like it was sexual, not playful.

    Although, they're not always that far apart [​IMG]


    Sounds like you have the answer to that neutering question!
     
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  4. inthesticks

    inthesticks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If he was kinda vibrating on your foot for about 20seconds then yeah...it was semen

    if not then the likely hood of it being that is a lot lower

    rabbits can have a whitish urine when they are consuming more calcium than their body needs - they expel it in the urine, giving it a whitish color to it
     
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  5. Pugzy

    Pugzy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for your input. It was helpful. And no ("inthesticks"), there was no vibrating. He actually wasn't on my foot when it happened. He just circled it in playful excitement (which isn't unusual) but this time, while hoping over it, leaked on me. One bunny owner said this to me and it sounds insightful:

    "Unneutered males do indeed start to "spray" as they get older, a bit like a tom cat. Although at 2 months old I would say he's a bit young to really start doing this (and giant's mature slower than smaller rabbits anyway), so it may just be that he's a baby and had a little excited accident, as he gets older though that spray may become more targeted! He can be neutered from 4-6 months old."
     
  6. PoultryPower

    PoultryPower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds to me like he was spraying. When males spray, they sometimes twist and jump in the air, looks kind of like they are shaking their booties. This shoots the urine through the air.
     
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  7. Pugzy

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    PoultryPower: I'm new to the whole "spraying" thing. I've never owned a cat or rabbit so I don't really know common details about spraying from pets. But yes, he did twist and jump in the air but he does that a lot and has never sprayed before. Just so I'm clear...spraying is urine, right? Not semen?
     
  8. PoultryPower

    PoultryPower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is urine and it's a territorial thing. You might have heard of binkies? Where they jump and twist in the air. This is done in excitement and joy. They both look similar, but if you see enough of both, you'll be able to see the difference.
     
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  9. Pugzy

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    Well he hasn't shown any aggression yet, and this is the first time he's ever leaked on me. Usually when he circles my feet, it seems to mean he wants snacks or attention. He's very playful. I'll keep my eye out to see if he does it again. He does binkies all the time but when he leaked on my foot, he didn't twist. He just sorta hopped over it.
     
  10. PoultryPower

    PoultryPower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Circling the feet is a sign of affection, like saying I love you. Being territorial doesn't mean being aggressive. Domestic rabbits like their own little spaces by nature. I'm sure your rabbit will be fine, and not grow aggressive. If you want to stop the spraying though, it's best to neuter him when he is old enough.
     
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