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Aggression: female

Contributor(s): Molly Varga, Emma Lightfoot (nee Magnus), Anne McBride, Anna Meredith

Introduction

  • Aggression can comprise growling, chasing, kicking, biting.
  • Is often multifactorial in origin.
  • The types of aggression are not mutually exclusive and more than one form may occur in a single individual.
  • Can be inter-specific.
  • Can be intra-specific:
    • Within same sex.
    • Between sexes.

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Diagnosis

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Hormonal/maternal and dominance aggression

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Territorial and frustration-related aggression

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Resource-related and reinforced/learnt aggression

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Pain-related and fear-related aggression

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Graf S, Bigler L, Failing K et al (2011) Regrouping rabbit does in familiar or novel pen: effects on agonistic behaviour, injuries and core body temperature. Appl Anim Behaviour Sci 135 (1/2), 121-127 PubMed.
  • Magnus E, McBride A & Hearne G (2005) Aspects of rabbit behaviour. Vet Review 99, 28-29.
  • Magnus E (2005) Behaviour of the pet rabbit: what is normal and why do problems develop? In Pract 27 (10), 531-535 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Bower J & Bower C (2010) EdsTop to Tail. A Grown-Up's Guide to Rabbit Care. Petplan Publications. Website:www.petplan.co.uk/owner-factsheets/ToptoTail.pdf. Last accessed 28th July 2010.
  • McBride A, Magnus E & Hearne G (2010)Behaviour Problems in the Domestic Rabbbit.In:  The APBC Book of Companion Animal Behaviour. Ed: Appleby D.  Souvenir Press.
  • McBride A (2000)Why Does My Rabbit.....?2nd edn. Souvenir Press. ISBN: 0285635506.
  • Der Weduwen S & McBride E A (1999)Rabbit Behaviour and the Effects of Early Handling.In: Proc 2nd World Meeting on Ethology. Lyon, France.
  • Sandford J C (1996)The Domestic Rabbit.Oxford, Blackwell Sciences.


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