Rabbits are social animals, and they do enjoy the company of other rabbits and housing rabbits together is recommended. Well, most of them do. In the wild they will happily mix in large colonies without a problem, and although domestic rabbits are different, and their situation is very different – you can have multiple bunnies happily.
Keep two or more rabbits has a number of benefits. The primary benefit being that they will keep each other company, something we can all understand is important, right? We can’t spend all day with our pets, we have to work and go about our days.
So give them a companion to keep them happy, they’ll be better for it.
Other benefits of having more than one rabbit, whether they are indoor or outdoor, is that rabbits will be less destructive because they are not as bored. A bored rabbit is a dangerous one, they can bite and scratch at everything in the hutch, causing some real damage sometimes. If you are adding a rabbit to an existing pet, you need to go about this carefully.
Rabbits Will Form Bonds with Each Other
Once two rabbits are comfortable with each other they will likely form a strong bond, rabbits do that. Often becoming best friends for life, staying close to each other and missing each other if separated. Introducing a third rabbit is a different story however, that can present problems if not managed carefully.
Can Male Rabbits be Kept Together?
Mix sex rabbits can be housed together without too many problems. In fact one male and one female are much more likely to form a strong bond than two of the same sex. They must both be spayed however for obvious reasons, this will neutralize any issues.
Neutered rabbits are a lot calmer, less aggressive, and less likely to fight over territory. Introducing bunnies that are neutered has a much higher success rate, and it’s a lot fairer on the animals.
Spaying and Neutering is Essential
As mentioned above neutering and spaying your rabbits is very important, and part of being a responsible pet owner. Rabbit actually breed from a very young age, sometimes as young as 3 months. If you have a male and female in the same housing and they are not neutered theywill mate.
Even if you are not housing more than one rabbit, neutering them is still recommended. Rabbits are prone to cancer in their reproductive organs, this will cancel out this possibility. Not to mention that they will be calmer, happier pets to live with.
How to Successfully Introduce Rabbits to Each Other
Introducing rabbits isn’t as difficult as many other pets, but you still need to manage the process to make sure it goes smoothly. The important factor at the beginning is to find some neutral ground for the two rabbits to first meet. So if you already have one bunny, you’ll need to take it away from its hutch for the meeting. Setting up a rabbit run is usually the easiest option, giving them some space to run around and get to know each other.
If they look like they are being a little over risky you might want to put up a partition. This will stop them from being physical with each other, but allow them to smell each other. Two cages side by side also works well, they can share space without actually touching each other. You main concern needs to be their safety, so do whatever you think is necessary.
Monitor Newly Introduced Bunnies
The first few hours after introducing bunnies are the most important. Always keep a close eye on them during this period, any signs of fighting needs to be stamped out quickly. Don’t leave them unsupervised for any period of time, this is usually when problems will happen.
Overnight it’s advisable to separate them, but keep them as near as possible. This gives them the chance to get used to each other’s scents. But you usually do not have to do this for more than a few days, especially if you’re giving them time with each other during the day.
Look Out For Dominant Rabbits
There is always a chance you will come across a bossy bunny. Some are just much more dominant by nature, and will be more aggressive. If you see this is happening you will need to separate them for longer before reintroducing them. There isn’t a lost cause very often, so don’t stress too much. You will just need to put some more time and care into working them together.
Provide Rabbits Enough Space
This is fairly obvious, but you need to provide enough space for your bunnies. Otherwise they will be stressed and may fight, or worse, become ill. It’s advisable to put separate litter trays in their hutch too, as rabbit don’t like sharing sometimes. Do everything you can to make them feel as comfortable as possible, they are after all, your beloved pets.
Looking at the points in summary:
- Always neuter your pets as a responsible pet owner.
- Introduce rabbits carefully and keep an eye on them.
- With preparation and care, your rabbits will become best friends.
- Give them enough personal space to be happy and stress-free.
Any signs of problems, take action immediately.