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Why bunnies should be kept in pairs

Monday, October 31, 2016

Whilst rabbits do enjoy human company, it is always best to keep rabbits in pairs!

‘Rabbits are highly sociable animals’

In the wild, rabbits are highly sociable animals and prefer to live in big groups. To stop your bunny becoming depressed and lonely, they need a partner who understands them and speaks their own language.

It is thought that the best pairings involve a neutered male and spayed female as they are the most likely to get along. It is possible to have two rabbits of the same sex however these should ideally be paired together from birth. Both rabbits should still be neutered at the earliest possible age in order to discourage dominance and aggression.

‘Guinea Pigs do not make good bunny buddies’

Contrary to popular belief, guinea pigs do not make good friends for rabbits. Although they may tolerate each other, it will actually be very difficult trying to cater for two different species in terms of diet and husbandry.

Rabbits will be more inclined to play, groom and eat together if they are with their own kind, and it will make for a much more relaxed living environment.

‘Keep single rabbits indoors’

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to accommodate two bunnies, try to keep your single rabbit indoors. That way they will still be able to receive enough interaction and company to keep them happy. Nobody wants to live alone all the time after all! Of course, don’t forget to make sure they get some exercise outdoors still; rabbits need access to UV light to keep them healthy.

If you already have an adult rabbit but are thinking about getting them a friend, speak to one of our vets or nurses for tips for introducing them.

Don’t forget, we have a fantastic veterinary team specifically for rabbits and exotic species available at Highcroft Veterinary Hospital. Call 01275 832410 if you’d like to book an appointment.


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