I will start this post with the same caveat that all rabbits (and humans) are different, and so this isn’t a guarantee of any type. This is a personal experience, so take from it what you will.
Category: Rabbit Bonding
By: Wendy Duffus
I have had the pleasure of living with rabbits since April, 1999. I came home with my first bun, Bunny, when all I had gone to the pet store for was bird seed, cat treats and fish food.
Over the years, I acquired a few more rabbits and at one point had 4, all bonded to each other. This made living with them all very easy as they were free-range, only being confined to one room at night – the room where their litter boxes, kibble and water dishes, hay rack and toys were all located. In 2010, I lost two of my buns, Blackie and Rex, to illness, 2 months apart. Anyone who has experienced loss of a dear pet knows the heart wrenching pain associated with their death. I thought I would never recover.
Most people are aware of the reputation rabbits have for breeding and overpopulating their environment. Even if your rabbit is your one and only bunny, you should still consider spaying or neutering your pet to avoid some health problems and promote bonding with your house rabbit. The benefits to having your pet altered by your veterinarian far outweigh the risks of the surgery itself.
Why Altering is Beneficial to Your Rabbit
To be successful at rabbit bonding, there are 3 rules which need be followed:
1. The best bonding pair is male and female
Out in the wild, rabbits will live in pairs of male/female and will at times remain with the same partner for their entire life. Every female (doe) will have her very own nesting burrow and the male (buck) will usually sleep with her there. This is the natural pairing for house rabbits also. Baby rabbits not yet established in a bonded pair tend to be solitary, hanging around the outskirts of the warren.