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One house rabbit or two?
Rabbits in general
Member Name: abbiejordan
Rabbits in general
Date: 09/06/01, updated on 09/06/01 (341 review reads)
Advantages: company for other rabbit, cute factor , get to give a deserving rabbit a good home
Disadvantages: possible fights, having to keep rabbits separately for a while
I have had my house rabbit, Brindley, since he was 6 weeks and he has been a joy, if not a little destructive and a constant souce of amusement! As I grew to learn more about house rabbits, I quickly found that contrary to what I had previously thought, rabbits are really very sociable animals and ideally, should not be kept alone. This led to thinking about getting another house rabbit. As I work full time, I felt that my rabbit may be lonely and would benefit from some company. However, as he and I had bonded (he follows me like a dog), I wondered whether this would change and he would not be interested in interacting with humans so much.
Eventually, with Brindley in tow, I visited a rabbit sanctuary to see if he would get on with another rabbit. (We knew that the rabbit had to be female and spayed as the best chances of introducing a new rabbit is to introduce a spayed female to a neutered male). I put him in a run with the chosen female and it was a bit like blind date for rabbits! Assured by the sanctuary owner that this indifference to each other would probably not last, I took the new rabbit (known as Rosie from now on) and Brindley home together in the pet carrier.
For the first few weeks, things were pretty hairy, with fights occuring without warning. I even had to take both rabbits back to the sanctuary for the owner to assess the damage they had done to each other. She said that I could either leave the new female rabbit with her or that I could give it one more go at trying to get them to like each other. Being the soft touch that I am, I of course said that I would give it another go. The sanctuary owner advised that I take them on car journeys in the same pet carrier to help them get on (apparently this is a little scary as they find assurance in each other). I must admit,I did feel a bit stupid taking two rabbits on a daily car journey, but I am glad that I bothered.
Now, it's hard to believe that they never
got on and even tried to seriously hurt each other. They are often licking each other and lie side by side, which looks really cute! Apparently, I was lucky, the process of bonding rabbits can take up to a year, and I don't think I could have coped with separating them for a whole year! I have also found that introducing Rosie to Brindley has not changed his relationship with me, he is still as mad as ever, but now I have two mad rabbits! The only disadvantage is that I have to be twice as vigilant, as there are now two rabbits that could be chewing wallpaper or muching on electrical cables at the same time.
I'm really glad that I chose to adopt Rosie as I have given her a good home and I feel Brindley has benefited from the company when I am not there. I would advise people who are considering adopting another house rabbit that it can be very worthwhile and rewarding, but it is often not love at first sight for rabbits!
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