Should I Get My Bunny a Friend?

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The answer is: YES!

Bunnies are social animals. They love the companionship of humans, but even more so another bunny. Keep in mind getting your bunny a friend is not as easy as it seems. Bunnies can be very territorial and dominating to one another which makes the bonding process difficult at times. Don’t let that discourage you though, bun buds can be very close and happy just being near each other. There really is a process to follow so read on so you don’t make too many mistakes!

Spay/Nueter

If you are considering getting another bunny it is a really good idea to spay/neuter your existing bun. Lets say you have a female bun and go to the pet store to buy a friend for her and they give you one that they swear is the same gender. Then a month later you have a litter on your hands which is a not a situation most want to be in. Not only is breeding an issue, but females bunnies tend to be VERY territorial and unforgiving when it comes to another bunny being in or near where they sleep and eat. Spaying calms the bunnies down enough to where you can at least get them in the same place without too many complications. Fixing them will also cut off all of those eating urges. You may see them mounting each other, but it is to show dominance. If they are mounting too much or too long then you should get them away from each other for a bit.

Bonding Process

I have found what works best to start off is keeping the bunnies in separate pins. Far enough not to bite, but close enough for them to be curious of the other. After a day or two of this get both bunnies in a small area together. (A bathtub, large closet, or ex-pen) They will probably not be very lovey at first. They may chase, bite, hump, or run around like crazy for a number of reasons. If they are not fighting then it’s safe to say the date is going well. What I do is sit and watch and if the playing gets too rough I will put an object in between them. After that I will pet both bunnies ensuring them that everything is okay before ending the date. You cannot end a bonding session on a bad note because they will remember and associate the other bun with bad vibes. Repeat this process until you are comfortable putting putting them together. If you are still worried they aren’t ready you can have your bunnies switch cages for a night or two or even many. They will learn and become comfortable with the other’s scent making it easier for them to accept one another. I have also found feeding them together helps a whole lot. Timothy Hay has worked best for me. You can get some right here for a good price!

So Why Should You Get Another Bunny?

  • Bunnies are social animals and crave that interaction
  • You will have two very happy and bonded buns 🙂
  • It is so so cute to see them cuddling to sleep, grooming, and playing together
  • Bunnies have intense feelings and loving another bunny will ensure a healthy happy life
  • Loneliness can cause depression which may even lead to death

Why Not Though?

  • Double the cuteness, but that also means double the money in most cases (vet, food, and accessories)
  • You may not be able to fix your bunnies which will lead to complications
  • Some people may not have the space or time for another bunny to join
  • There is no guarantee the pair of bunnies you want to bond, will

Anyways….

You just need to weigh your options and figure out if you have the time and money for another bunny to enter your home. If you do, it is a great option for the one you have. As long as you follow the steps of fixing your bunny and the bonding process you should be fine! If you feel you cannot get another bun then don’t worry, your bunny in most cases will be okay. I have had bunnies who were better off with a partner and some who really just preferred being alone. Bunny adoptions centers such as Indiana House Rabbit Society will gladly help you find the perfect friend for your bunny by setting up a meet and greet and talking you through all of your options. I strongly recommend getting in touch with the closest bunny shelter to you!!

Food for Thought

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