Rabbits – Bonding

Rabbits are social creatures, their wild cousins live in big groups. It is suggested that the best pairing for rabbits is a neutered male and female. A female bonded pair can work, however at maturity hormones and a strive for dominance can cause problems. Likewise with males, at maturity ( around four months ) entire males can fight and potentially cause serious damage.

Rabbit bonding can be a lengthy process, there are many tips to bonding rabbits, and many different ways.

It is suggested that the two rabbits in which you wish to bond should be kept next to each other in a ‘look but can’t touch’ fashion, side by side yet in separate cages. It all depends on the behaviour of the rabbits, sometimes it is easy to tell when they are ready to be tried together (laying next to each other, sat near each other) other times it may not be so easy.

When first introducing your rabbits it’s important to use neutral territory. Dominance is an important factor in the bonding process, and is often the route course of little scruffs between the two rabbits. ¬† Usually it’s sorts itself out in time. Whilst it is important not to break the bond, it is also important to ensure that your rabbits aren’t causing each other any harm. If they are evidently fighting and fur is flying it is advisable to split them. Try not to use your hands, in the confusion you may get bitten, always use a longer object such as a soft broom to split them apart and then separate them. On the other hand, if bonding is successful it is important to not break the bond, ¬†leave them together, otherwise you will have to begin the whole process again.

If you are unsure of bonding your rabbits please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Tiny Paws team.

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