Rabbit Bonding?

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  1. May 4, 2019 #1

    CloverInTheField

    CloverInTheField

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    I’m thinking about getting my rabbit, Maple, a friend. She is already spayed and is taken care of very well. I keep her company as much as I can but I want her to have a friend for when I can’t be there.

    I wanted to know if it would be okay to get another rabbit younger than her.

    Would we have to get a rabbit that was her age/older or could we get a younger one that hasn’t been neutered/spayed yet?

    If we got a younger rabbit I would neuter them once they got old enough.
    I just wanted to know the best options.

    Thank you! :)
     
  2. May 5, 2019 #2

    Alyssa and Bugs♡

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    You wouldn't want her friend to be a baby, or unaltered at all. If you have any rabbit rescues near you, that's a good place to start looking.
     
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    Blue eyes

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    The reason it isn't advised to get a young (unaltered) rabbit is that there is the very real risk that they won't bond once the younger one is fixed. It is the riskiest way to attempt to find a compatible bondmate for your rabbit. I can't count how many times we've heard the same scenario here on RO-- "what happened!? my baby rabbit was getting along so well with the other rabbit. Now all they do is fight."

    The best way to find a compatible bondmate is to introduce your female to other fixed rabbits to pre-screen for potential compatibility. Females are particularly territorial, so bringing a new rabbit home to a female rabbit is more likely to be problematic. Read up here for how to find a potential companion for your rabbit and how to go about it.
     

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