Rabbits are very social creatures and enjoy the company of other rabbits; housing them alone leads to a poorer quality of life for them. But choosing the correct pairings is very important as you don’t want unwanted babies or for your rabbits to fight. Neutering your rabbit is key to successful pairings, as is introducing them to each other.
There are two key methods of introducing rabbits to one another. The first is to take both of them into their accommodation at the same time and allow them to explore; sometimes they may chase each other, other times they may ignore each other – the key thing is to ensure that this is done whilst you are watching so that you can take action as required. You may find that when your rabbits are introduced they start to fight; you can help them to get used to each other by placing them in pens next to each other and allowing them to meet in a run again under supervision.
The second method is to place two separate housing areas next to each other so that they can get used to each other being in the vicinity, get used to the smells of each other and have short meetings between them but allow them to return to their own space straight afterwards. Continuing this process, and swapping their litter trays around, will help to foster a bond between them; you can even try feeding them together.
There are no thick and fast rules regarding which sexes are better paired together – rabbits have their own individual personalities and some will get on better than others. It is important that if you have mixed pairs or larger groups that they are neutered. If you have a pair of bunnies it is not a good idea to separate them as they rely on each for company so if one needs to visit the vet it is best to take both along to avoid the stress of separation. If one rabbit sadly dies then it is a good idea to introduce another bunny fairly quickly as the existing one will become lonely and depressed.
Find more information on introducing your rabbits on the RAW website
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