Are you considering getting a pet rabbit? Have your kids have been asking, and you’ve decided to give in. Rabbits make wonderful pets and are a lot of fun. However, most bunnies crave companionship from another bunny. Therefore, this is something to consider. One rabbit or two?
There are several things you should consider when deciding between getting one rabbit or two.
1. Two of the most critical factors are reproductive status and territory. Unaltered rabbits will fight or breed or both, regardless of what sex they are. You will want to have a spray bottle, a generous amount of patience, and an experienced rabbit owner on hand if you have questions or concerns.
2. Don’t assume that just because the rabbit you are adopting is small that their companion should be the same size too. There have been many instances where a small breed and a larger breed get along very well as cage mates.
3. Fixed rabbits get along best. Even if you take steps to eliminate all triggers of hostility, there still may be some issues in the beginning.
4. Sex doesn’t always matter. A fixed male and female are ideal, but male rabbits can form friendships too.
5. Age is important. Adult rabbits won’t always “mother’ baby rabbits. Most adults prefer to be with adults, and young rabbits tend to do best with their age.
6. If you already have a bun, call your local animal shelter and see if you can take yours with you to pick out another rabbit. The best way to find out whom your pet is compatible with is to let them find their companion on neutral ground.
7. One other thing to consider is that bonded pairs get into less trouble than singles. Does this mean that just having one bunny can be troubling? Of course not.
Our Abbey is an “only” child, and she is terrific. The only time she gets into anything, it’s usually our fault. She gets lots of attention, sunshine, and has a playpen that she can go in and out of all day long. Overall, she is a delighted girl.
8. There is no extra expense in supplies. I shop Chewy.com for all of Abbey’s supplies. I get 30 lb bags of litter for her (she is liberty trained which means she pees in a litter box), 96 oz bags of timothy hay, and 10 lb bags of food for her at very reasonable prices.
Even vet costs are reasonably low with rabbits. Abbey gets an exam once a year and doesn’t require any shots. Other than that, she only goes if there is an issue or she needs a nail trim. (NOTE: I get Abbey Yesterday’s News litter which is paper. Her litter is different than a cat’s.)
9. Double the cuteness. Who can resist those long ears and tufted butts? I know I can’t.
If you keep these things in mind while deciding whether to bring another bunny into your home, your bunny will thank you.