Should I get my bunny a friend?
Absolutely! It’s one of the best things you can do to make your bunny’s life a happy and fulfilled one. Rabbits in the wild live in big groups and are very sociable animals, so it makes sense that they should live with at least one other bunny friend! Once you have witnessed a bonded pair of rabbits interact together, it’s unlikely you would ever want to keep a solitary rabbit.
While rabbits do enjoy human company and will tolerate or enjoy living with other animals, it does not replace the fact another rabbit will be the best companion for them where they can talk the same language, understand each other’s body signals, and play, groom, relax, eat together and look out for each other.
Which pairing of rabbits is best?
The best and easiest pairing is a neutered male and a spayed female. It is possible to have any pairing of males and females, especially if they’ve been brought up together from birth, but a male and female is the most likely to get along. Even if you have 2 girls or 2 boys, they should both be neutered and spayed in order to make them a healthier and more relaxed pair. Same with a mixed pair, don’t just get the male neutered or it will lead to one calm bunny and one over-amorous, frustrated bunny!
A pair of rabbits? But I can only afford one
If you can only afford one rabbit then you shouldn’t really buy one at all. It is becoming more widely known that rabbits that live in groups or pairs are so much happier. Those that live alone can easily become bored, lonely and depressed. Imagine sitting on your own all day with no other humans to talk to for the rest of your life – you’d wish you had at least one friend to talk to!
When you have a pair of rabbits the only added expense really is vet bills, plus a bit added onto the food bill! With regard to housing, your 2 bunnies will share everything so you still only need 1 water dish, 1 food bowl, 1 toilet etc.
What about a guinea pig instead of a second rabbit?
Contrary to popular belief, rabbits and guinea pigs should NOT be paired together or live together, for a number of reasons: A guinea pig does not make a cheaper partner for a rabbit, and it will actually be more work looking after 2 different species’ different dietary, living and medical needs. Both rabbits and guinea pigs need company of their own kind.
Lastly please adopt a rabbit rather than support the pet shops. Buying from a pet shop just creates a market for the breeding of rabbits.