Why we shouldn’t breed rabbits
People who get rabbits as companions tend to forget that nature created rabbits as a prey species. As a prey species, rabbits will keep producing litter after litter, in order to keep their species alive in the face of extremely high predation in the wild. This is an effective strategy in the wild, but for the domesticated pet rabbit, it is creating a situation of too many unwanted rabbits.Rabbits reach sexual maturity between three and six months of age. A rabbit differs from other mammals in that the female ovulates after being mounted by a male. This is called induced ovulation. This is the only time she produces an egg. This also means that after a rabbit has given birth, if the male is still present, she can and most likely will become pregnant within 24 hours of giving birth.
If you choose to allow your rabbit to breed, what are you going to do with the 4 to 12 babies that she will have? Are you prepared to find good, loving homes for all of them. If you don’t, are you willing to care for them, including spay and neuter them, for the next 8 – 10 years? So before you breed your rabbit, go down to your local pet store and see all the rabbits that desperately need homes.
The best thing that you can do for your rabbit is to have him/her spayed or neutered. Female rabbits will live longer because you eliminate the possibility of ovarian, uterine or mammary tumours. Your rabbit will be less aggressive, his or her litter box habits will be more reliable, and most importantly, it will prevent any unwanted litters. Please, for all rabbits, spread this message.
Make sure that you take your rabbit to a rabbit experienced vet.