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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Should I get a friend for my bunny??
Last Post by Rachel D. at 5/17/2012 4:42 PM (10 Replies)
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User is Offline Zuko143
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1/31/2012 4:30 PM

 My bunny, Zuko, is 5 months old. We just had him neutered about a week ago. I have heard that because bunnies are so social I have to get him a friend. I was looking at a baby girl rabbit, but is that a bad idea because she wouldn't be spayed when we got her? Thanks for the help!


User is Offline peppypoo
Texas
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1/31/2012 4:45 PM
You don't HAVE to get him a friend...rabbits can be perfectly happy by themselves too. If you do get another rabbit, make sure that it's because you want one too, not just because you think Zuko needs a friend. Overall, though, I'd wait a little bit so that you and Zuko can have some more time to bond. If/when you do decide to get another rabbit, try looking to see if there are any rabbit rescues/shelters near where you live...they will have neutered and spayed rabbits, and will usually let you take Zuko in for "dates" so he can pick his own friend (which makes for much easier bonding as opposed to taking home a random rabbit and hoping they get along).
Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/31/2012 5:28 PM
I would wait a bit longer, your bun is still young, and that'll give you time to make a better bond with him yourself. Having 2 rabbits and keeping them separate, and then trying to bond them can be really frustrating, and you always have to keep in mind the chance you'll always have to keep them separated.

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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2/01/2012 6:01 AM
I agree with the others - I'd wait a year or so and really bond with him yourself. If and when you decide you're ready to get another rabbit, do it because you want to and you're ready - not because someone said you *have* to get them a friend (you don't, they can be perfectly happy with a loving human friend).

I would especially advise against getting a baby. You wouldn't be able to introduce them until after the baby was spayed and by that point their personalities could clash. You're better off going with an already altered rabbit, preferably one you could introduce to him first to see if they get along.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline Zuko143
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2/01/2012 1:00 PM
I definately do want another bunny, I'm just worried that her personality may not be like Zuko's who is very friendly and curious. Thank you for the suggestions!!!

User is Offline snowbunny
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2/18/2012 2:07 AM
I bonded Peter with Patty. It was almost love at first sight. But I really wish i did not have Patty. Before two rabbits, Pete was almost perfect in his litter habits .. Now the two of them are more confined because they prefer to pee and poop everywhere. It is no fun. I am constantly worried that pee will ruin my floors ..I don't like the pee and poop everywhere they go , right next to litter boxes. It is getting worse so they spend more time in their cages. Before peter was mybest buddy and sat with me everywhere. I try to put them outside on the deck every day so their bad habits won't destroy my sanity.

User is Offline snowbunny
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2/18/2012 2:09 AM
I have some vinyl down in their room but what a mess. They are both fixed.

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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2/18/2012 6:27 AM
The thing is, with baby bunnies, they will grow up and you get a personality that may not be what you expected. Also, if that were to occur, would you be okay with housing them seperately if they do not get along? That is why shelter rabbits are so great - the staff know how the bunnies are, plus, they can put them together in neutral territory to see how they are together.

I have had a single girl for 2 years. She does not show signs of boredom. Each bunny is different! I would bond with your rabbit more and see what the future brings! There is no need to rush!
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User is Offline kinggoblin
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2/18/2012 10:01 AM
I have a single bunny and I don't think he is lonely because he is really bonded to me, when he wants attention he lets me know and I always talk to him when he is in the room with me when he decides he wants to go lay in a corner and watch me. I don't believe that you HAVE to get them a friend, unless you don't have much time to spend with them, then maybe they would be lonely.

User is Offline mint
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3/06/2012 2:41 PM
I don't think you have to get your bunny a friend. I have four bunnies, two paired up, but I wouldn't say that any of them can't do without their pair. As long as you can spend some time with your bunny in the evening, and maybe in the morning, that will be fine. During the day I've observed they are just sleeping and lounging anyway.

You should also be aware that sometimes getting a second bunny will change your existing bunny's personality. I know that after my first pair, Moomoo and Lulu, bonded successfully, Lulu changed from being inquisitive and liking pets to running away when I got within 2 feet of her. Moomoo owns her now and won't let her near me.

User is Offline Rachel D.
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5/17/2012 4:42 PM

I agree with the others who advise against getting a second bunny right away. We made the mistake of getting two female baby bunnies at the same time. I will spare you the details, but one bunny attacked the other (almost killed her) and now they must be physically separated at all times. This is extremely inconvenient. Enjoy your sweet bunny and take a lot of time and thought before getting another.

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