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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Partner in crime
Last Post by Rei at 2/15/2012 4:59 AM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline Rei
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2/14/2012 11:19 AM

As some of you know, Molly is getting spayed next month. Officially March 14 to be exact! Worried... Anywho...my plans were after she was spayed (obviously after she has had plenty of time to heal) to get another bunny and bond them. A few question/concerns I have:

1. What if they don't bond? What do I do then? Is anything possible with enough time and patience, or is there a chance they will never like eachother? If I take on another bunny I wouldn't want to dump it off if they don't bond (not that I would, I'm just saying). He will be my responsibility until he reaches the rainbow bridge. But I can't keep them in separate houses if they hate eachother

2. Have you ever heard of bunny "play dates"? I mean I havn't, but I'm wondering if there is a way to try out and see if bunnies will bond before you take them in forever. I don't want both of them to always fight, thats no good.

3. I am moving away in a couple months. It will be 10 hours away, and want to wait til after the move to get a new bun. Obviously the new place will all be "neutral" territory, so I think that would be the best time to introduce a new friend?

4. I know another bunny will be more financial responsibility, and I wouldn't take in another one if I couldn't afford it. Molly was from a petshop. This time I want to adopt a rescue, one that is already spayed/neutered. Should I get one who is younger like her, or maybe one who is older? Does age play a factor at all?

You don't have to answer all the questions, but any tips would be appreciated. I won't be getting another bun immediately, so I want to educate myself beforehand. I plan on reading through some older posts and such to learn what I can.


User is Offline Stickerbunny
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2/14/2012 12:02 PM
You can do bunny speed dating at rescues, once she is spayed and healed up. With enough time, most pairs can bond, with patience. Age isn't a factor so much, though older ones tend to be calmer.

User is Offline Rei
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2/14/2012 12:08 PM
I wonder if all rescues do that? I guess I would just have to ask each one individually. If she likes someone immediately at a rescue, she still might be hostile once we get them home tho right? I would think once he is in her territory things might go ugly. But thats why I want to do it while all the territory is neutral.

User is Offline Stickerbunny
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2/14/2012 4:01 PM
Most do, but some don't so ask around - yes you still have to go through bonding even fi they like each other at the rescue, neutral area (bathtub if nothing else) etc. Just gives you a better chance at the bond going easy if they like each other before hand.

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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2/14/2012 5:29 PM
2. Bunny dates are really great! Of course there's no 100% guarantee they will bond, but they most likely will if they show good signs during the bunny dates.

3. I think it's a great idea to wait after the move, plenty of neutral territory is always a good thing. Plus it might be difficult to move while trying to bond them at the same time.

4. I don't think that age plays a factor at all, just what personalities mix well with each other.

Sounds like you will be well prepared to adopt a second rabbit
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User is Offline bunnyfriend
Wisconsin
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2/14/2012 5:29 PM
2. Bunny dates are really great! Of course there's no 100% guarantee they will bond, but they most likely will if they show good signs during the bunny dates.

3. I think it's a great idea to wait after the move, plenty of neutral territory is always a good thing. Plus it might be difficult to move while trying to bond them at the same time.

4. I don't think that age plays a factor at all, just what personalities mix well with each other.

Sounds like you will be well prepared to adopt a second rabbit
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User is Offline Rei
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2/15/2012 4:59 AM
Thanks everyone! I hope when its time everything goes well. Of course I will have an update when I do get another bun
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