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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Can I Put My Neutered Buck With An Unspayed Doe?
Last Post by Elrohwen at 3/12/2012 10:03 AM (10 Replies)
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User is Offline Jackie19
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3/06/2012 8:02 PM

I got my male rabbit neuterd a month and a few days ago, and I was wondering if it's safe now to put him with my unspayed rabbit. I called the vetinary hospital and asked if it was ok today, and they said it was safe to.

However, I've searched online and read from sites and other people that I best wait 6-8 weeks. Does anyone know which information is correct?

Thanks everyone!


User is Offline KytKattin
California
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3/06/2012 8:10 PM
Are you planning on getting your girl spayed? It really would be best for her to be spayed and healed before you attempted to bond them, irregardless of whether he is still fertile. Just being bred by him could cause her to have a false pregnancy. In addition to this, she will likely be more aggressive towards him, making the bonding process harder, and harder for him to trust her even after she is spayed.
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User is Offline peppypoo
Texas
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3/06/2012 8:34 PM
A neutered male can impregnate a female up to 30 days or so after the operation; I would not put them together yet. In addition, like KytKattin said, the female's hormones will still be intact which would make bonding pretty much impossible until she is spayed. Are you planning to have her spayed? Female rabbits have a high incidence of reproductive cancer if left intact - the operation is not just to prevent babies. You can house them near each other for now until she is spayed, so they can become familiar with each others' scents. Be sure to leave a few inches between the cages though...they can still bite if aggressive and even "do the deed" between the bars.
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User is Offline Jackie19
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3/06/2012 9:09 PM

Yes, I already set up an appointment for her next month. I just wanted to know if it's safe to to put them together now.Thank you all for helping me :]


User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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3/07/2012 7:54 AM
I would wait until she is spayed, her hormones will rage for a bit after she is altered, and it could cause some rather nasty fights if she's with another bun. Better to be safe than sorry

User is Offline equalsign
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3/07/2012 10:41 AM

I would probably just wait. Unspayed girls can be more aggressive and territorial than even intact boys. If you're really itching to put them together you could look up the introduction guidelines online and do a couple quick meet-and-greets before her surgery. It's still a bit of an unnecessary risk though. If one of them got seriously injured it could add to costs and delay the female's surgery.


User is Offline luvmyhunybuny
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3/08/2012 8:04 AM
I have always been the odd one out on this, as I successfully bonded 2 pairs of neutered males to unspayed females. The were both spayed after bonding and I never encountered any problems. As a matter of fact, the girls seems to recover faster, being that they had a bonded mate (as where the single girls I have fostered did not recover as quickly. That could have been a coincidence.) I know that, typically, you will have better results if both bunnies are altered, but again, I never had a problem.

User is Offline equalsign
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3/08/2012 1:51 PM
Posted By luvmyhunybuny on 03/08/2012 11:04 AM
I have always been the odd one out on this, as I successfully bonded 2 pairs of neutered males to unspayed females. The were both spayed after bonding and I never encountered any problems. As a matter of fact, the girls seems to recover faster, being that they had a bonded mate (as where the single girls I have fostered did not recover as quickly. That could have been a coincidence.) I know that, typically, you will have better results if both bunnies are altered, but again, I never had a problem.


That's really interesting .

 

You do know your bunnies best Jackie, so it's definately your call. I did meet-and-greets before my boy was neutered (there's only so much that can happen sans uterus). I didn't pre-bond them or anything, but it worked out fine for me. Luckily my girl was suuuuuuper chill.


User is Offline binkybunnier
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3/11/2012 3:30 AM
Alot of people say you cant, but i have to say i ignored that and i did! it was fine but my doe was very dominant and bossed my male rabbit about so to keep harmony i strongly suggest you spay your doe , but there isnt a problem with bonding them, if they dont get on then you cant.

User is Offline bunnyfriend
Wisconsin
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3/11/2012 5:22 PM
Another thing that I'm going to add in her is that unspayed bunnies who around other rabbits may go through false pregnancies where they start pulling out their fur to make a nest, may be aggressive, and get stressed. It doesn't happen all the time but it's something to think about since sometimes bunnies going through false pregnancies can cause a rabbit to stop eating.
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User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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3/12/2012 10:03 AM
I agree that I would wait. After 6 weeks they can technically be together without the male impregnating her, but the chance of her wanting him there is a different story ;-) She will likely be very territorial until she is spayed and will just start fights.
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