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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Should I get a second bunny, so that my bunny would have a friend and?
Last Post by tanlover14 at 8/29/2012 7:46 AM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline LittleDoll
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8/17/2012 2:06 AM

Little Doll is a mini holland lop female, adult, unsure of age. We've had her for a year now. She just got spayed last week. I am wondering if I should get her a friend bunny. I've read that rabbits are naturally social animals and that they can get depressed. When we adopted her, the owner was not present, so I dont know what environment she lived in previously, and if she likes other bunnies. She wants to make friends with out cat. She tries to lick the cat's fur, gets close to her, but the cat runs away. It seems to me that she is social and likes to have furry friends.

Little Doll lives in a large x-pen in her own room and is allowed to run free at least twice a day. I think there should be enough room for 2 bunnies to be comfortable.

If I did get one, I would want a neutered male of approximately same small size or even the same breed. There are some rescued bunnies listed for adoption on Petfinder.

 


User is Offline Sarita
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8/17/2012 2:22 AM
It really is totally up to you. Many many rabbits are fine being alone (with their human family). You will have to consider if you want the stress of bonding as it seems to take a bigger toll on the owner than it sometimes does the rabbit.

User is Offline TH004
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8/17/2012 2:32 AM
I have only had solo rabbits. My first one, I knew would never bond. I adopted her when she was about one and had her for about 6 years. My rabbit now I adopted at 2. I tried to bond him and it was super stressful. We ended up giving up and keeping just him (it's been 2 additional years). I think when rabbits aren't bonded they are closer to their owners, since we are his buddies. Both my buns have liked to cuddle with me on the couch. I think bonded rabbits are great too, but not required

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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8/17/2012 4:59 AM
If you want to get a second rabbit, it should really be because *you* want one and not because you think she might. She'll be fine as a solo rabbit and I'm sure she loves hanging out with you one-on-one. Bonding is stressful (even when it's easy) and having two can be twice as much work if they start marking and making a mess. I love having two, but I got my second because I wanted to and my boy would've been fine on his own.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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8/17/2012 7:05 AM
I have a single girl and she has been single since I got her at 8 weeks. old. She is now almost 3. She likes to boss her slaves around. By having a single rabbit, they can really bond to you very tightly
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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8/17/2012 8:59 AM
Honestly it's up to you and your rabbit. If your rabbit seems content then I would say she doesn't have a need to need another bun in the house. If you want another bun make sure to take your bun dating so that the bun you take home is liked already by your Little Doll. I know that I'm going to get my bun a companion once she's fixed because I can sense that she's lonely. She enjoys being her regal princess self but she's lonely. We have two cats and she gets very frustrated that there is a communication barrier. We find her stomping her feet at them or flicking her feet at them if the ignore her. So that's my rabbit and her personality. If you feel like Little Doll is lonely and wants more clear communication and different sort of love then go for it. =] Just make sure if Little Doll is a dominant bun to get her a submissive bun and one who is closer to her age. And if she's dominant getting a bun that is a little younger and not set in their ways and more willing to take orders from her is always a good idea too.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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8/17/2012 5:46 PM
I think its like kids-if you have only one, they are really close to you; vs. having two they are close to each other. If you have no time than two is a good option; however you do double your food and vet bills at the very least. One can be very happy and very responsive and affectionate to their owner It's dependent on your financial situation and your time
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User is Offline Nicolene
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8/27/2012 6:52 PM
My hubby and I always want our pets to have a "friend of their own kind", so we always have two of each (right now we have buns and guinea pigs). Our first pet was a crazy guinea pig we found in a park, and when we got him a friend he blossomed. We loved the experience so much that when piggy number one passed away we found piggy number 2 a new friend. He seemed so lost in the weeks he was a solo. Carmela, our bun, was one attention seeking bunny. She was only 9 months old when we got her. We decided to get her a friend so she has someone to play with while we're at work during the day. We took her to SaveABunny and she speed dated a few fellas until she found a big boy she liked. She loves him and we love him and we're one big happy family. Now I have 2 bunnies licking my feet and chasing each other around the house. I don't think it's changed our relationship with her at all. If anything, I think she's happier. When we get home they are both excited to see us and get out and play with us.

So it's up to you, but for us, pairs just work and we have good relationships with all our fur babies.

User is Offline peppypoo
Texas
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8/29/2012 6:08 AM
Everybody has made good points so far, but I just wanted to add that you should wait a least a month post-spay to introduce another bunny, both to let her hormones settle and to let her heal from the surgery. And don't forget that the second bunny needs to be neutered too!
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User is Offline tanlover14
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8/29/2012 7:46 AM
If you have the space and money -- I would say why not?!? Just remember that for the beginning of bonding they need to be separated so keep that in mind... We have three buns and bonded them all together and it was time-consuming more than anything -- so make sure you have the time to do the bonding -- but it was enjoyable and all our buns are now happily bonded!
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