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Last Post by MooBunnay at 6/06/2009 12:55 PM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline Karla
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6/03/2009 11:13 PM

So, Karla went to the vet today to get spayed - and apparently got a sex change on the way. 'Cause she is a HE.  It annoys me, as I bought her from the local shelter and would expect their vet to know the difference. She was 5 months at that time, so they should be able to tell. Well, love her/him to bits nevertheless

But anyway. What is the personality differences between males and females? I've always heard that females have bad mood swings, and well males are more loving - and they smell  I am curious now that I have a male

Also, I was thinking: I was planning to give Karla (Karlo?) a boyfriend some time during the summer. In Denmark rabbits are rarely neutered and my local shelter even tell people on their website not to do it. So getting a spayed female is practically impossible and seeing that it costs around $300, I would of course prefer if it was already done. The chance of getting a neutered male is bigger, so what are the odds for a nice match-making between two males?

If Karla prefers having a new female friend - would it be all wrong not to have that bun spayed for the first few months?? I think I read somewhere that it frustrates an unspayed female to be with a neutered male, as she will be annoyed with him for not humping her.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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6/04/2009 1:49 AM
Well, that is a surprise that the vet was ready to do a spay instead of a neuter. As long as he was old enough, it is fine. I hope it went well.
I've heard that males can be more easy going than females, though it varies from bunny to bunny. I think you'll be pleased.

As for a friend, bonding two males is not as hard as two females, but a male/female combo can work the best IF they meet and like each other first. The reason to get a spayed female is for her health. Females are prone to cancer and that is a preventative step. You would spare yourself, her, and your little guy some heartache and expense down the road if you get a spayed female.

You have at least a month to decide since he needs to recover from the neuter fully. He will seem fine, but his hormones need a few weeks to subside within the body, so I wouldn't do anything right now. Just decide on his name and make him comfortable when he gets home.
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline PEPPA GEORGIE
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6/04/2009 2:10 AM
How about Karlos lol spelt wrong lol xx Bless bet you were well surprised. I am keen to hear peoples experiences on the differences in personality and behaviour between the sexes. I have two females and dont get many cuddles and am wondering if they would have been more cuddly if they were boys lol xx i love them whatever but just wondering. x

User is Offline Karla
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6/04/2009 2:29 AM
What do you mean it is a surprise that the vet was ready to do a different surgery? I'm not sure I understand This vet isn't the one from the shelter.

I know about the risk of cancer - and I have been thinking a lot about that. I just find it a bit complicated to bring in a girl that hasn't already been spayed.

Well, maybe if I went for a girl and Karl and her liked each other at first glimpse, I could have her spayed straight away, and have her confined for the first 2-3 weeks (isn't that the rule?), and they could get to know each other through the cage during that time? So maybe it wouldn't be such a big deal to have a new female bun spayed. Could that be a plan?

Well, otherwise it seems that Karl needs to get a boyfriend - when all the hormones have set.

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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6/04/2009 2:30 AM
When I was researching bunnies I read a lot of comments that boys were more laid back and friendlier than girls, so that's why I opted for a boy. So far he's very laid back, but not much of a cuddle bunny, so we'll see! He's not neutered yet and certainly hasn't had any of the mood swings some BB members have experienced with their girls before spaying. I have 3 more weeks til the neuter, so I hope no bad behavior crops up before then.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline Sarita
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6/04/2009 2:43 AM
I don't think you can truly generalize their personalities - I've had plenty of both and honestly I cannot say that one is one way or better than the other.

I think it really depend on the rabbit and not the sex. I've had very high strung males and females. Cuddly females and cuddly males. So I think it's just best to focus on the individual rabbit and not their sex.

As for bonding - it's best to try a female/male pair as that is the most successful but that is absolutely not to say that male/male and female/female cannot bond - there really are no absolutes.

You do not need to keep your female confined for 2 to 3 weeks after a spay normally a few days right after and then just try to limit the activity for the next few days.

User is Offline BB
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6/05/2009 5:05 PM
I agree with Sarita. I have had three girls and two boys, and it definitely is more of an individual thing. Bailey, was the sweetest calm rabbit around humans and male rabbits. And my first bunny, Forrest, was a nervous little guy. Jack, is a nervous guy - not laid back. Rucy, though in the beginning was a feisty gal, she was still rather laid back with all the things that went on around her, and as she aged, she was easy-going with humans as she aged (she had a rather rough past that took time for her to get over).

I also agree with Sarita as far as the best case is to try female/male first. As far as keeping her unspayed for a few months, I guess you can just see how it goes. It is less about the frustration and usually more to do with dominance and territory, and those two things can cause rabbits to fight if they are both dominant about those things - an unspayed female may have the hormones to drive her to be more territorial, etc, and so that could cause problems.

User is Offline bunnytowne
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6/06/2009 12:07 PM

OH my what a surprise.  I think we hear females are moody is cuz of the ones that aren't spayed.  They usually do get moody.

Since your Karla is spayed she should be ok.    Personalities vary.  I hear people say males are better pets.  However I think it depends on the actual bunny him or herself.

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User is Offline bunnytowne
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6/06/2009 12:10 PM

OH yi now I remember.    Animal shelters do make mistakes.  We got whom we thought was honey bunny  a neutered male.  There was even a picture on the bio too. Well HB never responded to his name.   Perfect litterbox habits tho.  Yet his urine smelled bad.

Well when Robin got her she took her to the vet.  To her and my surprise he was a she.  I thought well HB seemed like a female name.  Tho HB never responded to it so was probably not even her name.

So yes they do mess up sometimes.

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User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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6/06/2009 12:55 PM
I do not usually encounter that issue here because most shelters adopt out the bunnies already spayed or neutered, that is interesting to me that shelters would recommend NOT spaying or neutering since that seems like one of the best ways to decrease the amount of homeless bunnies out there...weird...

Anyways, most of my male bunnies are more outgoing than my female bunnies. I do have very sweet female bunnies, but one is particularly shy whereas none of my male bunnies are very shy. I believe this has more to do with their upbringing than there gender though because the one very shy female that I have was found in an outdoor feral colony so she didn't grow up around humans.
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