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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > How do I know if he's neutered??
Last Post by zoologist at 8/26/2012 12:37 PM (13 Replies)
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User is Offline BeccaBoo
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8/23/2012 8:09 PM

Okay, so I feel very silly asking this question, like I feel like it should be obvious whether a bunny's fixed or not, but I just don't know. 

So we have a male rabbit living with us just for the summer, and I have an unfixed female. They aren't allowed together but she manages to find a way out of her cage and into his. And they've been caught "in the act" multiple times. This normally only happens when i'm not home and no one shut her cage off properly, but she's never gotten pregnant (phew). And she's managed to do this multiple times. And Snowy, the male, is a decent sized rabbit. Shouldn't you be able to just KNOW if he's fixed? He doesn't like being picked up to be able to tell, though.

 He isn't "our" bunny, he came from a different family that gave him to my mom, who's a teacher, to have in her classroom. So he only comes to our house over school breaks. Like this summer. And being from a different family, they could've had him fixed. 

Sorry about my lack of knowledge about this  Like, is there something to look for to know?

Gah, I feel so silly 

User is Offline peppypoo
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8/23/2012 8:34 PM
Uh oh, that doesn't sound very good. If he's a classroom pet, I'm willing to bet that he is not neutered. And if he and Amelia have been "caught in the act" multiple times already, it is quite possible she is already pregnant. Gestation time for a rabbit is one month, so keep an eye on her and watch for signs of pregnancy. And in the meanwhile, I can't emphasize this enough - do whatever you can do make sure that they cannot come into contact with each other. Maybe you can put him in a different room and close the door.
Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline peppypoo
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8/23/2012 8:37 PM
Whoops, realized I didn't answer your question. Holding the rabbit upside down, look for testicles between the legs. This may be difficult for many reasons, including that rabbits usually don't like to be held, and testicles may be undescended, small, or hidden in fur. A vet can give you the best answer on whether or not he is neutered.

Also, I mentioned signs of pregnancy: if Amelia is carrying babies, she will begin to "kindle" or build a nest when she is almost due. Also, babies can be felt in the abdomen (gently!!) starting at about two weeks. Again, I encourage you to seek a vet on this.
Tammo (RIP), Milo (RIP), Peppy, Remi

User is Offline Sarita
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8/24/2012 3:19 AM
Your best bet is to have him examined by the vet. It sounds very risky not knowing and having these types of accidents happen.

User is Offline LBJ10
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8/24/2012 9:31 AM
Unless you look down there and "they" are very obvious then it is hard to tell. I mean, if you look and they are there then you know he isn't neutered. If you can't see anything though, that doesn't necessarily mean he was neutered (like the others said, they could be undescended, small, hidden, etc). Since your mother takes care of him, is she responsible for vet care? If so, then it shouldn't be a big deal to have a vet take a look.

User is Offline BeccaBoo
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8/24/2012 10:49 AM
@Peppypoo this happened last year too when he was here and I guess she never got pregnant. And we can't put him in a different room because they have to be in the basement (not my choice, my parents) so they're always in close contact. He has one of those swing open kind of cages and she can swing it up open so we've had to block it off and make sure she's not out without supervision. But I was away last month for the whole month, and my dad told me she got in there again. A lot. Ugh.

And i'll try to go check but i don't know if he'll let me. If we take him to the vet to have them check would it cost money? We're sort of short of money right now because my mom's a teacher and doesn't get money during the summer so I doubt they'll let me take him if it'll cost money. :T

User is Offline tobyluv
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8/24/2012 12:18 PM
Most rabbits don't like being picked up, but it should only take a quick look to see if he has testicles. They look kind of like big pink kidney beans. You say that he is a decent sized rabbit, so hopefully the testicles will be evident if he has them.

It's possible that you could dangle a treat over his head and make him stand up, to see if you can have a look then, but the best thing is to pick him up and check him. You can give him a treat afterwards to hopefully make him feel better.

User is Offline Monkeybun
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8/24/2012 12:31 PM
Don't use it as a for sure thing if you don't see them though. Rabbits can pull them up back into them too, sneaky critters.

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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8/24/2012 3:14 PM
I'd also like to add that rabbits can mate through bars of cages.

I hope you are able to get her spayed, unspayed rabbits have an 80-85% chance of developing uterine cancer at an early age. You could try contacting your state's chapter of the House Rabbit Society or any shelters/rescues to see if they do spays for a low cost.
RIP Tigger          RIP Wilbur           RIP Totoro

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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8/24/2012 3:39 PM
Hmmm the only surefire way is to actually see them. Like others have said, not seeing them does not mean he's neutered.

I'd increase security, because with both getting out? I guess that's how they've been caught in the act, then not only is it possible they could breed, but that they could get into something dangerous-if they are both escaping it's time to proof the house and heighten security so they can't.

Why isn't the female spayed? I'd recommend doing that asap, like this week, so that you don't have a litter. Yes babies are exciting, but not only wll you have to come up with vet fees, and find homes, and always worry about what happened to the babies (not everyone keeps pets for life) but your female is at a health risk just having babies. So for her sake, the babies, etc. Spay right away and make sure they aren't getting out of the cages anymore.

good luck!

User is Offline BeccaBoo
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8/24/2012 4:24 PM
I will be getting her spayed, I just have to work it out with the vet and pull up the money

User is Offline jerseygirl
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8/24/2012 7:42 PM

That's great you plan to get her spayed. : )

Her not becoming pregnant so far doesn't mean she wont ever. Its still possible. You really have to treat things as if they are both unfixed.

By swing open style cage, do you mean the door or the whole side? Or is he in more of a pen? Can you put a couple dog clips on the door so it's harder to come open? Also, maybe put his cage up higher somewhere where she cant get to as easily.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/25/2012 4:54 AM
You can ask your vet for an installment plan to pay off the bill, because the best solution here in the face of uncertainty is to get your girl spayed. ASAP. You definitely need to keep them separated with no chance of escape. But if she gets spayed, it's zero risk to you, you don't have to take on his exam and procedure, and it is essential to her health. It's a win/win to have her go to the vet and get it done. Many vets will work with you regarding payment, especially if the see the necessity of an immediate procedure.
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline zoologist
Orlando, Fl
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8/26/2012 12:37 PM
Today I had to give Tofu a footy bath. When I pulled him out to towel him off his gentlemen parts were in fullllll viewwww. Maybe you could give him a bath to mat down his fur and check that way?


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