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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Housing rabbit with Guinea pig?
Last Post by LBJ10 at 4/18/2016 8:50 PM (4 Replies)
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User is Offline Mya
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4/18/2016 2:56 PM
Hi everyone
I'm in a bit of a sticky situation here. I was offered two female bunnies after my boy died. We turned up at the place to buy them and we were told they fight and they haven't been housed together before. One of them (Crumble) was being housed with her two daughters and the other was by herself. The girl then said we could take a Guinea pig as company for Crumbs and we accepted.

I'm not a big fan of Guinea pigs but he is very sweet. I am quite worried about him though, I never see him out of the hidey hole part of his hutch. The only time I have is once for 5 seconds to eat some food. I do let him have alone time in a separate box I've converted to a Guinea pig friendly area, but even then he hides under a fleece.

I was quite unsure about it and now I'm completely confused what to do. I have few options: keep them together, send him back, get anothe Guinea pig and rabbit to keep them both company.. It would be very awkward to send him back as this is a local lady.

Pretty much if anyone could tell me if its ok to keep them together or not would be helpful

Thank you

-Mya


User is Offline Mikey
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4/18/2016 4:50 PM
Just make sure they arnt sharing a cage together. Rabbits and guinea pigs have very different dietary needs, that if messed up, can make them sick and/or kill them if not treated correctly. They can, however, share a free roam area together. Youll have to make sure the area is rabbit proof and piggy proof, and that the only food in the free roam area is hay. You also shouldnt let them stay together until your bunny is spayed so hormones dont take over her personality when it comes to the pair. Youll also have to watch them to make sure theres no accidental fights, as they both communicate differently. They can learn to understand one another, but theres always a chance of miscommunication between them. Rabbits also have strong back legs, and if the piggy gets in the way of a power kick, he could be very hurt

If you dont want the piggy anyway, i would take him back. A lot of rabbits are good solo as long as they have enough attention from their humans

User is Offline Mya
New Zealand
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4/18/2016 5:51 PM
Thanks Mikey
I only have one hutch at the moment that their sharing - My other one should be fixed next week.
It's a bit tricky for me to supervise them as I'm not at home very much (school, job etc)

User is Offline Mikey
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4/18/2016 7:10 PM
Id keep them apart while you are out and about then (when your second hutch is fixed), just to avoid any accidental problems while you are away. Other than that, i think they should be fine. My youngest bun is friends with/slightly bonded to my boyfriends little sisters guinea pig since they had to babysit him for 2 weeks for us before. So its a pair that can work, but again, you gotta keep them separate for feeding and sleep

User is Offline LBJ10
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4/18/2016 8:50 PM
I agree. It isn't advisable to house them together (for the reasons Mikey stated above). If you want to keep the guinea pig, I would recommend getting him his own cage/hutch. A companion piggy isn't a bad idea, but you might be getting into more than you had originally bargained for (numbers-wise). If you wish for your bunny to possibly have a friend, she will need to be spayed first. Intact bunnies often fight with each other because of hormones and feeling territorial.
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