Most of us have had pets where we can just go and get another of the species; eventually, they’ll get along. Well, rabbits are rarely like that.
room sofa and said, “Meet your new mate.” Like you, a rabbit would have a problem with that.
Unlike you, a rabbit shows this less than-enthusiastic state by attacking the other rabbit. We expect you would be more diplomatic.
So, how do you adopt a second or third rabbit into your home? You could keep them separately forever, but why?
At Rabbit Rescue & Rehab, we do something called “bunny speed dating.” It’s just like the human kind, but with people who can assess compatibility. Think of it as eHarmony for rabbits.
While none of us are able to give your rabbit a 50-point compatibility survey, some of us are able to watch bunny behavior and assess compatibility. This doesn’t happen in a one-bunny scenario;
hence, the speed dating.
Basically, rabbits pick their own partners. Humans do not come into play here. Your two-pound rabbit might pick a 12-pound rabbit as his partner. You have no control over this.
My favorite bonding story involves a gay couple who brought in their male rabbit to find a mate. They would have preferred a male partner. It was with great sadness that I had to inform them
that their rabbit was straight. They handled it well, and went home with the rabbit’s choice of girl bunnies. I believe everyone is living happily ever after. So if you have one lonely bunny who
needs a partner, please feel free to let us know. As long as your rabbit is spayed
or neutered, we will find a rabbit mate for her or him.
Your next thought, I’m sure, is, “Why would I bother? This is all so complicated.” And you would be correct. I would imagine, though, if you love your pet, you would sustain a bit of inconvenience
for his or her long-term happiness.
When you’re out all day, your rabbit can get lonely. I happen to own one of the few rabbits who would rather be alone than with another rabbit. My two pound Jersey Wooly, Wabbit, is so alpha
that he would never stand the company of another rabbit. He tolerates my dog because he has no idea what that is.
Odds are that your rabbit is not quite as extreme. What matters to you is that a bonded pair is the equivalent of 1.5 rabbits. They live in the same space, use the same litter box and eat the same
food. They also entertain each other, and you.
There is nothing cuter than a bonded pair of rabbits. They will play together, groom each other, play with you, and relieve you of the guilt of not being home all the time.
If you find an already-bonded pair, I suggest you go for that. It relieves you of the burden of the home part of bonding. If you’re not ready for that commitment when you adopt a first rabbit, call your local rescue later. They will get it right for you.