How much company does my rabbit need?
Rabbits are naturally sociable animals, and they enjoy the company of other rabbits if introduced properly. To prevent your rabbit from getting bored and lonely, providing them with lots of enrichment, a good environment and socialization is key. It’s always fun when your rabbit can make new friends.
Here are some things to keep in mind!
- Rabbits can develop abnormal behaviours if left alone, or if they are bored for long periods of time. It is important to ensure you give your rabbit lots of enrichment options and company.
- If possible, keep your rabbit with at least one other friendly rabbit, unless advised otherwise by your veterinarian. A good combination is a neutered male and spayed female.
- Some animals become more dominant than others and spaying or neutering reduces the chance of fighting in both sexes.
- When introducing your rabbit to new companions, do it gradually and under proper supervision. Try it in a space that is new to both rabbits.
- Always provide enough resources such as water, food, shelter and hiding places where the rabbits are playing.
- Rabbits can be bullied by other rabbits, so having a dedicated spot where your rabbit can retreat is a good idea.
- Rabbits who grow up together will usually get along, but if they are introduced for the first time as adults, they may end up fighting, so always keep an eye out for signs of conflict.
If you notice your rabbit displaying unwanted behaviour, remove them from the situation and always place them with new company under supervision. If you are unsure or have any questions on the health and wellness of your rabbit, talk to your veterinarian or a qualified animal behaviourist.
For more enrichment and socialization tips for rabbits and other small animals, visit our blog.
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