Kiley asked in PetsOther - Pets · 8 years ago

Bunny Introducin? Will they remember each other?

So I got a bunny like 6 months ago from a Sable breeder (she and her sister had been thrown away there to live a lonely life breeding.) Well I could only get Snickers and had to leave Toffee behind. But I continued going to the farm and helping with the rabbits. The owner is retiring farming and is moving away so he is getting rid of all his rabbits. I have offered to take Toffee since we have become very close. Will Snickers and Toffee remember each other? Or should I slowly introduce them? If I need to slowly do it, how do I do it?

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  • 8 years ago
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    they both HAVE to be spayed before you can let them play together/try to bond them - there's absolutely no way around that, as the hormones in unspayed rabbits will cause (potentially vicious) fighting.... and they need to be spayed anyway, since females are very prone to nasty cancers of the reproductive system - on average, spayed females live TWICE as long as unspayed. once spayed, it can take up to a month for the hormones to be completely gone and, as Kate said, if they're allowed to get into fights, it hurts your chances of being able to successfully bond them.

    until they're spayed AND the hormones have subsided, they should be kept separate at all times but can be kept close enough to each other to see/smell each other and get used to the presence of another rabbit. make sure the cages are an inch or two apart so they're unable to fight through the bars/grids. if you can move them to a new room that snickers doesn't currently spend time in, that's much better because it's neutral territory. you can switch their cages every week, too - put snickers in toffee's cage and vice-versa. this helps them get used to each others' scent and prevents them from becoming territorial about the cages.

    if you need a second cage, I strongly recommend building a C&C/NIC style cage - they're very easy to make and bigger AND cheaper than store-bought cages.

    http://www.guineapigcages.com/cubes.htm

    http://breyfamily.net/bunnycage.html

    the best deal anyone's found for grids lately is at sears - http://www.sears.com/stor-floor-standing-6-cube-st...

    you need to order online to get the sale price but can do site-to-store to avoid shipping charges.

    good sites to read about rabbit bonding:

    http://www.cottontails-rescue.org.uk/matchups.asp

    http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/articles/bond.shtml

    two females is probably the most difficult bunny bond to forge (unless they're raised together/separated at the first sign of fighting until spayed) because females are more territorial than males. you should be prepared for the possibility that they may not like each other/be willing to bond, which would mean you'd have to *permanently* house them separately and let them get their 4-5h a day out of the cage separately.

    if they happen to both be spayed already, I recommend introducing them on neutral ground before committing to taking toffee to see how they react together (best case scenario, they mostly ignore each other/don't fight/have minimal humping and/or circling... if they fight right off the bat, chances are they'll never be able to bond). if they aren't both spayed, you shouldn't introduce them because a) you won't get an accurate idea of how they get along and b) the hormones could cause a fight and make it harder to bond them later.

    if you have more bunny questions or need more advice on bonding, I strongly recommend checking out http://rabbitsonline.net/ - it's a great community; very active and has a lot of nice folks with plenty of bunny experience :)

  • Kate M
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    8 years ago

    You will need to introduce them slowly. They may remember each other, but they are now adults and have hormones and other things going on that can make bonding difficult. Even if they were kept together, there is no guarantee that they would still be getting along now.

    Your best chance for getting them to bond is to get both spayed. Since they are over 6 months old, it is a good time to do it. You will then need to wait at least 2 weeks for them to heal before trying to bond them. You can wait longer for the fur to grow back, but that could take a few months.

    If you try to introduce them now and it doesn't go well (they fight etc), then it can be much harder to bond them again as they will remember the fight and rabbits can hold grudges. You can keep the cages close to each other so they can see and smell each other, but any direct interaction needs to be supervised.

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