Rabbits are highly social creatures. And while you may share a strong bond with your rabbit, there’s no connection quite like that shared between two or more rabbits. One of the kindest things you can do for your rabbit is introducing him or her to another rabbit!
Bonding rabbits doesn’t happen overnight and it’s often not an easy or quick task. However, it’s well worth the time and energy to see your rabbit fall head over paws for another rabbit. At West Michigan Critter Haven, we can offer you hands-on advice and guidance when you adopt from us.
Prerequisites for a Successful Bond
Both rabbits must be spayed or neutered prior to introduction. Allow for at least two weeks following the procedure for healing and hormones to subside.
Allow your rabbit to choose it’s mate. We call this speed dating! Essentially, we recommend allowing your rabbit to meet several other rabbits so we can judge interactions and ensure the bunnies hit it off. This typically sets off a smoother bonding process.
Patience is key. Do not rush bonding, as it could hinder progress. Not to mention, a bad fight could ruin bonding success.
IS BONDING RIGHT FOR ME AND MY RABBIT?
If you can answer yes to the following questions, you and your rabbit are ready to bond:
Is your rabbit spayed or neutered and at least two weeks healed?
Has your rabbit had a wellness exam recently and received a clean bill of health?
Do you have at least 30 minutes per day to commit to introducing rabbits and working on bonding them?
Do you have a neutral space in your home that you can introduce both rabbits without dealing with territory issues?
Do you have space in your home for two side-by-side exercise pen set ups?
Are you willing to let your rabbit choose the rabbit they want to bond with?
Fortunately, the House Rabbit Society has a variety of information available to help you introduce or “bond” rabbits.
Ready to introduce your rabbit to one of ours? Start by filling out an adoption application!