A Compilation of our most asked questions
Are Bucks or Doe’s Better Pets?
Both bucks and doe’s make great pets as long as they are fixed. I highly recommend getting all pet bunnies fixed for several reasons. Please read all the reasons below in “Why Get A Rabbit Fixed?” If you choose to not get your rabbit fixed, then you have to pick your poison. Bucks tend to spray to mark their territory and doe’s often get moody and territorial when they come into heat, which is often! So, to answer this question, I would say again, that both bucks and doe’s make great pets as long as they are fixed. Once fixed, there is not a personality difference between bucks and doe’s towards their humans.
If I choose to get two bunnies, should I get two bucks, two doe’s or a buck and a doe?
First of all, I would only get two bunnies if you are ok with the possibility of having to house them separately either temporarily or permanently. There is a slim, but possible chance that two bunnies will just not have good chemistry and not get along well. Two bunnies may go through a time of not liking each other when their hormones kick in, but they are not old enough to get fixed. So, you may have to house them separately for a time until they are both fixed. There is a chance that even after being fixed, two bunnies may not get along still. This is unlikely, but possible.
I would highly suggest getting two bucks for several reasons:
1. You won’t risk having an unexpected litter before they are able to get fixed. Usually bucks and doe’s mature at 6 months which is when vets typically are willing to fix a rabbit, but you’re still risking having babies if you have a buck and doe together before 6 months of age. It’s dangerous to have a surprise litter because you wont be able to provide the mother rabbit with a nesting box at the right time which is vital to having a litter that survives.
2. Even if a buck and doe are both fixed, the buck will likely occasionally still mount the doe. Babies won’t be made, but it’s still an awkward sight in your home…!
3. If NOT fixed, bucks tend to have friendlier personalities towards other rabbits in comparison to an unfixed doe. They are territorial in that they will spray but they don’t exhibit as aggressive territorial behavior like a unfixed doe would. I would play it safe and get two bucks because even if not fixed, they exhibit better behavior towards other rabbits.
4. I have personally had two young doe’s sharing a cage and they were aggressive towards one another. But, I've also had 2 other doe's housed together and they did just fine. I have also had young bucks sharing the same cage and they were friendly with each other with no complications. I feel it would be a much wiser decision to get two bucks over two does or a buck and a doe.
Can I Introduce a Young Rabbit to an Older One and Will They Get Along?
I would not recommend introducing a young rabbit to an already sexually mature, established adult rabbit. Ideally, if you have two rabbits, they would have been introduced before 5 months old and both be bucks for the best chance of having a successful bonded pair. It is then vital that as soon as their testicles are visible that they are promptly taken to the vet to be neutered or they will become territorial, spray and likely fight. Two doe's almost never have a good chance of being a bonded pair even if they are introduced at a young age and are spayed.
Some people are able to successfully pair an older mature buck with a young buck, but it's important to only opt to try this if you are ok with the possibility of housing them separately in the future if they end up not getting along well. If you are interested in trying to bond an older buck with a younger buck, it's important to have the older buck fixed for at least 2 months before trying to introduce a younger buck for the best possible chance of bonding success.
How Long Do Bunnies Live?
If spayed or neutered and if they live indoors, bunnies can live to be up to 12 years old. Getting your rabbit fixed reduces the chances of reproductive cancers and complications. Being an indoor bunny eliminates the bodily stresses that occur when rabbits experience temperature fluctuations during the heat of the summer and cold of the winter.
Do Baby Rabbits Need Baby Rabbit Food?
No! Please don’t spend the extra money on “baby” rabbit foods. Changing a rabbit’s diet is stressful on their simple digestive system, so to do it more than you have to is not necessary or a good idea. My baby rabbits immediately start nibbling and eating their mother’s food, so that is what they are weaned on and used to. The feed I give to my rabbits is regular “adult” rabbit food. So, when you go shopping for your new rabbit just get the food you plan on feeding him or her permanently and stray away from “baby” rabbit foods.
Do you have to get two bunnies for them to be happy?
No, you do not absolutely have to have two bunnies in order for them to live a happy life…but they do appreciate a buddy. Keep in mind, they must be fixed, and two bucks tend to be a better pairing. Two fixed bucks will eat together, play together, sleep together and clean each other. It truly is an adorable sight to see two bunnies playing and sleeping together. If your unable to spend lots of quality time with your bunny, a buddy would be a great idea.
Why get a bunny fixed?
1. Bunnies who are fixed tend to live longer because they are not at risk for any reproductive disorders like cancer and disease.
2. Bucks that are fixed wont spray to mark their territory.
3. Bucks that are fixed wont mount other rabbits or you!
4. Fixed doe’s will not be territorial around their cages and won’t be moody every time they come into heat, which is often!
5. POTTY TRAINING is SO much easier and a much faster process when a rabbit is fixed.
6. Bucks can safely cohabitate when fixed.
When to fix a rabbit and how much does it cost?
Most vets won’t fix a rabbit until they are 6 months old. This is when they typically reach sexual maturity, but every rabbit is different. Some vets consider rabbits to be an “exotic” animal and charge a pretty penny to fix a rabbit. But others think nothing of it and are happy to fix your rabbit for a reasonable price. My advice would be to call around and do price comparisons. It should only cost the amount it would cost to spay or neuter a cat.
Do bunnies need shots?
No! Bunnies do not have any kind of yearly vaccines or shots like dogs and cats.
How do you potty train a rabbit?
I am not a potty training expert. Please refer to: http://rabbit.org/faq-litter-training-2/. The house rabbit society is a great resource for anything to do with an indoor rabbit! I regularly refer to it myself. Please see this website for any litter training questions.
Thoughts on Greens
Greens like cilantro and basil are treats! In fact, lots of greens like cabbage, lettuce and spinach are actually harmful to bunnies and should not be ingested. Please carefully read through the good and bad foods for rabbits on the rabbit care page! Anything other than rabbit pellets and hay and or orchard grass ate treats and should be given in small treat like quantities. Rabbit pellets have all of the important protein, vitamins and nutrients that a rabbit needs. It is not necessary and not recommended to feed rabbits regular “greens.” Greens are very rich and can cause diarrhea as well as bloat. Minor bloat is almost definite when feeding rabbit greens. Rabbits love the taste of greens and will gobble them right up. But the rabbit can’t tell you afterwards that they have a lot of pressure in their gut. Greens give rabbits gas and they are not able to pass gas. Large quantities of greens can cause fatal bloat. So, it’s better to not even give a rabbit a little greens when too much could be deadly.
Rabbit Urine Colors
Rabbits urine can range from a pale yellow to a dark rusty orange. All are normal! Sometimes people become concerned that a rabbit has blood in it's urine because of the dark rusty color, but don't panic. Blood in urine is a rare occurrence and cryptically only happens to much older rabbits.