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26-10-2007, 03:58 PM
Keeping rabbits and cats together - is it possiblke?

We have two outdoor bunnies and are consaidering getting a cat. Will this cause problems or does it all depend?

26-10-2007, 04:01 PM
I have two cats and bunnies outside.I have had no problems at all:D In fact the cats are scared of the bunnies and piggies:lol: :lol:

26-10-2007, 04:01 PM
I think as long as they are introduced properly then it should be fine. We have 7 and the bunnies don't mind them and if they do then they just thump and the cats run off :lol: One of the cats always helps me when I'm clean out hutches or feeding the buns, she seems to like them but the rabbits don't feel the same :lol:

26-10-2007, 04:05 PM
I have 3 of each and they are all ok in fact I think the cats are afraid of the rabbits. they are funny to see, all lying in the sun together:lol: :lol:

26-10-2007, 04:08 PM
I've never had a cat before. Do they do much damage to yur home at all?

We have bother with neighbours' cats coming into our garden. If we had our own, would they stop coming in?

casu consulto
26-10-2007, 04:08 PM
Easy-peasy. ^^

We have three/sometimes four cats. We also have our neighbour's cat in the garden practically all the time - he adores my bunnies. And not an adore in an 'I want to eat you' way... he's always trying to brush against them and purrs at them. If anything, the cats are wary of the rabbits when the rabbits are loose... At first, before each rabbit was used to the cats, if a cat appeared they would thump and spook the cats... but now they bound across to the corner of the run to greet the cats... Who usually ignore them entirely.

Crystal butterfly
26-10-2007, 04:09 PM
my cats and rabbits get on great together ive had my rabbits run around teh house with the cats. i think kittens are probably better as they can grow up with the rabbits and know that their not food.

26-10-2007, 04:13 PM
Cats and bunnies body language is very similar so as long as they're introduced properly it shouldn't be a problem, unless you have a particularly vicious/territorial cat/bun :)

26-10-2007, 04:18 PM
same here - cat scared of the rabbits!.

26-10-2007, 04:24 PM
I have 3 house cats....all live harmoniously with the rabbits but we did get them as kittens so that they grew up that way.

26-10-2007, 05:22 PM
we introduced Angel (bun) to Eeny (kitten) very slowly. Eeny was the first to run off so it was a good start! :lol:
Now Eeny is one, they chase each other around the lounge back and forth, although eeny sometimes winds Angel up. Angel is quite an aggressive bun towards us two leggeds but she's never done ANYTHING to Eeny. Thank god!
Eeny is calmer around Boo and she always wants to play with them both.

They get on fine but i would stll never trust them unsupervised for more than 10 mins!! :roll: :lol:

26-10-2007, 05:25 PM
I have three cats and they are all fine with my indoor bun and the outdoor bunnies too :D

26-10-2007, 05:33 PM
My rabbits scare my cat away. My rabbits run at the wire and jump about, which scares the cat. :lol:

26-10-2007, 05:36 PM
I have 4 mainly house cats.... they were all about 4 when I got the buns... started with house buns and have always got a house bun as well as outdoor buns. Everything has always been fine. I watched them very closely when they were babies. But now the rabbits are in charge. :lol:

26-10-2007, 07:50 PM
my mates cat actually plays with the bunnies...... its very cute :)

26-10-2007, 08:32 PM
My rabbits are getting better at standing their ground since they've grown bigger, but one of the neighbours cats tries stalking/chasing them even though they're in a run, and that sends them into their hutch in a panic. So then I watergun the cat.

26-10-2007, 08:57 PM
I have three cats and they are all fine with my indoor bun and the outdoor bunnies too :D

Ditto! I wouldn't have trusted the cats when the buns were small, but now they are full grown, Flynn especially ( as he's indoors) will move the cats on if they've dared to curl up in his running space!:lol:

26-10-2007, 09:47 PM
I'd love a kitten/cat but I'm so scared it would scare or even kill one of my bunnies :( I have 2 housebuns would I leave the cat with the buns overnight in the kitchen ?

26-10-2007, 10:04 PM
I'd love a kitten/cat but I'm so scared it would scare or even kill one of my bunnies :( I have 2 housebuns would I leave the cat with the buns overnight in the kitchen ?

We got Tilly when she was a kitten and although our bunnies were outside in the shed they had free run of the house and garden during the day. Tilly grew up with the buns and they would play together but we never left them alone for a long period of time, so i don't really know about that, unless you put the bunnies in a cage at night?

26-10-2007, 10:12 PM
And our first cat Tibby was about 14 when we first started keeping bunnies and she loved them too, i think you just have to introduce them slowly.

A couple of very old piccies of Tibby and Bouncer :D



26-10-2007, 10:16 PM
I'd love a kitten/cat but I'm so scared it would scare or even kill one of my bunnies :( I have 2 housebuns would I leave the cat with the buns overnight in the kitchen ?

I think as long as you introduce them slowly it should be fine, especially if you get a kitten because then they'll grow up with the buns and will learn that it's not okay to attack your buns. One of our cats used to go into my room and sit with Bob for hours every day, he was so devastated when he died 'cause they both loved each other so much :cry: xxx

27-10-2007, 10:43 AM
I have 4 cats, never had a problem with them and the buns, and I have foster rabbits passing thorugh so its not just rabbits theyre used to. The younger the better, but 3 of my cats were adults when I got the first rabbit, and one was 7 yrs, no problem at all. Careful monitoring I'd say. Oh and yes, having your own can can stop stray cats coming into your garden.

27-10-2007, 12:07 PM
I have 4 rabbits and 2 cats and never the twain shall meet! The buns are outdoors in enclosures designed to keep foxes out so they obviously also keep cats out! At my previous house we used to let the rabbits run round the garden and they did scare cats off, but my two cats now are clearly inherent hunters so I wouldn't risk it.

I guess there's no reason why you can't have cats and rabbits, I think you will have to start on the premise that they will need to be entirely separate and safe (including making sure the rabbits feel safe even in their enclosure), and if the cat is clearly ok with them, then that would be a bonus.

In answer to your other questions - cats can be quite destructive, equally they can be totally ordered. It's all down to the individual personality again, some like to sharpen their claws on your furniture/stairs and some are happy with a scratching post or tree in the garden. It's one of the reasons I prefer slightly older cats - usually more relaxed and less likely to trash your house!

Also having your own can stop stray cats coming into your garden but again it depends on the individuals involved - if your cat is a particularly submissive one, it won't stop them, but if yours is territorial it may well do.