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shell1805
23-08-2009, 07:56 PM
hi, as some of you now know i have a lovely doe bunny. i got her when she was 10 weeks old and have had her for 4 months. she is a house bunny who has befriended my 2 dogs (a cavi and a lab) when we are home bella has the run of the house and is forever bouncing around with the dogs or cuddled up to them. do you think she will be ok on her own as she has them and us??? or does she definatley have to have a bunny companion???

any advice/ suggestions will be fab xx

ShazzaBunny
23-08-2009, 08:00 PM
If you can spend plenty time with your bunny (a good few hours a day) then she will be perfectly happy on her own, in my opinion. It sounds like you have a busy house which will give her plenty to watch too. If however, you have limitations on your time, then you should consider a friend for her.

BunnyBekkie
23-08-2009, 08:00 PM
My house bunny has the same set up and is such a happy little bunny :)
He does look depressed when he's out in the run and the bunnies in the other run are hiding so he can't see them, but he hates being outside anyway :lol:

shell1805
23-08-2009, 08:05 PM
:) thank you guys. i do think she is really happy at the mo as she is so active and into everything. my husband gets up at 630 for the dogs and lets her out till we leave at 755. than we get in at about 6ish sometimes earlier and then she is out right up untill we go to bed unless she has taken herself off to bed which she sometimes dose. at the weekend she is out all of the time as we have to be around for the dogs. we're real home bodies, so being at home with the misfits suits us just fine :) xx

The Duchess
23-08-2009, 08:18 PM
I think that there is always a good argument for single house rabbits, but I have to say that once you see bunnies in groups, you never go back. Their behaviour is so amazing when they do what they are supposed to do naturally with a bunny friend.

Go see some bunnies in groups/pairs in a rescue or at a friends and see what you think....

Helen :D

biscandmatt1
23-08-2009, 08:22 PM
I think that there is always a good argument for single house rabbits, but I have to say that once you see bunnies in groups, you never go back. Their behaviour is so amazing when they do what they are supposed to do naturally with a bunny friend.

Go see some bunnies in groups/pairs in a rescue or at a friends and see what you think....

Helen :D

i agree with this. i have kept a single bun before and now having two and watching them together, i could never keep a single bun again. if she's so happy now, imagine how she would be with a friend. x

shell1805
23-08-2009, 08:25 PM
see i was thinking that too. im very on the fence about this. see, i only had my lab (sullivan) on his own for 4 years and then we got him bentley (cavi) and i cant believe i ever just had one dog. he is like a puppy again and i love to see him playing. if i was to intro another bun, what is best. a neutred boy or a female??? and how would i even start to go about it??? is ti good that she is stil quite young??? xx

The Duchess
23-08-2009, 08:32 PM
Best combination (or at least the easiest to bond) is a neutered girl and neutered boy. But other combinations work too.

Younger the better I feel, as the buns are less likely to be treating each other as 'lovers' but more as friends. I have done some succesful bondings where one is a 'babby.

If you just start to look around the reputable rescues near you, they will be able to adivise you and may also do the bonding so you don't end up with two buns that don't like each other.

Good luck!:D

Bunnyaddict
23-08-2009, 08:33 PM
Our first housebun Roscoe was an only bun for about 18 months when we rescued him - then we got him 2 wifey's. I have to say this was the best thing we ever did - as everyone else has said, there is nothing quite like 2 buns being loved up together & the best of friends :love:

I would pop along to a local rescue & see what buns they've got in. It would be preferred to get a neutered male to go with Bella & see if the rescue can help with bonding. Or if you can't find any buns suitable near to you, have a look in the rabbits in need section - as often subject to homechecks, bunny runs can be arranged to get your chosen bun to you & Bella :)

shell1805
23-08-2009, 08:38 PM
thank you for all your advice, you have given me alot to think about. i think i will look into getting a friend for bella, but am going to do it the right way and not rush into it. im gonna research if there are any rescures near me and as you said, have a nosey at the rescue section on here. 1stly i need to neutre bella, at what age is that best done?? ive heard varying opinions xx

Bunnyaddict
23-08-2009, 08:41 PM
Most vets will spey does at 6 months or slightly younger depending on the bunny involved. I'd ask you vet to check Bella over & take it from there.

Good luck & keep us posted :)

shell1805
23-08-2009, 08:43 PM
thank you, i will most definatley keep you all posted and as you will soon learn bombard you all with pics of bella :oops: xx

biscandmatt1
23-08-2009, 08:44 PM
the more pics the better ;) good luck finding bella a friend. x

MedicatedFluffball
23-08-2009, 09:13 PM
If she was 10 weeks when you got her, and you've had her 4 months, then she's 6 months old, right?
Your best bet is to look for a small animal/exotics specialist in your area and get them to look her over :)
But trust me, it's worth paying a little bit more and travelling a little bit further to see a vet who knows exactly what they're doing, rather than just going to your nearest and cheapest vet :)

angelgirl
27-08-2009, 01:14 PM
We had Abby as a single bun, and she was always in with us (outside in run when we weren't home) but was such a loving little girl. When she passed away, we got two sisters............although they got on ok, they never seemed overly happy. They were re-homed to our friends as we were moving and our friends wanted bunnies for their foster kids. All worked out OK. Now we have Charlie, and he is on his own. When I am out, he is in his run but if I am home he comes in and has the run of the kitchen and dining room. He is happy and a jolly little chap.

Hugs
Beckie X