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Panjanda
24-01-2014, 01:43 PM
Hi I have recently got a four month old male rex and the breeder has said rabbits are best kept alone as they are territorial .
But the RWA says rabbits should be kept in pairs or they become stressed......... What should I do ?

xClairex
24-01-2014, 01:53 PM
Get your boy neutered if not already done and contact your nearest rescue to find him a wifey bun.
Rabbits need company, they are social animals. A breeder telling you they should live alone makes me think that person isn't a very good breeder at all if she/he doesn't know about the animals they are breeding :(
But then I dislike all breeders so :evil:

Panjanda
24-01-2014, 01:57 PM
Get your boy neutered if not already done and contact your nearest rescue to find him a wifey bun.
Rabbits need company, they are social animals. A breeder telling you they should live alone makes me think that person isn't a very good breeder at all if she/he doesn't know about the animals they are breeding :(
But then I dislike all breeders so :evil:

Well I thought they were sociable but she says they will fight, getting my boy fixed when he is five mths old as vet won't do it till them xx

elmoandfern
24-01-2014, 01:57 PM
I would have him neutered if not already done so and find a spayed female in a rescue to bond him with :thumb: rabbits are much happier with company

molly35
24-01-2014, 02:01 PM
I am shaking my head sadly, the breeder is clueless. Rabbits nearly always are happier with company.

iggyperdyandme
24-01-2014, 02:05 PM
Hi there!

Most bunnies like company of their own kind. A little girl bunny for company is well worth considering. However, he would need to be neutered first. From my bunnies, at 4 months they both started to display territorial behaviour, spraying things and doing things that bunnies do and are not for polite conversation. Neutering stops all this. Bunnies can fight when first introduced but if you find a good local rescue, some are willing to help with the bonding process! Rescue bunnies have the added bonus of already being 'done' so no additional costs :)

Hope this helps and welcome to the forum :)

BattleKat
24-01-2014, 02:07 PM
definitely get your bunny a companion :)

If you look around the forum you'll see most of us have rabbits happily living in pairs or groups. They are territorial but if they're neutered/spayed and bonded properly they're much happier living with another rabbit than on their own.

Spaying and neutering is expensive, but if you get your rabbit a friend from a rescue she'll come already spayed. Luckily neutering is the cheaper of the two :)

DebbieC
24-01-2014, 02:08 PM
Sounds like the breeder has no clue about rabbits :evil: My bun is so much happier now he has a wifey, once he's been neutered you can find a local rescue and some of them bond for you, this is what I did. I found the rescue from a recommendation on here :)

Panjanda
24-01-2014, 02:08 PM
Hi there!

Most bunnies like company of their own kind. A little girl bunny for company is well worth considering. However, he would need to be neutered first. From my bunnies, at 4 months they both started to display territorial behaviour, spraying things and doing things that bunnies do and are not for polite conversation. Neutering stops all this. Bunnies can fight when first introduced but if you find a good local rescue, some are willing to help with the bonding process! Rescue bunnies have the added bonus of already being 'done' so no additional costs :)

Hope this helps and welcome to the forum :)

Thank you, I feel so bad now :-( I thought I had done my home work and got advice and done the right thing by him!!
Vet won't neuter him yet so what do I do, wait to get a friend or get a friend but separate them for now ?

iggyperdyandme
24-01-2014, 02:14 PM
Thank you, I feel so bad now :-( I thought I had done my home work and got advice and done the right thing by him!!
Vet won't neuter him yet so what do I do, wait to get a friend or get a friend but separate them for now ?

If he's 4 months now, it wont be long before you can neuter him. Dont feel bad! I hadnt got a clue when i first got my bunny Iggy! You could start to look around for a suitable friend which could take a little while and have something lined up for when he is neutered and recovered? :)

DebbieC
24-01-2014, 02:14 PM
Is he an indoor bun? I didn't get Olly a wifey until after he was neutered at 5 and a half months. Although I felt bad that he had to wait, as he was indoors he had company and attention for alot of the time and he was still perfectly content

Panjanda
24-01-2014, 02:15 PM
I'm in Northamptonshire on the border of leicestershire, are there any rescue places near to me that anyone can recommend please xx

EBM
24-01-2014, 02:15 PM
Thank you, I feel so bad now :-( I thought I had done my home work and got advice and done the right thing by him!!
Vet won't neuter him yet so what do I do, wait to get a friend or get a friend but separate them for now ?

I would wait to get him neutered first and then start looking for a friend in rescue

Panjanda
24-01-2014, 02:16 PM
Is he an indoor bun? I didn't get Olly a wifey until after he was neutered at 5 and a half months, although I felt bad that he had to wait, as he was indoros he had company and attention for alot of the time and he was still perfectly content

No he is an outdoor bunny but I have converted the shed for him so he has lots of room :-)

iggyperdyandme
24-01-2014, 02:16 PM
Thank you, I feel so bad now :-( I thought I had done my home work and got advice and done the right thing by him!!
Vet won't neuter him yet so what do I do, wait to get a friend or get a friend but separate them for now ?

I dont know about northamptonshire but I used to live in leicestershire about Hunnybunnies rescue was one my vets recommended when we were looking for a friend for Ig a few years ago. They can also help with the bonding too i think. I didnt rescue from them but have heard good things :)

EBM
24-01-2014, 02:17 PM
I'm in Northamptonshire on the border of leicestershire, are there any rescue places near to me that anyone can recommend please xx

Do you drive ? Or need somewhere locally ?

DebbieC
24-01-2014, 02:18 PM
No he is an outdoor bunny but I have converted the shed for him so he has lots of room :-)

It's not much longer he has to wait, the main thing is he will eventually have someone. I'm sure he's still happy in his shed in the meantime, at least he has plenty of room :)

Panjanda
24-01-2014, 02:26 PM
Do you drive ? Or need somewhere locally ?

I can drive xx

EBM
24-01-2014, 02:28 PM
There might be other places near you but I would highly recommend Rabbit Residence http://www.rabbitresidence.org.uk
They have lots of bunnies needing new homes and can bond your bunny with a new friend for you

Hugo's There
24-01-2014, 02:35 PM
I'm in Northamptonshire on the border of leicestershire, are there any rescue places near to me that anyone can recommend please xx

I recommend honeybunnies. They don't post on here much but are on fb if you have that :)

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Panjanda
24-01-2014, 03:17 PM
Ok thanks everyone xx

susie bun
24-01-2014, 03:24 PM
Best of luck in finding a friend for you bun, and of course for his neuter.

I have a single bun, and would have done things differently if I'd known what I do now. My rabbit is indoors, so he does have a lot of human interraction, but the vast majority of rabbits are happier with a friend.

dizzyg
24-01-2014, 05:06 PM
Don't feel bad! It sounds like you want to do everything right for your little man!

I'd just like to say...on this forum, we like photos...lots of photos...do you have one of him to share? We like to know who we're talking about and coo over cuteness.

:love::love:

Mrs. Bunnykins
24-01-2014, 05:46 PM
Please don't feel bad as no doubt many of us have been given incorrect information at some time or another. We are all on a learning curve where caring for rabbits is concerned. I am still learning even after having had bunnies as part of my furry family since 1995 and since starting boarding for them in 2002, I must have cared for quite a few hundred .......and still learning.

Windwhistle Warren in Gloucestershire re-homes bunnies all over the country.

Have a peek on here too!!

http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk/

little-laura
27-01-2014, 07:55 AM
Don't feel bad! It sounds like you want to do everything right for your little man!

I'd just like to say...on this forum, we like photos...lots of photos...do you have one of him to share? We like to know who we're talking about and coo over cuteness.

:love::love:

This! :)

Both the caring of your buns and telling you not to feel guilty and double for the posting of photos xx

Panjanda
27-01-2014, 09:11 AM
This! :)

Both the caring of your buns and telling you not to feel guilty and double for the posting of photos xx

Will post photos when I work out how to do it from my iPad lol xx

little-laura
27-01-2014, 09:12 AM
:p photobucket is how I do it from my I phone

:p

Panjanda
27-01-2014, 11:29 AM
:p photobucket is how I do it from my I phone

:p

Ok there should now be a photo of Steel my bunny in rabbit photos xx