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    oh yes, the risk of anaesthesia is there. it is there no matter what species it may be, lion, cat, dog, horse, human however, the risks and the outcome should always be weighed up. if a rabbit is healthy with no problems, and is young (of course not too young) then there are fewer risks. rabbits do react worse than dogs for instance to anaesthesia, but with a good vet there is even less risks. of course, there is the chance they may pass during surgery however this is something considered rare. I'd honestly say it usually happens with inexperienced vets or a poorly bun to begin with.

    having blood tests done as mentioned above can always be a good one. I did miss that, it can give you peace of mind. I've never had it done but my rabbits were young and healthy so I didn't see any reason too. its just personal preference.

    try not to view it as doing something against their will. as I said, animals are much different from us. you're not mutilating them - anthropomorphism (that's the word I wanted, thanks Jane!) doesn't do animals many favours. I know somebody who left a sibling rabbits together (opposite sex) as they "wouldn't breed, theyre siblings!". the thing is, an animal doesn't care, if its there something may happen. you're doing them a huge favour by taking out their hormones.

    bets of luck for their spay. make sure to let us know what happens!! of course if you need any help or advice, the members of RU are very friendly. no question is stupid xx
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    I had a pair un neutered but they squabbled alot and had alot if furr pulling. That was before I knew much about rabbits.
    I actually think one died from cancer.
    More recently I had girls neutered due to fighting. They calmed right down and seem happier.
    Also they seem friendlier to me now too. Hormones....not fun 🙄

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    As to risk, yes their is a risk, but I've had 4 girls neutered with no problems. Just alot of tlc

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    Yes when I was a kid and no-one knew better. But to be honest I was young and no-one was clued up enough to know whether it was a truely amical relationship, It was just they didn't physically hurt each other. I do remember though that there was particualrly lots of chasing.

    Its certainly not something I'd dream of doing now, health benefits aside, on a behaviour side now I'm more experienced (and older ) I find unspayed females are way to unpredicatable and chaotic bond wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trixibelle View Post
    Have you successfully kept un-neutered female rabbits together?
    Yes, at the farm where my daughter helps out they have two pairs of un-neutered females kept together, although both pairs are sisters and they have always lived together.

    My Willow is un-neutered; occasionally she builds a nest but she has not shown any signs of phantom pregnancies.

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    How are the girls?

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