Are Two Rabbits Better Than One? What You Need To Know.

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Last Updated on January 4, 2022 by Rei Garnet

The best possible environment for rabbits is the one that mimics what they have in the wild, from the food they eat and to the company they have. Rabbits in the wild are social creatures, they are happiest when they are together.

That’s the reason why I have two of my own(Tyr and Freya). I’m sure anyone who owned two rabbits before could attest to how inseparable the two rabbits are once they bonded.

From my understanding, it’s better to keep two rabbits if you can because they can keep each other company when you’re not around to give them love and affection.

Also, rabbits tend to get depressed easily and would likely stop eating when they do get depressed. And when a rabbit stops eating, they could get gastrointestinal stasis, a condition where the rabbit’s digestive system stops working — which is fatal to rabbits.

In this article, I’m going to talk about the different benefits of having two rabbits or one and why it’s important that they always have a companion. In addition, I’m also going to tackle the benefits and risks of each gender combination.

What are the benefits of having two rabbits?

Two rabbits bonding over each other.

Rabbits that are sold or adopted typically come in pairs because rabbits are naturally social creatures. They get depressed and bored easily when they don’t have any companions.

Therefore, if you’re a person busy person and you won’t have as much time to socialize with your pet, having two rabbits would solve that problem because they could keep each other company.

Nonetheless, that’s not to say that you can’t own a rabbit when you’re working. Rabbits are nocturnal creatures, meaning they sleep in daylight and are very active when it’s dark.

If you could spend time with your rabbit after you got home from work then that’s typically enough. Just make sure that you lookout for signs of depression and be ready to provide them with a friend if they really need to.

What are the benefits of having one rabbit?

Two baby rabbits bonding beside each other

If you don’t want to end up with 100 rabbits, then you might want to consider just getting one rabbit. Although you could get two rabbits and have them both neutered.

But if your only option is getting just one rabbit then that’s totally fine. A lot of people only have one rabbit but they tend to be more hands-on compared to when there are two rabbits.

Just make sure that you give them the extra love and attention as compensation for the lack of a companion. Besides, rabbits can bond with their owners and can be totally happy with just the two of you together.

Moreover, you won’t have to clean as much poop since rabbits poop a LOT. They can fill their litterbox in a day or two if you’re not regularly cleaning it.

Reasons why you should not leave your rabbit alone for too long.

Rabbits get sad and depressed quite easily because they are naturally social creatures. That’s why most veterinarians and pet store owners would recommend that you buy or adopt a pair.

If you’re a very busy person or you won’t have as much time to spend with your pet, then consider getting a companion.

Depressed rabbits tend to develop a number of conditions like a decreased appetite that could lead to death if they develop gastrointestinal stasis. Gastrointestinal stasis is a condition where the rabbit’s GI tract stops working due to a lack of food.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Can two male rabbits live together?

    Yes, but you need to get them both neutered first so that you lower the risk of them killing each other. Rabbits have a social system where one needs to be dominant and the other is submissive. If both rabbits have a dominant personality, they could fight and end up hurting each other. Also, if you’re planning on getting two male rabbits, make sure that you don’t put them in the same cage right off the start because rabbits are very territorial and would likely fight if you put a new rabbit on an already existing rabbit’s cage.

  2. What are the benefits of having two male rabbits?

    One of the obvious benefits of having two male rabbits is that you won’t end up with more rabbits.

  3. What is the risk of having two male rabbits?

    Two male rabbits typically don’t blend well together especially if after they entered adulthood due to the risk of fighting.

  4. Can two female rabbits live together?

    Yes, two female rabbits can live together better than two male rabbits. But they also need to be neutered first to lower the chances of them fighting.

  5. What are the benefits of having two female rabbits?

    Two rabbits are better than two male rabbits because they tend to fight less. So if you’re thinking of getting two rabbits but you don’t want them to reproduce, go with two females. But just to be sure that no fighting would happen, get them neutered.

  6. What is the risk of having two female rabbits?

    Two could also fight because they are very territorial especially when they are hormonal. That’s why it’s important that you get them both neutered to stop those hormones from the ensuing chaos.

Conclusion

Two rabbits are better than one because they can keep each other company while your away. Because rabbits are social creatures and would easily get lonely if they don’t have someone to interact or play with.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have just one rabbit. If you can give your rabbit enough attention that it needs, then it’s okay.

Finally, if you’re planning on getting two male rabbits make sure that you get them neutered to stop any potential fights because two male rabbits tend to fight a lot.

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Bunny Horde (January 28, 2022) Are Two Rabbits Better Than One? What You Need To Know.. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/are-two-rabbits-better-than-one/.
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Sources

  • Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.

Image credit – “Two Rabbits Sitting in Winter Sun” (CC BY 2.0) by Maxwell Hamilton , “Rabbits / Kaninchen” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Robobobobo, “Curious Bunnies” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by captainsubtle

By Rei Garnet

I’ve loved and cared for rabbits since I was 9 years old, and I’m here to share my passion for rabbits. My objective is to help rabbit owners give their rabbits the best life possible.