Should You Get A Second Rabbit?

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Last Updated on November 5, 2021 by Rei

Rabbits are naturally social animals. In the wild, they would spend most of their days socializing with other rabbits inside their burrow.

The same can be said to domesticated pet rabbits, they thrive much better if they have another rabbit as a companion. This is the reason why shelters and pet stores recommend that you get a pair of rabbits.

Rabbits that are alone most of the time are at risk of developing depression. A depressed rabbit would often refuse to eat or will have decreased appetite, this, in turn, could lead to dangerous digestive conditions like GI stasis — which can be deadly.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why you should get a second rabbit:

Do rabbits get lonely without another rabbit?

A lonely brow rabbit looking out the window

Rabbits would naturally want the companion of another rabbit because, in the wild, rabbits live in large colonies where they are interacting with each other every day.

Rabbit experts recommend that the best way to take care of a rabbit is to mimic what they have in the wild. So it’s safe to say that a pet rabbit that has no other rabbit as a companion would be lonely even if its owners are interacting with them every day.

While it’s true that a rabbit owner could lessen their rabbit’s loneliness by playing with them every day, it’s still better to get another rabbit because all of us have a life to live. We can’t be with our rabbit 24/7 while two rabbits could keep each others company all day.

Is it ever too late to get a second rabbit?

No, rabbits can bond with another rabbit their entire lives given that they are still healthy and are neutered/spayed. The rabbit’s age is somewhat irrelevant when it comes to bonding two rabbits.

What you should be concerned about is whether or not your rabbit is neutered/spayed and what gender you want to get. The best pairing would be Male(neutered)-Female(spayed).

Male and Female rabbit pairs have the highest chance of being bonded because the female would likely accept the male as the dominant one. While same-gender rabbits would likely fight for the dominant role.

Things to consider before getting a second rabbit.

Two bonded rabbit playing with each other

In order to properly decide whether or not you should get a second rabbit, you must first understand whether or not it would be favorable to you.

Here are the pros and cons of getting a second rabbit:

Pros of getting a second rabbit.

  • Your rabbit would be happier because they would have a friend.
  • You can leave your rabbit for longer periods of time(with enough food and water) because two rabbits can keep each others company.
  • Your rabbit would be more relaxed and less irritated.
  • YOU WOULD HAVE ANOTHER RABBIT! I MEAN LOOK AT THOSE CUTE LITTE FACE!

Cons of getting a second rabbit.

Can you introduce a baby rabbit to an older rabbit?

As long as you properly introduce your rabbits and both are neutered/spayed, then introducing a baby rabbit to an older rabbit is fine. If the baby rabbit is still not neutered/spayed, then do it as soon as possible before it reaches its sexual maturity at around 3-4 months old.

Just make sure that the younger rabbit is old enough. Also, make sure that the older rabbit has a patient personality, as we all know, young rabbits are extremely playful, while some older rabbits don’t want to be bothered.

Summary

Getting a second rabbit would let you leave your rabbits alone for longer periods of time(with enough food/water) because two rabbits could keep each others company.

While it’s true that it’s possible to have only one rabbit, you would need to socialize with your rabbits more because rabbits that are alone for long periods of time are at risk of developing depression.