As much as we love our bunnies, we cannot be with them 24 hours a day. Nor are we well qualified to lick their ears in just the right way, or to play a good game of shred the newspaper. Rabbits are extremely social animals. The European wild rabbits from which our domestic rabbits are derived live in groups, and our long-eared friends still retain this need for same-species companionship. Rabbits tend to be happier, more active, and as a consequence, healthier when they have a bonded companion. Bonded rabbits are also just as affectionate with their humans as single rabbits; just as adding another pet to your family would not diminish your love for the first animal, bunnies have plenty of room in their hearts for many loved ones.
You are provided with plenty of helpful tips for continuing this bonding and hopefully your rabbits will become a bonded pair soon. Following the instructions we offer here you can continue a bonding once you are home safely, and with good results.
Bonding can take two weeks while a more difficult bond can take months. It takes patience and commitment and it's easy to get discouraged.
Allow both rabbits time to rest, use the litter box and feel safe and secure in a pen or carrier prior to introduction. The bunny parent is present along with our bonding staff member. We begin by holding both rabbits together against our chest. The rabbits show us quickly what their personalities are- Watch for rates of respiration, any agitation, signs of interest and of course sign of any aggression nipping, etc.
Actual face to face bonding: It is best to do bonding sessions in a neutral room with no furniture to hide under. WE use an x pen with a solid sheet as the flooring.
We have one litter box large enough for two, plus fresh water and a big hay basket. The bonding assistant sits on the floor with the rabbits. After holding and learning more about the rabbit we place both rabbit on the floor of the matchmaking room together and begin Cross petting the rabbits.
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Cross petting helps the rabbits relax and also allow the scents of each rabbit to be mixed helping rabbits to accept the other more easily. Bonding work takes place in a neutral room with no other rabbits except the two begin bonded. Your bonding assistant and one parent are present.
While bonding you should be prepared to quickly get in-between any fight to stop it cold before it starts. Dominance, often displayed as mounting humping is perfectly normal, but is only okay IF the hump-ee doesn't mind and if it's not head humping extremely dangerous for males if they get their penis bitten. If you see any signs of aggression like ears back at a 45 degree angle, tails raised, tension, circling, or chasing - separate the buns.
Be careful to understand the difference between dominance and aggression. You can gently push the dominant bun to the side. Regarding humping or mounting: Both males and females can mount it is a dominance behavior. Another process the Haven uses is to place the bunny being humped across the other rabbit, just for a moment.
Then release and cross pet more while both rabbits have their feet on the ground. We never use spay bottles of water or any aggressive action to bond rabbits.
We may use our voice to indicate stop or to indicate praise. Once the rabbits are comfortable with each other we allow a more free range on of play and sometimes we include a cart ride as space allows. Cart rides can be carried out as s follows: The biggest advantage to getting a second rabbit is emotional support for your first rabbit when you're not around.
Once you have seen multiple rabbits snuggling and kissing, you will never want to have only one rabbit again. Rabbits that travel, board, or visit the vet together are less stressed than single rabbits that experience these events. Because we can't assume any two rabbits will get along with each other, strategy is used for the second rabbit adoptions.
This strategy is based on the assumption that YES, there is a rabbit your rabbit will like, but we can't always predict with certainty which rabbit it will be. Because it is the nature of rabbits to like or dislike passionately, rabbit matchmaking is something of an art. Tell us about your rabbit's personality, history, and habits, and communicate details about your home.
If your rabbit is not yet spayed or neutered, this must happen next. Tell us what kind of rabbit you were hoping to adopt, keeping in mind that your rabbit will have a final say. We will set up a time for you to bring your rabbit to meet two or more rabbits who have been selected by us in consultation with you.
At least two candidates are considered, because in spite of our best intentions, one rabbit may reject the other.
As much as we love our bunnies, we cannot be with them 24 hours a day. Nor are we well qualified to lick their ears in just the right way, or to play a good game of shred the newspaper. Rabbits are extremely social animals. The European wild rabbits from which our domestic rabbits are derived live in groups, and our long-eared friends still retain this need for same-species companionship.
Rabbits tend to be happier, more active, and as a consequence, healthier when they have a bonded companion. Bonded rabbits are also just as affectionate with their humans as single rabbits; just as adding another pet to your family would not diminish your love for the first animal, bunnies have plenty of room in their hearts for many loved ones. What sort of bunny companion would be perfect for your existing rabbit?
We at Zooh Corner have worked with many bunny matches and have found that opposite sex pairs of neutered rabbits generally work best. Similarity in age can also help the bonding process. The bonding process may require more time and patience on your part, but other combinations of rabbits can become bonded friends.HOW TO BUNNY HOP IN CS:GO
Allowing your bunny to choose its companion may facilitate the process of bonding the rabbits, but a rabbits need for same-species companionship is so strong that arranged marriages can also work quite well. I went the arranged route myself, and picked out Pepper, an adorable lop from Zooh Corner, to be the companion of my Shadow. It was hate at first sight. Pepper seemed rather interested in Shadow, but poor Shadow was extremely upset at the presence of an intruder in her home.
This is actually a common scenario.
Although rabbits generally flourish when they have a companion, they are also quite territorial. Meeting a strange rabbit is usually a stressful experience, especially for the first rabbit who may see the intruder as a threat. To allow Shadow and Pepper to become accustomed to each others scent and presence, I placed their cages about 2 inches apart, just far enough apart to prevent them from fighting through the cage.