Imagine spending your whole life alone? It’s a very lonely thought. That’s why, at Agria, we wholeheartedly support the RAW advice to keep rabbits in pairs. In fact, we’ve recently updated all of our materials to ensure that no rabbits are ever shown alone, because we don’t believe this is the best life them.
People don’t realise that rabbits are incredibly social animals and need a bunny friend! Otherwise without the company of its own kind or things to do for a long time they can suffer.
Many owners keep a rabbit alone in a hutch, but this leads to a miserable lifestyle for rabbits. Rabbits have complex social needs and are happiest when kept with another friendly rabbit – therefore, rabbits should ideally live in friendly pairs or groups. However, keeping the wrong pairings together can lead to unwanted kittens (baby rabbits) and/ or fighting. Neutering is recommended to prevent unwanted kittens.
Where can I get a second rabbit?
The best place to find your second rabbit is at your local rescue centre. Not only will you be giving a bunny in need a home, but a rescue rabbit is likely to be neutered and vaccinated already. Many rescue centres have expertise in pairing up rabbits, and will often allow you to bring your own rabbit along to the centre to meet potential partners in a neutral area. Some rescue centres have facilities where you can board rabbits and they can supervise the introduction process for you. With a bit of luck, you’ll find a ‘love at first sight’ match for your rabbit!
Alternatively, if you are about to get your first rabbit, please consider adopting a bonded pair from a rescue centre.
Agria also rewards owners who have more than one rabbit with a fantastic multi-pet discount for you when you take out more than one policy with us! Call us on 03330 30 82 92to find out more.