Is It Cruel To Keep A Rabbit On Its Own?

Rabbits need almost constant companionship, preferably from both you and another rabbit. Free range house rabbits living in bonded pairs is the ideal.

Obviously rabbits must be de-sexed in order to be kept together and this is important for health reasons also. It has a considerable effect on their behaviour, calming them down and making them much less likely to be aggressive. The easiest pairing is always neutered male and spayed female.

Outdoor rabbits should always be kept in pairs as they do not receive enough human companionship. However, house rabbits can be kept as singles if you spend a lot of time in your home – either working at home or if you are at home most evenings and weekends. Bunnies will bond with a human companion in much the same way as they would another rabbit – following you around, snuggling up to you, often sleeping under or in your bed and even ‘grooming’ you.

Two rabbits are a considerable long term commitment as inevitably one will die before the other and you will need to get your remaining rabbit a new companion and go through the bonding process, which takes time and patience. However, this is all part and parcel of having rabbits as pets and, while it can be stressful, watching two rabbits ‘fall in love’ and bond is a very rewarding experience.

In summary, the only way to keep a rabbit on its own is as a free range house rabbit and the vast majority of bunnies will always be happiest with company of their own kind, as well as human companionship.

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