Picture wild rabbits in a field and a warren full of family members: it’s a big, sociable group. Our pet rabbits aren’t any different from their wild relatives and they need the company of other rabbits to be happy.
Rabbits kept on their own get lonely and stressed. This can lead to serious problems with their behaviour, such as aggression. As much as we love our bunnies, our company isn’t a replacement for having a rabbit friend – they have different needs and communicate in different ways.
The best friend for your rabbit
Our vets recommend keeping rabbits in pairs. For the happiest bunnies, we suggest keeping a neutered male with a neutered female. If you can home brother and sister together, that’s ideal as they’ll already know each other and will be less likely to fight, but they will still need to be neutered.
If you’re keeping any male and female rabbits together, it’s really important to get them neutered. It’ll stop them from having babies and will protect them from serious illnesses. Read our vets’ advice about neutering your rabbit.
Don’t keep rabbits and guinea pigs together. Rabbits can bully and injure guinea pigs. They both need their own kind for company.
If you have an existing rabbit and would like to provide a companion, your local rabbit rescue may have lots of suitable candidates waiting for a new home.
Rabbits won't necessarily get on straight away so it is important to take things slowly.
At first, keep the rabbits in separate hutches and allow them access to a large run with a mesh divide keeping them apart. They can get used to each other’s scent and company without being able to fight.
When your rabbits are relaxed and comfortable in each other’s company (this may take several weeks) you can allow them to meet each other for short periods of time but make sure you supervise. When they are happy during these short periods and there are no signs of fighting, you can remove the mesh divide and allow them to share a living space.