Find a Friend for your Bunny
Did you know that today’s domesticated house rabbit is a descendant of the European rabbit, known for living in large communities and a maze underground warrens? Like their European relatives, the house rabbit is a social, highly communicative creature, who possesses a strong desire for interaction, affection and companionship. Sadly, the rabbit’s need for social interaction is often underestimated or completely misunderstood and the result is that the majority of bunnies owned today wind up living life alone. Rabbits are inquisitive, active and loving animals. They want company so that they can play, socialize, groom and cuddle. Though they can meet some of these needs thanks to their human companions, having a bunny friend for company is much more fulfilling! Even the most attentive bunny owner with the best intentions can’t give their bunny the same kind of attention another bunny can provide. Rabbits have been known to form friendships with other types of animals, like cats or Guinea Pigs and even some calm and gentle dogs, but for a bunny nothing is as good as another bunny friend! After all, two bunnies will instinctively understand each other. They will speak the same language, enjoy the same games, eat the same food and in general, appreciate sharing a daily routine. Although a loving and responsible owner can provide a rabbit with a comfortable life, there are benefits to bonding your bunny and sharing your home with two instead of one! One of the most compelling reasons is that bonded rabbits are healthier, happier rabbits and tend to live longer lives! Having a loving partner helps to calm a rabbit, thereby reducing their levels of stress and allowing them to better cope with new experiences or environments. Stress can take a very large toll on a rabbit’s health so the benefits here are not only psychological but physical. You will find your bunny will better tolerate car rides, boarding away from home, noise and other disturbances. Perhaps most important of all, your bunny will have company during times of illness. A rabbit will often tend to their sick partner, showing great amounts of affection and emotional support! Not only is this endearing to witness, it is healing for the rabbit in need! One concern we hear of often is the expense associated with caring for 2 rabbits. Except for vet care, the daily expenses of 2 rabbits are almost the same as if you had just one! There are basic supplies you will need, most of which you should already have like brushes, bowls, an exercise pen and a carrier. Providing an extra handful of greens each day will be an insignificant expense and the same holds true for pellets. Though you might go through a bag a little more quickly with two bunnies at home, the cost shouldn’t equate to much. Remember, pellets should be limited anyway, with the majority of your rabbit’s diet coming from greens and hay, the costs of which are both very reasonable. Boarding two rabbits here at the Rabbit Center is only just a few dollars a day more as well! $23 for a bonded pair instead of $17.50 for a single bunny (non-member rate) and the support your bunny gets from having a friend with them is invaluable! Worried about the work and time involved? Don’t be! The daily and weekly care of 2 rabbits is the same as one. The clean up of their space and changing of their litter will be exactly the same. One of the greatest benefits of having a bonded pair is that you get the pleasure of watching them play and groom and snuggle each other. Once you see a bonded couple interact, you will never want your rabbit to be single again and you will realize that for all the love and attention you may give your bunny, that you really can’t replace the affection and companionship they receive from another bunny friend. And for those who are concerned that their bunny may treat them differently and give you less affection and attention, worry no more! Though this is a common fear, we can assure you that this is not the case. Though your rabbit may be in a relationship, they will still love you and enjoy the affection you give them. You will supply them things their partner doesn’t just as their new husbun or bunwife supplies them with things you cannot, like licking their ears for example. And if you do find that your bunny doesn’t come running up to you in the same crazy way when you greet them in the morning, don’t see this as a bad thing! It probably meant that your bunny was very lonely and was waiting and waiting every day for the moment company arrived. Instead, be happy for them knowing that their days and nights are spent comforted in the company of a fuzzy forever friend! And last but not least…when you adopt a friend for your bunny you save a life! In fact, you save 2 lives because every time a bunny gets adopted from our Rabbit Center, it not only saves the life of that bunny but it frees up space for us to rescue and shelter another! So two lives are saved with every bunny adoption. If you have a single rabbit and would like to bond them to a companion, please contact us. We have staff on hand who are experts at pairing rabbits and will help you with the process!