I needed to get some stuff off my chest about some rabbit owner things that have been frustrating me:
Okay so lately I’ve been reading some really startling and disappointing things from other rabbit owners (some of these things can be true for many types of pet owners). I honestly can’t hold back anymore and need to express my valid concerns for your rabbits that many people don’t want to see, understand or fix.
1) When your rabbits are not fixed there are HUGE risk factors. Yes, you need to get your rabbits fixed ASAP. Your rabbit’s likelihood of developing cancers is very, very high when not fixed.
2) When you keep pairs/trios+ of rabbits you must get them fixed. It’s just irresponsible to keep rabbits together when not fixed. Over the past few months I’ve had a considerable number of owners talk to me about their rabbits fighting even though they seem to have been bonded. This stems from hormones. Your rabbits can seem bonded or even be bonded but hormones can break bonds. Baby rabbits tend to naturally get along until they hit sexual maturity and then all hell breaks loose. It doesn’t matter that they are ~bonded~. If they are fighting YOU MUST SEPARATE YOUR RABBITS FROM THAT MOMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE FIXED THEM AND THEY ARE COMPLETELY HEALED (1 month minimum for same sex pairs, 2 months minimum for opposite sex pairs due to sperm remaining in males). Attempt to re-bond your rabbits ONLY when their incisions and injuries have healed.
3) Letting your rabbits fight when you could be doing something about it is animal abuse. I’m not talking about the sudden spat that couldn’t be foreseen. I’m talking about purposefully putting two rabbits together knowing they might fight or duke it out when you will do nothing to stop it such as caging two aggressive rabbits together. I don’t fucking care if you think they’re bonded. If they fight separate your damn animals and bond them again when things cool down. As stated above, caging your rabbits together when they have had a fight and aren’t fixed is extremely irresponsible and you could end up basically killing your rabbits. When you have two rabbits (babies especially) you need to be prepared to separate them no matter what. Especially same sex pairs until they are spayed/neutered.
4) YOU LET YOUR RABBITS GET PREGNANT they didn’t do this on their own. It’s not their fault you 1) didn’t fix them or 2) allowed them to mate. I realize accidents happen but I’m talking about straight up irresponsible pet owners who think it’s cute to have baby animals or whatever. This goes on to say as a pet owner you should not be breeding your rabbits for the sake of cute baby bunnies. There are too many rabbits in the world that need homes for people to be irresponsibly bringing more into the world when they had the option not to. Unless you are prepared to fix every single one of those baby bunnies ($50-300+ dollars per surgery) and give them adequate time (4+ hours each minimum), love and care ($5/week for greens per rabbit really adds up and that’s one of the cheapest aspects of feeding and caring for your animals) then you should not be getting your animals pregnant by any means (such as allowing another unaltered rabbit mate with another unaltered rabbit or even trying to get them to do it purposefully). If you think it’s not a big deal that you let your animals get pregnant because you don’t want to fix them you should probably not have pets. Remember one rabbit costs $500-1000 a year to care for and you should be ashamed of yourselves for just handing out baby bunnies like candy to whoever will take them when you realize you can’t handle them all yourself. Properly homing rabbits is hard work and must be thorough in order to make sure your bunnies are going to good, responsible homes. My point is, be a responsible owner and fix your damn animals and do not let them mate. If you think they are going to ~escape~ their cages or pens and mate you should be doing a better job of securing your animals and it is most likely your fault and you are irresponsible. Don’t let your unaltered rabbits mate. If you don’t diligently watch your rabbits you need to give them separate attention and make sure they are in separate areas or rooms.
5) Don’t feed your rabbits petstore rabbit treats. Especially the ones that contain corn, wheat, seeds and cereals. If there is glucose/fructose/syrup/sugar of any sort in a treat they cannot be fed to rabbits. Rabbit safe pet store treats are generally hard to find. Read the ingredients. There should be very few of them and they should be all natural such as safe flowers, leaves or plain, no sugar added dried fruits. Fresh fruit in tiny quantities is the best option for treats.
6) You need to brush your rabbits regularly especially during a molt. Strung together poop is an indication that you are allowing your rabbit to ingest too much fur and you need to step up your brushing game or you risk a deadly bowel blockage.
7) Always seek veterinary advice immediately for health or behavioral problems. While many bunblr’s are happy to help, most of us aren’t vets. We can’t physically see or feel your animal. We don’t all have adequate training to give advice either. If you seek out a blog to help you with a suddenly lethargic rabbit you are wasting valuable time that could be used to talk to your vet.
The tl;dr version: fix your animals for their health and so they cannot reproduce, if you let them mate or fight you’re probably a bad owner.