Rabbits are highly social animals. In the wild, they live in groups. They also thrive when they have just one partner. Your pet rabbit is not wild. However, domesticated (pet) rabbits have been genetically altered from nature’s original wild species. Your pet’s base social needs are still intact. He needs consistent social interaction.
Giving your furry friend a partner is not as difficult as you might think. Some bonds are more difficult than others. However, following a few basics for proper bonding typically ensures a successful outcome. Though exceptions always exist, this is also true of very difficult bonds. If you bond your rabbit, make sure you follow proper techniques and best care practices. There is a great deal of information on the internet to help rabbit owners with proper and safe bonding.
Reasons To Bond
Many reasons exist to provide your rabbit with a bonded partner. We have provided just five of those reasons here.
- Rabbits get lonely. Believe it or not, rabbits suffer from depression when they are lonely. Lack of constant attention can lead to poor eating habits or a refusal to eat. This can quickly lead to a series of cascading health problems. Alone rabbits are often unhappy, though the untrained human will likely not know. Not all rabbits can be bonded, but with patience and time, most can. As a general rule, bonded rabbits are healthier than alone rabbits.
- Two is easier than one. You’ve probably heard it said by many seasoned rabbit owners and caretakers, but it really is true. Taking care of a bonded pair is just as easy, if not easier, than caring for one. Why? Because rabbits thrive in partnerships. They need you too, but the way they need you is very different than the way they need another rabbit. Regardless how many genetic alterations occur or how humans try to further defile their genome, rabbits need the companionship of other rabbits.
- Bonded rabbits rely on each other. In your absence, one rabbit keeps the other occupied every day and every night. They eat together, groom together, play together and sleep together. We all know that rabbits are easily frightened. Contrary to outdated information, these animals can spontaneously die from fear. Having a partner gives your rabbit some bunny to rely on when he feels that danger is afoot. Companionship in these situations is immensely important.
- Grooming is a basic part of a rabbit’s biology. Bonded rabbits groom one another countless times each day. Since humans cannot be with their pets constantly, providing a partner ensures that the need for grooming, and to be groomed, is met. Grooming not only keeps them clean, but it is a sign of affection and a basic part of the rabbit’s need for constant social interaction.
- Bonded rabbits are happier. There is no doubt that after proper bonding, rabbits are generally happier (and hoppier). Rabbit owners who provide a companion for their alone rabbit typically see an increase in energy and playfulness. Simply stated, every bunny needs a good friend.
Bonded rabbits sometimes quarrel and must be temporarily separated. Remember, fighting rabbits can seriously injure one another very quickly. This is true of other animals. Even humans fight, do they not? Every living thing with a personality has conflict. It’s just a reality of life. For more information about rebonding rabbits that have had a fight, CLICK HERE.