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13/01/2014 at 14:12
Following a promise from OH at the weekend (and a complete flaming U turn but let's not talk about that) it has been decided that we are getting pet Rabbits. I seem to remember that you can have problems having two rabbits together and have suggested a Rabbit and a Guinea Pig, and eldest is happy to have the guinae pig thankfully.
Has anyone got rabbits/guinea pigs or had them? can you keep them together? any tips on looking after them? OH wants to go to pets at home next weekend to buy what we need and the animals but I want to get set in my head what choicces are acceptable (i.e. I do not want a gigantic rabbit which is no good with children!)
Any advice welcome.
Thank you for all your advice yesterday. We have decided rather than go to a pet store we are going to rescue 2 rabbits, I have just got off the phone to the RSPCA and we are going along Sunday to look at a few (although the girls have their hearts set on two sisters seen online!) and hopefully we will be able to adopt from there following home checks.
Now we just need to buy the essentials and have been looking at hutches with integrated runs so the rabbits have access to grass/outside as and when they want during the daytime.
13/01/2014 at 14:23
2 male rabbits will tear each other apart! Females are usually ok together. We always had them as children but left our parents to clean them out! We had little leads to take them out in the garden and a rabbit run that they went in daily. All of ours were lop eared dwarf bunnies (cute!!)
13/01/2014 at 14:24
We had both - do you remember? Fluffy and Jessica. They were kept outside as I refused to have any stinking pets in the house. We got ours from Pets at Home but your better off buying a hutch from eBay (we used a guy local to you who hand makes them plus runs) and there are really bad reports on how Pets at Home treat the animals so I wouldn't get from there again.
Read here: www.greenwichrabbitrescue.com
13/01/2014 at 15:14
I thought I had read somewhere recently that keeping a guinea pig and rabbit together is not actually a brilliant idea because they are different species.
I used to have rabbits when I was younger.
If you get two rabbits then make sure they are sexed properly (this is apparently quite hard to do with young rabbits) as you don't want to have a rabbit explosion on your hands! Female rabbits are calmer than male rabbits. Also make sure that it is vaccinated against myxamotosis (spelling) which is a vicious disease for rabbits.
Get young rabbits that have been handled as they are better with children because they're used to being handled.
We used to have a hutch with the run attached so that the rabbit could move freely during the day and was shut up at night. Personally I feel its unkind to keep them without access to some kind of run so that they can stretch their legs. Rabbits do spend a lot of their time sitting around with bursts of activity and then mostly eating grass. They like to have a particular area to use as a toilet and will stick to this. You will obviously have to clean them out - although this doesn't take long it is another job to add to your list of chores!
Guinea pigs are nice pets too. They squeak a lot. They are both outdoors animals I wouldn't keep them inside.
I think rabbits are cute and my daughter asks every now and again, especially since we went on holiday where there were rabbits and she was able to handle them. But so far we've told her she can't because of the cat. I have a feeling that when our elderly cat dies we will have a new campaign for one....
13/01/2014 at 15:23
No real advice, as it has been YEARS since I had rabbits (Mr fox got mine... but left the head behind...), but PLEASE, don't get them from Pets at home.
13/01/2014 at 15:25
Jessica was attacked by a fox too AK
13/01/2014 at 15:30
We thought our garden was well sealed (my step Dad went OTT with chicken wire), yet a fox still got in somehow.
13/01/2014 at 15:32
Why do we not like Pets at Home? I personally hate most pet shops but needs must in this case
13/01/2014 at 15:35
When my brother and I were younger, we both had a pet rabbit but they had to have separate hutches as they didn't see eye to eye. We did try adding a guinea pig at one point but that didn't go down well either. I would be inclined to keep them separate and, if you can, have a hutch with an attached run as Cedar suggested.
13/01/2014 at 15:36
13/01/2014 at 15:40
See the link in my post CW.
13/01/2014 at 15:44
This about keeping rabbits and guinea pigs. In fact, there's quite a lot of helpful stuff on the RSPCA website.
13/01/2014 at 19:32
Hope you don't mind me replying, I'm a lurker not a poster normally but I've got 2 male rabbits that live together no problem. We've had them from very young and they lived together before we got them. We got them snipped as soon as they started humping each other as that can make them turn on each other and fight.
I read that it's not great to keep a rabbit and a guinea pig together.
I'd recommend getting young rabbits from a breeder rather than pets at home. We just googled it. Although ours live in a hutch in the garden we handle them a lot and they are very tame. Even the vet commented on how calm they were.
There are lots of hitchers with rabbits if you wanted more advice ask in off topic.
Hope this helps.
14/01/2014 at 13:30
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