Is it cruel to keep a rabbit indoors?
Rabbits should have regular access to a secure outside area. Indoor rabbits are less used to the weather than rabbits kept outdoors so keep a close eye on them in case they get distressed over changes. In extreme weather conditions, keep your bunnies safe inside.
How long does a spayed rabbit live?
If kept safely indoors, your spayed or neutered domestic rabbit should live at least 7 years and may live to age 12. Most larger breeds are calmer and easier to cuddle, but don’t live as long as smaller breeds. Keeping your rabbit outdoors will typically cut his life expectancy in half.
How old do rabbits live indoors?
Reality: Well cared-for indoor rabbits can live 7-10 years, and some live into their teens. This is approximately the same life span as some breeds of dogs, and requires the same long-term commitment. Myth 3: Rabbits do not need veterinary care the way dogs and cats do.
Can I not neuter my rabbit?
Depending on the breed, this time could range from four to six months in the small to medium sized breeds and up to nine months in the giant breeds. We do not recommend neutering rabbits younger than four months of age because the surgery may be more difficult due to the size and position of the reproductive organs.
Can a rabbit be spayed at a young age?
Therefore spaying all female rabbits at a young age cannot be recommended enough. Pressure points/sores and Pododermatitis may develop if the rabbit isn’t housed on thick and absorbent bedding.
Can a male rabbit live with an unspayed female?
Uncastrated male rabbits can’t live bonded with any other rabbit safely. Unspayed females are at very high risk of two potentially fatal conditions. uterine cancer and pyometra (infection of the uterus/womb). These can both be fatal. Some unspayed females are aggressive and territorial.
Is it possible for a bunny to live to its teenage years?
What is more, a domesticated rabbit can even live to see its teenage years in some instances. It is not impossible for this to happen. In fact, the oldest bunny documented lived for an amazing18 years. Other factors that determine a rabbit’s lifespan
How does the size of a bunny affect its lifespan?
Size– The size of a rabbit plays an important role in determining a bunny’s lifespan. Specifically, smaller rabbits are known to live longer than larger rabbits. This means that if your rabbit is dwarf, you can expect it to live for more years than a large pet bunny.
How old does a Bunny have to be to be spayed?
Female rabbits are generally old enough to be spayed between 4 and 6 months; this is when they first reach sexual maturity. When rabbits have reached middle age (5-6 years old) they can be considered too old to be altered.
How many rabbits have been spayed or neutered in the US?
The House Rabbit Society has had over 1000 rabbits spayed or neutered with approximately .1% mortality due to anesthesia. A knowledgeable rabbit veterinarian can spay or neuter your rabbit with very little risk to a healthy rabbit.
How does Spaying a bunny change its personality?
Spaying will not change your rabbit’s essential personality i.e. she will still be as warm and loving towards you and other rabbits. Some rabbits will continue to display some territorial behaviour; females in general tend to be more “bossy” than males.
Do you have to spay your rabbits to keep them together?
Spaying is essential if you are keeping two rabbits together to prevent fighting and breeding. Even two female rabbits will get on better if they are both spayed. Spaying will not change your rabbit’s essential personality i.e. she will still be as warm and loving towards you and other rabbits.