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Bunny Speed Dating - How to Bond Your Rabbits


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So you've decided to expand your rabbit family and adopt a new furry friend! While adding another bunny promises double the cuddles and cuteness, taking the time to properly bond rabbits is critical. Like an episode of "The Bachelor," making a love connection between your existing rabbit and a new partner requires patience and a watchful eye. In this blog, we'll share tips on how to safely play bunny matchmaker. Let's hop to it!


The Set-Up:


Your bunnies need a neutral space to meet for their first date. Set up an enclosure in a new room, placing hideouts, toys, and litter boxes on each end. This allows them to slowly get used to each other's scent before meeting face-to-face. Dimming the lights helps make the environment calmer. Once situated, bring your rabbits in and let them explore. Be ready to intervene if either seems stressed.


Signs of Love:


It's a good sign if your rabbits are curious about each other, touching noses at the barrier. One may try grooming the other through the openings. These behaviors show they're ready for supervised play dates. Open the enclosure and watch them closely. If they sit together, groom, or play this is a great start! Reinforce positive interactions with treats.


Trouble in Paradise:


If you notice aggressive behaviors like lunging, growling, or circling, they need more time apart. Try stress-reducing techniques like switching enclosures to swap scents before reattempting bonding sessions. Be patient - the process may take weeks or months for some duos. Always have thick gloves on hand when intervening during fights.

Relationship Status: Official!

Once your rabbits happily share space, eat, and sleep near each other, the match is made! Celebrate your successful bunny bonding by fully unifying their housing with a new, larger enclosure. Your rabbits will be grateful for the extra room to cuddle with their new friend. Bring on the double trouble!


Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, experienced peers, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, and extensive pet product research. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.


Conclusion:

Bonding bunnies requires careful pacing, observation and patience. While your rabbits work out their relationship, be ready to mediate disagreements. With time, even the most contentious duo can become fast friends. Before you know it, you'll find your two rabbits snuggled together - happy proof that your bunny bachelor experiment succeeded!


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