"I am not being rude but why do people assume its ok to house 2 totally different species of animal together? You wouldnt house a chinchilla and a rabbit together or a rat and guinea pig it's just insane!!"
You have to remember that people are just animals too. If what you say is true, then people shouldn't live with dogs or cats. Or dogs and cats shouldn't live together in the same house. I'm aware that they have VERY differing dietary needs, but if there were a rabbit of similar size to a guinea pig and their diets were monitered closely, then it might not be as "insane" as you think. Ive heard countless stories of rabbits and cavies living in perfect harmony.
I've never housed the two together but if the animals were appropriate for eachother, could each have sufficient diets etc. then i dont see why not. You run a risk by putting two animals together no matter which way you do it.
You can't compare dog and cat to rabbit and GP.
The dog has been domesticated trough a couple of thousand years. The domesticated dog (Canis lupus familiaris
) is bread to live with us, and they have a flock structure that is a bit like ours, so it makes sence to live with dogs.
Cats are not that social (not looking at lions), but we are talking a house or appartment, not a cage. I'm not quite sure abot how long we've had domesticated cats, but this is also for a very long time.
If the cat and dog don't want to talk, they can get away from each other, this is not the case when you have two animals in one cage.
If you look at where they come from, the GP and rabbit don't eaven come from the same places. The GP is social, but the rabbit lives in colonies.
They do not know how to read each other - and the list could go on.
Yes, you can keep a GP and rabbit together.They might be fine for a couple of years, but eaven if the animals don't hurt each other, they will be stressed, and die too early.
This goes for other animals as well... You just don't mix species. Let the zoos do this, they have the space, and know what they are doing. The avrage person just don't have the space to mix species