Evil Bunny hormones and why getting your rabbit fixed is important
So many questions about bunnies come down to one - Is your rabbit spayed/neutered?
So rather then type out the importance of fixing rabbits over and over again - I figured I'd make a seperate post about it to.
If you're trying to bond rabbits, regardless of sex, all parties involved (all rabbit parties!) should be fixed prior to bonding. The reason for this is simple - because rabbit hormones are evil!
Hormones can make rabbits moody and aggressive and generally just not fun to be around for other rabbits. Unspayed females are often very moody and cage aggressive - which means they will fight to defend their cage, both humans and other rabbits. Male rabbits that are unfixed will constintly mount things - other bunnies and slippers alike! Male rabbits that are unfixed will rarely accept other males as buddies, resorting to fighting with them rather then being friends. And of course - male/female unfixed pairs may get along the best, but will result in a huge collection of little bunnies!
Fixing rabbits greatly reduces behavioral problems. It usually greatly reduces or eliminates annoying behaviors such as urine spraying, cage aggression, aggression in general, and humping.
Fixing rabbits is VERY helpful in getting your bun to faithfully use their litterbox. I have literally seen shelter rabbits go from almost never using their boxes before being spayed/neutered - to almost never having any accidents after being fixed!
Along with being helpful with bonding, and behavior - it is important to spay female rabbits because unspayed females have very high rates of reproductive (notable uterine and mammory) cancers. Some say that up to 80% of unspayed female rabbits will get cancer. Spaying them elminates this risk.
Yes, getting rabbits fixed is expensive - but dealing with cancer is MUCH more expensive and usually has a bad ending. If you compare prices - getting a female rabbit spayed usually costs between $90 - $400 depending on the vet. Males are usually less. But if your rabbit gets cancer and you decide to have it treated, prices are usually not less then $1,000.
Rabbits can make excellent pets, and fixing them goes a long way to improve the lives of the rabbits and owners alike! Unfixed rabbits often have an insationable urge to breed. They become frustrated when other rabbits arn't around. Fixed rabbits are less aggressive, easier to clean up after, can be healthier, make better bonding candidates, and are better behaved.
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