Originally Posted by Summer18
BTW,the vet thinks they r Australian Angurie? Does this sound familiar to anyone??
He says I shud get barney Sprayed and not Betty as it is easier and less stressful.But I am not sure.It just doesn't fit with me morally. I have checked and the Rubbles arent siblings.
My moral predelictions towards flowing with nature in my own life, are causing a moral dilemma for me.I feel by spraying Barney, I am going to be trying to do something unnatural to him,purely because I choose that they shudn't breed. It makes me think that who am I to CHOOSE!!
I bet some of u out there have had a similar dilemma. Pls advise me what I shud do.
I've never heard of that breed but sometimes the names of breeds change depending on where you live. I'll look into it, though.
I would really, really advise getting both of them fixed. Though if your vet is nervous about spaying a female then it might be better to just neuter the male. If you don't plan on fixing at least one of them then definately seperate them now. Females can get pregnant at around four months old but that's really bad...most likely she would have problems giving birth and there's a good chance the babies wouldn't make it. Actually, there's a good chance she'd die giving birth at that age
. Plus, as you know, rabbits breed like crazy. Since you can't keep hundreds of rabbits you'll have to rehome them and that will be hard. Many might end up as snake food, unfortunately. There are already tons of homeless rabbits...why add to that?
Also, spayed/neutered rabbits are easier to littertrain and tend to be friendlier and more relaxed. They are not as likely to become destructive.
Unspayed females are also likely to develop uterine cancer. One study found that 75% of female New Zealand White rabbits had uterine cancer by six years of age.
Basically, fixed rabbits are happier, healthier, and live longer.
I can understand your dilemma but think of it this way...letting your female give birth at such a young age is like an 11-year-old having a baby. And it's not fair to Betty to have to keep having babies constantly (rabbits can get pregnant again right after giving birth)....it'll shorten her lifespan considerabley. Plus, having pets can be considered unnatural too