Neutering

ratmanandbella (6K)Rabbits are social animals and should not be kept without the companionship of their own kind as they do suffer from stress if lonely.

Mixed-sex pairs usually work best, so if you are thinking of getting rabbits for the first time, itıs advisable to get a male and female.

Adult rabbits adopted from rescue centres are usually neutered before re-homing, but if you are buying baby rabbits, you will need to have them neutered to avoid accidental litters (rabbits can breed when they are 4 months old!) or fighting (which is why same-sex pairs also need to be neutered as soon as possible). When you take your new rabbits to the vet for their vaccinations as soon as possible after buying them, discuss neutering with your vet.

We recommend having male rabbits castrated by 16 weeks of age at the latest, and ideally, have the female spayed at the same time but even if they are not neutered on the same day, they should remain together whilst in the veterinary clinic.

It is possible although uncommon - to have rabbits neutered as young as 10 weeks of age, so you should be able to find a vet who is happy to perform the operation at 16 weeks.

Some vets prefer to wait a little longer to spay females (e.g. 20 weeks or when she weighs 1kg, whichever is first). If this is your vetıs policy, and you have a mixed-sex pair, be sure to have the male castrated before this, as they can breed from 16 weeks of age.

If you are having difficulty finding a vet happy to neuter your rabbits, please get in touch with our Helpline and we will locate a ³rabbit-friendly² vet in your area who will be confident to neuter your rabbits by 16 weeks of age.

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