Should you put rabbits with guinea pigs?
Would it be all right if the rabbit is a dwarf?
What about if the rabbit grew up with the guinea pigs?
1.Unlike rabbits , guinea pigs do not produce their own vitamin C , guinea pigs should be getting vitamin C through vegetables , and when you have the two together , you will not know how much vitamin C the guinea pig takes in daily.
2.) Guinea pigs and Rabbits have two different kinds of food , food made for guinea pigs and food made for rabbits.
The guinea pig food with vitamin C and the rabbit food containing a antibiotic which is deadly to guinea pigs.
3.) A rabbits kick. Although the rabbit may not kick the guinea pig intentionally they may be sitting next to eachother and the rabbit all of a sudden jumps from excitment or out of fear and can break the guinea pigs back, or cause internal injuries which will take about 3 weeks to show up and the guinea pig will die. ( it does NOT matter on the size of the rabbit all of them have powerful back legs)
4.) Rabbits naturally can harbor Bordetella, a very deadly disease for guinea pigs and dogs.
5.) When the guinea pig is in heat the rabbit , whether it is male or female will try to mount the guinea pig and the rabbits will break the back of the guinea pig. Also rabbits have been known to attack a guinea pig and win and the guinea pig dies.
This is from the RSPCA Website
Guinea pigs have different dietary needs to rabbits.
Guinea pigs are not able to store vitamin C in their bodies and therefore need a daily supply. Rabbits can and so do not require the same amount.
Keeping them together results in the rabbit receiving too much vitamin C.
The nutritional values of their dry food is different.
Rabbit food does not contain the vitamin C that a guinea pig needs. Many also contain antibiotics that prevent coccidiosis, which can be fatal. These are toxic to guinea pigs. Rabbits need more vitamin D than guinea pigs.
Keeping them together results in a compromise of nutritional needs.
Even the smallest, gentlest rabbit kicks out when it is happy.
All rabbits do a 'lambs leap' when they are happy, so if guinea is in the way he will be injured by those powerful back legs. Many guinea pigs have died from the injuries caused by these kicks.
Keeping them together can result in the guinea pig receiving fatal injuries.
Hormonal rabbits may try and mount the guinea pig.
It goes without saying that is not something a guinea pig should have to endure. Hormonal does may become aggressive towards the guinea pig.
Keeping them together can be unpleasant for the guinea pig
Although both species are sociable creatures, these reasons demonstrate that they are best kept with their own kind. Both have definite and different requirements.
From Diddly Di. fsnet.co.uk
Guinea Pigs and Rabbits. It is often thought that guinea pigs and rabbits are relatively similar and would make ideal cage-mates. However, they are different animals with different requirements and should therefore be kept with friends of their own type !
Rabbits can present a hazard to a guinea pig - they have big powerful back legs that like to kick and if a guinea pig just happens to be in the way it may get a very nasty injury or worse.
Guinea Pigs and Rabbits eat different dry food mixes - the guinea pig's mix has added vitamin C, the rabbit's mix may contain additives that are harmful to a guinea pig.
Guinea Pigs require more 'fresh' foods: vegetables & fruit -
If they are housed together the rabbit will have access to too much and may get the scours - if you don't put enough in for the guinea pig it may end up with a vitamin C deficiency.