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Hi Had 2 male bunnies bought at the same time from the same pet shop. Unfortunately 1 of the bunnies died recently and I am thinking of getting another companion for the other one who is now 8 months old. The male I currently have is castrated and has been for 3 months now, and he was the more docile of the 2 (the other one would groom and 'look after' him) Is it possible to introduce another bunny in and is a male or female more preferable? Are there any particular steps I should take?

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Hi Beth
Sorry to hear about the loss of one of your bunnies.

With bonding, good that the remaining buck is neutered. The easiest bond is with a spayed female. Bonding can be tricky as it's all down to the individual rabbit's personalities. Buying a bunny, getting her spayed, and trying bonding can fail if they just don't fancy one another! Bonding must take place on completely neutral territory and is always a toss of the dice.

I recommend seeing if you have any local rescues to you as many rescues have already spayed females (albeit spayed single girls are always in demand!) and are experienced in bonding. Some rescues will even do the bonding for you.

I recommend this forum to help you find a good local rescue (if you're in the Hertfordshire/Cambridge/Essex area I can recommend you one!) and advise you on bonding if you decide to get a female separately and do it yourself.
http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/forum.php

Hope I helped!
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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.

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I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

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I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

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I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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