According To Vets, Rabbits Should Be Kept In Groups Or With A Partner To Combat Loneliness
On 12th February 2020
#1 If separated from their group, rabbits become sad and depressed
Recently the British Veterinary Association called on the Government to ban the selling of single rabbits. The report says that rabbits are social animals who live together in groups in wild burrows. Separating them from their groups can make them sad and depressed.
#2 They need to communicate to live a happy and healthy life
They need interaction and communication to remain healthy and happy.It comes after a survey of 18,000 of BVA members found that 42 per cent of bunnies were sold alone.
#3 The pet owners should house them with suitable companions
The British Veternary Associaton said that the rabbits should be encouraged to be bought in pairs or groups in pet vending legislation.
According to research, when given a choice, the sociable animals are likely to choose company over food. BVA president Daniella Dos Santos said it is a 'big concern' that many rabbits in the UK live a solitary life and the mammals benefit greatly from being housed with a suitable companion.
#4 Experts warn the pet owners to not house their rabbits with guinea pigs
According to research, many pet owners also house rabbits together with guinea pigs. Though the experts warn against this as both the animals have different dietary and social needs.A BVA survey found that a staggering 73 per cent of vets had experienced rabbits whose welfare needs were below expectations.
#5 Many pet rabbits suffer from loneliness and depressed conditions in UK
Rabbits despite being the UK's third most popular pet, according to the 2019 PDSA Paw report, many suffer from loneliness and depressed conditions. Ms Dos Santos says that it is important that the pet owners seek expert guidance wen selecting the right match for their pet. According to her, when the pet is depressed, he will show signs of sleepiness and unnecessary hiding and in extreme cases pulling out their own fur.
Ms Dos Santos added how a neutered pair is usually ideal when purchasing two rabbits together. The owners should always consult their vet for the safest option when introducing a companion to a lone rabbit.