De-Sexing Rabbits.

baby-bunnies-baby-bunnies-19896692-1024-768Should my bunny have one litter before de-sexing?
There is NO advantage to letting your bunny have a litter before de-sexing. Baby bunnies are gorgeous but where do you find homes for all of them?? Rabbits can breed very young (around 3-6 months of age) and are notoriously hard to sex. If you have young bunnies and do not want them to breed, it is best to separate them until you can clearly identify girls from boys.

Who are you and what have you done with my bunny?
Once your bunny hits puberty, you’ll notice some changes in their personality which you might not like. Bunnies can become aggressive, territorial and can scratch and bite. They can circle you, growl, nip, refuse to use their litter tray, and if your boy bunny really loves you, you may be sprayed as a term of endearment!
If you de-sex your bunny, these aggressive traits will lessen and you will finally get to know the real personality of your companion friend. Your bunny will remember their litter training and will become much more calm and relaxed.

For the boys

Boys can be de-sexed at around 4 months of age (depending on the weight and size of your bunny). Generally, if the dangly bits are dangling, it’s time for the operation – but check with us for an accurate guide.
Boy bunnies tend to spray urine to mark territory. Another thing to tell you about boys is that they can still father babies until 4 weeks after their operation, so think again before you put them in with an un-de-sexed female.

For the girls

Girls are best de-sexed between 6 months to 1 year. Girls can be the most aggressive of the bunny world so an un-de-sexed girl can sometimes cause more trouble than a boy. As well as aggression, females also can have phantom pregnancies, meaning that they pull their fur out and make nests.
The risk with fur pulling is that rabbits can ingest large amounts of it and this can cause blockages in their digestive system that can result in serious illness and possibly death.

Keep it clean
When your bunny comes home from the vet, make sure you have cleaned out their home/enclosure so there is nothing dirty that could infect the wound. Give them a clean litter tray so you will be able to check on whether they are able to go to the toilet easily. It is probably best to keep your bunny away from other bunnies straight after an operation so they will not try to run and play too strenuously. This doesn’t mean they should not be with their friends, but perhaps make up a separate area so they can still see, touch and smell each other. If your bunny is removed from their partner, this could cause unnecessary stress for both parties.

Make sure they eat
Bunny eating cloverAll operations for bunnies are serious so and it can take a while to get us back to being happy again. Rabbits need to continually eat so make sure your bunny is eating after its operation. If this means sitting in front of your bunny with his/her favourite food while you shove it in front of them until they finally eat something, then so be it. It does work in the end!