The benefit of neutering rabbits
- Neutered rabbits live longer than unaltered rabbits. Up to 85% of females develop uterine cancers by the age of 4 or 5 if they are not spayed. Neutered males live longer too as they will be less likely to fight with other rabbits.
- Neutering does not change a rabbit's personality. If anything your bunny will be happier and easier to manage
- Neutered rabbits make better companions. They are calmer and more affectionate once the urge to mate has been removed. They also become less aggressive and less inclined to chew and dig.
- Better litter-training habits. Neutered rabbits gradually stop spraying around your house and are more reliably house-trained then unaltered rabbits.
- Neutered rabbits can live together. Unaltered rabbits cannot safely have a friend of the same or opposite sex due to sexual and aggressive behaviour triggered by hormones. Do not wait until the rabbits start fighting to have them neutered, as by then it maybe too late to restore their relationship.
- Neutered rabbits won't contribute to the problem of overpopulation. Sadly there are many more wonderful rabbits than there are responsible people to care for them. By not breeding from your rabbit, you will give rabbits at rescue centres a better chance of being rehomed.
- Neutering and spaying is a safe procedure when performed by an experienced rabbit veterinarian. Provided your rabbit is healthy, she/he can be neutered or spayed with very little risk. Do not allow a veterinary surgeon with little or no experience with rabbits to neuter your pet. Male rabbits can be neutered as soon as the testicles descend (4 months old) and females can be spayed at around 5 - 6 months.