|Should I Neuter My Pet Rabbit?|
Should I Neuter / Spay My Pet Rabbit?
In my opinion...absolutely and I'm going to give you some reasons to consider it.
Rabbits become sexually mature quite young, between 4-6 months of age, and need to be spayed/neutered if you are hoping for the best possible house rabbit. Here are just a few reasons to spay/neuter your rabbit:
It is recommended, and I highly agree, that you have your pet rabbit neutered /spayed between 4 and 6 months of age.
Rabbits Are Good At Multiplying!
Once a pet rabbit hits a few months of age, hormones and sexual maturity can cause undesirable behavior changes and bad litter habits. The hormones may cause your rabbit to become
aggressive, territorial and begin spraying or nipping. Aggressive marking of territory can also cause a rabbit to leave allot of extra marbles
One problem I've had with my maturing bucks is aggressive courting, in fact, I'd call it stalking. Not only do hormonal rabbits court other rabbits, they can also court you! Oh how cute! Yup, it is for a little while.
Sadie would run around me in circles while letting out the little humming sound. He also liked to leave a trail of marbles to mark this track as well. Oh brother. And though I know this will be hard to believe, before he was neutered I found marbles in my slippers and on my side of the bed....not my husbands, oh no, just mine. Obviously this is where being a true bunny rabbit lover comes in handy as most people would be totally grossed out.
They will also court other rabbits by circling and mounting them (male or female). At times this unwanted attention can result in fights which generally start with some flying fur but can actually end in injury. If the mounting rabbit jumps on the wrong way, the party beneath him may choose to bite him...right in the luggage. Not the neuter you had in mind.
While having a rabbit court you may be cute, spraying is not. This can also begin during the "hormonal stage". Spraying you say? Yes! Spraying. A polite way of saying I got hit with a stream of pee. Yuck!
Grandpa Sadie was really really good at this. I'd be laying on the floor playing with him and before you can say "oh gross" he would spray me with pee (sometimes in the face.) Oh, how sweet. Spraying can be a part of courtship (or insult) and while it's primarily males/bucks who do this, females can also shoot a stream.
And of course altering your rabbit prevents pregnancy. Honestly, if you are considering breeding your rabbit, you should have a really good reason. If you haven't already done so take a peek at all the hundreds of Rabbit Rescue's trying to find homes for unwanted rabbits. There are 1000's of homeless bunnies available all over the country and we certainly don't need to be adding to that number just to see cute little babies born.
Female rabbits who are not spayed carry a high risk of developing uterine cancer.