can I keep a new young rabbit and a new young guinea pig in the same hutch?

(10 Posts)
miemohrs Sat 13-Jul-13 08:37:21

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Khjt1010131450 Sat 13-Jul-13 09:08:56

No! Please don't! They really don't get on well and often the guinea pig comes off a lot worse. sad

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 13-Jul-13 22:51:27

I'm going to be more blunt I am afraid. Often in this situation the rabbit kills the Guinea Pig. It is a real no no.

adogforme Sat 13-Jul-13 22:55:56

They have different dietary needs, they don't 'speak' the same language and the Guinea pig had no defence to a rabbit. Side by side only.

miemohrs Sat 13-Jul-13 23:50:21

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AilidhHarvey Sun 25-Aug-13 00:56:27

They aren't vicious. If the rabbit kicked out and hurt/killed the pig it would be an accident. They need companions of their own species, what works best is usually neutered male/female or female/female pairs or trios. Also they need vastly different amounts of space. The minimum amount of space for 2 small or medium rabbits is 36 square feet, preferably more. A good amount of space for 2 guinea pigs is 10 square feet.

FernieB Sun 25-Aug-13 06:27:47

Echo everything said already. Some pet shops say it's okay and they should be avoided as this is a definite no.

Please also bear in mind that rabbits are not great pets for children as they don't really like being picked up so kids can lose interest very quickly. Both rabbits and GPs should be kept in pairs with one of their own kind and all rabbits should be neutered for their health. Rabbits also need annual vaccinations. GPs are happier to be handled and are chattier. They make much better pets for children. They are also excellent lawn mowers.

FernieB Sun 25-Aug-13 06:33:28

Check out www.guineapigwelfare.org.uk and www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk

AilidhHarvey Sun 25-Aug-13 23:43:35

Yes to what Fernie said. Also check out www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/ahutchisnotenough.htm and www.guineapigcages.com GPC also has a great forum. If you do decide to get bunnies or pigs, please rescue. There are so many needing homes almost everywhere. You just have to look hard enough and be patient.

No, please don't. Get them a friend of their own species.

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