I have seen a really sad advert on Pre-loved, advertising four year old male and female rabbits and a four year old guinea pig all living in seperate hutches as the child has lost interest. If I could have the rabbits neutered and put them together and if the neutered boar could be put in with my herd of girls, then it might work for me.
The pictures of them all alone in dirty hutches and saying they are free to a loving home are so upsetting. I just wondered if they were all now too old to be neutered of have a change of lifestyle. All opinions welcome or advice on where I could turn to get help for them. I know that the rescues are overflowing
My bunny was nearly three when I adopted her and the vet said it becomes to risky after about two and a half I didn't get her done as would never forgive myself after rescuing her if she hadn't of made it
Just giving the boar guinea pig a home would be a help. Rescues are over run with boars and sadly guineas can end up as snake food on pre-loved .
If the boar is already neutered, you have no problem unless you already have a boar in your herd. IMHO 4 is old to neuter. My Old Boy was 4 when he lost his brother and I got him 2 girlfriends to live in a separate hutch side by side. It worked out well for him, he lived on to over 6 year old very happy
I have emailed the owners and asked if they would be willing to deliver them all to me with their hutches, I am sure that my vet might be able to neuter one of the rabbits as looking online it does seem possible for older rabbits, and I think I might be able to find them a home with someone I know and maybe the boy piggie could live next door to my girls. I just couldn't stop thinking about them, they all look so sad Will let you all know what happens. Thanks for advice x
You are doing a lovely thing for them . Just be aware that boar piggie will be sooo happy to see girlie pigs he might break his teeth off gnawing to get to them . That happened with our Old Boy, just the once , their teeth grow back.
No, I don't have rabbits and piggies together, in fact I emailed a local animal park when I saw they were doing that, they weren't pleased, but I was disgusted with them as they have all sorts of exotic animals and are so careful with them.
The owners have emailed to say they cannot deliver, so I will have to try and think of a way round it. I might email back and ask if I can pop over anyway, as to be honest the hutches might not be fit for them. Will let you know what happens.
That's cool..it just seemed from your op that you had limited room, so I wanted to check because not many people are aware of it.
I only know because we had a GP for literally 6 hours, dh came home from work & said "that pig doesn't look right" took her to the vets & he didn't bring her home her back legs/back were broken.
She was more than likely crushed a rabbit she was put in with when it pounded it's back legs. I didn't see it as the first time I went to see her, she was running around in her own cage, perfectly healthy. It was when I went back to collect her that she was sharing a cage. Dh was told she was only in the rabbit while they cleaned cages (this was when he went back to tell them what happened).
that's awful, and of course not the only reason they shouldn't be kept together, there is so much ignorance about guinea pigs and rabbits and I think they are often really badly treated/neglected because of that.
I've heard people talking about keeping rabbits/guineas in the same cage. Mainly because "Oh, we can have a male/female and they won't breed" True, but the rabbit can still pester the GP (and usually rabbits are bigger)
"Well, they're both rodents, they can live together" No, they're not and they don't 'speak' the same language.
"Well, they both eat the same" Nooooo. Head:Desk
So none of it out-and-out cruelty. But the end result isn't good for pigs.
It's not good for pigs. Having said that my boys love their big bunny brother and would follow him everywhere if they were allowed. They only get a small amount of supervised play time together which I never would have allowed with my previous bun as she would have attacked them. Current Bun is such a kind, gentle boy by comparison - he lets them follow him and climb him for a bit. When he gets fed up there's a 'go away' grunt and they generally leave him be then.
They're mainly not supposed to be together because rabbits can pass on a respiratory disease to pigs.
The rescue we got one of our buns from neuter rabbits at any age. Certainly they've got a much better chance of getting on/bonding if both are neutered. Can you see if here's a rabbit specialist vet in your area?
I will definitely look into it once I hear back from the owners, I am really going to need the hutches until I can get them sorted and they were going to measure them and let me know so I can work out if I can get them in the car. I will try again tomorrow if I don't hear from them tonight, I am very concerned what might become of them all being given away for free
My vet is lovely and would be honest if she couldn't do it and recommend someone else, my young bunnies were fine being neutered there and I got good advice on the aftercare etc I think. I do appreciate it might be more complicated with older bunnies.
Just to update you all, I contacted the owners repeatedly and never heard from them again, I don't know if they found them another home, or decided to keep them, but I hope that they will be better cared for now than they have been