Desexing (neutering) your rabbit is essential for many reasons.
- It reduces aggressive behaviour. An UNdesexed rabbit often demonstrates hormonal behaviours such as peeing around the house (which makes it difficult to litter train), biting, fighting with a bonded partner and other destructive behaviours.
- It removes the risk of unwanted babies. Rabbit rescues are already at full capacity. A common story is that ‘I was told they were both boys – turns out it’s a male and a female.’ or ‘I didn’t know rabbits can have babies so early and easily.’
- It eliminates the risk of rabbits developing life-threatening diseases like uterine cancer affecting 70% of females rabbits and testicular cancer in male rabbits.
If you adopt a rabbit from a rescue, they will come desexed. This will massively reduce the cost and hassle to organise a surgery to desex your rabbit.
It is important to choose a rabbit-savvy vet (one that deals with exotic animals and is experienced in rabbits). This is because the physiology of rabbits is vastly different from dogs and cats, making surgeries a lot risker and complicated.
For more information: https://rabbit.org/faq-spaying-and-neutering/