Just like cats and dogs, rabbits can suffer from serious problems if not neutered.
The most common is behavioural issues such a territorial behaviour and aggression, but males can get testicular cancer and females can develop womb cancer – both of which can be fatal. We therefore advise neutering rabbits from 4 months of age. The surgical procedure is very simple and your bundle of fur will be able to go home the very same day.
When you bring your bunny in for their operation, ensure they eat well overnight and in the morning before you bring them in. Rabbits do not need to be starved as with other animals, as it is actually very dangerous for them. We ask that you line their carrier with newspaper or shredded paper, so as not to irritate them post-surgery. Bring some of your rabbit’s usual food and a portion of their favourite vegetables to encourage them to start feeding as soon as they recover from the anaesthetic.
If your bunny lives outside, it is advisable to move them indoors for the first night and for a couple of days, to keep them warm and so you can monitor them more closely.
Female rabbits can be spayed as soon as they are sexually mature, so usually around 4 – 6 months old.
Males can be castrated as soon as their testicles descend – usually around 8-12 months. (male rabbits from 12 weeks).
Note: Male rabbits do not become sterile immediately after castration. We recommend keeping your male bunny away from un-spayed adult females for at least 6 weeks after his procedure.