Can guinea pigs live with rabbits
This may be a question that is on your mind and it’s one that I wanted to do a short article on. My advice is simply, guinea pigs should not live with rabbits. The best thing is to be in the company of their own species.
The idea came about when it was very uncommon for small animals to be nuetured in the past. Now with the advancements in veterinary practices and technology, nueturing is a very easy and safe thing to do.
Why can’t rabbits and guinea pig live together?
They can’t communicate between each other
Guinea pigs are more vocal, making many various sounds to communicate with their own and to their human owners. With rabbits, you can see that they use their body more especially ears to communicate. Don’t be fooled into thinking that they look like they are fine communicating with each other, when really it’s always going to be a barrier and cause them to be depressed at times.
Dietary needs do differ
Both eat vegetables, lots of hay and nuggets, but rabbits can produce vitamin c and therefore will not need as much as guinea pigs do. Nutritional values are different and they do not eat the same amount of food as each other. If they live together, it’s difficult to control the diets.
Rabbits can seriously injure guinea pigs
The main point being rabbits are obviously bigger and can really do a lot of damage to a guinea pig, even without meaning to. Rabbits hop around, thump the ground when feeling threatened and spring the legs back to run quicker. Mounting behaviour will definitely cause intense pain for a guinea pig, because of the weight on their bodies. Also, rabbits are known to bite the neck as part of mating, the guinea pig is not strong enough to do deal with this.
Yes guinea pigs are quite hardy animals in my opinion but are more prone to getting certain illnesses. Rabbits are still the much stronger animal, although cute. Guinea pigs can also inadvertently digest rabbit hair and it will cause blockages within the intestines, not nice at all.
Guinea pigs can catch diseases from Rabbits
Rabbits have the bacteria bordetella bronchiseptica and this can affect guinea pigs greatly, commonly getting respiratory disease. Once they get these bacteria, it’s very concerning as they can go down hill very fast, if not treated immediately. It would be an extremely stressful experience for both you and your beloved guinea pigs.
Lets talk burrowing
Domesticated rabbits do like to occasionally dig outside in the garden and this causes a guinea pig that is close by, problems. Mud flicking up into their eyes as well as respiratory complications, does not sound good. Guinea pigs do not jump around as much as rabbits and therefore would not feel very steady going on uneven surfaces. They could get trapped in rabbit holes, so another reason why it’s dangerous.
Hot or cold
They are used to different temperatures, rabbits can aclimatise better to a colder environment, whereas this is a no no with guinea pigs, unless if they live outside in a hutch, it’s very well insulated. Rabbits are not great with warmer temperatures, where guinea pigs are more comfortable. Both will not be tolerable of too clod or hot though, just like us.
What if I have guinea pigs and rabbits living together?
Keep them separate, living in their own homes and keeping them in their own playpens. They might seem like they get along, but you might not be around to see all of their behaviours towards each other. One day you might find something terrible has happened, don’t take the risk. Its now uncommon practice for people to say that rabbits and guinea pigs should live together. If you have one guinea pig and one rabbit, go and get one of each to keep them company again, but the right way.
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