Rabbit neutering is the surgical removal of reproductive organs of your male or female rabbit. Neutering a female rabbit is technically called spaying however the term neutering is often used for either sex.
What are the Benefits to Rabbit Neutering?
- The most obvious benefit to having your rabbit neutered (or spayed) is that he or she can’t reproduce. The phrase ‘breed like rabbits’ is very true – rabbits are prolific breeders and can have a litter of at least a dozen young (kits) every month. Bunny shelters and rescue homes are already overflowing with unwanted bunnies so please don’t add to the problem.
- Your bunny will be healthier and live longer – Spayed female rabbits have almost no risk of reproductive cancers (ovarian etc) which are very high in unspayed female rabbits. Your male bunny will be a lot less territorial and aggressive.
- Altered (ie: neutered or spayed) rabbits are calmer and more companionable after their urge to mate has been removed. Rabbits like to live together so they will make much better bunny companions as well.
- Litter training will be a breeze – unneutered male rabbits spray (as well as some females) This will reduce dramatically or become nonexistent after de-sexing, making litter training a whole lot easier.
What Age Can My Rabbit Be Neutered?
- As a guide rabbits can be neutered or spayed when they become sexually mature – around 4 months for females and as soon as the testicles descend in a male bunny, usually around 3 1/2 months.
- However many vets prefer to wait a little longer than this – to around 6 months for females and 5 months for males. Always keep your bunnies separated while you are waiting for the operation. The time of sexual maturity will vary and many an owner has been caught out with unwanted bunny babies on their hands!
What Does Rabbit Neutering Cost?
- It is usually more expensive to neuter a female rabbit and costs will vary depending on your vet. Low end could be $50-$75 while high end prices in cities could be a few hundred dollars. Ring around to check prices as they will vary from vet to vet. Your local rabbit rescue/shelter may be a good place to start for a recommendation on an experienced yet reasonably priced vet.
- Make sure you check that your vet is experienced in de-sexing rabbits. Rabbits are still classed as ‘exotics’, their vet care is not the same as for a cat or dog. Many vets may not have had experience in operating on them so choose carefully.
Yes, the cost of neutering a rabbit can seem high however we feel neutering a rabbit is a part of responsible bunny ownership. Let’s clear those shelters of unwanted bunnies and give every bun the loving home she deserves.