ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Introduce Your Rabbit To Other Pets

Updated on October 14, 2010

Introducing a rabbit to your other pets is one of the challenges you'll face as a rabbit owner. How a rabbit reacts to other pets very much depends on the temperament of your rabbit as well as the species and temperament of other pets. I can give you some general guidelines for managing pet relationships, however they are just guidelines and err on the side of caution. You must remember that rabbits are prey animals (ie, food) for many common household pets (cats and dogs included) and that there is always some risk in allowing these species to associate with one another.

All pets should be introduced slowly and on neutral territory. If you have a cat that is a good hunter or a dog with a high prey drive (like a terrier or a greyhound,) I would avoid 'introductions' all together.

When introducing pets to other pets, you need to think about two things, territory and places to hide. If you introduce a new pet to an existing pet in the existing pet's personal space, you can expect things to go wrong. Rabbits especially are highly territorial, so if you are introducing a new pet to a rabbit, you need to take care to ensure that you don't do it somewhere the rabbit considers to be 'their' home. Rabbits can and will take on larger predators to protect their territory.

Guinea Pigs

It used to be recommended that you keep guinea pigs and rabbits together, but nowadays that is pretty much frowned upon, and for good reason. Both my rabbits were aggressive towards guinea pigs, and though you can introduce them if you must, it is probably unnecessary. Guinea pigs tend to love rabbits, which makes it all the worse for them when they get kicked in the face. 


A cat can easily kill a rabbit. This does not necessarily mean that it will. There are plenty of stories of rabbits and cats getting on together. Wicket, the rabbit in my profile picture had both our cats running scared most of the time. Use your own personal judgment here and don't leave cats and rabbits out unsupervised around one another.


Some dogs are big softies who wouldn't hurt a fly. Others are honed predators who love to kill. You know what kind of dog you have. It is not a good idea to leave rabbits and dogs alone together, because dogs can easily stress a rabbit to death even if they are only trying to 'play'.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Xelah Rain 

      6 years ago

      I think that introdoucing rabbits to other aniimals is simple. you should slowly lift the rabbit to a pet and let them sniff noeses while saying a word like "Nice" or "friends". to help your pet know that they are not suppost to hurt your rabbit.

    • profile image

      Rabbit Breeders 

      7 years ago

      My advice is to never leave a rabbit unattended with a dog or cat- period.

    • profile image


      8 years ago


    • taty96 profile image


      8 years ago from Ecuador

      Nice post. I love rabbits, now I can introduce one to my dog. Thanks!!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)