rabbits are healthier and live longer than unaltered rabbits.
The risk of reproductive cancers (ovarian, uterine, mammarian) for
an unspayed female rabbit stands at is virtually eliminated by
spaying your female rabbit. Your neutered male rabbit will live
longer as well, given that he won't be tempted to fight with other
animals (rabbits, cats, etc.) due to his sexual aggression.
rabbits make better companions. They are calmer, more loving,
and dependable once the undeniable urge to mate has been removed. In
addition, rabbits are less prone to destructive (chewing, digging)
and aggressive (biting, lunging, circling, growling) behavior after
of obnoxious behavior. Unneutered male rabbits spray, and both
males and females are much easier to litter train, and much more
reliably trained, after they have been altered.
rabbits won't contribute to the problem of overpopulation of
rabbits. Over 15 million adorable dogs, cats, and rabbits are
killed in animal shelters in this country every year. In addition,
unwanted rabbits are often abandoned in fields, parks, or on city
streets to fend for themselves, where they suffer from starvation,
sickness, and are easy prey to other animals or traffic accidents.
Those rabbits who are sold to pet stores don't necessarily fare any
better, as pet stores sell pets to anyone with the money to
buy, and don't check on what kind of home they will go to. Many of
these rabbits will be sold as snake food, or as a pet for a small
child who will soon "outgrow" the rabbit.
rabbits can safely have a friend to play with. Rabbits are
social animals and enjoy the company of other rabbits. But unless
your rabbit is altered, he or she cannot have a friend, either of
the opposite sex, or the same sex, due to sexual and aggressive
behaviors triggered by hormones.
and neutering for rabbits has become a safe procedure when
performed by experienced rabbit veterinarians. The House
Rabbit Society has had over 1000 rabbits spayed or neutered with
approximately .1% mortality due to anesthesia. A knowledgeable
rabbit veterinarian can spay or neuter your rabbit with very little
risk to a healthy rabbit. Don't allow a veterinarian with little or
no experience with rabbits to spay or neuter your rabbit.