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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Introducing Kitten to Rabbit need help.

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    • saya836
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      I just adopted an 8 week old kitten, her name is Amelie, and I’m not sure how to intruduce her to my 1 year old rabbit Kyuubi.  So far anytime she comes near him he charges at her and growls, I can understand he’s being territorial but i was wondering if there are any reccomended steps i should take to get them to harmoniously live together?

      -Thanks


    • skunklionshow
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      Congratulations on the kitten!  I introduced all the bunnies by keeping them cages and letting the cats get used to the bunny scent.  For Jessica, the more skittish of all the buns I’ve had, I kept a covered box in her cage so she could hide from the cats as needed.  Eventually, I opened Jess’s cage door and allowed her to come out when she was ready.  My husband and I supervised the visit. 

      At times my youngest, Wolfy (7 yrs old) gets excited when Jess starts hopping around like a goof ball.  He has been known to chase her, but he often tires b/f she does!  Sometimes Jess gets a butt thumping if she intrudes on any of the cat’s personal space, but I haven’t had much of a problem. 

      B/c your kitten is so young, and possibly smaller than your bun, kitten will likely let the bunny rule and be head mammal.  Just make sure to give equal love and pets to both beasts.  Kitten should be ok w/ the bunny and will learn quickly that the bun won’t tolerate alot of kitten crap!  My husband and I sometimes lay on the floor to facilitate the love b/t bunny and cats. 

      I have 4 cats, 1 bunny, and a gecko…oh and a husband!  Good Luck!


    • skunklionshow
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      Almost forgot…if you have seperate rooms, you can keep them seperated by a door for a week or so.  Cats need to get used to scents b/f introduction.  This is true even when introducing another cat.


    • Gravehearted
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      well from your bunny’s point of view the new kitten is invading his territory. i would make sure they’re supervised at all times, since bunnies have very thin skin and could be injured by a kitty biting or clawing. That being said, your bunny could also try to harm the kitten.

      I haven’t personally tried to bond a bunny and kitten, but HRS did post an article that might be helpful for you. There’s even a section on bossy bunnies 🙂

      http://www.rabbit.org/journal/2-11/cats-and-rabbits.html


    • saya836
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      Thanks so much for all your advice

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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Introducing Kitten to Rabbit need help.