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Multiple Pet Households

Rabbits can get along with other species. Some of them even form bonds with other household pets.

Dogs. Most dogs can be taught to ignore bunnies entirely. Sighthounds and dogs with strong chase/hunting instincts need to be watched more carefully. It is important to realize that just because one person's greyhound doesn't chase indoor rabbits, doesn't mean they will all behave the same way. Always take into account a dog's breed and background.

    Similarly, toy dogs and terriers tend to have the biggest problem with bunnies. Dachshunds and many terrier breeds are used specifically for chasing and killing burrowing animals. It is best to never leave your rabbit unattended with any dog breed. If you have to leave the room, place the bunny in a safe area, like a pen. Dogs tend to wait for the human to leave to do something wrong. That being said, many dogs will like your rabbits. Giant breeds and mutts seem to legitimately like them. Some will even play bow to the bunny trying to get them to interact. Dogs can also carry fleas, so make sure your dog has flea protection. Bunnies cannot use the same flea meds as dogs--they are deadly, keep them separate when using topicals.


Dogs and rabbits can be good friends but should not be left unattended.


Cats. It just depends on the cat. Many people say that their cat completely ignores the rabbit. But, cats are more predatory than dogs and you should make sure that you do not leave them unattended if you don't know their reaction. A swipe of the paw and a rabbit can get a scratched cornea. Many cottontail rabbits are killed for fun by feral or indoor/outdoor cats. It's better to be safe than sorry. Outdoor cats can also bring parasites inside to your rabbits if they do not have flea protection.

If you have lizards or birds, keep interaction at a minimum. Both species carry salmonella and can transmit it to your bunny. It is deadly to rabbits.

Cats can also be taught to respect a bunny's boundaries.

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