Rabbits and guinea pigs don't make good hutch-mates20 Mar 2012
It’s a common belief that rabbits and guinea pigs make good hutch-mates. However, Blue Cross advises pet owners that these two shouldn't live together as rabbits can inflict quite severe injuries on guinea pigs.
The warning comes after rabbit Tom and guinea pig Max were found abandoned in a box together and brought to our Burford rehoming centre.
Max was half the weight he should have been and Blue Cross staff believed his larger friend Tom had been helping himself to all of the food.
His back was also covered in bite and scratch wounds which were thought to have been caused by Tom, as rabbits are sometimes known to inflict severe injuries on guinea pigs.
Blue Cross animal welfare assistant Katie Stiles says: “It’s a myth that you can keep bunnies and guinea pigs together and sadly the case of Max and Tom shows why.”
“After these two were separated they became much happier. Both of these beautiful boys are loving and friendly pets who were looking for a second chance in life.”
After being nursed back to health by our staff, new homes were found for both Max and Tom – separate ones of course!
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