Rabbit Neutering and Spaying

Sterilization

The methods of rabbit sterilization are rabbit spaying (female) and rabbit castration (male). Often the term rabbit neuter{ing) is used to specifically mean rabbit castration. But why rabbit neutering or spaying? Why some rabbit owners put their pets under that risky procedure?

What is Rabbit Castration?

Rabbit castration is the removal of the testes (testicles) in male rabbits, and is commonly practiced on household rabbit pets. Castration/Neutering is the most common method of rabbit sterilization.

Why Rabbit neutering?

The main reason why getting rabbit neutered is that many behaviors that intact males can display are not great for indoor pets.

The rabbits that are not neutered tend to hump, spray and their litter box habits can be iffy. Some rabbits can be aggressive or territorial as well. Most people don’t like to be sprayed daily, humped and have a rabbit running through their feet all the time. Therefore, Neutering will usually stop most if not all these behaviors and usually improves the rabbit litter habits (it helps because they keep their cage so much cleaner).

If you  have male rabbit and have no intention of getting him a female  in the future, then neutering may not be necessary.  However, if, as he grows, his hormones have too much effect on him, you may decide then to go ahead and neuter.

Some rabbits exhibit lots of undesirable hormonal behaviors including excessive chewing, aggression, forgetting potty habits and spraying urine about. Those, clearly, would make one want to neuter. But other rabbits don’t have any noticeable behavior changes. 

If you have only one rabbit and he does not cause problems with his behavior I’d say there is no reason to put your rabbit through that risky procedure.

rabbit neutering cost, rabbit spaying cost

What is Rabbit Spaying?

Spaying as a method of rabbit sterilization involves abdominal surgery to remove the ovaries and uterus in female rabbits.

Why rabbit spaying?

If you have a female rabbit, I would encourage spaying. It is good for their health to get spayed (unless, of course, they are part of a breeding program). The average lifespan of an unspayed female rabbit is about HALF that of a spayed female rabbit because of their proclivity for cancers of the reproductive system.

In the wild, female rabbits would pretty much have a litter or be pregnant most of the time. Pets are generally not bred at all. A reproductive system that has evolved to be in regular use and is not used can develop problems and that can lead to cancer.

The chance of an intact doe getting cancer by age 5 is considered quite high.

On the other hand, it is not crucial to get a female rabbit spayed, unless you’re having big problems with her that spaying would solve. Keep in mind that the operation is a risk that you can’t ignore. Rabbits are sensitive to anesthesia and having a rabbit savy vet do the procedure helps, but it doesn’t eliminate the risk.

Rabbit Neutering and Spaying Cost

Rabbit Neutering Cost around $100, while Rabbit Spaying Cost around $200. This is how much rabbit neutering and rabbit spaying cost. Other clinics will be more, others less. Your best bet is to find a few rabbit savvy vets in your area and to ring around to ask.