Ragdoll Cats and Bunny Rabbits

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Recently a Floppycats reader inquired about how she could introduce her new Ragdoll kitten to a Bunny Rabbit.  Please see photos of her rabbit, Charlie, in this post.

Here are her questions:

  1. When I get my kitten, is it best to introduce them to each other or is best for my kitten to eventually find out that a rabbit exists in the house? If it’s better to introduce them to each other, how would you go about the process without either of them possibly getting injured/hurt?
  2. Once my kitten knows there’s a rabbit in the house, how would you keep a curious kitten out of trouble? (Examples: The kitten torturing/teasing Charlie continuously, attempting to play with him.
  3. Charlie

    Charlie likes to hop around the house for about a half an hour to an hour and occasionally I put him on my lap while I watch tv. This is usually a part of our daily routine together, we’ve done this ever since I got him. I wouldn’t want this to change, being in a cage all day when it’s too sunny to be outside in his playpen, he needs the daily excercise. I’m worried my kitten may injure/hurt him, attempting to play with him. How would you go about this?

I believe all animals can live well together if they are taught mutual respect for one another.  If you have cats and rabbits that live in harmony – please leave a comment about how you went about the introduction process


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  1. The House Rabbit Society website has some great information about cats and rabbits! I’ve had cats and bunnies together for a total of about 20 years: two different rabbits, one who lived to age 11, one who is currently 9, along with several cats, one of whom was a Ragdoll.

    The main thing to remember is that rabbits are quite territorial and they are social, group living animals who like to establish a hierarchy. IME the rabbit will usually be the dominant one in the relationship but they can get along wonderfully. My first rabbit mostly ignored the cats and vice versa, but my current one, a Holland Lop, *loved* to cuddle with our Ragdoll. He seemed to regard her as his mother and she would groom his face and tolerate his following her around and showing his love by running in circles around her. When she got fed up, she’d give him a (usually) gentle swat.

    However, when we got a new cat who was adopted as a 2 year old and is quite timid, she ran from the bunny. He decided it was time to chase! Our younger cat weighs about twice as much as the rabbit, but even several years on he’s the one in charge and will chase after her, sending her scrambling for the top of the cat tree. If she stood her ground – as one of our other cats did – they’d sort things out quickly, I think. I suspect many kittens would be bold and curious enough to hold their ground.

    One of my friends had an incident with her unneutered rabbit mounting the cat and getting a swipe with her claws that resulted in an infected cornea. However, overall they got along fine as well. There is nothing cuter than a rabbit and a cat lying side by side!

    As far as the introduction goes, I’d let them take turns exploring and sniffing one another while the rabbit is in his hutch, and then while the kitten is in a carrier. Keep the kittens’ claws trimmed to be on the safe side and supervise well in the early stages. A kitten could be seriously injured by a kick or head butt from a rabbit. Hope this helps – and good luck!

  2. I would think just as much care needs to be taken when dealing with the cat/bunny tandem when they are both adults. People forget cats are much less domesticated than dogs, and as such revert to their basic instincts more easily.

    For years my brother bragged about how his cat was “trained” and could be around his uncaged parakeet, until one day he came home to find the empty cage overturned and nothing left but a cat with a mouthful of feathers.

    While I wouldn’t expect two animals raised in close proximity to have too many issues down the road, a full-grown Ragdoll is certainly capable of injuring other animals. I would just be aware, and make sure any interaction is supervised if you want to be really safe.

      1. hi jenny yes i have a new one i actually got another rabbit from the same blood line 🙂 and she has just the same temperment.

      2. FUN! Do you have videos on YouTube of her? I thought you got Paris from the lady down the street and weren’t sure of how to get another one or something? I am glad you figured it out! Did you adopt a bunny or did you get a full adult rabbit the second time around?

      3. i adopted her . her name is holly but her birth cert is same relative of paris. she 1 year old now. i do have video’s of them together i need to upload them. but its scary how much holly and paris are alike you’d think was the same rabbit

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