I have an indoor rabbit called Anna, she has free run of my house downstairs. I have been offered a two year old cat who is not wanted. Anna is a large drawf rabbit who is very capable of looking after herself. Timmi is a female cat who seems very loving?
If they can be friends how do you introduce a rabbit and a cat together?
Whats this? you've decided to bring a pet rabbit to your home and you already have a cat? Does this call for disaster or can both a rabbit and a cat live together in harmony? Well, it is possible that the two can become friends with a little bit of work. First, you need to familiarize yourself with a rabbit's natural signs. You know what your cat means when she puts her ears back or wags her tail , but what does it mean when a rabbit puts its ears up or down? You must do a bit of research to figure these signs out before bringing your pet home. Both rabbits and cat's are competitive in nature, and if you just randomly bring another pet into their territory (your house) they may regress or turn aggressive towards the other animal. Generally the two can live together harmoniously side by side in the same vacancy. First of all you will want to bring your rabbit home in a carrier, much like the one you would use for a cat. Before releasing the rabbit into your house though , you will want to let the two sniff each other through the cage getting to know each other with a barrier so any angry paws or teeth can't get through! For a while, allow them to get to know each other this way.
I know many people who have both animals living together. I used to have a cat and a dog living together. They were friends, but didn't seem to want anyone to notice. If we were around, the cat would stir the dog, who would get angry and chase it (the cat was always faster, by a lot haha). Then you'd look out the window and see them sitting on a chair snuggled up together. You open the door, the run oppisite directions, as if they were trying to hide it :/ weird.
But I don't think it would be a great idea to house them together. While there is some cases in which cats are very friendly, cat's are predators. Rabbits are prey animals. Cats enjoy killing prey animals. They don't completly understand how horrible it is to catch an animal, and leave it to die for fun, not for eating. But If you rabbit is downstairs, do you maybe have a door separating the two stories? if not, maybe you could block off a big area, where the cat can't get to, but the rabbit can live? though that would be pretty difficult, and also wouldn't make you house look very pretty at all.