Justine had heard from several mildly hostile guinea pig Facebook groups that it’s dangerous to keep rabbits & guinea pigs in the same area, as the guinea pig might get kicked.
Also that rabbits can carry a bacteria that transmits Pneumonia to guinea pigs.
That’s pretty damn scary.
So when we adopted Loki, a dwarf lop rabbit, we accepted that he & our guinea pig Nibbler shouldn’t spend time together.
After a bit more research & some hands-on information gathering at reputable farms in our area, Justine came to realise that this advice is over-simplified & a little paranoid.
If your pets are living in a small cage, or their personalities clash, then by all means keep them separated.
The health concern may well be a valid one, but seems to be of greatest importance when your guinea pig is already sick, as they could get even sicker, & when you’re animals live together in a small space.
Our guys live separately, but they often get to play in the same large area outside.
Justine initially kept them separated, but nearby each other, just to see if they got along.
Nibbler is a charmer, so no troubles were had.
We keep a close eye on our animal’s wellbeing & are fortunate enough to have a reasonable amount of outdoor space for them to enjoy during the day.
My partner Justine is studying & working with animals, but I’m not even close to being an animal care professional.
So feel free to treat my comments like everything on the web should be treated: just one opinion.
According to my knowledgeable partner: prey animals don’t show you that they’re sick until they’re REALLY sick, so it’s important to keep a close eye on their health.
My main reason for adding these notes is to point out that health & safety guidelines are important, but the particular circumstances of the animal’s living conditions & personalities are equally so.
As I said earlier, I am not an expert on rodents or lagomorphs, but my partner is on her way there.
There’s always more to learn.
If you’ve got any questions or things to share, feel free to do so in comments.