Pet duos: These animals need a buddy

Pet duos: These animals need a buddy

25/11/2015

Are you crazy about pets too? Is your pet your best friend? We have a lot in common! Of course you are giving your pet lots of love, and perhaps you have a pet sitter who spoils them every now and then. And yet some pets need a friend of their own species besides their human best friend. Let's ne honest, the same is true the other way around, isn’t it?

Here‘s an overview of some very cute pet duos.

1) Rabbits


Rabbits are not solitary animals. They are used to being a part of a colony and they can‘t stand loneliness. Where possible, they would love to have a friend. Adding a second rabbit to your family isn‘t necessarily much more expensive or much more work than having just the one. However, they do need to be introduced gradually, so please don't put them in a cage together straight away. Once they have formed their bond, they will be loyal mates for life and it's so adorable seeing them groom one another :-) The best combination is a male and a female. The male must of course be neutered, otherwise you will have a LOT of rabbits soon :-) 

2) Parakeets


Parakeets are crazy about other parakeets! It‘s a joy to see the birds interact and you can watch their games and cuddles for hours on end. It‘s best not to keep two females together as they have a tendency to bicker - quite similar to humans! ;-)...

3) Guinea pigs


Guinea pigs live in groups in the wild, so you always need at least two of them. Watch for aggressive behaviour and offer more space if needed. It‘s great to keep one or several females along with one neutered male. Two girls together is okay as well, but keeping two males is not for beginners. You can always add a baby guinea pig to an adult one: It‘s easily accepted and the older one can teach it social behaviour.

4) Rats

Did you know that rats are social animals? They much prefer living together with another rat. During an introduction, it may take a while for them to get used to each other and they will sniff each other curiously. Give them enough time to get to know each other.

5) Cats


Cats who get lots of attention from their human can live without other cats just fine, especially if a cat sitter drops by to give them extra cuddles! But cats, too, like to live with one of their own kind. They can play with and groom each other. If you are considering taking in two kittens, it‘s best to take two of the same sex.

Do your two pets not get along right away? Give them time and be patient. If you‘re doubting about how to proceed, ask a shelter, breeder or vet for advice. They can help forge the new friendship as smoothly as possible.

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