BBC 20071119: Kittens ‘adopted’ by pet rabbit


Rabbits seem to have a knack for getting along with non-rabbits. This news brings back memories as we’ve had rabbits as young kids before, b bringing them downstairs to graze and get a bit of sun.

At that time, there was a super friendly large female ginger tabby community cat (unsterilised of course) whom we would hang out with when we went downstairs to play. We called her Mumu. Since our rabbits, we also bring them with us when we go to play, and there’s where rabbits and cat met.

When rabbits first encountered cat, rabbits were oblivious, but cat was freaking out at the strange creatures. Mumu would hiss and bat at them. We stopped her from harming our rabbits of course. Strangely, she also seemed to know that she was not to harm the strange creatures, as she was quite half-hearted in her swipes. But she did not back away, and was torn between checking them out and keeping them at paw’s reach.

Soon, the tableau of cat and rabbits lounging together in the sun (knowing what we know now, we would have encouraged them to stay in the shade), grooming each other, became a regular feature in our afternoons. Mumu would also shepherd and guard the rabbits, like they were a litter of hers… I miss those days.

Last Updated: Monday, 19 November 2007, 11:02 GMT
Kittens ‘adopted’ by pet rabbit

Six abandoned kittens have found an unexpected new mother figure – a pet rabbit.

Veterinary nurse Melanie Humble took the three-week-old kittens to her Aberdeen home.

Summer the rabbit with kittens [Pic: Press and Journal]

The kittens climb all over Summer the rabbit

The kittens seemed to think Summer the rabbit was their mother and began to climb all over her and try to feed from her.

Efforts will be made to find the four males and two females permanent homes in the coming weeks.

Melanie, 29, told the BBC Scotland news website: “The abandoned kittens were handed in when they were about three weeks old and I took them home.

“Summer the rabbit was taken inside on Bonfire Night because of the fireworks and the kittens seemed to really like her and thought she was their mother.”

‘She’s gigantic’

She added: “They were trying to get milk from her and climbing over her. And Summer was not bothered by them at all.

“Summer is five months old and she’s gigantic. It is lovely to see them all together.

“They are all doing well and Cats Protection will re-home them.”

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