I am so sorry to hear this. Always a nightmare losing a family member. Could you try the cats with the rabbit? Rabbits are very strong and cats are usually scared of them - in my own house the pecking order is clear it isDunno where else to put this:
We had Luna, one of our 2 rabbits had to be put to sleep this morning. She could not stand up today and had suffered lots of weight loss the past week. Vet said she had a tumour that we would not have known about and- surgery of that nature on a rabbit in her then state would likely kill her anyway.
She lived in the hutch out back with Timmy. He knows she has gone. The spot she was last at now has all the bedding & paper ripped away and he's just sat staring at it.
I can see in his eyes he is grieving.
Has anybody here experienced this when they have had 2 rabbits kept together?
We have 2 cats inside the house, Odin and Loki. Odin is only 4 months old and still learning the ways of the cat. Bringing in Timmy to run around isnot really an option.
My 8 year old lad is heartbroken. My daughter, in typical 6 year old fashion has also proudly announced "Well I'm not upset because MY rabbit is still ok".
I've just been out to the hutch and I'm not exagerrating when I say- I could see sadness in his eye/demeanor and it made me feel quite sad.
(We thought Luna was around 2 years old- we got her as a rescue rabbit. The vet has tild us she was probably mayber 4 years older than what we thought). Timmy is rescue also. We think he's 4.
Girl Rabbit, Boy Rabbit, Me, Girl Cat, Daughter, Boy Cat.
Slightly longer term there are rescue centres which let you try out how your rabbit gets on with a potential companion rather than just getting a second rabbit, after all 4 years old is not old in rabbit terms - he should have many years ahead. Buying one is a little riskier in terms of bonding - then you have to let them get used to one another.