Rabbits can make very good pets, they do not take up a lot of space and can become friendly with humans. They will though need to be given some attention every day and they require regular handling to keep them tame. You will need a safe environment for your rabbit so they can come out of their hutch for exercise, grooming and feeding.
Rabbits are herbivores and spend a lot of time eating. It is best to give them a diet of grass along with vegetable matter, a selection of foliage, leaves and roots. It is best to place the hutch over an area of grass.
You will need to move your hutch to stop the ground becoming bare and muddy in the wet. If you do not have access to grass hay can be fed. Hutches should be large in size, providing plenty of room for the rabbit to move around and stretch out. It is best to have two areas, a raised section for sleeping (lined with hay and enclosed) and the other area should be open with space for your rabbit to move around, stretch out and play.
They will also need something to chew on to keep their teeth in good order. Try to make the area exciting with tubes and tree stumps so that it can play. Beware that rabbits burrow so the hutch should either have a wire base or the fence should go into the ground. You should check regularly for signs of burrowing. A rabbit likes to lead a stress free life. This will also ensure that it stays healthy.
The hutch should be kept clean with plenty of hay and food. This should not be allowed to get stale and accumulate. Room for exercise will also keep your rabbit happy. Please Contact Us if you have any queries about Rabbits.
What are the signs that my rabbit may be ill?
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Looking depressed
- Skin trouble
- Runny faeces and urine soaking into the back legs
A loss of appetite or your rabbit not eating may indicate a blockage in their guts, this should be looked at by your vet immediately. This can be due to furballs and other obstructions. For this reason your rabbit should be frequently groomed, also their teeth and claws should be checked often.
What does a rabbit need?
- To be with other rabbits or guinea pigs
- A good supply of grass is invaluable along with a mixed diet of oats, wheat, rabbit pellets, apples and carrots, together with some good quality hay
- A mineral lick
- A supply of fresh water in a drinking bottle available at all times
- A large hutch that is kept clean– cleanliness is very important
- Rabbits burrow, so make sure the enclosure is escape proof
Rabbits make good companions and smaller rabbits are easily handled by children. They are easier to handle than guinea pigs and live longer. However, large rabbits need large hutches which are expensive to buy. Rabbits need plenty of space for exercise. Also hutches need regular cleaning and this is a big commitment.