A few of our staff members have recently adopted rabbits so we thought we would give you all some information about these small fun-loving animals.
Thinking of giving your family a rabbit to care for? Remember, owning a pet is a decision not made lightly, so keep in mind that these pets need just as much love as any other small animal you would bring into your family home.
Did you know that rabbits’ teeth constantly grow? This means that they require frequent small feeds of hay/grass/pellets/vegetables throughout the day to help wear their teeth down. Oaten hay is preferable because of its lower calcium content. They also drink lots of water and can be messy, so drink bottles are ideal.
They need an acceptable hutch to live in but do need a few hours of exercise in the sun each day. It is ideal to have a hutch plus an outdoor enclosure for them to exercise and absorb some natural sunlight.
Like other small animals, they need regular health check-ups by the vet. We strongly recommend that all rabbits be vaccinated for calicivirus at 10-12 weeks of age, then every 6 months.
And as the saying goes “they breed like rabbits”! Therefore, if you do not intend to have an abundance of kits, then it is essential to have them desexed. Female rabbits in particular should be desexed as they have a very high incidence of uterine cancer if not desexed. Rabbits are also gregarious and enjoy the company of other rabbits.
If you start from young, rabbits will accept cuddles and pats so if handled well, your lovely little rabbit will love the socialization and contact.
And remember – handle well and NEVER hold a rabbit by the ears!