How to look after your rabbit
Follow this 8 point plan to ensure the health and happiness of your rabbit.
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Rabbits are social animals and need plenty of company and exercise. We recommend keeping them in neutered pairs and it’s really important they are not just stuck in a hutch all day. Keeping your rabbit healthy and happy does require a bit of homework at first but you’ll have much more fun with a happy, entertained bunny rather than a bored, frustrated one. If your rabbit is the pride and joy of the kids, make sure they’re thoroughly involved in taking care of them, too.
Six steps to a hopping-happy rabbit
This rabbit health plan covers all the essentials to nurture an exceedingly happy pet rabbit. There’s lots more info throughout our Rabbits guide, but here is a splendid place to start.
- A hay-packed diet
Rabbits are herbivores and enjoy nothing more than munching away on hay, hay and some more hay for pudding. Anything else, such as pellets, herbs and vegetables should play just a small part in their diet.
Even if your rabbit is a homebody, there are two common and fatal rabbit diseases – Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease – that should be vaccinated against annually and from five weeks old.
The phrase ‘multiplying like rabbits’ exists for a very good reason. To ensure you don’t become outnumbered and to keep your rabbits their healthiest and happiest, we strongly recommend that they be neutered. It is also vital to stop fatal cancer in female rabbits.
- Dental health
A rabbit’s teeth grow non-stop and should naturally wear down through eating plenty of hay. But if something goes amiss with their diet, or there’s a genetic issue, teeth problems can develop quickly, so it’s vital to keep on top of their food habits.
- Diseases to watch out for
There are two common and particularly unpleasant rabbit diseases that can’t be prevented with a vaccination; Fly Strike and Encephalitozoon Cuniculi. But there are steps you can take to help prevent them.
- A welcoming home
Like you and I (well, most of the time), rabbits are social animals and need good company and regular stimulation. Neutered rabbits should live happily together and we recommend that they have a companion. You should ensure they get out for a wander as often as possible, making sure they are safe from predators, of course.