How To Care For Your Pet Rabbit

Rabbits have a number of requirements in order to live a healthy and happy life.  Each rabbit breed and even each individual rabbit could have unique requirements but this is a simple guide on how best to care for your pet rabbit.

Protect Your house

Before embarking on getting a pet rabbit you should need to make sure you are prepared for their arrival, mainly ensuring you rabbit-proof your house.  Rabbits may only be small but they can cause havoc in your home unless it is set up correctly to house them.  

Pet rabbits need enough space to exercise and explore at the same time.  All wires should be sufficiently protected, with some form of tubing or just out of reach of the rabbits, they love nothing more than chewing through wires. 

Skirting boards should be protected or boarded off as this is another of rabbits favourite areas to gnaw on.  Anything wooden should be considered at risk and either moved or protected, as well as any house plants that could be within reach.  Remember rabbits can be very inventive when they want to reach something so always keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t getting somewhere they shouldn’t. 

Safe Spaces

Depending on your breed of rabbit you might need slightly different set ups but the general rules remain the same.  There is plenty of rabbit housing to choose from or you could even rabbit-proof a whole room for them to roam in.

The absolute minimum for rabbits is them having enough space to hop about and they should be let out to exercise every day.  They also should be in regular human contact and should not be kept away from human interaction.

Standard diet

The main bulk of a rabbit’s diet should consist of hay.  Where ever you keep your pet rabbits they should always have access to fresh hay.  Hay feeders are widely available and should be used to ensure hay is readily available as well as remaining clean and dry.

Along with hay rabbits should have a varied diet which should include, rabbit pellets, fresh vegetables, occasionally fresh fruit and of course fresh water.

Litter training

Rabbits are actually one of the easier animals to litter train as they naturally go to the toilet in one area.  You can take advantage of this by providing them with a litter tray which acts as their toilet and can be cleaned regularly.

Grooming

While it is true that rabbits naturally keep themselves clean, they do need some added assistance.  They will need their nails clipped to make sure they don’t get caught on anything, causing injuries.  Rabbits will shed their fur at various times throughout the year so it is important that they are brushed to remove excess fur.  If this isn’t done this could lead to the rabbit ingesting the hair and causing health issues

Stimulation

Rabbits are naturally curious creatures and as well as exercise they also need to be able to entertain themselves.  Anything that they can chew on or explore will keep them happy and keep the boredom away.   

Spayed or Neutered

Getting your rabbit spayed or neutered is a key part of caring for your pet rabbit. Read more here

Mac and Cheese

The rabbits you see on this website belong to the administrators, Tom and Laura, who have been keen rabbit owners for many years. The two rabbits are called Mac and Cheese, Mac is the black one you see and Cheese is the light brown coloured one. If you have any questions about the care for your rabbits or what to expect when becoming rabbit owners then you can get in contact here.