Rabbit Care Advice
Follow our expert rabbit care advice to give your pet a happy, healthy life
So long as they’re properly handled from a young age, rabbits are affectionate and loving pets – especially for children over the age of eight.
But don’t be misled by their size, rabbits take a lot of careful looking after.
Looking after your rabbit
Rabbits should never be put in a hutch at the bottom of the garden and forgotten about.
To give your pet a healthy and happy life, follow these steps:
- They need a large, waterproof hut on legs with a run underneath (so they can enjoy as much freedom as possible)
- Rabbits don’t like to be wet so cover their hutch, especially at night, with a waterproof cover (it’ll also help to keep them warm in winter)
- When picking a hutch size, consider that your rabbit will grow and needs room to move around (otherwise spinal damage can occur)
- Bedding should consist of a layer of newspaper with sawdust on top, followed by a generous layer of straw (increase the amount of straw in winter)
- Their diet should consist mainly of grass (or hay when fresh grass is unavailable), a small quantity of cereal and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Never leave them without food, as they eat little and often (if they stop eating their guts stop working, with fatal results)
- They also need fresh water, which should be changed twice daily
- Rabbits will use a corner of their hutch as a toilet and this area should be cleaned out daily
- Between May and September your rabbit will need to be checked twice daily for Flystrike
How we can help
Rabbits are social animals and should be kept in pairs or groups. The best combination is a male and female, but as rabbits are justifiably famed for their breeding abilities, neutering is essential.
We also strongly recommend annual vaccination, preferably in early summer, against Myxomatosis and both forms of Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). You can find out more information about this here:
For tailored advice on caring for your rabbit, call 01444 456886 and bring them in for a visit