Caring for your Rabbit
Caring for your Rabbit –
Start with creating a home for your rabbit?
If you’re thinking about keeping rabbit’s, learn as much as you can about how to care for them beforehand. You should take your lifestyle and household into account when deciding whether you can offer them a good home. Our guide explains rabbit’s basic needs so you can decide if they’re right for you.
Caring for your Rabbit whether Indoors or Outdoors!
Rabbit’s, whether kept indoors or outdoors need a lot of space, a big hutch with a spacious living area.
A hutch is somewhere for your rabbits’ to rest, hide and feel safe. This area needs enough space for all your rabbits to rest together.
The living area should be large enough for your rabbits’ to run, jump, hop around, explore, dig, graze and forage. Try to remember rabbits love to explore and play. Your rabbits’ should ideally have access to their play area at all times, the early morning, late afternoon and overnight are the best times, this is when they are most likely to graze and socialise.
Keeping Rabbits Outdoor!
Outdoor hutches should be weatherproof, with a raised floor to keep them dry improving ventilation. Where as indoor shelters should have natural light with good ventilation.
All areas must be large enough to allow rabbits’ to stand on their hind legs without their ears touching the roof, turn around easily, lie fully stretched out, able to run and to take several hops in a row. Hutches should be well ventilated, being draught-free, protected from extremes of temperature and secure to avoid rabbits escaping, also stopping predators getting in.
Never keep your rabbits in a garage with cars, as the exhaust fumes from your car can be very toxic.
Most rabbit breeds can be kept outdoors all year round, but others can live more happily indoors, you can bring your rabbit’s indoors for winter. Make sure your home is rabbit-proof by covering electrical wiring, removing poisonous plants or keeping them out of reach is a good idea. Use a large rabbit playpen for unsupervised playtime.
Rabbit hutches should contain lots of absorbent bedding materials, such as a layer of dust free wood shavings topped with shredded paper, or hay and straw! this will keep your rabbits comfortable and warm. In winter, plenty of extra hay will help to insulate your rabbits’ home.
You can train your rabbits’ to be litter trained by filling litter trays with hay, straw, or cat litter. You can leave some soiled litter in the tray placing them in the areas where your rabbit like use to go to the toilet. Try placing the litter tray away from where your rabbits’ sleep.
You should replace soiled bedding and litter daily, thoroughly clean the entire hutch weekly using an animal-safe disinfectant. Please remove your rabbits’ from their hutches during cleaning until all areas are dry.
Feeding your rabbit!
Rabbits’ need a balanced diet which is high in fiber. Avoiding sudden changes to their diet, as this can cause fatal stomach upsets.
Hay or grass!
Grass ideally, or Hay, these must always be available for your rabbits’ to eat. Helping maintain a healthy digestion system is important, at the same time this will help wear down your rabbits’ teeth naturally. Putting hay in racks off the ground can prevent it from becoming soiled. Do not feed grass clippings – rabbits should only eat fresh grass as it grows.
Hay forms the majority of your rabbits’ diet, but specialist rabbit foods can be fed in addition to hay to provide additional nutrition. We recommend feeding Pet Market pellets/nuggets, so they don’t miss out on essential nutrients – this is known as selective feeding.
Introduce any new food gradually over about 10 to 14 days.
Give your rabbits’ small quantities of fresh, washed leafy greens daily such as broccoli, kale, fresh herbs and freshly picked dandelion leaves.
Not too much!
Your rabbits’ will need fresh water every day, Pet Market recommend using a bottle. You should check your rabbits’ water at least twice a day, making sure it does not freeze if your rabbits live outdoors over winter.
Our bottle snugs’ will stop your rabbits’ bottle from freezing over in the winter and keeping it algae free throughout the summer!