This is rabbit awareness week and we have special features every day on our Facebook page – so do check them out if your special family members are rabbits, or you are considering getting a pair of these delightful animals.
Here are a few key points to be aware of
Diet and Nutrition for Rabbits
It’s important to get your rabbit’s diet right. Obesity in bunnies can lead to serious health issues such as arthritis.
Their diet should be –
- Predominantly – good quality hay or grass – 85%
- 5-6 leafy greens and veg – 10%
- A small amount of pellets – 5%
- The occasional treat (such as carrot or coriander).
Avoid muesli style rabbit foods as these can lead to rabbits selectively feeding on the high fat tasty parts and leaving the rest!
As ever do also make sure that fresh clean water is available at all times.
Environment and Shelter for Rabbits
Your rabbit should live in a pair or suitable group and have a good amount of room to live in which includes a shelter and run. They should be protected from predators and the elements as well as anything dangerous such as electrical wires.
They will also need some enrichment like rabbit safe toys, cardboard tubes or willow balls.
Their shelter should be permanently attached to a large, predator protected, run
- Shelter to be as large as possible
- Absolute minimum – 2 metres long x 0.6m wide x 0.6m high.
- Room to stretch upright fully and make at least 3 hops
- Full enclosure to be absolute minimum – 3m long x 2m wide x 1 m high
If you have concerns about your rabbits’ health and wellbeing, please do book an appointment online.