Rabbits are not just for Easter

Its amazing how many rabbits are sold at this time of year. Unfortunately rabbits are not just for Easter. Just like dogs and cats they need a lot of care and attention. If kept correctly they can make wonderful pets though.

  • Pellets 5% – 2 egg cups per day (one am, one pm) or 60g in total Feeding
  • Hay 85% – but it should be unlimited – use a hay rack or hanging basket but aim to give them their own body size in fresh feeding hay every day, or access to fresh grass to graze.
  • Greens 10% 250g volume changes depending on greens. This does not include carrots which should be a treat. (from RAWF website)

Rabbits need to be cleaned out daily and some time spent grooming them as well. They are unfortunately at risk of getting fly strike. This condition generally happens in the warmer months and is when their bottoms get dirty with faeces and urine which, attracts the fly’s. The fly’s then lay their eggs on the rabbits back end and when they hatch, they can eat away at the flesh. This condition is extremely painful and uncomfortable, generally when we see rabbits in this condition it is to late.

Rabbits get bored. Just like humans, rabbits need socialisation, space to exercise and plenty of toys to keep themselves entertained. I recommend stuffing a paper towel roll or cardboard oatmeal canister with timothy hay so that your bunny can roll, chew and play to his or her heart’s delight.

Rabbits purr when they’re happy. It’s not the same as a cat’s purr, though. It sounds like teeth chattering or light chomping. Every bunny mom and dad knows that this is the sweetest sound.

And they binky when they’re super-happy. What’s a binky, you ask? Only the cutest thing in the world.

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