Caring for your Rabbit

CARING FOR YOUR RABBIT

FOOD & WATER:
Feeding a good quality pellet or seed mix specially made for rabbits, along with plenty of vegetables, fruits and constant supply of hay. Treats should not exceed 10% of the total food intake. Fresh clean water
should always be available and changed every day. It is best to use a water bottle or a heavy bowl to avoid contamination and spillage.


HAY:
Hay is a very important part of your rabbits diet, as it provides a good source of roughage to maintain digestive health. Straw is also essential for bedding. This should be freshened up daily.


FRUIT & VEGETABLES:
Vegetables are a great source of nutrients and add variety to your rabbit's diet. It is important that you vary the vegetables you give your rabbit and ideally feed a selection of 3 vegetables a day. Fresh grass is
also acceptable as long as it has not been sprayed with any chemicals (NEVER LAWN CLIPPINGS). The following is a list of safe vegetables and plants for your rabbit:

  • Alfalfa, radish & clover sprouts

  • Basil

  • Beet greens tops (sparingly)

  • Bok choy

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Carrot & carrot tops

  • Celery

  • Coriander

  • Clover

  • Dandelion greens

  • Endive

  • Green peppers

  • Mint

  • Mustard

  • Parsley

  • Pea pods

  • Peppermint leaves

  • Raddichio

  • Raddish tops

  • Raspberry leaves

  • Spinach

  • Watercress

  • Wheat grass

IF IN DOUBT DO NOT FEED!

 

HOUSING:
Your best to provide your rabbit with the largest enclosure possible. It must be at least 4 times the adult size of your rabbit. The enclosure should be escape proof and have an area with a solid surface. They cannot spend all day on wire floor.


POSITION:

Keep your hutch in an area where there is no great extremes in temperature or draughts. If your rabbit is going to be housed outside make sure there is shelter from direct sun and wind. Rabbits can tolerate cold weather if properly acclimatised and sheltered, they must be put under shelter in winter. Place 3-5cm of bedding either straw or wood shavings. Your bunny will also need a hidey hole.


HOUSING MAINTENANCE:
Remove the waste spots daily and clean the entire bedding weekly or more frequently as required. Clean the food and water containers daily and top up fresh hay. Fruits and vegetables not eaten with 24 hours
should be discarded.


BEHAVIOUR & EXERCISE:
Rabbits are most active at dawn and dusk, these are great times for supervised exercise. For play time outdoor play pens can be used or rabbit harnesses. Your rabbit should be handled frequently to keep it
tame and maintain a bond between the two of you.


CHEW TOYS & HEALTH:
Rabbits need chew toys as their teeth continually grow. It is essential that they gnaw on hard, safe objects in order to keep their teeth at a manageable length. In store we have many chews that are safe for
your rabbit to chew on. Overgrown teeth can cause serious health problems and need to be assessed by your vet. Rabbits are susceptible to worms, and can in turn pass them to humans. Keep your rabbit
dewormed with worming syrup. This product goes directly into their drinking water once a month. Spray your rabbit with Mite and Lice once a week to keep him/her protected. Rabbits can be vaccinated. Speak
to your vet once you have your new rabbit.