Rabbit care

Rabbits make very popular pets. They are naturally clean and easy to manage.  Male rabbits are known as Bucks and females are known as Does. The average life span is 5 - 6 years, but they can live to 12 years if they have been neutered. Since they are members of the rodent family, they have a habit of chewing and gnawing to wear down their teeth

They can be kept indoors as house bunnies, and can be trained to use a litter tray. 

HOUSING

They are best kept in a sheltered position outdoors in as big a weatherproof hutch as you can afford or have

space for; ideally with a large run attached. It must be secure and fox proof. We find that hay over newspapers is easy to clean out, and minimises the danger of skin problems and allergies that can be caused by shavings.

COMPANIONSHIP

Two males can be kept together, but they must be neutered by 5-6 months or they may fight. Two females can be kept together, but again should be neutered, not only to prevent fighting, but

also to prevent uterine cancer. The best combination of all, is a neutered male with a neutered female. Pairing up should be tried on neutral territory, Cheryl will be able to advise on the best way to do this.

DIET

A Rabbits diet should be high in fibre, with plenty of hay and

fresh vegetables in moderation daily, along with a small amount of rabbit pellets.

HEALTH

Your rabbit should be vaccinated against myxamatosis, VHD and HVD2 at regular intervals. 

TIP- Find yourself a local vet who is good with rabbits, before you need one. 

FIDO'S may be able to advise you on this. They should be kept especially clean during warm weather, to prevent 'fly strike'. Your rabbit will need to be groomed regularly. FIDO'S can clip your rabbits claws for you for a donation to charity. Please ring first to arrange a convenient time.

Mr.Fido advises that you visit the web site of the

Rabbit Welfare association  

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