Looking after a pet rabbit

Here is some helpful information for you to know before purchasing a pet rabbit.

They need fresh water and exercise daily. You will need to make sure

that your pet rabbit has clean water everyday. Rabbits also need

exercise everyday in a safe grassy area.Their diet consists of

grass, apple, carrot, rabbit pellets and hay. Make sure that the grass

hasn’t been treated with harmful substances.A gnawing block is needed to wear down long teeth and bedding needs to be changed daily.Although

rabbits can withstand cold weather in winter its best to keep the hutch

in the shed or garage, they can also get too hot or cold.Many hutches sold are too small to accommodate rabbits. As they get bigger they outgrow their hutches so becoming house rabbits is very common these days just like keeping a cat and dog.

When deciding where to purchase a rabbit pet, the best place to buy

them is directly from a show rabbit breeder or a private breeder. They

will be pure breed rabbits that are a good size in accordance with the

breed. The rabbit breeder regularly handles the rabbits so they are

confident when being picked up. You will also get the chance to see the

mother and father and the exact date of birth of the chosen pet rabbit.

You can also buy a pet rabbit from a pet rescue organisation,

sometimes they are abandoned because their owners can no longer look

after them or they are no longer wanted. There are organisations that

rescue them and re-house them. The disadvantage of this is the rabbits

may be aggressive because of how they have been treated by their

previous owner.In some cases you might be assessed first to see

if you will be a suitable owner, someone will visit your home and see

if the adopted pet rabbit will be living in a suitable environment.

The most common place to purchase a pet rabbit is a pet shop, it is

also the most convenient. Most pet shops will get their rabbits from a

commercial breeder rather than a private breeder this means they were

mass bred solely for selling. They do this because there is a high

demand for them so they want quantity rather than quality.
When

buying from a pet shop, the rabbits are hardly ever handled so they can

be nervous. You will also never know when the exact birth date was.

When purchasing rabbits, only buy from a pet shop that is confident on

the sex of the rabbit.

When buying your pet rabbit, it is important that the males and

females are kept separately to ensure that the females don’t get

pregnant.

It is very common for them to be neutered. Females can have several

litter a year with up to 8 babies in each. Having females neutered will

also protect them from cancers. For males having them neutered will

prevent them from being aggressive.

5 Responses

  1. amber April 29, 2008 / 2:19 am

    Should i clean my rabit out more times in the summer than winter?

  2. jane October 21, 2008 / 6:19 am

    Is it best to keep rabbits neutered pair or a single sex rabbit when getting one for the first time. If it is only one, which sex is best for a six year old child?

  3. beth December 18, 2009 / 3:42 am

    what is the best bedding for rabbits?

  4. rachel December 20, 2009 / 7:43 am

    today we found that our rabbit’s water had frozen overnight, what could we possibly do to avoid freezing as it will be very cold for a while now!

  5. chelsey March 27, 2011 / 6:31 am

    it is best to get a buck if you are just having one has them seem to be a better natured rabbit

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