Rabbit Quick Care Guide
Soft, cuddly and sociable, these pocket pets are true honey bunnies.
Did you know?
Rabbits can live for up to ten years.
Rabbits’ teeth never stop growing.
They need lots of fresh hay every day because chewing it wears the teeth down. Keeping a wood block or fruit branch in their enclosure also helps.
They love a chance to kick up their heels.
Fence off an area in the garden to watch them sprint around..
Rabbits can form strong bonds with humans and most will be affectionate pets.
They also form strong bonds with each other.
It’s a bad idea to ever separate two rabbits that have lived together.
In a natural environment they do a lot of pushing and digging.
A pet rabbit with a sand pit nearby would be a lucky rabbit indeed.
They can be trained to come when called and to return to their hutch.
To express happiness rabbits sometimes ‘binky’ or leap and twist in the air.
They also make honking or buzzing sounds when happy.
A rabbit will sometimes nudge their human to get their attention or to get them out of their way
Hutch – at least 1830 x 610 x 610 mm with an attached run of at least 2400 x 900 x 900mm for one or two rabbits
Grass hay: timothy or lucerne hay
Heavy ceramic food bowl
Treats and chew toys
Place hutch away from rain, wind and direct sunlight
Layer bedding hay over an absorbent base like shredded ink-free paper, cat litter or wood shavings
Feed two large handfuls of timothy or lucerne hay daily as well as 1/4 cup of fresh vegetables and 1/4 cup of high-fibre rabbit pellets
Give occasional rabbit treats
Change water daily to keep fresh
Remove droppings, wet spots and uneaten vegetables daily
Replace bedding hay weekly
Allow exercise in a large fenced area
Handle gently and frequently. Pick up with both hands, one under the front legs and the other supporting the hind legs
Hold rabbit close to the body
Overgrown teeth. Provide a gnawing block if needed
Wood shavings from cedar or other fragrant woods — they can be poisonous
Giving access to things that shouldn’t be chewed, like electrical cables
Dropping the rabbit from a height. Place it gently back to the ground