7 ways to get rabbit ready
Rabbits are inquisitive and adventurous. They love to have lots of room to explore and tasty food to eat. They’re definitely cute and cuddly but they also have big characters and a variety of needs. So, before you take the plunge, here are seven ways to get prepared.
1. Bunnies need buddies
Unless you’re ready to be up at 4am to frolic and play like rabbit companions would do in the wild, you’re going to need an animal pal for your bunny. Guinea pigs are great but sadly they don’t speak rabbit. The best match would be another neutered rabbit of the opposite sex.
2. Home sweet home
Rabbits love to run, dig, hop and jump. Spacious housing attached to a large secure run will help keep them active, happy and healthy. A wooden children’s Wendy house with a big run attached is ideal! Sheds can also easily be converted with mesh doors and a step-over barrier to stop the rabbits escaping.
3. Keep it interesting
Rabbits love to run, jump,
dig and chew and you can support this natural behaviour by adding some items to their environment. This could be anything from large cardboard boxes for them to hop in, apple or willow tree wood to chew on or plastic toy boxes with soil
or play sand for hours of digging fun!
4. Healthy rabbit diet
Rabbits are herbivores and need their bellies full of fibre at all times. 85% of their diet should be good quality hay, 10% a ‘5 a day’ selection of safe plants and vegetables and the remainder a good-quality pellet food such as Burgess. Just one egg cup a day will do!
5. Forage for your rabbits
This can be a cost-effective of keeping your rabbits healthy. Blackberry, raspberry and strawberry leaves are very good for poorly rabbits. They can also safely eat chickweed, wild mallow, wild geranium, dried nettle, plantain, shepherd’s purse, goose grass, buddleia and rose leaves.
6. Health check your rabbits
They can be very good at pretending! So look out for any changes in behaviour each day. If you are worried, take them to your nearest rabbit friendly vet. Your rabbits will need to go to the vets at least 1-2 times a year for vaccinations for VHD and Myxomatosis and preventative flea treatment.
7. Handle with care
Rabbits look soft and cuddly but they’re not always that fond of being handled. The best way to socialise your rabbit is to sit on the ground
in their run area offering tasty forage treats. The more time you spend doing this, the more confident they will feel about hopping up to you and even jumping on your lap!