Care Info For Your Rabbit
Please read the following carefully as it contains important information about the care required for your Rabbit. Please also refer to our Legal Page, and for any further information, assistance or advice, please contact one of our stores.
Rabbits are a great pet for teaching responsibility to children as well as entertaining the adults who are children at heart. These are natures cute lawnmowers who are intelligent and trainable.
We recommend a timber and wire hutch or a good sized plastic and wire cage for housing rabbits. In this home, you should have a variety of floor cover and bedding such as Straw, Hemp, some specific cat litters, wood shavings (messy in long coated pets) or edible hays such as Meadow Hay and Oaten Hay. The home should contain everything that rabbits are likely to need including toys as well as the necessary food and water containers. Many rabbit owners have trained their rabbits (which is actually easy to do) and provide them an outdoor hutch for the warmer months, and an indoor pen or cage for the cooler months and night; whilst some owners give their rabbit the run of the house. To prevent the hutch or your house being nibbled on, use a small animal safe bitters product to make the area taste unappealing. You can litter train your rabbit using scent based training - all you need is small animal urine cleaner and a litter tray with chosen absorbing litter in it. The process is easy and best discussed in store to suit your environment plans.
Please ask about rabbit diseases in your location - there are some nasty ones designed to keep wild rabbit population in check, but they can also affect your pet. These diseases are specific to location and season. We recommend keep rabbits inside at night to prevent biting insects which may be the vector of disease.
For the food, we recommend a ceramic bowl as they will not chew it and it is hard to knock over. A plastic drink feeder can be hung on the outside of the cage and are much cleaner than a bowl on the inside of the cage. Rabbits instinctively know how to use the water feeders. Ceramic bowls are great as a back up though, so if you have space, we'd recommend both.
Cage cleaner is highly recommended to remove the odours and to aid cleaning, and won't harm the rabbits - unlike some generic cleaning products. Mite and Lice spray can be used to lower the risk of lice and mites on your rabbit(s). All animals are susceptible to worms and thus a three monthly treatment of small animal wormer will keep your rabbit free of round worm.
We have available a small animal shampoo so that you can bath and clean your pet, but please do not do this on a cold day, nor use very cold water. On a hot day, don't use water that is too cold as Thermal shock can cause serious issues.
Rabbits are grazers and our Rabbit and Guinea Pig Mix food given daily in conjunction with small amounts of most vegetables, fruits and grasses will be a great diet. Foods to avoid include cabbage, Iceberg lettuce, rhubarb, beans, green potato, or diary products. Lucerne is not recommended as a food source as it is too high in Carbohydrates. A varied and rotated diet is essential to keep the digestive system working properly. The food ratio for a Rabbit is:
A Salt Lick Stone is essential as salt cannot be retained in the bodies of rabbits, so a salt lick will provide the needed salt as well as prevent overgrown teeth. Wood chews also promote healthy, clean teeth and are necessary to wear them down. Juvenile rabbits will also need a supplement to prevent metabolic bone disorder. High content vitamin-C veggies are a must.
Remember to hold them regularly to get them used to it. And for the ultimate care, brush them regularly. If their nails are too sharp, small animal nail scissors are available.
We aim at giving specialist advice backed by quality products and courteous service.
We believe that this will give you the best chance at having the kind of pet you will enjoy.
We would be grateful if you keep us informed of your new family members progress and we will do our best to assist you in any way we can.