-They need large, secure housing. Recommendation is a minimum of 2 feet wide, 2 feet high and 6 feet long. This allows running, jumping and hiding activities which rabbits need to stay healthy.
-According to the PDSA 35% of pet rabbits live in inadequate housing and 56% of rabbits still live alone.
-Rabbits should be fed primarily a grass or grass product diet. They should have their own body -sized amount of good quality hay each day.
-They need a small amount of pelleted, rather than muesli-type food.
-A study in 2016 estimated 800,000 domestic rabbits are kept as companion animals in 2% of households in the United Kingdom, making them the third most commonly kept pet, after dogs and cats.
-Research shows that 25% of owners have pet rabbits because their children wanted them.
-Sadly, the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) estimates that 67,000 rabbits are passing through rehoming centres in the UK each year.
-Some rescue centres have rabbits that are already neutered and bonded in pairs and looking for good homes.
– If you are interested in keeping a rabbit, then please consult your vet regarding their needs.
Dr Mandy Elgin