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Moscow Animals Advice Center


 
Advice for Rabbit Owners

White Rabbit

Ask us for individual advice on caring for your rabbit - we're always happy to help! But here is some basic information to answer some of your questions.

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Outdoor housing
Rabbits are sociable animals who should never be housed alone - pairs or groups will live happily if certain guidelines are followed. Two females from the same litter, two neutered males from the same litter, or a neutered male and a female will be fine. Rabbits can also live with guinea pigs if introduced when they're both young.

Rabbits in an enclosure need weatherproof living space within a large outdoor run. The living area needs to be as big as possible, with a warm, dry comfortable floor covered in a deep layer of peat, cat litter or natural wood shavings topped with plenty of straw to bed down in. Droppings and wet patches should be cleaned every day, and the whole house cleaned thoroughly once a week.

A fine mesh cover to the run is necessary to keep out predatory animals such as cats, dogs, weasels and stoats.

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House rabbits
You can train your rabbit to use a litter tray, and live in your house - just remember to bunnyproof anything that they might chew. Electrical wiring is particularly irresistible.

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Water
All rabbits need constant access to fresh water - a drip-fed bottle is the most hygienic, which should be washed weekly and sterilised with boiling water.

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Food
Rabbits need a varied diet consisting of green stuff, root vegetables and fruit, plenty of good quality hay and either commercial rabbit pellets or a home-made mix of crushed oats, mixed corn, bran etc. Put the food in heavy earthenware dishes so they can't tip over, and wash them out every day. Give your rabbit access to a mineral lick. Make sure that your rabbit is safe from chemically treated plants, and never feed them lawn cuttings.

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Grooming
Only Angora rrabbits need grooming, but most rabbit enjoy being brushed, especially when moulting. Grooming also gives you a good opportunity to check the rabbit for general health and look at his claws and teeth. Consult your vet if the claws or teeth are too long.

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Chewing
Make sure that there are chewable items such as cardboard tubes or boxes for your rabbit to chew.

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Handling
Never pick up a rabbit by the ears. To pick him up, turn him to face you, put your left hand on the scruff and your right hand round his rump. Then lift the rabbit towards you and cradle him or rest him against your body.

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Neutering
We strongly suggest that your rabbit should be neutered - due to the overwhelming population of unwanted rabbits!

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