- Rabbits always need access to fresh water and will drink more from a bowl. Ideally they should drink 100-150 mls of water every day
- Give unlimited grass hay for all ages (timothy, orchard, oat hay, or brome)
- Offer up to 1 TBSP vegetables daily
- When feeding healthy greens, give no more than 1 cup twice a day (romaine, bibb, red leaf)
- Sugary treats, fruit, and seeds are unhealthy and can lead to digestive problems and obesity, even when given in small amounts.
- 6 months and under: Feed unlimited amount of alfalfa-based pellets, alfalfa hay, and a variety of grass hays
- 6-12 months: limited amounts (1/4 cup per 5 lbs of body weight) of alfalfa-based pellets, alfalfa hay and an unlimited variety of grass hays.
- 1 yr or older: Feed limited amounts (1/4 cup per 5 lbs of body weight) of pellets containing a minimum of 23% fiber and an unlimited variety of grass hays.
- Use a large cage or crate with solid flooring
- A cage should be provided as a safe home to rest and relax. It should be tall enough for your rabbit to stand on his hind legs and stretch out. (minimum size: 36″ x 36″ x 24″)
- Provide food and water bowls
- Avoid highly aromatic wood chip bedding such as cedar, that can be harmful to your animal’s respiratory system
- Include toys for enrichment and a hide box for security
- Keep the cage away from direct sunlight or drafts.
- Position housing close to household activity
- Create a rabbit-safe exercise area outside of the cage
- Rabbit-proof areas of your house by moving or covering phone and electrical cords
- Inquisitive and curious
- Feeding grass hay prevents boredom, obesity, dental disease, and diarrhea
- Rabbits normally don’t like to be picked up and carried
- They can be trained to use a litter box
- Average age: 7-10 years
- Maximum age: 15 years
Dental disease and obesity are best managed with measured amounts of pellets and unlimited grass hay. Chewing is also natural, calming behavior for rabbits.
Female rabbits should be spayed before 2 years of age to help prevent ovarian tumors. Neutering males can help prevent spraying and territorial dominant behaviors.
When To See A Vet
- Does not eat/drink for 4-6 hours
- Droppings suddenly get smaller, misshapen, strung together with thick strands of hair, or if there are no droppings at all
- Sneezing frequently, discharge coming from the nose or eyes, sounds congested or having trouble breathing
- Head tilting and balance problems
- Blood in urine, straining to urinate
- Grinding teeth