5 Basic Rabbit Welfare Needs.
As a pet owner you are legally required under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (UK) to make sure you can provide you pet with 5 basic needs Theses needs are to ensure that you have a happy and health pet rabbit.
Did you know what a wild rabbit’s territory is equivalent to around 30 tennis courts? Running around such large areas every day keeps wild rabbits fit and healthy, so we need to give our pet rabbits the opportunity to have lots of exercise. They should not be confined to a hutch. To find out more about how to make an ideal rabbit environment please click here.
As fibrevores it is essential that rabbits get plenty of fibre in their diets. Fibre plays an essential role in rabbits dental, digestive and emotional health. Good quality hay and/or grass should make up the majority of a rabbits’ diet and should be available at all times. A rabbit’s diet needs to be made up of 80% grass or hay, 15% greens and 5% nuggets. To find out more about making sure your rabbit receives a well balance diet click here.
In the wild, rabbits have plenty to keep them occupied, from foraging to reproduction to territorial defence. Behavioural problems and poor health in pet rabbits often occurs due to lack of stimulation. Keeping your rabbit physically and mentally active can help prevent behavioural problems developing. To find out more about rabbit behaviour click here.
Rabbits are incredibly social animals and have complex social needs and can become really miserable if left living alone for long periods. Rabbits are at their happiest when kept with another friendly rabbit, it is recommended that rabbits should ideally live in riendly pairs or groups. However, keeping the wrong pairings together can lead to unwanted kittens (baby rabbits) and/or fighting. Neutering is recommended to prevent unwanted babies (kits). To find out more about company for your rabbit click here.
Keeping your rabbits fit and healthy is vital to ensure a long, happy and fulfilling life. Rabbits can be prone to some health issues which can prove challenging to treat, but can often be easily prevented if you know how. Good care, appropriate feeding and other appropriate measures such as vaccination are key. To find out more about keeping your rabbit healthy click here.