Every year, many rabbits are given up to rehoming centres, or worse, left ignored and neglected in small hutches in the back garden. Easter time is a common time for people to buy rabbits without thinking about their needs, due to the ‘Easter Bunny’ effect. This year, a lot of charities and pet shops are refusing to rehome/sell their rabbits over the Easter period to try to prevent this.
- Rabbits need company – a neutered male/female pairing is best
- Rabbits need an appropriate diet of lots of hay and small amounts of veg and pelleted feed
- Rabbits need annual vaccinations
- Rabbits need lots of exercise and stimulation with toys
- Rabbits need a large hutch and exercise run (hutch measuring at least 6″x2″x2″ and exercise area measuring at least 8″ long)
- Rabbits need veterinary care when they get unwell – this can cost £200-300 for simple problems and up to several thousand for more complex diseases (insurance can help with this)
- Rabbits need careful handling or they can injure themselves and the person holding them. They are really not suitable for young children.
- If you know you will be able to look after rabbits properly, consider rehoming a bonded pair from a rescue centre rather than buying from a pet shop. Go to Rabbit Rehome to find bunnies in your area who need a home.