Getting A New Rabbit

4 Little Paws supports rescue adoption rather than buying from pet shops or breeders. This is because the latest figures from RWAF (2012) suggest that there are at least 67,000 rabbits going into rescues all over the UK every year, and we feel that by pet shops and breeders continuing to sell rabbits, this number will only get worse.

Things to think about:

  • Rabbits can live up to 12 years
  • They need a carefully balanced diet of quality hay, mono-component pellets (not muesli) and healthy green leafy vegetables, herbs and wild foods.
  • RWAF recommend a minimum area of 10ft x 6ft x 3ft high (3m x 2m x 1m) for a pair of average sized rabbits, regardless if they live indoors or outside. 
  • In summer they need regular checks to ensure they do not fall victim to fly strike, and in winter they need regular checks to ensure they are warm and dry and their water isn’t frozen.
  • Rabbits should not live alone, they should live in neutered pairs or groups. Unneutered rabbits can be very aggressive.
  • Rabbits need yearly vaccinations for myxomatosis and VHD, and RHD2.
  • They are delicate creatures, that don't like being picked up or loud noises.
  • They should not be considered as easy or starter pets for children. Care should always be supervised by an adult, who must take full responsibility for it. 
  • Adopting a rabbit from a reputable rescue will cost around £50 and will include neutering, vaccinations, health checks and back up support for life.  A pet shop rabbit may cost around £15, but will not cover neutering and vaccinations, meaning a total spend of well over £100 at the vets, with no support should anything go wrong or circumstances change.
  • Caring for a pair of rabbits can cost £10,000 over the course of their lifetime (Source). 

Please read the information in these links to ensure you are aware of the commitment rabbit ownership involves:

http://www.saveafluff.co.uk/rabbit-info/before-you-get-a-rabbit

https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-care-advice/think-you-want-a-rabbit/ 

http://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pdfs/RWAbrochuremaster.pdf

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DP & Waffles enjoying a healthy snack