Free Pet Advice For Your Rabbit

The Five Fundamentals

Rabbit ownership, or rather the ownership of any animal kept as a pet or livestock, comes with requirements. By law, you must provide species-specific care and attention.

Some first-time rabbit owners do not understand the levels of care needed, the cost implications and the time commitments that rabbits require.

Many new owners wash their hands of these responsibilities when the things get out of hand. And unless you are prepared, something is bound to go wrong!

There are 5 basic principles to consider:

Peas in a Pod? They’re Not!

There is no one ‘perfect’ way, to care for all rabbits as there are many breeds and varieties that require varying degrees of attention.

For example, an Angora breed needs a lot of regular grooming and a small breed needs a lot more room to exercise, run and play than you might suspect.

A larger rabbit needs different rabbit care than a dwarf breed. Dwarf rabbits can have fatal genetic problems that can cause kits to die early. Large rabbits are prone to pododermatitis (sore hocks) because of the pressure on their feet.

This alone is enough proof that all rabbits are different. And we haven’t even touched on their personalities!

Cats and dogs have their own unique personalities, rabbits do too.

Most domestic rabbit behavior dates back to the ancestral habits of wild rabbits, but still, each rabbit breed has its own ‘personality’!

A grouchy rabbit has a good reason for bad antics. You can read a happy, sad or even a depressed bunny and understand if you recognize the signals they portray and act accordingly.

Animal Welfare Act

According to the Animal Welfare Act, there are legal obligations that require pet parents to offer the best care for their pets.

The indoor rabbit is fast becoming as popular as the outdoor rabbit but the fundamentals of care differ little. Take these steps to ensure you meet their needs and all will be well…

Here are the five fundamentals of rabbit care that the law stipulates as essential:

1. A healthy diet  – What do rabbits eat and why is water so vital for this fluffy pets? How do rabbits’ digestive systems work? What are the components of good rabbit pellets? Why is muesli so bad for rabbits? What treats should I feed my rabbits and in what amounts? Which plants should my rabbits eat and which is better between hay and grass? How do I monitor my rabbit’s weight and health and where do I get a meal planner for my bunny? Lucky for you, we have it all here!

2. A suitable place to live  – Here you’ll find the vital fundamentals of rabbit shelter and housing, including size criteria of rabbit hutches & cages, notes on litter training, temperature considerations, safety precautions, crucial points about rabbit bedding, tips on transporting rabbits safely and boarding rabbits when you are not around.

3. The ability to behave normally – Understand the behavior of rabbits and learn why a two-way communication system is so important. Allow your rabbits the freedom to express themselves and hear the remarkable ways rabbits talk to us with their body language, sounds, and actions. Learn the importance of space, exercise, digging, hiding places, play, hygiene and how to spot signs of stress.

4. Protection from pain, suffering, injury, and disease – Important points on rabbit health & welfare including rabbit vet advice on vaccinations, rabbit diseases such as VHD, flystrike, and myxomatosis, medicine & supplement advice. Also get to understand rabbit neutering, teeth & nail care, grooming advice, pet insurance comparisons and what behavioral signs to look for if a rabbit is in pain.

5. Appropriate company and handling – the importance of another rabbit or animal companions for social interaction and the supervision involved, the positive effects of neutering against aggressive behavior, the need for hiding spaces to avoid unwanted attention, provision of responsible carers and tips and advice on the correct rabbit handling techniques. 

Those pages are your basic starting points and will provide you with all you require to understand your beloved bunnies and their all-important needs.

Rewards of Doing it Right

Rabbit care is a vitally important part of successful rabbit ownership. By understanding all the information above, both you and your rabbit will have an easy time around each other.

The satisfaction of seeing your bunnies happy and healthy will make all your research and dedicated passion to your rabbits, even more rewarding.

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back!

Your being on this page is one of many steps that will set you up for successful rabbit keeping. You have done what many have neglected to do… research! 

It doesn’t matter where you find the information, but the fact is you’ve decided on due diligence to ensure you are the best you can be at owning a rabbit.

This section and subsequent pages are for first-time rabbit owners and any other rabbit owner or breeder that may have stumbled on some problems. 

Congratulations on being so dedicated – rabbits deserve the best and the five fundamentals of rabbit care above will set you up to be the best.

Sharing is caring!

Miranda Hawkins
Miranda currently lives just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, 8-year old son, and what she lovingly calls her “zoo.” Miranda grew up in the Midwest and always had animals around while growing up. After graduating from college, she married her husband Sam and they moved to the mountains of Colorado where Miranda became very involved with the regional rabbit rescues.

Currently, her “zoo” includes two dogs, one rambunctious cat, and three indoor rabbits. Oliver, a delightful Black Otter Holland Lop, and Juniper, a gorgeous Opal Satin Angora, are a bonded pair and have been together for three years.

She had the pleasure of adding an energetic Fawn Flemish Giant to her family one year ago, named Sir Gregor. He had been abandoned outside a pet store and was put up for adoption. Miranda feels very blessed to have this lovable lagomorph living amongst her family and is a strong advocate for educating people about rabbits and how special they truly are.

Miranda has put together a team of rabbit lovers and breeders from across the country and hopes you will find the information and resources on the JustRabbits.com site beneficial. She loves to hear from her readers and looks forward to seeing many more people become loving responsible bunny parents.