Rabbits can make wonderful pets, but do have some very specific needs. They are happiest if they have a companion rabbit as they are social animals. They are very inquisitive, and love to dig and chew. Particular care should be taken to prevent a rabbit being left unsupervised out of their hutch, especially around electrical equipment. The average life span of a rabbit is 5-8 years. Rabbits can be kept as solely indoor animals, and can be toilet trained, or they can be kept outside either in a hutch or free-ranging, or a combination of the two. Rabbits enjoy being kept busy and playing, and with some gentle perseverance can even be trained to do tricks!
Pet rabbits should be handled every day from a young age. Long haired rabbits should be groomed regularly and all rabbits should be checked to ensure their bottoms and feet are clean from faeces.
Rabbits pass two different types of stools, overnight they pass large soft stools which they then eat – this is normal and healthy for them to do so! During the day they should be frequently passing tiny little dry balls of faeces. If your rabbit stops defecating or eating for several hours this may be a sign they are sick, and should be checked at the clinic.