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My Rabbits Are Not Drinking Water

My rabbits are not drinking water

5 things to help them drink water

1. Give your rabbit a water dish.

Your rabbit might not like the water bottle, and find that a dish is much easier.

2. Make sure the water bottle is clean

Another thing is – scrub the bottle clean. They may be put off by the state of the water bottle. However, this is an unlikely scenario. But it is worth doing anyway.

3. Give them food that is wet

Give them food that had been washed under water and is still wet. They will glean the water from the food even though there is not much of it.

4. Make sure the water is the right temperature.

They may not like water that is too cold or even too hot.

5. Give them more hay.

How much hay does your rabbit eat?

Often rabbits who are eating a lot of hay begin to drink more water to compensate.

If your rabbit is not much of a hay eater he might not feel the need to drink much.

My Rabbit’s Ears Are Cold

My rabbit’s ears are cold

This is a symptom that many rabbit owners have testified to have seen in their rabbits.

It can be a worrying thing when you suddenly feel that your rabbit’s normally warm ears have suddenly become cold.

So what does this mean?

It is important to understand that rabbits regulate their temperature through their ears.

Cold ears are not always a sign of illness, but if the rabbit is also unusually quiet and not interested in food it is cause for concern

When a rabbit has stomach pain they often feel cold to the touch.

If they are not eating, is quiet and cold you need to call your veterinary surgeon who will be able to give further advice on the situation.

can rabbits live alone

Can Rabbits Live Alone?

Rabbits are some of the most popular pets in the world today.

They are well beloved of many owners who treasure them for their passive nature, their amenability and general cuteness.

When thinking about getting a rabbit, many future owners often reflect on the question of whether they should get one rabbit or two.

So can rabbits live alone?

Rabbits can live alone but is not their most favored way of living.

They much prefer living with another friendly rabbit and keeping one together with another bunny is the advised way of keeping them.

Unless of course you are otherwise advised by a veterinary surgeon or a qualified animal behaviorist.

Rabbits are social animals and prefer the company of other rabbits.

They form a pecking order with one becoming more dominant than the other.

Some animals become more dominant that others, and is a perfectly normal situation.

If they are left alone, rabbits can unfortunately develop behavior that is not normal for them.

Rabbits that are left with nothing to do and with no company for long periods can suffer as a result.

It can be bad for their well being.

If your rabbit has to be kept alone, make sure that they have regular companionship.

A good combination to keep is a neutered male and a neutered female.

When they are neutered, it reduces the risk that they will fight.

Bring them inside as indoor rabbits.

This way they can feel part of your family and benefit from the interaction they will have with your family.

Believe it or not, they will gain a lot from spending time with your family and the conversation that occurs within the household.

Make sure that you provide things for them to do to ensure that they are not bored during down time when there is no one in the house.

Introducing your rabbit to another

If you want to introduce a rabbit to your pet so that they don’t get bored then this is an admirable thing to do.

When introducing new rabbits to each other, this needs to be done gradually and under supervision.

This also needs to be done in a space which is unfamiliar to both rabbits.

Rabbits that are introduced together as adults may fight to start with.

So have two separate places for them and gradually introduce them together in supervised times.

Have set periods of time for them to spend with each other and get ready to pull them out if things start to get tetchy in there.

my rabbits eyes are red

My Rabbits Eyes Are Red

Rabbits get red eye when there is the appearance of blood vessels in the eyeball.

This causes a swelling or irritation in the eyelid of the rabbit.

So what happens if I find that ‘my rabbits eyes are red?’

If you find that your rabbit has red eye then they need veterinary assistance immediately.

It is usually a symptom of something more serious.

Possible illnesses they might be indicating include;

  • bacterial infections,
  • conjunctivitis,
  • keratitis,
  • glaucoma,
  • dental diseases.

A rabbit friendly veterinarian will run an analysis to discover the core issue affecting your bunny.

They can then prescribe a course of action to help them recover.

For a more detailed analysis check out Pet MD

how long will my pet rabbit live

How Long Will My Pet Rabbit Live?

One of the more unsettling things about owning a rabbit is not knowing how long they are going to live.

Having a pet rabbit is one of the best pets you can have.

They are joyous creatures to have as a companion and a pet and can provide much pleasure to their owners.

So how long will my pet rabbit live?

The answer is…

You can really influence the length of time that your rabbit will live for.

The amount of time, money and love that you invest in your rabbit, will mean that they can live to achieve their full potential if you want them to.

As their owner, you can give them the food and nutrition that they need to eat to stay healthy, the water they need to drink, the health care they need to fight any afflictions and diseases that come their way.

You can really affect your rabbit’s life.

A well looked after rabbit who lives indoors for most of the time can live on average between 7-10 years.

Some rabbits have been known to even live into their teens.

The oldest in the world was a rabbit named Flopsy, who belonged to L.B. Walker of Longford, Tasmania, Australia. He was a wild rabbit who was caught on the 6th August 1964 and died 18 years and 10.75 months later.(source)

The oldest living rabbit to date is Hazel, a 16 year old miniature grey rabbit owned by Mike and Irene Womack, of Chapel Close, Pulham Market, in Norfolk, United Kingdom. (source)

So if you want your rabbit to live that bit longer there are some good things that you can do.

Here are some of the things that you could do help your rabbit live for longer;
  • Provide them with a good amount of space to live in.
  • Give them space inside your home as well as outside.
  • Provide your rabbit with a good diet
  • Give it plenty of time and attention.
  • Make sure your rabbit has plenty to chew on.
  • Find a rabbit-friendly veterinary surgeon and take them for regular checks.

Giving your rabbit the best home you can and the best care possible will give them the best possible chance of living a long life.

how can i fatten my rabbit up

How Can I Fatten My Rabbit Up?

Rabbit’s are very good at efficiently making use of the nutrition out of their food.

They have digestive systems that enable them to make use of all the food that they can.

This means that if a rabbit becomes underweight, it is usually because of another issue that is maybe affecting their health.

So if your bunny is not at the correct weight then the first port of call is to seek out a rabbit friendly veterinary surgeon to get them checked out.

If you have already sought out this route and treatment has been granted for your rabbit then there are some other ways to help your bunny gain weight.

How can I fatten my rabbit up?

Here are some things you can do to help your rabbit gain weight.

  • Increase the calorie intake that they are consuming. Pick higher calorie variety of foods that they normally consume.
  • Introduce oats into their diet. A good food for rabbits to have to increase weight are oats. Mix them in with some sunflower seed kernels and maybe add some apple or some pear for flavor variety. Sunflower seeds contain Vitamin E and fats that will benefit your bunny.Feeding small amounts of banana and other fruits is good for weight gain for bunnies. Not too much though.
  • Introduce Readigrass into their diet. Readigrass is a very good food that is high in protein.
  • Make sure they have unlimited hay. Feeding them hay is very good bunnies at best of the times, but another reason why hay is good for them is that it is great for preventing diseases. Unlimited amounts of hay can be given to your bunny every day and will help with preventing hairballs clogging up their throats as well. Try mixing some different varieties such as Alfalfa which is usually used for younger rabbits to help them increase in weight. But don’t use too much though.

Introduce food slowly to your bunny over a period of between 7-10 days. Rabbits cant be introduced to too many foods otherwise their stomach’s will not be able to handle it.

By introducing above methods, you should see some movement in their weight. Of course, if your veterinary surgeon advises a different course of action then it is best to follow that first.

These are merely helpful foods that will increase weight if there are no underlying health issues.

 

rabbit winter care

Rabbit Winter Survival Guide

As rabbit owners we have a responsibility to look after the needs of our bunnies ensuring that they have a suitable diet, good accommodation, and companionship.

Ensuring that they are healthy and are able to live a happy and normal life is a priority.

Although rabbits will naturally prepare themselves for the start of the dark and colder months, we do have a responsibility to to give our bunnies that much more attention at this time of year.

There are many different factors to consider when keeping rabbits happy and healthy during winter time so we thought it would a good idea to write a post with some things to think about for your rabbit over winter time.

There are a number of things to check on and to ensure are in place to ensure your rabbits accommodation is well set up for them.

So here are 15 key factors we think are important to consider for bunnies over the winter time for rabbit winter care

Bringing your rabbit indoors

If the temperature outside starts to fall to freezing then the first thing to think about is moving your rabbit inside your home.

It gives them the shelter and warmth that they need and means that that you don’t have to worry about the harshness of winter that can really affect your rabbit.

What about if there is no space for a rabbit in your home?

However, for many owners, we understand that this is not an option at the moment.

If you do not have the space in your home then there are other alternatives.

If you have a shed, outhouse, barn, car-free garage then these types of places can also provide more protection for them over winter time.

If you are thinking of doing this, then this is a really good thing to do.

But before you do, there are some things to think about before you take your rabbits indoors.

5 things to consider before moving your rabbit inside
  • Make sure that where ever you put your rabbit, that the area has been properly rabbit-proofed so that it is free from wires and anything you don’t want chewed.
  • It is important that it is free of toxic fumes and chemical spills, as well as any plants that are poisonous and any cables which may cause them an electric shock.
  • It isn’t a good idea to keep a rabbit in a greenhouse mainly because of the range of temperatures that greenhouses have. Conservatories are also not good for them.
  • Its important that any area where a rabbit is kept has a good temperature for them and that it is ventilated.
  • Make sure your rabbits accomodation is away from any kind of heater which may cause your rabbits to overheat.

 

Make winter more interesting for rabbits

Winter can be a boring time for rabbits as quite often they are unable to get outside and do the activities they can do in the lighter and warmer months. So providing your rabbit with interesting activities can really help them during this time.

Here are some things you can do for your rabbit;

Whether they are inside or outside, any areas where you keep your rabbits must be large, safe and secure enough.

They need access to an area to exercise in, so ensure they are not cooped up in a hytch all day and night.

Ensure your bunnies have enough space in their shelter for toys, hiding places, and platforms that will keep life interesting for your rabbit. It will make all the difference for them and ensure that they aren’t bored.

In this aspect, the size of the hutch and run is important so that they get the exercise they need.

The minimum hutch size that the RWAF recommends is a hutch size of 6′ x 2′ x 2′, which means that;

  • the rabbits have space to move around, they need space for 3 hops which is the equivalent of 6-7 feet around their run.
  • it allows the rabbit to stand on its hind legs
  • it allows for its food, shelter and toilet areas to be separated and kept apart from each other.
Give rabbits space to play

Playtime is important all year round so make sure you give your rabbits company, including attention from you in a way that they enjoy, and provide them with toys and boredom breakers to entertain them.

Toys such as paper, tunnels, cardboard and objects to grow and manipulate are great for rabbits to enjoy. In particular;

  • Paper – such as handle-less paper bags, shredded newspaper, old books and telephone directories. Hiding treats inside wrapped paper is a good and fun exercise for them.
  • Cardboard – toilet roll tubes, empty breakfast boxes make great play toys for rabbits. Stuffing them full of hay makes them more fun as rabbits just live hay. Also cardboard boxes with holes cut out make very good hiding places for them.
  • Tubes and tunnels – can be purchased either in plastic or fabric form or you can choose to make your own. Rabbits love to run up and down tubes.
  • Objects to throw and manipulate – these objects such as plastic plant pots and other containers, wicker balls, tennis balls, and robust solid plastic baby toys. Make sure that there are no small parts that can be swallowed by the rabbit.

There are many other different boredom breakers that you can purchase from any good pet store as well.

One more thing….

As opportunities to go out onto grass are limited, you might like to try growing grass in trays to allow your rabbits the chance to graze and dig.

 

Protecting your rabbits from the elements

If your rabbit’s home is outside, ensure that their home is waterproof, draught proof, dry and is well ventilated.

The thing is, when winter comes so does the weather that is associated with winter, which is not the kind of weather that rabbits appreciate.

Inclement weather such as high winds, rain, snow, and hail can batter a rabbits hutch.

What temperatures can a rabbit tolerate?

Rabbits are easily about to tolerate temperatures at 0 degrees celcius/32 degrees fahrenheit. As long as they have shelter from the wind, rain and snow they are very tolerant.

The kinds of weather your rabbit hates

Wind – Rabbits hate high winds and will retreat from them.

You may find that strong winds effect your rabbits home. They may effect your rabbits bedding and food not to mention the structure of the rabbits home.

It is well worth moving the hutch to a more sheltered place to protect the rabbit from strong winds.

It is worth cladding the hutch with carpet off cuts covering the the sides, top and back of the hutch which will help to insulate the hutch from high winds and cold.

Then place protective sheeting over the carpet to keep it dry.

You can also stop wind from getting into the hutch by turning the hutch against the wind or even just putting a blockade in front of the hutch to act as a wind break.

When the wind is low then leave the front open for ventilation and then at night cover it up leaving a small area open for air to get in.

Another way to keep them put of the wind is to move the accommodation into a shed, outhouse, barn, or garage which isn’t being used for a car. You can still add insulation to the walls to help keep the warmth in

Rain, snow and hail – Unfortunately many rabbit hutches are not made from strong materials which means that they allow rain to get into the structure of the hutch.

A hutch can only be only give protection to a rabbit if its in a good condition.

So it’s worth checking if your rabbits hutch requires repairing before winter comes around to make sure it is water resistant.

Make repairs to your rabbit’s home before winter sets in

If the roof has some damage or is leaking then this can be repairable, however if the roof is beyond repair them it may need completely replacing.

A lot of hutch roofs are constructed with poor timber such as plywood which is covered in roofing felt.

This will only protect the wood for so long.

Also, beware of flat roofs as they will not hold standing water for long, before they start to leak. Sloping roofs will have a much longer lifespan, and are more leak proof.

If you have mesh doors they can be covered partially with clear plastic or perspex which means that your rabbit can still have visibility and light is still able to get in.

However, ventilation is still important so try to leave a gap of at least a few inches.

 

Consider the diet of your rabbit

It’s good for a rabbit to have good nutrition. Onne of the key benefits of this, is that it ensures the growth of a thick fur coat for insulation against the cold.

Have good quality hay

The most important part of your rabbits diet is always good quality hay and you should always feed this to your rabbits, along with suitable fresh greens much like you would throughout the year.

Try not to over feed your rabbits as this could lead to obesity and don’t make any sudden changes to their diet as this may cause upsets to their digestive system.

Beware of frozen grass

Frozen grass is not good for rabbits at all.

If they ingest frozen grass, this can lead to stomach upsets. So because of this, it will be necessary to find somewhere else for them to exercise such as on concrete.

Check they are eating and drinking normally everyday

It is worth checking that your rabbit is eating and drinking normally everyday and if you have any concerns about their dietary requirements over winter then speak to your vet.

 

Treat the outside of the hutch/run/shelter with pet safe wood preservative

If you are keeping your rabbit outside then ensuring the hutch is in good repair is important. Treating a rabbit’s home is something that many don’t consider doing. But it is a really good thing to do because of how much it increases the longevity of the hutch.

Treating your shelter with wood preservative will stop damp from entering the hutch and prevent the wood from rotting.

The wood preservative will need to be applied every two to three years at a minimum and applied both outside and inside to ensure that the whole hutch is protected.

Wood preservatives that are pet friendly can be purchased from pet stores or DIY stores. This is because the fumes from normal wood preservative can be toxic and can make your rabbit ill. They could even kill them if they ingest the preservative.

Pet friendly wood preservatives that rabbit owners have found that work well are Cuprinol Garden Shades, Wilkinsons High Performance Timbercare, Protek wood stain and Good for Wood.

But do seek advice before purchasing and ensure that wood preservative that you do use is pet friendly.

 

Ensure an outside rabbit hutch is raised off the ground

If you have ever wondered why rabbit hutches need to be raised off the ground (like I have) then there is one reason for this:

Damp!

Damp can get into a hutch very easily if the wooden base is one the ground.

Make sure the shelter is raised off the ground by at least 20cm so as to prevent the base from becoming rotten.

If your hutch does not have legs then just placing a brick on each corner will do the job well and will mean that air can get under the hutch and reduce any damp intake.

Another reason to ensure your hutch is raised off the ground is if your area is at risk of flooding.

If this is the case, then consider how far water has come up in the past and adapt your hutch accordingly to more than that height.

Beware of snow drifts

Snow drifts can be a problem if your home is in an area which has problems with them.

If this is the case, as mentioned preciously, then it is worth moving your rabbits to a safer place.

 

What about Rabbits with mobility problems?

If your rabbits have mobility problems, the housing will need to be at ground level so as to avoid inconvenience for them in using ramps to access their shelter.

In cases such as these, it is better to place their housing inside the home or outhouse to prevent the accomodation from getting damp.

Older rabbits often have problems getting around, and these issues will vary depending on the rabbit.

Rabbits that are used to being outside will need rubber mats laid down for them placed over any laminate or stone tiled flooring which can become slippery. This is so they are able to get a better grip of the flooring when the hop around.

You may need to put out low-sided litter trays to enable them to access the litter tray with ease.

Any bedding which is perched in places where they might need to climb may need to be moved to a lower place where they can access it without any problems.

 

Consider the location of your rabbit’s hutch

If you are keeping a rabbit outside, the place where you put your rabbit’s housing is very important during winter time.

Where they are situated can have a big effect in the health and well being so care needs to be taken to ensure that their home is in the right place.

For accommodation which is located in areas which are prone to flooding or heavy snow drifts, their housing will need to be moved to a better location out of the way of these hazards so there is no potential of being affected.

If the hutch is located on the side of your house, then make sure you weather proof it against frost as it tends to build up a foot away from the exterior walls of the house.

A good place to put a hutch is halfway in the sun and halfway in the shade so the rabbit has the best of both worlds.

During winter time, it is better for them to live away from grass away from frosted grass which will give them stomach upsets, as preciously mentioned.

Your rabbit will still need access to grass or hay at the very least if you haven’t got access to grass.

Think about putting them in a place where they get shelter and respite from cold winds and is less open. They will benefit from not being in exposed areas.

 

What about covering your hutch?

Covering your hutch is a must during winter time.

By covering your rabbit’s hutch you give them protection and insulation against the cold, rain and snow.

Using a hutch snuggle

A great option to use during this time is to use a hutch snuggle will help to regulate the temperature of the hutch. This will help keep your rabbit’s housing warm in winter and cooler in summer.

Methods of insulation

Another way to cover the whole hutch is to use an old blanket or a carpet over all areas of the hutch and then cover it with a tarpaulin.

This will help to keep the heat in and the elements such as rain, snow, sleet, hail and winds out. It is also a more economical way of insulating your rabbit’s home.

You can leave the front open during the day and then during the night cover the majority of the hutch leaving just a small opening enough for ventilation.

 

Keep your rabbits straw topped up

Make sure your rabbit has plenty of hay and straw not only to eat but to make their bed on within their shelter.

This needs to be topped up daily and unfortunately your expenditure for hay will increase substantially during this time. But your rabbit will thank you for it.

In their bedding areas, rabbits do need the area to be snug and warm.

This space needs to be the size of a medium sized box with an entrance.

If it’s a smaller box then that is fine, as long as the rabbit can sit comfortably in it. In fact, it will keep the heat in much better.

You can then line the walls and floors with newspaper which can be placed underneath the bedding.

Again keep the shelter full of hay. They will then form their bed on it.

Keep a regular cleaning schedule

It is worth cleaning out your rabbit’s home every day to get rid of excrement and to keep it clean for them.

Don’t go for too long without cleaning out the shelter as it can become uncomfortable for them.

Beware of freezing drinking water

Rabbits always need a good and consistent supply of fresh water. However, over winter this can be jeopardised by low temperatures which can then freeze up the water.

This can have a detrimental effect on the rabbits diet and overall health and will lead to them becoming dehydrated.

This is why it is vital that their water supply is checked at least twice a day and topped up to ensure it is kept moving and doesn’t freeze up.

During your checks make sure that water is flowing through the spout and that you leave some air in the bottle because water expands when it is frozen.

Keep jug of water at room temperature

Don’t refill from an outside tap, but have a jug of water which is kept in your home at room-temperature which is used to top up their water bottle.

You can also use some drops of medicinal glycerine that can be added to the water bottle to stop it from freezing.

A good purchase is also a bottle snug which is a wrap for your water bottle which ensures that it doesn’t freeze up and also has the benefit of ensuring your bottle stays algae free during the summer as well.

 

Check your rabbit’s health regularly

Its important to take your rabbit’s for regular check ups with your vet throughout the year.

You may want to consider doing this before and during the winter to make sure you don’t have to make any further adjustments so as to help make your rabbit’s more comfortable.

Your vet will also be able to advise you on when your pets vaccinations are due and if they need any treatment for fleas or internal parasites.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on your rabbits teeth and nails too to make sure that they are not becoming overgrown – your vet will be able to help you out with advice for this.

If you notice any change in your rabbits’ eating, drinking, toileting or behaviour at any time, seek veterinary advice.

 

Get ready for springtime

If you are preparing to take your rabbits back outside after winter, then do wait until temperatures have risen and bring them out gradually.

It is not a good idea to make the transition immediate as it will be too much of a shock to them.

 Take your time with moving them outside

So take your time and introduce them over shorter time spans which can then gradually increase until they are ready to be outside all of the time.

If temperatures are low at night then it is a good idea to keep them inside during the night and then bring them out during the day when temperatures warm up.

 

Looking after new rabbits during winter

If you have a new rabbit which has been living inside (which most purchased rabbits do) then extra care must be taken.

If you get your new rabbit in autumn or winter time then it becomes more important to place your rabbits housing in a sheltered location, as previously mentioned.

Places like sheds or outhouses are great for this.

Only use a garage if it is not used for storing a car because of the fumes.

Your new rabbit may have difficulty adjusting to the extreme cold temperatures.

Additionally, be careful about bringing rabbits’s that are used to being kept outside into your home for short amounts of time as they may have difficulty in adjusting to the change in temperature.

 

Be extra wary of predators

If you rabbits are outside, ask yourself a few simple questions to establish if your rabbits are in the most suitable place in your garden to make sure that they are warm and dry.

  • If your rabbits home is in an exposed area, then move it so that it’s sheltered from draughts and bad weather.
  • A suitable cover will protect them from the wind and the rain and keep their home warm and dry as well. However, do leave the front of their shelter uncovered during the day for ventilation.
  • As always, make sure your rabbits home is safe and secure. Providing a fence around your garden will discourage predators from entering as their food supply will be scarce and they will be on he look out for more food. So make sure your bunnies are well protected.

Just by knowing they have a predator checking them out, can cause a lot of stress for a rabbit.

how to tell that your child is ready to look after a rabbit

How to Tell if your Child is Ready to look after a Rabbit

It is often said that rabbits are good pets for children.

They are soft, friendly, are good fun and easy to maintain, so of course they are a really popular choice for children who are looking for a pet to look after.

There are much more trickier pets out there and so a rabbit seems a good choice.

This is quite true but what is also true is that children do need to supervised around rabbits.

Rabbits are not greatly needy pets, but do require a good deal of care in terms of how and when they are fed, maintained and how they are handled.

It is a lot to ask a young child to do even if they promise that they will look after them without a problem.

To buy a rabbit for a young child to look after unsupervised is really not a good idea to do.

We originally bought our rabbit for our children to enjoy but I am the main person who looks after the rabbit.

However, there have been occasions where children have the maturity and responsibility to look after a rabbit and do so with great care and attention.

So how do you know if your child is ready to take on the responsibility of a rabbit?

Here are 5 useful questions to ask to decipher whether your child is ready for responsibility.

1. Will they remember to feed the rabbit on a daily basis unprompted?

2. Will they feed the correct food and ensure their water and hay is topped up?

3. When they pick them up, will they handled in the correct way which considers the rabbits comfort?

4. Will they remember to clean out the hutch on a weekly basis without prompting?

5. Will they spend time with the rabbit and give it attention without being prompted?

It is hard to consider these things but if your child really wants a rabbit then it worth saying that you should definitely be ready to be the main person responsible for the upkeep and care of the rabbit if the child’s interest dies.

There are so many Rabbits which are bought for children and after a while are neglected and discarded once they have been lost interest in.

This is why it is really worth considering whether a rabbit is the right pet for your child and whether it will get the care and attention that it needs on an ongoing basis.

If they are ready to do so then it can be a great experience for them and teach them a lot with regards to taking responsibility.

do rabbits make great pets for children

Do Rabbits Make great Pets for Children?

It is often said that rabbits are great pets for children.

They are soft, friendly, are good fun and easy to maintain, so of course they are a really popular choice for children who are looking for a pet to look after.

There are much more trickier pets out there and so a rabbit seems a good choice.

This is quite true, but what is also true is that children do need to supervised around rabbits.

Rabbits are not greatly needy pets, but do require a good deal of care in terms of how and when they are fed, maintained and how they are handled.

It is a lot to ask a young child to do even if they promise that they will look after them without a problem.

To buy a rabbit for a young child to look after unsupervised is really not a good idea to do.

We originally bought our rabbit for our children to enjoy but I am the main person who looks after the rabbit.

However, there have been occasions where children have the maturity and responsibility to look after a rabbit and do so with great care and attention.

So how do you know if your child is ready to take on the responsibility of a rabbit?

5 Things to consider before letting your child look after a rabbit alone

Here are some useful things that you should consider.

1. Will they remember to feed the rabbit on a daily basis unprompted?

2. Will they feed the correct food and ensure their water and hay is topped up?

3. When they pick them up, will they handled in the correct way which considers the rabbits comfort?

4. Will they remember to clean out the hutch on a weekly basis without prompting.

5. Will they spend time with the rabbit and give it attention without being prompted?

It is hard to consider these things but if your child really wants a rabbit then it worth saying that you should definitely be ready to be the main person responsible for the upkeep and care of the rabbit if the child’s interest dies.

There are so many Rabbits which are bought for children and after a while are neglected and discarded once they have been lost interest in.

This is why it is really worth considering whether a rabbit is the right pet for your child and whether it will get the care and attention that it needs on an ongoing basis.

So rabbits do make great pets for children, but only if you as an adult are prepared to supervise and care for the rabbit, unless your child is ready to do so on there own on an ongoing and consistent basis.