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.