Lifespan: 6-8 years
Size: Varies by breed
Sexual Maturity:3 months old
Weaned:6-8 weeks old
- A rabbit’s diet should consist of:
- 50% pelleted diet (preferably timothy based)
- 45% dried hay (non-alfalfa)
- 5% fresh veggies (spinach, carrots, turnip greens, collard greens)
- A salt lick should always be provided
- Avoid these foods:
- Chocolate & other candy
- Iceberg lettuce
- Treats may consist of:
- Treat sticks
- Prepackaged chew sticks
Caging & Environment
- Rabbits should be housed alone, unless spayed or neutered.
- Caging should include a hide area, food bowl, water bottle, salt lick, and hay manger.
- Bedding should be about 1” deep.
- The cage should have a solid bottom, not wire which can irritate a rabbit’s sensitive feet (the same goes for exercise wheels).
- The larger the cage, the better! Go for a cage that has a lot of surface area, rather than multiple levels.
- Rabbits need daily exercise for their health. An exercise pen is ideal for keeping the rabbit safe, but giving them room to run.
- Rabbits are shy by nature, but are easily tamed. Try hand-feeding treats as a start.
- Always pick up a rabbit by supporting its entire body. Squirming is normal at first, but make sure the entire body is supported – dropping a rabbit can cause severe injury.
- Never pick up rabbits by their ears or scruff (loose skin on the back of the neck), as doing so can cause severe damage.
- Rabbits can be litter trained easily. They will often choose a corner of the cage to eliminate in. Once you see this behavior, place a corner litter box in that spot and put some of the soiled bedding in the litter box. The rabbit will continue to use that corner and clean up becomes a breeze!
- Rabbits LOVE toys! Give them rabbit-safe toys and watch them flip and throw the toys all over the cage!