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Many think of rabbits as “easy to keep” pets, but just like dogs and cats, they have special needs when it comes to their housing, food, and handling.
With many decades of experience in rabbit care and rehoming, Wood Green Pet Charitable Society He knows a thing or two about how to keep them happy and healthy. The charity is part of the team of experts behind Rabbit Awareness Week, the annual welfare campaign, which takes place from June 27 to July 1.
We talk to Samantha Ryan, Small Pet Behavior and Training Specialist, on the topic of this year’s campaign – How to Create the Perfect Rabbit Home. Below, it answers some of your most frequently asked questions.
Q: What housing does a rabbit need?
A: When creating a file rabbit houseIt is important to make sure they have enough space to run, jump, stretch, forage for food and explore their surroundings. In other words, it is better to give them as much space as possible. In general, rabbits do not enjoy being held and handled, so having a spacious enclosure where you can sit on the floor will allow them to come to you when they want to.
Rabbits that are kept outdoors need a secure enclosure that predators cannot reach. Ideally, it should be at least three meters by two metres, and one meter in height to be able to stretch. A garden shed, old Wendy House, or cottage with an adjacent exercise path works well. Be sure to provide access to the entire enclosure at all times, as rabbits are crepuscular, which means they are most active at night and early in the morning. Large groups of rabbits or larger breeds will require more spacious enclosures.
indoor rabbits You need a lot of space to roam. A converted room or a large enclosure that has been insulated from rabbits is ideal. The space should have plenty of natural light, be a comfortable temperature and away from noisy appliances or fun-filled areas of the house. Laying out old rugs and rugs can reduce slippage and protect floors from litter and stains.
Q: What should I put inside my rabbit coop?
A: Rabbits’ normal behaviors include digging, jumping, herding, foraging, hiding and chewing. To allow them to express these behaviors, fill the enclosure with plenty of hay, turf, sand, or potting soil trays and litter trays.
Old furniture covered in blankets for grip is great for rabbits to jump on. They also like to hide, so add some cardboard boxes with holes for them to climb into. Safe wood such as willow tree branches can also be used for rabbits to chew on to keep their teeth in good condition. You may also want to add some toys and puzzle feeders for enrichment.
Q: How many rabbits should I have?
A: Rabbits are social animals that live in groups in the wild. This is why we always recommend keeping at least two together as buddies. The best combination is a neutral male and a neutral female of the same age. Same-sex siblings can also live well together if they are neutered when they are young to help them bond and prevent them from fighting. ideal age for eunuch Between three and six months.
Introducing one rabbit to another is often difficult, especially if they are mature. At Woodgreen, we can help find the perfect pairing for your rabbit through our mixing service, or we can offer advice on how to pair them successfully at home.
For expert advice and support on all aspects of pet care, visit woodgreen.org.uk/pet-advice. To learn more about Rabbit Awareness Week, visit Rabbitawarenessactiongroup.co.uk Download your free information pack.
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