Rabbits are one of the most popular pets in the UK. They can be entertaining and sociable, but also very complex and shy and may need extra care. They come in many shapes and sizes and there are hundreds of different varieties available. For many years rabbits have been seen as a great pets for children but they also have more complex needs which sometimes go overlooked. Here are some important things to consider when caring for your rabbit:

Hay is essential for your rabbit. It provides a valuable source of fibre in their diet and is also very important for good dental health. As rabbits chew
Hay it helps to wear down their teeth so that they do not become overgrown. Fresh grass can also help to wear down teeth and keep them healthy.

Too much calcium in a rabbit’s diet can cause dental problems. And unbalanced food offering will mean A rabbit may absorb too much calcium or phosphorus. This along with not enough things to chew on can cause overgrown teeth and dental abscesses. Feeding the correct amount of a balanced complete rabbit food will help stop this problem.

Make sure you feed the correct life stage diet to your rabbit. There are balanced diets for baby rabbits, adult rabbits, as well as senior rabbits and those that need a light diet.

Scattering and hiding food can encourage your rabbits to forage to keep it healthy and entertained. Try using a toy to hide the food in or hang it from the top of the cage to encourage your rabbit to exercise.

Don’t forget fresh vegetables and greens. These are very fantastic source of calcium and other nutrients and vitamins. Remember to hide these around the hutch or run to encourage activity in your rabbit.

Make sure you keep an eye on your rabbits weight. Too much food or the wrong sort of food as well as not enough exercise can cause your rabbit to become overweight. In an ideal rabbit you should be able to feel the hipbones, ribs and spine easily but they should feel rounded and not sharp. There should be no abdominal bulge and the rump area should be flat.

Rabbits should have access to a large exercise area ideally attached to their hutch. This will allow them to run around Dig and forage for food. Look out for great toys from your local pet store which can also keep them entertained and help them chew.

And don’t forget to make sure your rabbit has a plentiful supply ofSmall Animals fresh clean water.

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