New Rabbit Checklist

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Checklist for Outdoor & Indoor Pet Rabbits

This checklist is perfect for you if you are thinking about getting a pet rabbit, or if you have just bought one, or even if you are thinking about a rescue rabbit (good on you!).

If you are thinking about getting a rabbit, or have recently added rabbits to your life, everything on this page is very important and is a very helpful place to start.

Rescue rabbits need a checklist too!Check off a new rabbit checklist before you get your rescue bunnies home!

Scroll down to read in-depth or for a quick read or you can jump straight to the New Rabbit Checklist here.

Pre-Considerations

Rescue Centre Reports

People have all sorts of problems when they first get their fluffy bundles home.

The RSPCA report that it is actually in the early weeks of getting their rabbits home that people give up and hand them over to rescue centres such as theirs. In fact recent reports show that in a 3 year period the RSPCA rescued over 35,000 rabbits!

rescue rabbitsRescue centres worldwide recommend a new rabbit checklist before getting rescue rabbits home.

Before you bound off for your bundle of bunny...

And, before looking at your new rabbit checklist, please read this...

How Many?!

The scary and awful fact is, the RSPCA is just one of thousands of rescue centres. The figures they give are about the rabbits they know about based on initial reports gathered at the time the rabbits are registered.

What about all the rabbits that are abandoned in the wild every year?

What about the rabbits that are drowned in rivers, shot or eaten by predators?

And even more distressing...

What about all the rabbits that die because of their owner's actions?...

  • Dehydration (lack of water)
  • Sunstroke (no shaded, cool area offered)
  • Fatal Food or Accidental Poisoning
  • Broken Backs (incorrect handling)
  • Fatal Heart-Attack (frightening situations)

So, please read on...

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Common Pitfalls

Other problems that make most new rabbit owners give up are small in comparison to the list above, but are enough to make new bunny owners throw in the towel quite early on.

New rabbit owners experience all manner of 'teething' problems when they get their new rabbits home such as having wiring and cables chewed, furniture eaten, plus having clothes and shoes destroyed, (if they have indoor rabbits), to rabbit Houdini tricks under the fence or eating their prize Petunias, and aggressive territory defending (if kept outside).

bunny proofingNew rabbit owners experience all manor of 'teething' problems, such as having wiring and cables chewed...

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Stomping about, being territorial and grouchy, going off their food and even biting are also common initial problems all reported by distressed new rabbit owners.

HOWEVER - ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS, AND A LOT MORE BESIDES CAN BE EASILY AVOIDED WITH A LITTLE BIT OF CAREFUL PREPARATION.

The Indoor Vs Outdoor Pet Rabbit Report has everything you need to know before getting your new rabbits home with you.

Plus, with this report you get the 'Indoor Rabbit Safety Rules Checklist' - a factual easy to understand information checklist that will give you amazing insights to your ultimate decision making process – No more guesswork, worry, or indecisiveness.

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The Ultimate New Rabbit Checklist

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Start an Amazing Journey of Discovery

Avoid the trauma and drama of leaving your rabbits with an unsure friend or neighbour forever, with a downloadable NEW RABBIT CHECKLIST!

Just Print off and get your friends and family to read and check off -
GREAT for anyone looking after a rabbit for the first time!

It may just save you lots of tears at bedtime!

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Bunny Comes Home...

What Happens Now?

If you have already got your rabbit home, you could be wondering,

"What on earth do I do now!?
This is just not as simple as I thought it would be".

Maybe Baby!

Would you bring a new baby home if you hadn't read a new baby book, got some experienced advice or been to some kind of preparation or information class at least?!

NO, of course not and pets, like cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea-pigs etc, including rabbits, are exactly the same.

You are their carer and just as for babies and children, they rely on you for food, shelter, exercise, a safe environment, stimulation and companionship. They don't have a warren of adults helping them, it's all down to you.

Basic New Rabbit Checklist

Some Things to Get You Started...

Here's a very brief new rabbit checklist of things you should have and must know before considering getting a pet rabbit.

Note: This New Rabbit Checklist
is not in any particular order of importance
as they are ALL equally important!


Fresh Greens & Veggies

Leafy greens such as Romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens, beet tops, mustard greens and carrot tops should make up about 12% of a rabbit's diet.

Herbs such as mint, parsley, cilantro, basil, and sorrel, etc. are all excellent too. As are wild flowers, weeds and grasses.

Veggies such as carrots, broccoli and cauliflower should be limited due to their naturally high sugar content.

NEVER feed: corn, peas, beans, potatoes, rhubarb greens, onions or garlic.

Rabbits Love GreensRabbits love fresh greens!

For a more detailed look at greens and veggies in a rabbit's diet, check out Step One of the iRabbit READY System that deals with all aspects of Rabbit Diet, Health & Longevity.

For a more detailed look at click here...

Rabbit House & Home

The modern day view of a rabbit's home has changed a lot since Victorian times and fortunately there are only a few people left that think a small hutch at the bottom of a garden is still acceptable for a rabbit.

Modern size recommendations are only a guide and are still way too but if rabbit can't stretch up without his ears touching the top or stretch out fully in any direction with some room to spare, then this is bordering on cruelty.

As far as accommodation is concerned, the larger the better, especially if rabbits are to spend many hours a day confined to the prison of an old fashioned hutch.

Rabbits need a lot of space!As far as accommodation is concerned, the larger the better.

For a more detailed look at a rabbit house and home, size guidelines and inspirational alternatives, check out Step Two of the iRabbit READY System that deals with all aspects of Rabbit Environment.

Click here to find out more...

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Get started the right way with this detailed NEW RABBIT CHECKLIST

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Litter & Litter Boxes

These are especially important for indoor rabbits. It is also good to have at least two - one for inside the cage or living area; and the other for the exercise area.

Litter is the material used inside the litter box to soak up urine. This should preferably be an organic or paper-based litter.

Rabbit litter and litter boxes

The Ultimate New Rabbit Checklist contains a more detailed look at litter and litter boxes and is available when you take a look at the revolutionary New iRabbit READY System created by Just Rabbits Limited.

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Feeders & Waterers

Most rabbit owners choose to give their rabbits pellet rabbit food either by a heavy, ceramic crock bowl or heavy plastic dish, either which can be made safe by attaching to the cage or secured by sheer weight alone.

Their water supply can be given in a heavy similar to a food dish but remember the average rabbit consumes between 50 and 150 millilitres of water per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day so a bottle attached to the wall or cage is often better.

Rabbit feeders and waterers are included in a good checklistThe average rabbit consumes a lot of water every day!

The Ultimate New Rabbit Checklist contains a more detailed look at feeders and waterers and is available when you take a look at the revolutionary New iRabbit READY System created by Just Rabbits Limited.

Start Your Amazing Journey of Discovery HERE...

Carriers & Transportation

This is a very important part of a new rabbit's kit as it will be needed quite a lot in the first few months as you safely transport your rabbit home, to/from the vet and even to evacuate in case of emergency.

Handling rabbits that are nervous,  scared, shy or even aggressive then a carrier is the best way to move them from one area to another without causing them too much stress.

A good rabbit carrier is a vital part of your checklistA good rabbit carrier is a vital part of your checklist

The Ultimate New Rabbit Checklist contains a more detailed look at carriers & transportation and is available when you take a look at the revolutionary New iRabbit READY System created by Just Rabbits Limited.

Start Your Amazing Journey of Discovery HERE...

Grooming Equipment

Most rabbit breeds, with the exception of the Rex, need to be groomed daily, or weekly with some long haired breeds and show rabbits needing extra attention.

As rabbits very rarely show signs of illness or injury, grooming time is a great opportunity to check for any signs of cuts, lumps, bumps, fleas, mites, fly-strike or overgrown teeth and nails.


Rabbit Grooming Equipment ChecklistFor a full list of rabbit grooming equipment get The Ultimate New Rabbit Checklist

For a complete list of grooming equipment get the Ultimate New Rabbit Checklist and get access to the most comprehensive Rabbit Grooming Guide FREE as part of the New Rabbit Kit.

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Grass & Hay

This is probably the most important, especially if you intend to keep indoor rabbits or outdoor rabbits that don't have access to a lawn etc.

Rabbits need a continuous supply of hay, at all times.

Avoid the cheap hay that is short and very dusty as these types of hay can cause respiratory problems.

Timothy HayGrass & Hay are vital to a healthy rabbit's diet

This page about hay is the most comprehensive available and will open your eyes about all aspects of this vital part of a rabbit's diet.

Click here for more...

Pellet Food

An adult rabbit should have a pellet food with a high fibre content of at least 18-20% and a protein content of around 12-14%.

They should also have plain pellets, without mixed in additions, such as muesli or grains.

When you are shopping for rabbit food, make sure to take a look at the ingredients and nutritional breakdown on the side of the box or bag.

Good pellet food should be high in fibre. Get the Ultimate Checklist for more!Good pellet food should be high in fibre. Get the Ultimate Checklist for more!

The proportions of each ingredient are detailed in the New Rabbit Checklist available when you take a look at the revolutionary New iRabbit READY System created by Just Rabbits Limited.

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Rabbit Toys & Games

Your New Rabbit Checklist should not be without toys and stimulating games!

Toss toys, noise makers and hiding spaces are excellent for keeping your rabbits amused.

The more toys your rabbit has, the less likely he is to use his natural instincts to dig/chew on inappropriate items like furniture, cables, plants, trees etc.

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For a more detailed look at rabbit toys and some DIY examples check out Step Two of the iRabbit READY System that deals with all Rabbit Environment including the importance of stimulation.

Click here to find out more...

Play Mates & Companionship

Rabbits are extremely social creatures, being with another rabbit is vital to their health and happiness, that's why a companion rabbit is so important in your New Rabbit Checklist.

In rabbit bonding the new rabbit will either be 'lumped' or 'humped' in most situations, but some pet rabbits have been on their own for so long they have no idea what it is they're supposed to do and this is where the trouble starts...

Rabbits must have friends, they provide stimulation, grooming, companionship and security.Rabbits must have friends, they provide stimulation, grooming, companionship and security.

This very detailed page outlines the vital role social bonding plays in a happy rabbit's life. Bonding two rabbits together can be a complex subject, but this page simplifies the process and takes the mystery out of the whole process, with detailed step-by-step instructions.

Guide/Reference or Care Book

While the Internet is a great source of information, guide and reference books are vital to the new rabbit checklist. There are many different books available but you need one that can be quickly referred to, especially in case of an emergency. You also need one that is appropriate for your pet rabbit situation.

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Get top tips on how to eliminate anxiety and boredom related aggression.

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The Ultimate New Rabbit Checklist

Get started the right way with this detailed NEW RABBIT CHECKLIST

  • Overwhelmed with too much information?
  • Don't know where to start?
  • Something not working with your rabbits?
  • Do you need to change something but are not sure what?

More Important Information

Children

The new rabbit checklist above is only a guideline for you to follow and check off and is especially useful to show children before they take on the responsibility of a pet rabbit.

Showing children the importance of care before their new rabbit comes home will pay dividends in the long run.

How about taking a peek at the top 10 rabbits for children...

Language & Terms

If you're new to rabbits you may be surprised to know that they can communicate with you. Learn what they are saying here...

You may also want to learn the lingo. Rabbit fans, owners and rabbit husbandry people all have their own terms to express all aspects of rabbitry. Here's some commonly used rabbit terms to get you started.

Additional Care

The new rabbit checklist is only the start of your rabbit journey and caring for your rabbit once you have all the equipment and food etc is another matter.

Have a look at this comprehensive pet rabbit care guide - your rabbit will love you for it! 

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