Pet Rabbits - Complete Guide

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If you are thinking of having pet bunnies or already have them but are stuck to know what to do, this information will carry you a long way on the road to understanding, and of course, much happier bunnies all round:

      Helpful Resources

      Top 10 Rabbit Breeds

For a more detailed look at all aspects of bunny health, diet, environment, companionship & longevity check out the revolutionary iRabbit READY System by Kerry Greener of Just Rabbits Limited

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Got Rabbits?
If you are recently the proud owner of a pet rabbit, let us know how you are getting on. Those early weeks can be difficult and if you need help or advice, someone visiting this page may be able to lend some helpful advice.

After all, at one point or another we've all been in the situation of owning a gorgeous bun for the first time.

Do you know what breed it is? Does it have a personality all of its own?  Have you a funny story or some cute bunny pics to share?

I'd love to hear from you and I'm sure everyone else would too! Jump to share your pet rabbits here...

Are You Sure You Want Pet Rabbits?

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Quick Reminders
If you have your heart set on a pet rabbit, then it's completely understandable, however please make sure you know how to take care of it first by reading all the pages above. It's not as simple as most people first may think. (Yes, there's a test after - No, not really ;-)

Also, please, please don't buy your rabbit from a pet shop. Always rescue a rabbit rather than buy one. There are thousands that need homes right now.

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Pet Shop Rabbits
Many pet shop rabbits are from breeders that have bred their rabbits like crazy in order to stock the pet shops with bunnies for Christmas & Easter.

If they are willing to make a profit from this irresponsible behaviour then they are probably just as likely to be irresponsible in ensuring the health of the animals they are breeding from.

In some cases, rabbits are bred far too young and kept in a constant state of pregnancy, in poor, dirty conditions with little or no exercise or stimulation. The rabbits that end up in pet shops are usually from bad breeding stock, already ill or are genetically vulnerable.

NB - I am not talking about professional, show rabbit or sanctioned breeders here, just the ones that stock the pet shops, especially in times of popular demand.

Think 'Rabbit' - Think 'Rescue Rabbit'

The RSPCA, (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - the UK's largest animal welfare charity), reports that pet bunnies are the most abused domestic pet in England and Wales, with 35,000 abandoned in a three year period!

RSPCA Abandoned Rabbits

Abandoned?
After a survey the RSPCA discovered that 70% of rescued rabbits had been kept in a hutch, 24 hours a day and almost 40% had had no food and half had been living in terribly filthy conditions.

It found that people bought rabbits but then quickly lost interest. On average, the abandoned pets they came across, had been dumped after just three months.

It just breaks my heart! But it doesn't have to be like this!

As long as you do a little bit of research first, these sort of statistics can be changed for the better.

Pet Bunny Basics

Love Them...
If you have decided to keep rabbits purely for the adorable feeling of having rabbits as pets, rather than breeding them to eat or sell to a laboratory test facility, then there are a few things you may like to know.

Basics...
Here are a few of the basics you may wish to consider; click on the links to find out more...

  • New Rabbit Checklist - If you have never had a rabbit before, this is a brilliant place to start.
  • Good Rabbit Breeds - These breeds are noted for their docile natures and 'cuddle-ability' factor.
  • Rabbit Name Chooser - A great list of perfect names for pet rabbits, boys, girls and even pairs of rabbits.
  • Good Diet - Domesticated rabbits usually can't forage for themselves, so a proper diet is essential for good health. There's lists of safe & unsafe rabbit food too.
  • Hutches & Cages - These are dreadful things, but I've listed some that are OK - Also check out the alternatives!
  • Get a Pair of Rabbits - Rabbits are very social creatures and need constant companionship. Two rabbits are better than one - but rescue them don't buy. The adoption and rescue procedure is very simple.
  • Fun & Exercise - Rabbits need to run, jump, stretch and play, they love it! 

That little lot should keep you ensconced for a while. I've tried to make the pages fun so enjoy...

Happy Bunny


That's What I'm talking About ;-)
You can tell when you have a happy bunny in your life. They'll tell you too.

Check out some of the sounds they make...

Listen out for the 'purring' - it's just adorable!


Information Overload

By the time you finish reading all this information you may say, "oh my goodness, do I really need to know all this stuff? Phew!"

Yes you do!

I promise you, just like a dog or a cat, a rabbit is a big responsibility and a little homework now will mean many years of happiness later.

Got Rabbits?

Did you do it? Did you get rabbits?

If you did and they've just joined your family, let us know how you are getting on. Those early weeks are when you may need an expert opinion or a bit of support and guidance.

Someone visiting is bound to see your comment and help you out, so please share.

Too Much Choice?

There are hundreds of rabbit breeds available today and the ones I've listed in the top 10s only scratch the surface.

Why not have a look at the full breeds list and check out some more...

Everyone has a favourite; this is mine:

Silver Fox Rabbit

The Silver Fox -
Although originally bred for it's meat and fur, the silver fox is quite rare now, but still very popular at shows.

They are a large docile breed, known to be very friendly, enjoy attention and handling and make great companion rabbits for indoors too.

Just beautiful and I can't find one anywhere!?

Do You Have a Good Rabbit Story?

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Do you have a great tale to tell?

Share your pet rabbit moments, past and present right here.

Anyone who has or loves rabbits also loves reading about them, so please share and don't forget to upload your photos.

If your bun has passed over the rainbow bridge, it's a lovely way to remember them too ;-)

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