Rabbit Awareness Week usually occurs in May or June of each year and Just Rabbits Limited always shows its support in a number of ways.
We also stay 'all hands on deck' to assist any rabbit owners with queries or problems during that week, with extra staff on hand to deal with your emails and enquiries!
But what is RAW all about? Read more here...
Their focus is always centred around the overall well-being of domestic pet rabbits and aims to bring enlightened awareness to new pet rabbit owners and those that may need extra help and support.
The main areas of rabbit well-being are:
The 5 rabbit welfare needs are:
This is what Just Rabbits Limited is so passionate about and so we have developed a whole educational system around these basic areas.
All of these fundamental areas are covered in detail in the Just Rabbits iRabbit READY System and are broken down in to 3 main Steps...
The iRabbit READY 3 Step System
The 7 Fundamentals of Rabbit Health - Redefine old thinking with this easy to understand revolutionary information, reports and fact-sheets.
Step One - Only £6
The 5 Vitals of Environment - Explore important housing & environment requirements of indoor and outdoor buns with these super helpful guides and examples.
Step Two - Only £6
The 11 Elusive Emotions - Uncover the hidden gems of a truly happy rabbit, plus reveal how easy and simple it is to get your bunnies to love and trust you.
Step Three - Only £6
you are planning a special event, promotion or
raising awareness through the display of RAW material in your store, school or even home, these posters are great for highlighting specific areas of interest you may wish to focus on.
Here we are focussing on the 5 Rabbit Welfare Needs of domestic bunnies (indoor and outdoor rabbits), and in particular looking at 5 fundamental areas of complete rabbit health and well-being.
These 5 rabbit welfare needs are:
Let's take a look at each one in more detail...
Given a choice rabbits will almost always prefer being outside, and those bunnies that currently don't like being outside probably haven't had the opportunity to really 'experience' it. Avid indoor dwellers take comfort in the safety that is offered to them indoors. This environment is familiar. The area they occupy inside is what they know and understand to be the equivalent of a burrow, therefore going outside is strange, unfamiliar, and mostly quite scary!
But environment is not just about housing.
It's also about Shelter & Protection – These two fundamentals are vital to rabbit well-being and knowing where to put your rabbit home and what you put in it are also very important.
A sick, ill or injured rabbit will rarely show any signs of stress or pain. This is because they are a prey species, and many predators are out to get them round every corner, so showing any sign of weakness usually marks them as an easy target.
Signs that a rabbit may be suffering from stress or fear can be fairly obvious sometimes but some rabbit behaviour related to illness or injury, is difficult to spot.
The responsibility of their health and well-being falls upon you, their main carer.
With this in mind, it is important to understand a rabbit's normal behaviour and natural habits in order to recognise the 'abnormal' or irregular behaviour.
Fear, pain, stress, boredom and sickness will generally be indicated with changes in behaviour and habits.
Changes in routine, personality, sounds and actions should all be carefully monitored on a daily basis.
Just Rabbits has developed a great Rabbit Behaviour & Symptom Check Chart that shows some of the important pre-warning signs to watch out for, possible causes and actions to take to aid a speedy recovery.
With so many rabbits dying prematurely of digestive tract problems the diet issue must be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Diet and Weight Control are very important and knowing what to feed and what not to feed your rabbits are the most commonly asked questions we get!
We deal with these issues with our Safe & Unsafe Food Lists in Step One of the iRabbit READY system to ensure you're never unsure about what to feed your rabbit. Great for giving to bunny-sitters, saving you writing out lists of diet and care instructions!
A rabbits diet is a fundamental part of their overall care and quality of life but exactly what do rabbits eat?
If you asked 100 people on the street that same question, you'd be amazed by the answers!
Company is vital for rabbits and it is recommended rabbits live in pairs (minimum). However bonding two rabbits together can be a very difficult undertaking with many rabbit owner giving up before the rabbits are friends.
Learning about bonding basics and especially rabbit hierarchy, can put you in control and on the path to bunny rabbit mastery.
Helping rabbits that may be suffering in silence, sick, or stressed can create a bond between you and your rabbits as well!
Rabbit health can be broken down in to many fundamental areas and Just Rabbits has covered all the important ones to get you started on the right road to bunny rabbit mastery!
Disease Prevention is top of the list and with our Behaviour & Symptom Check Chart rabbit owners have reported great results and in many cases have saved them a fortune in vet trips!
As we all know the health of our rabbits has many dependant factors and most of these factors are relevant and present before we even know about them or even before they come home with us!
However, having a rabbit savvy vet nearby to take care of any eventuality or emergency situation has sometimes tipped the balance between life and death.
But sometimes we just get flummoxed and bamboozled by the process and many normal procedures become too much for us to understand. This is why we have broken down some of the more common processes and explained them in more detail, such as:
Plus, get support from other community members, extra piece of mind for you and less stress for your rabbits.
RAW stands for Rabbit Awareness Week and is a worldwide annual campaign that successfully raises the profile of rabbits as pets and encourages owners to seek the right diet, healthcare, veterinary and welfare advice for their domestic pet rabbits.
RAW is a coalition of experts, organisations and welfare charities from the rabbit community of which Just Rabbits Limited is a part of.
We have all come together to support Burgess Excel in their mission to improve public knowledge and awareness of the 5 Rabbit Welfare Needs of domestic pet bunnies.
The RAW campaign focuses on a targeted topic every year, but Just Rabbits promotes the cause for Rabbit Awareness all year round.
Kerry Greener will be offering free advice to all rabbit owners that contact her during the RAW campaign week.
Kerry Greener, Director of Just Rabbits Limited said:
We know rabbits as 'fibrevores' because fibre is absolutely essential for their dental, digestive and emotional health. Good quality hay and/or grass should make up the majority of a rabbits' diet and should be available at all times.
Matt Brash, TV vet and RAW supporter, said:
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