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.
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!
Before you bound off for your bundle of bunny...
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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).
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.
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".
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
dig/chew on inappropriate items like furniture, cables, plants,
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.
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...
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.
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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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...
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.
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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