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Info. on Rabbit care

Choosing a Rabbit

Rabbits make good pets and they can live indoors or out.

Before you buy a rabbit you should be sure you are going to have the time to look after it properly.

Rabbits usually live for between 5 and 8 years.  Remember that small children will find it easier to hold a smaller rabbit rather than a big one so it may be worth paying that little bit more to get a smaller breed.

Rabbits are very sociable creatures so they love to live with other rabbits and enjoy each other's company.  They can become very unhappy and stressed if they are kept on their own.  Neutered rabbits of opposite sexes can be housed together without fear of fighting, but make sure that the hutch is large enough for two rabbits.

When you purchase your rabbit, make sure that the rabbit is fit and healthy.  ideas-4-pets advise that you should make sure that the rabbit is over 9 weeks old because before this age they should still be with their mother.  The rabbit should be lively and curious and you should check that it has a dry nose, clean teeth and ears, short claws, and a clean and shiny coat.  You shouldn't buy a rabbit if it is suffering from diarrhoea or a runny nose or if it sneezes.

The Rabbit Hutch

Buying a rabbit hutch is an important starting point for your new pet and this will be your rabbit's home for most of its life so it is vital to get a sturdy, high quality large hutch that will provide him with a comfortable, spacious home.

We have an excellent range of quality Rabbit Hutches to choose from in different sizes and designs.  Remember - the bigger the better for the welfare of your rabbit !!

Choosing The Right Size Hutch

The RWAF recommends a minimum hutch size of 6ft W x 2ft D x 2ft H, which allows rabbits some room to move, stand on their hind legs and enough space for the food, toilet and sleeping areas to be kept apart but you should try and purchase the biggest hutch you can because rabbits can grow quite big. 

It is commonly accepted that a rabbit should have space for 3 hops, but it is commonly underestimated just how far 3 hops is - our tests show that 3 hops from an average sized rabbit covers 6-7 feet!

A hutch should only be a shelter and not the only living space. It should be attached to a secure run of at least 8' x 4' or your rabbit should have full use of your secure garden.

Please bear in mind that these recommendations are all minimums - and like many things in life, bigger is better!

We have a new range of bigger Rabbit Hutches on our site, including the Bunny Den movels which are great as they are  spacious and have a large raised sleeping area and a ramp leading into an attached run area - Bunny Heaven !!

The roof of the rabbit hutch should slope slightly so that any rain water will run off the back and not pool.  There should also be a closed-in sleeping area for warmth and privacy and a play area with wire mesh over the front so that the rabbit can see out easily.

It is best if the rabbit hutch is raised off the ground to keep the damp out and the doors should have a strong latch on so that you can keep them closed.


Rabbit hutches can be very dull and boring if they are left bare, so put things in the hutch that your rabbit can play with such as clay pipes or large plant pots laid on their side which will give him additional places to hide and rest.  Logs of wood will give him something to gnaw on and help keep his teeth trimmed and you can also purchase things from the pet shop to amuse him when you aren't there to spend time with him.

Place your rabbit hutch in a sheltered spot as rabbits can suffer from the cold weather or get heatstroke in the hot weather. Fill the sleeping area with lots of straw with either sawdust or cat litter in the bottom.  Alternatively, you could put paper in the bottom as this makes it a lot easier to clean out.  At least once a week the hutch should be completely cleaned out and wiped with disinfectant to keep it odour-free and fresh for your rabbit.

Remember that rabbits are social creatures so if you can, try to have a pair as they love the company !!


Rabbits do tend to tip their food bowl over, so it is probably a good idea to either get a heavy bowl or look at our hutch bowls which hook on to the wire mesh in the hutches and runs.

Your rabbit should have access to fresh water every day.  Some people like to use a special bottle that you can get from pet shops or use the hook on hutch bowls which can be found on our site.  Rabbits also like a piece of wood or a stick to chew on, and they also love to eat hay.

Your rabbit's teeth will never stop growing so he will need to grind them down as he eats.  A diet of 80-90 per cent hay is essential, with only a small quantity of pellet food and vegetables.  Rabbits are very greedy and can get very fat, so don't give them too much for dinner.

Rabbits only eat plants or special rabbit food and they like to spend all their time munching so try to give them lots of different vegetables to eat for variety.  If they don't like it they won't eat it...so don't worry too much about what to serve.

Rabbit Run

Give your rabbit lots of space !!   Believe it or not, rabbits need as much exercise as a small dog!

Ideally, their accommodation should have a sheltered sleeping area (hutch) of at least 6ft x 2ft x 2ft with an attached 6ft x 3ft run to allow them to sit up straight and look around.

Some of our rabbit hutches have a rabbit run attached so the rabbits can go for a stroll whenever they like. The rabbit runs are generally a wooden frame covered with wire so that they can see what's going on, but if they are frightened they can always run back into their hutch.  It's important that rabbits have a place to run and jump in, but its also important that they have a place to hide in, if they are frightened.

Some people prefer to buy a separate rabbit run and take the rabbits out of their rabbit hutch and put them into the run for exercise.  If you decide to do this, make sure you don't forget about them as they will need to go back into their hutch if it rains or at night time.

Handling your rabbit

You should always remember to be gentle and try not to be too loud as you could easily startle your rabbit. You should never pick your rabbit up by his ears...it hurts a lot !!  You should use both hands to pick up your rabbit - one should hold him around the 'scruff' of his neck (the 'scruff' is the bit of neck behind the ears and there is lots of spare skin there.) and the other should support his bottom. You should scoop up your rabbit and hold him firmly but gently, close to your chest. If he struggles you should put him down as rabbits have very strong back legs and could hurt you or themselves. You should talk quietly to your rabbit while you are holding it.

Never approach a rabbit from behind or from above as you will frighten him - always approach from the front where he can see you.

Poorly rabbits

Poorly rabbits often hide in the corner of their hutches. They often also look dirty and have a dull coat and they might be off their food. If you think your rabbit is poorly you should contact your vet immediately before things turn worse.

Sometimes rabbits get diarrhoea from eating too many greens or drinking too much water.  As rabbits can't 'burp' they end up with a bad tummy ache. Make sure your rabbit's diet is well balanced and ask your vet or breeder for advice before purchasing.

If your rabbit starts sneezing you should take it to the vet, as there is a disease which makes rabbits sneeze that can make them very poorly.  Never just assume its got a cold.

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