Here at The Pet Express, we know how captivating rabbits can be. Their fluffy fur, twitchy noses, and playful antics have stolen hearts for centuries. But before you bring a fuzzy friend home, it's important to understand their needs! That's where Rabbit Awareness Week, happening this June 24th-28th, 2024, comes in.


Myth Busters: Debunking Common Rabbit Misconceptions

Before welcoming a bunny into your home, let's dispel some popular myths!

Myth #1: Rabbits are solitary animals

Fact: Rabbits are social creatures who thrive in pairs (if space allows). They can become lonely and depressed if kept alone.

Myth #2: Rabbits are low-maintenance pets

Fact: While relatively low-maintenance compared to some pets, rabbits require daily attention for their health and happiness. This includes providing fresh food and water, cleaning their litter box, and offering playtime outside their enclosure.

Unlocking the Secrets to a Happy Bunny Belly

Did you know a rabbit's diet is the key to a long and healthy life? Just like us, they need a balanced diet to thrive. Here's the breakdown:

  • Hay: The undisputed king of rabbit food! Hay provides essential fibre for digestion and keeps their teeth healthy.
  • Pellets: A small daily portion of high-quality rabbit pellets provides essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Fresh Vegetables: Leafy greens and the occasional carrot add variety and enrichment to your bunny's diet.

Building a Bunny Paradise

Think of your rabbit's enclosure as their personal bunny palace! Here's how to create a haven that caters to their needs:

  • Spacious digs: An enclosure at least four times your rabbit's body length in each dimension allows for hopping, burrowing, and exploration.
  • Comfy haven: Provide a cosy bed for your bunny to relax and feel secure.
  • Litter box essentials: Choose a comfortable litter box with absorbent litter to keep your bunny's home odour-free.
  • Hay haven: A hay feeder ensures constant access to their dietary staple.
  • Hydration station: A water bottle with a clean spout keeps your bunny hydrated.

Unlocking the Secrets of Rabbit Behaviour

Rabbits are brainiacs! They can be litter-trained and even learn tricks. Here's how to unlock their potential:

  • Positive Reinforcement: Reward good behaviour with treats and praise.
  • Bonding Time: Spend quality time interacting with your bunny – gentle petting, playtime, and even talking!

Understanding Rabbit Body Language

Rabbits communicate through body language. Here are some key signs to watch for:

  • Relaxed bunny: Floppy ears, relaxed posture, and grooming themselves are all signs of a content rabbit.
  • Stressed bunny: Grinding teeth, flattened ears, and thumping their back feet indicate a stressed rabbit.

Enhancing Rabbit Wellbeing

While proper diet and habitat are crucial, a happy and healthy rabbit thrives on a holistic approach to well-being. Here are some additional considerations:

  • Mental Stimulation: Rabbits are curious creatures who need mental stimulation to prevent boredom. Provide them with a variety of toys, rotate them regularly, and consider hiding treats for them to find.
  • Exercise: Daily supervised playtime outside their enclosure allows for exercise and exploration. Rabbit-proof a room or create a secure outdoor run to give your bunny space to stretch their legs.

Should I Wash My Rabbit?

Rabbits are incredibly clean animals and groom themselves regularly. In fact, bathing a rabbit can be stressful for them and can disrupt their natural oils, leading to skin irritation. Here's what you can do to keep your bunny clean and healthy:

  • Brushing: Regular brushing removes loose fur and prevents matting. Use a soft brush specifically designed for rabbits.
  • Spot Cleaning: For minor messes, use a damp washcloth to gently clean the soiled area.
  • Clean Environment: Maintain a clean litter box and enclosure to prevent the need for baths.

Common Problems Rabbits Face

Just like any pet, rabbits can face various health issues. Here's a look at some common problems rabbits encounter:

  • Dental Issues: Rabbits' teeth grow continuously throughout their lives. A diet rich in hay helps keep their teeth worn down naturally. However, overgrown teeth can cause pain and difficulty eating. Regular vet checkups can help identify and address dental problems.
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Stasis: This occurs when a rabbit's digestive system slows down or stops altogether. Signs include lethargy, lack of appetite, and painful bloating. Prompt veterinary attention is crucial, as GI stasis can be life-threatening.
  • Hairballs (Trichobezoars): Rabbits groom themselves frequently, and sometimes they ingest fur. This fur can accumulate in their stomachs and cause hairballs. Regular brushing and a diet rich in fibre can help prevent hairballs.
  • Parasites: Rabbits can be susceptible to internal parasites like roundworms and tapeworms, as well as external parasites like fleas and mites. Regular vet checkups and parasite prevention medications are essential to keep your bunny parasite-free.

From nutritious food and comfortable bedding to engaging toys and exercise essentials, we have everything your bunny needs to thrive. Together, let's create a world where all rabbits can hop, binky, and live healthy, fulfilling lives.


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