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Chinese New Year of the Rabbit

Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Is this going to be a good year for pet rabbits? Probably not!

Sadly with Christmas just over a month ago many rabbits given as presents have already been dropped off at a rescue. The same thing happens also happens after Easter and the summer holidays. As a rabbit fanatic (I have four) I find this incredibly sad and I would encourage people looking for pet rabbits to visit their local rescue centre where 35,000 bunnies end up every year.

This is not intended to be a lecture but a couple of things to bear in mind before getting your rabbit include:

  • Ideally you should not keep rabbits on their own (Animal Welfare Act 2006). They are social creatures and can become lonely and depressed easily. 
  • Even if you get 2 females it is recommend you get them neutered as up to 80% of un-neutered females develop uterine cancer by the age of 5 years. A neutered male and neutered female tend to get on best. Two males will fight if not castrated.
  • Rabbits need space! The Rabbit Welfare Fund recommends a hutch with a minimum size of 6 x 2 x 2 foot but the more space the better.
  • Rabbits are not cheap pets! It is estimated* that a pair of rabbits will cost £11,550 over 10 years.
  • And finally, if cared for properly rabbits live for an average of 8- 10 years so be prepared to have your pet for a long time.

Don’t forget that myself and the other nutritionists here at Burns Pet Food are always happy to talk to you about your pet rabbit, guinea pig or cat…we’re not just about dogs!

Fiona
Burns Pet Nutrition Team

*Source: http://rabbitwelfare.blogspot.com

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