\\\ About Pet Rabbits
\\\ updated 29 September 2021
\\\ Spotlight On Pet Rabbits
Bringing Your New Pet Rabbit Home
An informative guide to bringing your new pet home
\\\ Rabbit Insurance
With nearly a million pet rabbits across the UK insurers offer rabbit insurance but there is less choice of insurers than that of dog and cat insurers despite according to Statista Research during 2019, more than 75% of rabbit households insure their rabbits.
The following insurers offer Rabbit Insurance –
- Exotic Direct Rabbit Insurance
- Petplan Rabbit Insurance
- Helpucover Rabbit Insurance (part of the Pinnacle group)
- NCI, Rabbit Insurance (which offers car and breakdown services)
- 4Paws Rabbit Insurance (also part of NCI)
- InsureandGo Rabbit Insurance
- Health-Pets (partnered with Exotic Direct)
- Largest nationwide store group Pets at Home Rabbit Insurance (who have partnered with Petplan)
- Everypaw Pet Insurers
Many of the same insurance principles for covering rabbits are similar to dogs and cats insurance. Rabbit insurance quoted online can start as low as £6.00 per month to approximately £15.00 being affordable, with rarer pedigree breeds costing considerably more.
Vet bills can be quite high if they become injured or pick up an illness. The most common problems vets see are Malocclusion, bad rabbit teeth, which can grow an astonishing 3mm a week. Their constant chewing on food helps to reduce this but their teeth do need cut regularly.
Most insurers will not insure a rabbit if aged five years or over unless previously covered on the Lifetime Insurance.
Not all vets are trained in providing veterinary services for exotic pets which includes rabbits. It’s important to consider finding a local vet that will accommodate your insurer requirements before you purchase your pet.
Exotic And Small Pet Insurance
There are specialist insurers for covering parrots, small birds, reptiles, tortoises, small mammals, exotic mammals, and birds of prey such as Exotic Direct and Healthy Pet.
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\\\ Rabbit Foods
What Foods Do Rabbits Like?
Rabbits like a high-fibre diet. Their daily main food should be fresh quality, not mouldy or damp, feeding hay. Feed them at least a bundle that is equivalent to their body size each day. Balanced with quality rabbit pellets that can be purchased from most good pet shops which are formulated to provide a nutritionally complete and balanced diet.
Rabbits can eat certain fruit but this is high in sugar content and should only be given rarely.
In addition, a smaller amount of green food can be given such as our list below –
- Brussel Sprouts
- Carrots and carrot tops (high in sugar so only as a rare treat)
- Cauliflower leaves and stalks
- Dandelion (very small amounts as this makes them poop a lot)
- Red cabbage
- Romaine lettuce
- Salad peppers
- Savoy cabbage
Buying Rabbit Food
There are many convenient ways to buy your rabbit supplies these days. From online supermarkets, online larger pet stores or your local town pet shop.
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What Foods Are Poisonous For Rabbits?
Very similar to cats and dogs, rabbits can be poisoned very easily with human foods such as chocolate, avocados, garlic, onions and chives, raisins, sultanas, currants, and grapes. Caffeine is bad, so keep tea and coffee bags away from rabbits and drinks containing caffeine. Macadamia nuts and peanuts, salt, vitamin D and alcohol. Chewing gum and sweets. Rhubarb leaves, potatoes with their tops, and tomato leaves. Apple seeds are poisonous containing cyanide.
If unsure then simply don’t feed your pet on the food until you have researched fully.
Rabbits need a quality balanced diet that helps their overall weight and lessens dental problems. They don’t need to eat from a bowl but it’s important to always give them fresh water in a bowl, 24/7.
It’s recommended NOT to feed human muesli-type meals including oats. Rabbits do not benefit from these and generally put on too much weight.
The PDSA offers a free download to help pet owners keep their pets in tip-top health and shape.
\\\ Rabbit Cages Pens and Hutches
Choosing a pet rabbit hutch, cage or pen is possibly the most expensive decision you’ll make for your rabbit.
You need to decide if you are keeping your pet indoors or outdoors and what the maximum room is that you can give to your rabbit for its everyday living and sleeping accommodation.
You’ll need to consider cost and what you can get that’s best for your budget.
Outside rabbits need a warm hutch as rabbits are not used to cold temperatures. They need to have an enclosed area for protection and sleeping and preferably an exercise area. Some owners bring outside rabbits into their garage or outhouse during colder months.
Your hutch has to be robust, weatherproof, secure, standing off the ground, with good locks to doors, and easy to clean.
It must be an adequate size especially if you have two rabbits living together.
Indoor cages possibly need to be less robust but rabbits are best housed in a room where they can also be given the freedom of using that room.
Buying a rabbit home
We recommend that you buy from a pet specialist, one that you can trust and will deliver promptly, and provide an aftercare service that has a track record and plenty of gold star reviews from happy rabbit owners.
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Indoor cages possibly need to be less robust but rabbits are best housed in a room where they can also be given the freedom of using that room, to exercise.
The floor has to be cleared of any debris, as they simply will nibble anything in sight.
There are a number of pens available to be used primarily outside but can be inside, where they allow the rabbit room to exercise and nibble away at grass when placed outdoors in a grassy area. They protect the rabbit from any likely predators whilst outside, (although they will be very frightened by their closeness), but pens also stop your pet from escaping.
The best time to buy your rabbit is springtime when the UK weather starts to improve.
By the start of September, it’s important to check the condition of your hutch outside and make any necessary repairs. By Autumn time, you may be finding depending where you live in the UK, you’ll need to start covering the hutch for extra protection and warmth at night.
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