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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 insuring 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)

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 for 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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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 –

  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots and carrot tops (high in sugar so only as a rare treat)
  • Cauliflower leaves and stalks
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Coriander
  • Courgette
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion (very small amounts as this makes them poop a lot)
  • Dill
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Radish
  • Red cabbage
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Rocket
  • Salad peppers
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Tomato
  • Watercress

What Foods Are Poisonous For Rabbits?

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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.

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.

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