Rabbits can also suffer from behavioural problems
Rabbits are very sociable creatures and it is important to keep them in pairs or small groups. Behavioural problems can occur as a result of poor husbandry, so it is important to give them everything they need to keep them happy and healthy.
If your rabbits are kept outdoors, you will need to make sure their hutch is large enough that they are able to move around as well as allowing them separate areas to eat, sleep and toilet. As a minimum guide a hutch should be around 180x60x60cm for a pair of rabbits. It is also desirable to provide different levels for them to jump onto, as well of lots of bedding and toys to give them plenty of mental stimulation. Exercise is extremely important for rabbits as they are very athletic animals.
As well as plenty of space in their hutch, they should also be provided with access to a space to stretch their legs, either around the house or in an outdoor run everyday to make sure they are happy and healthy.
Rabbits that are not related may need to go through a bonding regime in order to house them together in the long term. This can sometimes be difficult and if you do need any advice, please contact us. If you cannot pair your rabbit, we recommend they have plenty of human company instead to make sure they do not get lonely.
Rabbits can live happily in same sex pairs, or as mixed males and females providing they are neutered. Neutering will prevent unwanted pregnancy and can help to decrease fighting and aggressive behaviour.
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