It’s the soft fur and the twitching, little nose that makes bunnies so darn cute. Rabbits* are a popular pet-pal choice for families, and their social nature makes them great companions for any pet-loving household.
For a happy and healthy bunny, plan their environment, nutrition and entertainment before welcoming them as the fur-kid of your family. For more information about caring for rabbits head to RSPCA’s website.
Friends, friends, friends
Rabbits are curious and social creatures, and the companionship of others of their kind enhances their quality of life and happiness. Pairing males and females is the ideal combination, but desexing before matching the rabbits is advised. There’s also a process to creating a successful bond between rabbits, so take the time to learn about what makes a good match for your pet.
A happy home
Your rabbit’s enclosure should be a place where your bunny is safe from predators, can sleep and burrow, can stretch out and relax and stay cool on hot days. The enclosure should be large enough for all the rabbits that call it home to groom, sit, stand upright and exercise as every rabbit loves to do. The enclosure should keep them safe from rain, wind, and sun. A well-ventilated enclosure will reduce the risk of your rabbit getting heat stress, which can be fatal.
Physical and mental stimulation
Rabbits are intelligent animals and benefit from plenty of exercise and stimulation. Make their environment interesting with opportunities to run, jump and dig. Encourage foraging by hiding food and incorporate sturdy pet toys that rattle to keep your rabbit mentally stimulated.
Food, glorious food
Rabbits eat plant material, so offer them a constant supply of grass or hay. Leafy greens such as spinach, celery, broccoli, and other types of vegetables are also good food sources for rabbits. It is best to avoid lettuce as some types contain lactucarium which can be very harmful to your pet. Carrots can be offered for treats.
Rabbits need care and attention, and a live-in pet sitter will ensure your pet-pal gets all the stimulation and care it needs for the times you have to travel. Browse pet sitter profiles on Mindahome.com.au and list your position and pet care needs for free.
Please note: Keeping a pet rabbit in Queensland is illegal.
Further information is available from your local government office, or by contacting Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit biosecurity.qld.gov.au.