Looking After Your Rabbit

Looking After Your Rabbit- Rabbit Awareness Week

Rabbits are a very popular family pet. Though they may seem like an easy, low maintenance pet (which they are, in some respects), rabbits do still require a lot of care and attention, which means that you must be sure that you have the time and resources to be able to care for them properly.

With Rabbit Awareness Week from the 2nd – 10th of June 2018, we list some top tips on how to look after your rabbit.


Whether you keep your rabbit inside or outdoors, it is important that they have suitable and comfortable bedding.

The ideal bedding for rabbits is clean straw, which is easily available from all pet shops.

It is important to keep this straw clean, so you should ideally check it on a daily basis, removing and replacing any soiled straw.

In summer it is especially important to check your rabbit’s bedding on a regular basis as this is when flies are likely to lay more eggs on any soiled straw, which can potentially lead to health problems as maggots may bury into your rabbit’s fur if left untouched.


Feeding hay and grass should make up 85-90% of your rabbit’s diet, ideally a pile the size of their body each day!

Hay and grass provides lots of health benefits for your pet rabbit, including keeping teeth healthy as they chew the grass; their digestive system is kept healthy as hay and grass are high in fibre; and these materials encourage rabbits to forage, which is great for their mental health.

The rest of a rabbit’s diet should include raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery and broccoli- washed thoroughly before feeding. 

Regular Checks

As with any pet, it is important to regularly check your rabbit for any noticeable changes in health.

Your rabbit should be lively and alert, so look out for any changes in your rabbit’s behaviour on a daily basis.

Check your rabbit’s eyes, ears, nose and teeth regularly for any signs of swelling or discharge- reporting even the slightest concern you may have to your vet.

It is also important to keep an eye on your rabbit’s weight as any sudden changes could mean there are health issues that need addressing.

To keep your rabbit as healthy as possible, their vaccinations should all be up to date. These will help prevent potentially fatal diseases, such as myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD).


Rabbits should be groomed on a regular basis. Not only does this keep them looking their best, it also helps reduce the risk of parasites or irritation from arising due to your rabbit’s fur being too long.

Grooming your rabbit on a regular basis (ideally weekly) will also help to cement the bond between you and your pet rabbit.


It is important to give your rabbit a chance to get out of their hutch on a regular basis, though you should always ensure that the area you allow them into is safe and secure.

Not only is this chance to exercise and play with you important for their physical health, it also has emotional benefits.

If you ever have any concerns about your rabbit’s health, you should not hesitate to contact your vet; no matter how small the query, they will be happy to advise you.