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Rabbit Buying Guide


Thinking of getting a rabbit?

  • First, be sure that you have the commitment to take on a new pet.  Remember that a rabbit can live to 7 years or longer
  • Consider carefully the costs involved – not just purchase price but ongoing costs, including food, bedding and veterinary bills. Pet insurance is a brilliant way to help pay for any unexpected medical issues.

Basic items which will need to be purchased include:

  • A suitable safe housing with an exercise run. Many pet shops sell rabbit cages which are much too small. A hutch is not enough! Read A hutch is not enough for more details.
  • Food and water bowls
  • Hay (and lots of it!)
  • Rabbit nuggets (dried food)
  • Toys (including balls and tunnels)
  • Litter tray and litter (yes, rabbits can be trained too!)
  • Think about your lifestyle when considering a certain pet or breed.  Will you have time to interact daily with your rabbit? Rabbits are often neglected, and are not happy just sitting in a hutch at the bottom of the garden!  Think about the effect a new pet will have on any pets already living in the household.
  • Some breeders are now issuing a contract of sale.  This is in the best interests of both breeder and purchaser and encourages responsible breeding.  Be sure to read any small print and only sign once you are happy
  • Once you have purchased your new rabbit we recommend arranging a health check at the clinic.  This allows us to give your pet a thorough health check and give you the best advice possible.  Remember to bring any paperwork along to this appointment.

Commonly Asked Questions:

If you have any questions or would like more advice, please contact the surgery on 01443 224666