How to pick up a rabbit correctly

 One or Two Rabbits?

Thinking of buying or adopting a rabbit?  If you can't spend most of your day and night with the rabbit then get two!  Rabbits love company.  Having two will not stop them loving you just as much as if they were an 'only rabbit'.   Care needs to be taken when introducing two rabbits for the first time.  The Rabbit Sanctuary can pair up your two rabbits of choice before you take them home. 

Cost of a Rabbit

This article gives you a good idea of the cost of buying and owning a rabbit or two.

Housing a Rabbit

Where should you keep your new pet rabbits?  Will you have a house rabbit that also has access to the garden for fresh air and grass? A house rabbit can be kept in a playpen with a litter tray, cat tunnel, food and water dishes and be there to be seen and interact with the family - to be part of the family.

The Perfect Rabbit Water Dish

This stone dish is perfect for rabbits for either water or food but especially for water because it won't tip over. This gives you certainty that your rabbit won't be without water.  Change your rabbit's water twice daily as they love fresh clean water. Wipe out the dish with a rag or sponge, rinse and refill. Keep the water in the shade or it will get too warm.

Rabbits love to lap water.  They also love to put their paws into the water then wash their face.  Water bottles are good back up but they need a dish of water.  It is also a good idea to have a water bottle just in case their dish becomes empty or dirty.

See more about Rabbit Accessories.

Rabbit Grooming

For grooming your rabbit you need a  little rabbit grooming comb. It is made of steel with fairly fine comb spacing and is the best we have come across for long or short haired rabbits.  It will calmly groom out any problems.  Rabbits love the soft stroking that  relaxed grooming provides.  

Rabbit Litter Tray Training

Is quite easy if you have the correct bunny accessories and set up.

Rabbits in their natural environment tend to find one spot to toilet.  This makes toilet training them easy.

You need a large litter tray
An odourless pet litter
A sprinkling of edible hay over the litter
A hay rack or hay bag at the end of the tray hung from playpen fence
Rabbit Pellet dish in the tray under the hay rack or hay bag.

Place the rabbit's litter tray in a corner of their playpen for best results.

Sweep up any 'mistakes' and put into the tray
Keep the floor of the playpen clean with white vinegar 
Feed hay and pellets at the end of the tray which keeps the untrained bunny in the tray for longer periods. 

Rabbits love to eat and poo so having your premium hay and rabbit pellets in the tray will encourage litter tray use. 


Rabbit Bonding

Bonding two rabbits can be tricky. Click to read about our "Desensitisation Rabbit Bonding Method" used at The Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary.

Rabbit Playpen with Hutch Near Door to Garden
Rabbit Playpen with Hutch Near Door to Garden

Ceramic Water Dish and Ceramic Food Dish
These are too heavy to knock over and are hygienic. 

Rabbit Hutch on Verandah with pet fence and litter tray
Rabbit Hutch on Verandah with pet fence and litter tray.
This would be greatly improved with fly screening the open
areas to protect rabbits from insects carrying the deadly rabbit viruses.
An outdoor rabbit playpen for supervised day activities is wonderful for bunnies however they should be protected with vaccinations and Advantix for Dogs on the back of the neck to repel mozzies and fleas. Flies also carry a deadly rabbit disease.

If you don't want to risk the outdoors then a bit of morning sun via the fly screen door in your home will provide happiness and vitamin D.

RABBIT BREEDS IN AUSTRALIA Learn which rabbit breeds exist in Australia today. Some breeds rarely make it into rabbit rescue shelters while others are quite commonly abandoned.  

More Rabbit care information currently being developed for our blog.  Please return soon. If you are thinking about adopting a rabbit please contact us for advice on 0416 062 947 and we will be pleased to give you advice and support.