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Rabbits in general
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Rabbits in general
There are a number of different breeds of rabbits out there. Currently I have 2 dwarf lops and a lop although I have to say I would love a lionhead. They usually live until they are around 6 years old, but one of my rabbits is now 10! When buying a rabbit there are a lot of things to buy. A quick shopping list of what you would need is as follows:
This will soon add up and will probably cost at least £100. However, once you have your rabbit and the equipment I find that rabbits are a much cheaper alternative to cats and dogs. We spend about £10 a week on our 3 rabbits and this includes sawdust, straw, hay, dry food and fresh food.
There is a great deal of fresh food you can feed your rabbits, a favourite with my rabbits is curly kale and red grapes. I also feed them celery, carrot, brocolli, strawberries and apples regularly. It is important that you never give your rabbit banana as this can make them ill and if feeding carrots, feed them very little as this can cause dental problems.
One of my rabbits is a house rabbit so he needs cleaning out every day yet rabbits that live outside need to be cleaned out about 2 times a week, we clean ours out daily as they are so messy! Cleaning them out takes about 10 minutes and is really no hassle.
It is important that rabbits have a run. Many people say that the hutchs with a run underneath (the same size) are not sufficient space for your rabbit and they need more room. We managed to buy a brilliant run with a hutch on top online, the run underneath measures at least 7ft by 7ft and it was a bargain at £99. They also have a metal run on the grass but ours need supervising in this as they often like to dig! Our house rabbit is very old now and we just let him roam about the garden at his own will.
I believe that rabbits are fantastic pets, they are great for children due to their gentle nature. They are quite low maintenance so therefore are perfect for a busy family. They are very entertaining and a particular one of ours often has us in stitches at her antics! If you are looking to get a rabbit can I take this opportunity to highlight rescue homes as there are a lot of bunnies out there waiting to be rehomed :-( there is a brilliant one in Westbury, Wiltshire.
Summary: A great family pet
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