Rabbits are fun-loving animals and make fantastic family pets
Expressive and interactive animals, rabbits thrive on loving human companionship and care. But, as with all pets, there is a degree of responsibility associated with rabbit ownership. It is essential you consider the following factors before adopting a rabbit.
Why adopt someone special from RSPCA South Australia?
By choosing the adoption option you are giving an animal an opportunity for a second chance. By adopting a rabbit from RSPCA South Australia, you can change a life forever. And they will change yours too with devotion, unconditional love and joy.
All rabbits available for adoption from RSPCA South Australia are vet checked, vaccinated, and desexed. When purchasing a rabbit from pet shop or breeder, new owners must often organise all of this themselves at their own expense.
What to consider before adopting someone special
Rabbit ownership is a rewarding experience that promotes healthier living and brings great enjoyment to people’s lives. It also brings with it a level of responsibility and commitment to ensure all the physical and emotional needs of the rabbit are met. Rabbit ownership may not be for everyone and we ask people to carefully consider a number of factors.
If you are thinking of adopting a rabbit, ask yourself:
- Am I over 18?
- Am I in a financial position to meet the ongoing costs associated with caring for a rabbit?
- Do I have the environment to ensure a rabbit is safe and secure at all times?
- Does my current lifestyle allow me quality time to exercise, play and spend time with a rabbit?
- Am I committed to care for a rabbit its whole life?
What will I need?
- Water bottle
- Litter tray and litter
- Gnawing stick
- Grooming and cleaning products
- Flea control
All of these items can be purchased from our Lonsdale shelter, with sale proceeds helping RSPCA South Australia care for animals in need.
Having more than one pet rabbit is recommended as they are sociable animals and require companionship. Suitable mixes include two females or mixes of neutered rabbits. To avoid having any unwanted/unintended litters of baby rabbits avoid keeping entire male and entire females together.
Feeding the right diet is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy rabbit. Rabbits are herbivores (they eat plant material). Providing a constant supply of grass and/or grass hay (e.g. timothy, oaten, wheaten, pasture, paddock, meadow or ryegrass hays) is paramount in providing a balanced diet.
Regular grooming will help to keep your rabbit’s coat in good condition. This also means that the rabbit will ingest less hair themselves and thus helping to prevent hairball blockages in their gastrointestinal tract. This is especially important for long-haired breeds. While brushing, take the time to check their fur for any parasites or dirt, especially under the tail because if left it can lead to a fatal condition called flystrike. Check the length of your rabbit’s toenails regularly and if they are too long, have them clipped.