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What do you know about Rabbits?

  • A rabbits life span is about 8 years
    (1) Sterilized rabbits (those who are spayed/neutered) can live as long as 10-12 years
    (2) Unspayed female rabbits have an 80% chance of developing uterine cancer
  • The average size of a rabbit litter is usually between 4 and 12 babies, which results after a short 30-day gestation
    (1) Male rabbits can reproduce as early as 7 months of age
    (2) Females as early as 4 months
    (3) This means in one year a single female rabbit can produce as many as 800 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
  • A baby rabbit is called a kit, a female is called a doe, and a male is a buck. A group of rabbits is called a herd.
  • Rabbits are herbivores, eating a diet entirely of grasses and other plants. Because their diet contains so much cellulose, they pass two different kinds of feces to completely break down their food. While other grazers will chew and swallow their feed, then burp it back up (as cows chew cud), rabbits will re-ingest their feces on the first pass to get all of the nutrients they need.
  • Happy rabbits practice a cute behavior known as a binky. They jump up in the air and twist and spin around.
  • A rabbits teeth never stop growing. Many people believe they need to chew to keep their teeth short. While they do enjoy chewing, its the normal wear from where their top and bottom teeth meet that keeps a rabbits teeth short.
  • Rabbits cannot vomit, so it is super important to feed them only healthy, fresh, appropriate food
  • The minimum recommended cage space for a single rabbit is 2 x 2 x 4. Cages with a solid floor are recommended as wire bottomed cages can ulcerate a rabbit's foot.
  • Rabbits need several hours of out of cage exercise time a day
    (1) Indoor proof your house by covering wires or other chewable objects
    (2) Outdoor runs should be fully enclosed (closed top to protect from potential predators, deep fences as rabbits can dig under shallow areas)
  • Rabbits are very social animals and without a companion can become depressed

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