Keeping of Domestic Rabbits
It is strongly recommended that careful consideration is given before the decision to buy a rabbit is made, especially if you are buying with children in mind. Most rabbits are timid, structually fragile, dislike being handled and have the capacity to bite and scratch. For these reasons, rabbits do not always make the perfect pet for a child.
It is important that owners do not underestimate the requirements for keeping a healthy and happy rabbit. Where as rabbits are considered a fairly low maintenance pet, meeting their needs still requires daily attention. The more information gathered will help you decide if owning a rabbit is suitable for you, your family and your lifestyle.
- Seek advice from your veterinarian for housing, dietary, health and dental care and regular check up.
- Provide a cage that is adequate in size and is in a location that is sheltered from heat, cold, draughts and predators
- Ensure that your rabbit has adequate room to exercises in a safe and secure area
- Never allow your rabbit to stray from your property
- Unwanted rabbits should be rehomed responsibly
- Ensure that rabbits are kept in such number, or in such a manner, that does not create any nuisance (ie. vermin attraction, odour, noise etc.)
- Residents who own rabbits or are intending to purchase one as a pet are reminded that all pet rabbits should be vaccinated annually against rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) which is carried by feral rabbits in Pittwater.