What do rabbits eat?

Rabbits need to have hay in their diet, which is the most important component. Bella hay is good for young rabbits, but it's a bit too high in calcium for older rabbits, so Timothy or some other grass hay is recommended. Rabbits also enjoy treats such as leafy greens, vegetables, and some fruits. However, fruit should be given in moderation due to its high sugar content. Some rabbits like yogurt-covered treats, but these should be given sparingly as they are akin to junk food. Hay and pellets from the pet store for supplementation form the most crucial parts of a rabbit's diet.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Greenfield
Hebron Animal Hospital

Do rabbits make good pets?

Rabbits often make good pets. They can form strong bonds with their owners and can be very affectionate once they get attached. However, they require time for cage cleaning and bonding. Despite these responsibilities, they can make very pleasant pets.

Do rabbits shed?

Rabbits shed throughout the year. Therefore, if you're not fond of pet hair, rabbits might not be the ideal pet for you.

How long does a rabbit live?

Rabbits can live up to 8 to 10 years, so adopting a young rabbit is a long-term commitment.

How big can a rabbit get?

Rabbits vary greatly in size. Some rabbits are as small as 2 or 3 pounds when fully grown, while others, like Zim, weigh about 8 pounds. There are also giant breeds of rabbits that can weigh up to 16 pounds.

Do rabbits bite?

Rabbits don't typically bite. As a prey species, their instinct is to run or hide when scared rather than bite. However, they might nibble if your fingers are near their mouth, and they also enjoy chewing on clothing.

Do rabbits get fleas?

Rabbits can get fleas, especially if they spend time outdoors or live with other pets that can bring fleas into the house.

What is a safe flea treatment for rabbits?

Rabbits are sensitive to medications, so over-the-counter flea treatments should be avoided. There are prescription medications available that are safe for rabbits, with Revolution being the most commonly used.

Do rabbits carry any diseases?

Rabbits do not typically carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans, known as zoonotic diseases. However, they can have diseases that are contagious to other rabbits. Therefore, if you're bringing a new rabbit into a home with a pet rabbit, it's important to ensure the new rabbit is healthy first.

What do I do if I have a sick rabbit that's not eating?

Rabbits often hide their symptoms when they're sick. If your rabbit is less active than usual, sitting in an unusual position, or not eating, you should bring it to the veterinarian promptly. They can get very sick before they start showing symptoms.

Can rabbits make humans sick, and can humans make rabbits sick?

Rabbits and humans do not typically make each other sick. Some skin diseases like superficial fungal infections, can potentially be spread to people, but these are minor and more irritating than harmful.

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