This issue we bring you Rocket the 4 year old rescue rabbit.
Rocket’s favourite place to sleep is anywhere that isn’t his bedroom! He always pulls all the bedding out and redistributes it all over the hutch!
His favourite toy is a wooden chew which is filled with hay, unfortunately, one of Rocket’s naughtiest habits is chewing things other than his toys. His very kind humans bought him and his bunny friend a big playhouse which Rocket is nibbling his way through!
Rocket tries to look as innocent as possible when questioned about holes dug in the grass but the bits of dirt and grass hanging off his paws and chin are always a giveaway. Despite his best efforts he has a habit of looking guilty any time his humans look at him but that may be down to him being a cheeky chappy! According to Rocket’s owner’s he causes them a fair bit of panic when he does his ‘bunny flop’ to lie down as he often looks dead!
Luckily for Rocket his owners forgive all his cheeky tricks and describe him as a ‘lovely, friendly boy who loves his bunny friend Luna’.
Rabbits are highly social and kept on their own get lonely and stressed. Companionship is so important when it comes to rabbits so please ensure you have considered this before buying a pet rabbit.
Vaccinations give rabbits protection against life threatening diseases such as Myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (RHD) which are almost always fatal.
Male rabbits can be neutered around 4 months of age. This not only prevents unwanted babies but can also reduce aggression and urine spraying, both linked to hormones. Female rabbits can be spayed around 4 months of age and most importantly this will dramatically reduce the risk of your rabbit developing cancer of the uterus.
It is important to brush your rabbit regularly, checking for signs of illness and remember to keep a good eye on their dental health. All of these actions also provide your rabbit with some much-needed socialising.
If you have any concerns at all or need advice on appropriate food, shelter and behaviour please book an appointment to speak to one of our knowledgeable team.