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January 2014’s Animal Of The Month – Rabbits

By January 31, 2014 January 19th, 2023 No Comments

We are wrapping up our very first Animal of the Month feature, in which we tweet fun and interesting facts about a different animal every month on our Twitter feed @ExoticPetVets. Rabbits were our fascinating featured creatures for January.  Here is a summary of our Animal of the Month tweets. Did you know?:

  • The domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is descended from the wild rabbits of Europe and northwestern Africa and centuries of selective breeding have resulted in many sizes, shapes and colour variation.
  • Rabbits live to about 6 – 8 years of age, but some of the smaller dwarf breeds can live as old as 14 years of age.
  • A doe isn’t just a female deer, it’s also a female rabbit! The male is called a buck and a juvenile is a kitten or kit.
  • The most important thing in a rabbit’s diet is a grass-based hay such as Timothy hay, which should always be available.
  • Due to its high calcium, protein and caloric content, alfalfa hay should be avoided for rabbits over six months of age.
  • Rabbits should be fed a high-fibre pelleted food with 13-18% crude protein and limited to 1/8-1/4 cup per day per rabbit.
  • Maximum one cup of alternating varieties of veggies can be offered daily to your rabbit. Dark leafy greens are preferable.
  • Fruit should be offered as treats for your rabbit sparingly, given in small quantities a couple of times a week maximum.
  • Avoid feeding your rabbit seeds, nuts and grains such as breads and crackers and other starchy foods.
  • When it comes to a cage for your rabbit, bigger is better. It should be made of material that rabbits can’t chew through.
  • Rabbits should never be picked up by their ears! Your veterinarian can show you the proper way to restrain and carry your rabbit.
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