PRE-PURCHASE rabbit basics, before you buy …

If everyone followed the points listed below, rabbit rescues would never need to exist again!  They may seem obvious, but they are the most common daily issues that rabbit rescue staff encounter. 

  • Do not buy a rabbit on impulse.
  • Rabbits rarely make good pets for young children.
  • Have the sex checked professionally, especially if keeping two together.
  • Never buy a rabbit as a gift for someone else.
  • Neutering is essential for health and behaviour but is expensive.
  • Children usually get bored with a pet rabbit within a month.


  • They are the most complicated and expensive small pets you can keep.
  • Most rabbits hate being handled and can inflict a nasty scratch.
  • Some rabbits growl and bite, and some spray urine at you if they are not neutered.
  • A rabbit’s hutch must always be permanently attached to a safe run to allow exercise.
  • Annual vaccination varies between £50 and £125 depending on your location.
  • Rabbits and guinea pigs do not mix well and should not be kept together.
  • Rabbits dig holes in your lawn and eat your plants.
  • Rabbits need stimulation, so provide toys like cardboard boxes, plastic plant pots, wicker and straw baskets, and places where they can dig.
  • Baby rabbits do not show their true nature until 4 – 6 months old, regardless of how well or often they are handled.
  • Rabbit accommodation must be sited on paving slabs or similar to prevent them digging out or foxes from digging in. 

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