Housing and Enrichment
Your first biggest investment before adopting your rabbit's is the housing, enclosures, toys and equipment. People assume rabbits can live in small hutches with no space to run around, binky or graze. This is very incorrect....
Before getting started, we would recommend checking with your landlord first to ensure you have permission to keep animals.
Rabbits thrive off constant enrichment, space, and a safe environment. A hutch is not enough. As a rescue, we stand by the requirements suggested by the RWAF.
RWAF – “The recommendation for a pair of average size rabbits is a single enclosed area of at least 3m x 2m by 1m high. This can include the sleeping quarters and makes up a footprint (accessible area of the ground or floor) of 3m x 2m.”
This is the minimum requirement. The more space your rabbits have, the better. We will require photos of your full set up.
The same requirements apply for indoor rabbits as well. We would highly recommend giving your rabbit free roam if possible.
Please check out the RWAF website - https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-care-advice/rabbit-housing/
You will also need the following for your rabbits:
Litter Trays & Litter
Hay & Hay Rack
Toys and Enrichment
Not only should your rabbit have the correct space and housing, but they also need constant enrichment and activities. This is essential for their mental wellbeing and overall health and fitness.
Some great activities that our bunnies love:
Cardboard Boxes – They love to make them their own and chew holes. They are also great to jump on and snuggle up inside.
Foraging – I sprinkle and hide their food and natural herbs and mixes amongst the hay which keeps them busy.
Platforms and Levels – as they are prey animals, their instinct is to scan the area to check for predators. Levels and Platforms allow your rabbits to get a good view of their surroundings.
Toilet Rolls – Stuff these with hay and other natural goodies for your bunnies to destroy.
A lot of people spend lots of money on toys, including myself in the past, however honestly, my rabbits are not fussed at all. Go back to basics, get creative, mix things up and keep your bunnies happy!