Welfare of rabbits: an introduction
This introduction to the welfare of rabbits provides advice on owning a rabbit. Rabbits have five main welfare needs.
You must take all reasonable steps to make sure that your rabbit has:
- a suitable environment to live in
- a healthy diet
- the ability to behave normally
- suitable company
- protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease
Owning and caring for a rabbit is great fun and very rewarding, but it is also a big responsibility and a long-term caring and financial commitment as they normally live for seven to 12 years.
You control your pet’s lifestyle so it is your responsibility to make sure that its needs are met, whatever the circumstances.
Diet, normal behaviour, disease
For more detailed information about a suitable diet for rabbits, normal behaviour patterns and protecting rabbits from pain, injury and disease go to: