Baby bunnies are a classic sign of Spring, and it’s not surprising that sales of younger rabbits increase at this time of year. But it is important to think carefully about how you purchase any animal.
Many people will buy a pet from a retailer or will make arrangements with friends. If you are purchasing from a retailer, make sure they are part of a reputable scheme, or clearly publish their policies in relation to welfare. If you are taking a pet from a friend, you will need to know when it is best to remove the young from their mother, what vaccinations are required and how to look after a youngster.
In many cases, it is strongly advisable to get your pet neutered and you will need to check when the optimum time is for this to be done. Rabbits, for instance, being social animals, like to be kept in groups or pairs. Litter-mates are ideal, but you don’t want them breeding. Sexing young rabbits is quite a challenge, so it’s worth checking with your vet that Trixiebelle is not actually Rex! You don’t want to end up with an unexpected spring surprises of another generation of baby bunnies!