Proper care of a rabbit requires providing suitable housing, time for exercise, a healthy diet, gentle handling and routine veterinary visits. Rabbits are delicate creatures but can make great pets.
The gestation period for rabbits is 29-35 days with 1-12 babies per litter; birthing can occur in as little as 10 minutes per litter. The short birthing cycle means a female rabbit can give birth to a new litter before she is finished weaning the previous litter.
One female rabbit is capable of giving birth to between one and 14 baby rabbits, also known as kits or kittens, per litter. However, the average litter size consist of six babies.
Taking care of a domestic rabbit starts with knowing that the safest place for them is the indoors. Unlike wild rabbits, domestic rabbits do not have the endurance to withstand harsh temperature extremes and are always at a risk for predators, even while inside a cage.
Rabbits do not eat their babies, according to the House Rabbit Society. After birthing baby bunnies, a mother rabbit eats the afterbirth because it is rich in nutrients, and this discourages predators from finding the nest.
When taking care of a rabbit, feed the rabbit plenty of hay; provide it with a quiet place to sleep and room to play, and socialize with it regularly. Rabbits are very prolific breeders, so separate members of the opposite sex. Spay or neuter the animal as soon as possi...
Known for their short, furry tails and long ears, rabbits are a common mammal found throughout the world. These animals often live together in underground holes and tunnels, called burrows. A group of these burrows is called a warren. While they can easily make their ho...