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Pet toys can help keep rabbits entertained

Tuesday, 18th September 2012

Rabbits are often misunderstood and can become depressed and frustrated if they do not have a fun and stimulating environment, an expert has said.

Blue Cross editor Natasha Kleanthous explained that pet toys can help to keep rabbits happy, while putting their pet food in hanging baskets allows them to stretch for their food as they would in the wild.

Her comments come as part of Rabbit Awareness Week, which runs until September 22nd.

Ms Kleanthous wrote: "Just like children, rabbits can soon get bored of their toys after a while, so rotate them regularly to keep them interested - but be careful not to change everything all at once as the sudden shift in their environment could be stressful."

She also noted that rabbits are extremely sociable and they do not live alone in the wild.

Rabbits should be kept in pairs or a group and need to be neutered to avoid fighting. The best mix, Ms Kleanthous said, is a neutered male and a neutered female.