Rabbits: Peppy and Sociable Pets

Interested in a pet Rabbit? Uncle Bill’s has a variety of ethically sourced Rabbit breeds for sale, including Mini Lop, Mini Rex, Dutch, Holland Lop, and Lionhead Rabbits.

Rabbits are great pets for people who have plenty of time for socializing with their pet and keeping its enclosure tidy. Under close caretaker supervision, these friendly, docile animals have been known to make friends with other pets in the household, including dogs and cats!

If you’d like to see our Rabbits for sale, please call us to ask about available pets. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about pets and pet care.

Rabbit Habitat

Rabbits are best kept in habitats without wire mesh bottoms as their feet have no feet pads to protect them from the pressure of meshed wire. The cage bottom itself can be lined with a generous layer of small animal bedding (SunSeed™, Carefresh™, Oxbow™, or Kaytee™) and should be changed as needed.

Large igloos, cat furniture with cubby holes, or a cardboard box provide a nice hiding place for these animals, which in the wild live in cozy dens. They love to gnaw and play, so they need access to plenty of safe items to chew on and play with (toys designed for Parrots often work well for Rabbits). Uncle Bill’s carries a wide variety of toys and Rabbit supplies, so we can help you choose safe toys for your pet.

Rabbits tend to produce a lot of waste during the day, so frequent habitat cleaning is necessary. They can be litter box trained (Yesterday's News™ or Carefresh™ litter work well), but Rabbits might still scent other parts of the cage with some droppings to mark their territory. Some owners allow their Rabbit free rein of the house once litter box trained, although Rabbits can do considerable damage to furniture by gnawing or scratching if unsupervised.

Regular exercise outside the cage is recommended, as long as the area is Rabbit-proofed and secure. Never allow Rabbits near exposed electrical cords. A play pen or puppy gate can be used to keep Rabbits in a safe area.

Rabbit Diet

Bunnies and adult Rabbits have different dietary needs. For Bunnies, Oxbow Essentials Young Rabbit Food contains alfalfa hay that provides optimal protein, fiber, and vital nutrients. At the age of 8 months, a Rabbit should switch from an alfalfa-rich diet to pellets containing Timothy hay. Adult rabbits also need constant access to fresh Timothy hay.

In addition to pellets, Rabbits enjoy dehydrated carrot and banana, and pre-packaged Rabbit treats and chews. They may also have fresh, dark, leafy greens. In the wild, Rabbits don’t eat carrots, so they should not be part of their regular diet (although a small bit of carrot or a carrot top may be given as an occasional treat).

Food should be served in a chew-resistant heavyweight crock that isn't easily tipped over.   Water is best provided via a hanging water bottle and should be changed or refilled daily to keep it fresh.  

Are Rabbits Right for Me?

Rabbits enjoy living in stimulating environments with plenty of space to run around and explore. They also enjoy interaction with their caretakers and like to be pet. While they don’t typically like to be picked up or held, they often do enjoy sitting next to their caretaker, or on a lap. These animals are easily startled and may become frightened by loud noises, strange smells, or sudden movement – they will often thump one or both back feet on the ground when distressed.

With proper care, Rabbits may live up to 12 years. They are happiest and healthiest when they have a proper diet, a clean habitat, and plenty of toys and activities that keep them busy. They also need to be supervised when out of their cage, or when interacting with children or other pets.

If you’re ready to bring a pet Rabbit into your home, Uncle Bill’s has Rabbits for sale, as well a friendly and helpful team of associates who can answer all of your questions about Rabbit care. Please contact us today to ask about our adoptable Rabbits.  
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