A large living area and a secure shelter where they can rest, feel safe and are protected from predators, extremes of weather and temperature. Ensure all areas are well ventilated, dry and draught-free. - Living in draughty/damp/hot/poorly ventilated/dirty environments can cause suffering and illness
Constant access to safe hiding places to escape if feeling afraid. Rabbits need to hide from things that scare them.
- They’re a prey species, so need to hide in secure places, away from sights and smells of predators (e.g. foxes/cats/dogs/ferrets/birds of prey).
Daily exercise opportunities to stay fit and healthy. Rabbits are intelligent and inquisitive. If they’re bored, they may suffer.
Enough bedding to keep warm. Bedding should be safe to eat, e.g. dust-free straw/hay.
Regular (ideally constant) access to suitable toileting places. If providing litter trays use newspaper, hay/straw, shredded paper and/or natural wood or paper-based non-clumping, non-expanding cat litter. Toilet areas should be separate to sleeping areas. Try placing a hay rack over the litter tray to encourage them to eat hay.
Regularly cleaned housing and toilet areas.
Familiarity. If you’re away, try finding someone to care for rabbits to meet all their welfare needs within their familiar home. If boarding, keep grouped rabbits together and take familiar items (e.g. toys).
Transporting in a comfortable and safe manner. Put familiar smelling items in carriers/new environments to help feel at ease. - See: Transporting rabbits (PDF 458KB).
The size/temperature of anywhere they’re left (including vehicles) to be appropriate.
To live in safe, secure, hazard-free environments. Any hazards within their environment may injure them.