Rabbit Rabbits are small, furry mammals with long ears, short fluffy tails, and strong, large hind legs. They have 2 pairs of sharp incisors (front teeth), one pair on top and one pair on the bottom. Their teeth are specifically adapted for gnawing and grow continuously throughout their lives.
Rabbits are herbivores, which means that they only eat plants. They often eat the leaves of shrubs and trees but will also eat grasses, weeds, and another ground cover.
An average-sized pet rabbit's diet should consist of 1/8 to 1/4 cup pellets (dried mix of hay and grains) per 6 lbs of body weight per day. Unlimited amounts of hay, freshwater, and vegetables should be available at all times. Frequent brushing or combing is required to prevent hairballs in long-haired rabbits. Rabbits need plenty of exercise (bunny-safe time outside of the cage daily) because they are extremely energetic and sleep very little. They are very social animals - they should be handled every day to promote bonding and trust, but should always have a place where they can retreat to get away from any disturbances.
Nails grow continually so need to be kept at a healthy length by having them cut regularly. Teeth must also be monitored because overgrown teeth that are not properly filed down can cause pain and tooth decay.
Rabbits eat a wide variety of food, such as grass and leafy twigs and buds. They often eat their droppings (called "cecotropes") to extract all the nutrients that they can from their food. Because rabbits have a hindgut fermentation system, their feces are 80% bacteria and 20% other matter. If they lose too much fluid from diarrhea or other causes, instead of dying from dehydration they can reabsorb the cecotropes back into their digestive systems.
The domestic rabbit (or simply "rabbit") is a small mammal; it belongs to the family Leporidae. It has been selectively bred for thousands of years as a pet and for its meat and fur: there are around 100 different breeds today.
Rabbits have long ears, large hind legs, and short fluffy tails. Rabbit teeth are adapted for gnawing and grow continuously throughout their lives. Rabbits eat a wide variety of food, such as grass and leafy twigs and buds. They often eat their own droppings (called "cecotropes") to extract all the nutrients that they can from their food. Rabbits live in burrows or warrens, which they make using their strong forelimbs and teeth. A group of burrows is called a "warren".