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".
Global rabbit production
The global rabbit production industry is worth an estimated $2 billion USD annually. The top-producing countries in the world are China, Russia, and the European Union. Together, these three regions account for over 80% of the total global rabbit production.
China is by far the largest producer of rabbits, accounting for approximately half of all global production. China’s rabbit industry is worth an estimated $1 billion USD annually. Rabbit meat is a popular delicacy in China, and the country also exports significant quantities of rabbit fur.
Russia is the second-largest producer of rabbits, with an annual production value of $400 million USD. The majority of Russian rabbit production occurs in the southern region of the country. Rabbit meat is popular in Russia, and the country also exports rabbit fur.
The European Union is the third-largest producer of rabbits, with an annual production value of $300 million USD. The majority of European rabbit production occurs in France, Spain, and Italy. Rabbit meat is popular in Europe, and the region also exports rabbit fur.
Rabbit production is a significant industry in many parts of the world. In China, Russia, and the European Union, rabbits are raised for their meat and fur. These three regions account for over 80% of global rabbit production. Rabbit meat is a popular delicacy in many countries, and rabbit fur is also widely used in the fashion industry.