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The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH





Rabbits are sociable and entertaining pets but they can also be shy and nervous.  They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – with many hundreds of varieties.  Just like dogs and cats, they are regularly thought of as one of the family.  With gentle handling, the right diet and good veterinary care, a rabbit can live between 8 - 12 years; some may live longer.

Rabbits have traditionally been seen as an easy to care for, great first pet for children and whilst they can without doubt be an excellent companion, their needs are more complex and not so well understood by the average pet owner. 

PFMA is a member of the Animal Welfare Education Alliance and we believe that owning and caring for a pet is a big responsibility.  We recommend all owners read about their duty of care, as outlined in the Animal Welfare Act, and understand about their pet’s five welfare needs.

On our website, we have information on providing for a rabbit’s five needs and focus mainly on our area of expertise, which is nutrition.  Why not have a look at our toolkit section for top tips and download our Rabbit Size-O-Meter to ensure your rabbit’s is a healthy size.

We also have great tips on their ideal home and also cover their behaviour and company plus rabbit health, giving you links to additional sources of information.

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