FAQ's for Rabbits & Hamsters

Can I feed my rabbit any vegetables and leaves?

It is important to give your rabbit a balanced diet especially with adequate calcium levels. Give quality hay or grass ad lib he can chew and grind to wear his teeth down, plus a complete dry rabbit food fed in limited amounts (2-3 oz) that he finishes completely without being selective. Leafy greens such as cabbage, kale, spinach, and other vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and celery can be fed, but try and avoid nutritionally poor vegetables such as lettuce and cucumber. Fruit can also be fed in small quantities with apples and pears being readily accepted.

I bought two rabbits that I thought were female. It turns out one is male. Can I get them neutered to prevent pregnancy?

Both male and female rabbits can be neutered from approximately 4-5 months of age and we would now recommend this as a routine to prevent behavioural disorders and medical disorders such as infected wombs or womb cancer which can develop later on in life.

My hamster has grown two large lumps near his bottom. Is it cancer?

Male hamsters have two very prominent testicles, one on each side of the tail and back passage, so these may be the lumps you have found. If in doubt, get your hamster checked over by your vet.

My child has a hamster. It sleeps all the time. It is 2 years old. Is this normal?

Hamsters are crepuscular which means they come alive at dawn and dusk, so don't be surprised if he sleeps during the day when your daughter wants him to play. However, if he is sleeping more than normal, then get him examined. Two years is a typical life span of many hamsters and it may just be a symptom of old age, but some are lively until they are 2 1/2 to 3 years old.