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Pet owners celebrate Rabbit Awareness Week


Wednesday June 21st 2017

Animal lovers have been urged to consider adopting a bunny as part of this year's Rabbit Awareness Week.

Running from June 17-25, the week is this year focusing on the importance of hay in a healthy rabbit diet.

Animal charity the RSPCA is now highlighting the benefits of taking home a rescue rabbit, with 173 bunnies looking for homes across its centres in May.

It noted that 158 rabbits have already been abandoned by their owners over the course of this year to date.

Commenting on the main focus of this year's awareness week, Dr Jane Tyson, rabbit welfare expert, said: "Good quality hay or grass should constitute the majority of rabbits' diets. In fact, they need at least one bundle of good quality hay that's as big as they are every day.

"Rabbits graze naturally and need hay and/or grass to function properly, this is much more important than commercial rabbit pellets or nuggets, and muesli-style diets can be associated with health problems."

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2017