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If you plan to keep rabbits as pets then there are many good reasons for thinking about having them neutered. Entire male and female rabbits can become aggressive and up to 80% of females may develop cancer of the uterus if they are not neutered.

If you do decide to keep rabbits for the purpose of breeding there are many factors to consider. Rabbits breed easily (literally ‘like rabbits’!) and you could potentially have many hundreds of baby rabbits to rehome in a rabbit’s lifetime. The number of rabbits being born is far higher than the number of good homes available for them so think carefully as to how you would deal with the unwanted babies.

Urinary tract problems can occur in rabbits and may be due to a build up of calcium stones in the urinary tract. Most animals only absorb sufficient calcium from their diet in their gut. Rabbits however take up calcium at a rate that depends on how much there is in their food (if there is more calcium in their diet they will absorb more). If they have more calcium than they need then the unwanted portion is excreted in the urine and it may be deposited to form solid sludge or stones. If you are worried that your rabbits urine looks abnormal or that your rabbit is having trouble going to the toilet then you should contact your veterinary surgeon for advice.

Uterine problems

The female rabbit's reproductive tract varies greatly compared to dogs and cats. Although there is a difference in the anatomical make-up of rabbits, they can still experience some of the diseases that affect dogs and cats. How is the rabbit's


Urolithiasis is the formation of calculi in the urinary tract, also called kidney and bladder calculi or stones, or urinary tract stones. The stones are rock hard crystal aggregations of all shapes and sizes. Sludge is the name given to

Red urine

Bloody urine is rare in rabbits and rodents. Cases of bloody urine in rabbits often turn out to be normal rabbit urine which is simply a deep red colour due to the extretion of plant pigments within the diet. True

Rearing orphan rabbit kittens

Handrearing a rabbit kitten or kittens can be an extremely rewarding experience but is not a job to be taken on lightly. The task ahead is difficult, exhausting and there is no guarantee of success. However hard you try, you

Kidney problems

Like other mammals, rabbits possess two kidneys. The kidneys are essential for filtering out toxins from the body and excreting them via the urinary system. There are many potential problems which can affect the kidneys, with varying degrees of severity.

Excessive drinking and urination

Drinking and urinating more than normal is medically called polydipsia (poly = many; dipsia = drinking) and polyuria (poly = many; uria = urine). Thirst and urine production are a delicate balance controlled by interactions between the brain and the