Floor area and the behaviour of pet rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Rabbit welfare guidelines tend to emphasize the importance of space and performance of species typical behavior patterns, such as stretching, rearing and hopping at least 3 paces (Council of Europe, 2006). However, many hutches designed for pet rabbits potentially inhibit or prevent these behavior patterns and may consequently affect rabbit welfare. The objectives of this experiment were 1) to record the behavior patterns of rabbits in enclosures with different floor areas and 2) to determine if rabbits exhibit rebound effects when transferred from smaller to larger enclosures.
Journal Title/Title of Proceedings
Journal of Veterinary Behaviour