The ancestor of the domestic rabbit maintained a territory of about 2 acres, within which heshe would wander looking for food and mates. Great distances were covered each day.
Rabbits are also very athletic in order to escape from predators. Adequate opportunity to exercise is vital for pet rabbits, as lack of activity can lead to:
- Obesity - also caused by excess calories in the diet.
- Sore Hocks - also caused by damp flooring.
- Poor Bone Density [Osteoporosis] - can lead to leg or spinal fractures.
- Poor Muscle Strength - this includes the heart and can lead to "heart attack" if the rabbit is stressed.
- Constipation and Urine Stagnation
- Behavioural Disorders - such as lethargy, aggression, destructiveness.