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  Fat rabbits being 'killed with kindness'
Updated 18 March 2003, 15.19

Many pet rabbits are unhealthy and fat
Rabbits are getting dangerously fat and ill because their owners spoil them too much, animal experts have warned.

The fluffy hoppers are now the third most popular pet in Britain - but people are keeping them indoors which is making them really unhealthy.

Cats and dogs are still the fave pets.

The biggest concern is that they're getting huge 'cos owners feed them fattening treats and snacks.

Fat rabbits have all sorts of problems like:

  • Bad bones
  • Lack of exercise
  • Not having babies
  • Getting too hot

Rabbits get bad teeth when they're kept indoors
Rabbits kept indoors can also get terrible "gruesome teeth" because they can't chew on grass to keep their gnashers in shape, said staff from animal charity, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

The charity is asking people with pets to think about how they care for them and to ask their vet if they're unsure.

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