Rabbit

Rabbit

CARE AND FEEDING

Cage Dimensions*
# of Adults # of Young Length Width Height
Breeding/Lactation 1 (2 when breeding) 6-8 75 cm 45 cm 45 cm
Growing 12 55 cm 50 cm 40 cm
Experimental 1 75 cm 90 cm 45 cm
45 cm 23 cm 18 cm
Feeding Recommendations
Daily Feed Usage Water Requirement Begin Dry Food Consumption
Adult male 110-175 gm Ad libitum 4-5 days
Pregnant female 175-225 gm
Environmental Data
Temp. Humidity Light Litter Material
20-25 °C 45-55% 12-14 hrs/day Maintain on 1.25 x 2.5 cm. wire.
Good straw, shavings, or commercial bedding

BIOLOGICAL VALUES

Blood Chemical Composition values are for plasma, except where noted
Water Calcium Sodium Chloride Phosphorus Potassium
93-95 gm/100ml 7.0 mEq/L 140 mEq/L 105 mEq/L 5.9 mg/100ml 5.5-6.0 mEq/L
Magnesium Cholesterol Glucose Serum Protein Albumin Globulin
3.2-5.4 mg/100ml 30-80 mg/100ml 145 mg/100ml (whole blood) 7.2 gm/100ml 4.6 gm/100ml 2.7 gm/100ml
Oxygen Consumption and Body Temperature
Observed
Weight
Temp-
erature
O2 Con-
sumption
Breathing Rate Heart Beat
3700 gm 39.4 °C 51/minute
(38-60)
205/minute
(123-304)
Hematological Values
Whole Blood Vol. (T-1824 dye) Clotting Time RBC Life Span RBC Diameter RBC Rate of
Sedimentation
60 ml/kg 60-360 sec. 45-70 days 7.0 microns 2 mm/hr
Blood pH RBC Hematocrit Platelets Hb
7.35 4.5-7.0 106/mm³ 41.5 ml/100ml 170-1120 10³/mm³ 13.6 gm/100ml
Total and Differential White Blood Cell Counts
Leucocytes Neutros Eosinos Basos Lymphos Monos
9.0 10³/mm³ 4.1 10³/mm³ 0.18 10³/mm³ 0.45 10³/mm³ 3.5 10³/mm³ 0.73 10³/mm³

LIFE CYCLE INFORMATION

Weight
Adult Male
Weight
Adult Female
Weight
at Birth
Breeding
Age
Male Breeding Age Female Estrus
Cycle
10004-5.5 kg 1200 gm 4.5-6.5 kg 100 gms 6-7 months
4 kg
5-6 months
4-5 kg
Polyestrus
Gestation Weaning Age Litter Size Rebreed After
Parturition
Breeding Life Male Breeding Life Female
30-32 days
31 days avg.
8 weeks
1.8 kg
1-8
8 avg.
14-28 days 1-3 years 1-3 years
Mating Data: male, 6-10 females, pair-mate usually in buck’s cage
* Refer to the “Guide for the Care and use of Laboratory Animals” — NIH Publication No. 85-23, Revised 1985.
Prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418

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