Rabbit Teeth
Are They Properly Aligned?

There seems to be some confusion about how rabbit teeth should be aligned. I read in the official ARBA guide book, "Raising Better Rabbits & Cavies", that their upper teeth should overlap the bottom, yet when I inspect a rabbit, whether my own or others, those not having Malocclusion, the teeth meet evenly.

Malocclusion is defined as an improper meeting of the incisors which results in abnormal wear and overgrowth of the teeth. This may be inherited or be caused by physical injury.

A rabbits teeth grow continuously, so it is necessary for your rabbit to chew on things to keep its teeth worn down to the correct length. For this reason it is in your rabbits nature to chew. If you give your bunny freedom to roam about in your home you will have to rabbit-proof any room it has access to.

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Rabbits will chew on anything which is available, even if that includes electrical cords. You don't want your bunny getting electrocuted so keep those cords up out of the way or keep them covered with something they cannot bite through. You will probably want to protect your furniture and woodwork as well.

There are a lot of different chew toys available for rabbits, but a block of wood or a cardboard box will work just as well and often better.

Even if you supply your bunny with plenty of chew toys, whether produced commercially or homemade, your pet will most likely also chew on its cage wire. This is to be expected and is not a problem unless your cage is built from a material which can break off and potentially injure your pet.

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A rabbit with improperly aligned teeth (Malocclusion) should never be bred since you would be strengthening this characteristic in your herd. You want to eliminate this tendency in your herd, not strengthen it.

If you have a rabbit which suffers from Malocclusion it will be necessary to clip the teeth on occasion. Many will have problems eating and may not get adequate nutrition, especially as the teeth grow longer. It is considered unethical to sell or breed a bunny having Malocclusion.

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