Rabbits and Cavies
Rabbit and Cavy (Guinea Pig) Project
If you are interested in joining 4-H, but you have limited space, the Rabbit and Cavy Project might be your best option. Rabbits and cavies make excellent 4-H project animals due to their reduced space requirements, ease of care and management, their ability to be litter-box trained, and their size; they are ideal urban pets.
4-H Rabbit and Cavy members have several shows throughout the summer in which to show their animals. The state also sponsors several seminars and clinics throughout the year. A youth involved in this project area will learn:
- To manage and and care for his or her rabbit/cavy.
- To select and exhibit quality rabbits/cavies.
- To participate in group activities and develop leadership skills.
- To develop responsibility and patience.
- To gain satisfaction from completing a project to the best of his or her ability.
Owning a rabbit or cavy is not a requirement for joining a 4-H club. The only time a youth must own/lease a rabbit or cavy is if he or she is planning on showing the animal at a 4-H fair. For further details on the Rabbit & Cavy Project, please contact the staff person listed below.
Rabbit & Cavy Resources
- American Rabbit Breeders Association
- 2023 MA Animal Health Rules for Fairs
- 2023 New England Animal Health Rules for Fairs
- Rabbit - Glossary of Terms
MASSACHUSETTS 4-H RABBIT WORKSHOP - January 21, 2023 - Smith Vocational High School, Northampton, MA
Brochure & registration information: 2023 Rabbit & Cavy Workshop Brochure
For further information, please contact:
State 4-H Animal Specialist
University of Massachusetts Amherst
100 Venture Way, Suite 334
Hadley, MA 01035-9462