How to Care for a Pet Bunny
It is Bunny Season and while I don’t necessarily think bunnies belong in Easter Baskets they still pop their sweet little faces out of them all over the world. If you are going to get a bunny it is important to know how to care for them. This post is just the basics of what you will need and the care they require.
Bunnies are not dolls and they do require care but they can make really great pets!
Bunnies are not only cute and cuddly, but they make excellent domestic pets as well. If you are considering a bunny for your home, you will want to be sure you have everything you need to take proper care of them. Below you will find some helpful tips on how to care for a pet bunny and make sure it gets all of the care and attention that it needs. Here is what you need to know about caring for bunnies and how to make your home their forever home!
First, let’s take a look at the supplies you will want to have on hand.
How to Care for a Pet Bunny – the necessities:
1. Bunny cage, crate, or pen. It should be large enough for the bunny to stretch out and hop in. The cage should be high enough for the bunny to stand on his back feet. Don’t forget there should also be plenty of room for toys and enrichment activities, an area for sleeping, one for eating / drinking, and a separate area for potty time.
2. Food bowls. Opt for heavy bowls that can’t be flipped over.
3. Water bottle
4. Bunny bedding such as soft wood shavings or prepackaged bunny bedding.
5. Bunny pellet food
6. Fur brush – bunnies benefit greatly from regular grooming in order to keep their fur soft and clean.
7. Chew toys – these toys help keep bunny teeth in check. They help keep them clean and dental disease free.
How to Care for a Pet Bunny – bunny proof your home
Before bringing your new friend into it it is time to bunny proof your home! Bunny proofing your home will keep not only the bunny safe but your home in good condition as well. It is important to bunny proof because your new bunny will enjoy time out of its crate.They enjoy hoping around the house and spending time with you. They are extremely social animals and have been known to become best friends with dogs and cats. Thought we recommend extreme caution during the introduction.
1. Remove any houseplants that may be toxic. Or, keep them well out of reach of a roaming rabbit.
2. Protect wires (and the bunny!) with PVC tubing. If this isn’t an option, keep all wiring as far off the floor as possible.
3. Provide the bunny plenty of chew toys to encourage her to chew on them as opposed to furniture or cords.
How to Care for a Pet Bunny – Keeping Your Bunny Healthy!
1. Take your bunny to the vet once a year for a basic check up and any vaccinations they may need. Pick a vet who specializes in small breed animals. This might not seem important but many practices do not have a vet that has specialized in the care of your new bunny. Veterinarians generally focus on the care of Dogs and Cats and while you might convince your regular veterinarian to do the basics for your bunny. Your really need a specialist especially in a big city. Don’t worry you can ask your regular vet for a recommendation. If you don’t have a vet you can call your local Animal Hospital to see if they have a specialist. If they don’t the staff that answers the phone should be able to make a recommendation of someone local for you. The larger the practice the more likely they have a Vet ready to care for your bunny!
2. Keep nails trimmed. You may wish to consult a vet for this since over clipping can cause pain and damage. Most veterinarians are happy to work with you on home care for your pet or offer walk in services for things that prove to be beyond your skill set.
3. Keep your bunnies mind stimulated! Give them games and toys that make them think or serve a dual purpose like dental chews. Don’t let your bunny become a bored bunny.
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