Rabbit Care Basics

Are you considering getting a pet rabbit? Bunnies are very adorable and endearing little furballs, and have been charming us for centuries. Caring for a rabbit isn’t necessarily difficult, but it is very different than caring for a dog or cat. If you’ve never had a pet rabbit before, you’ll want to do some research before adopting one. Below, a Markham, ON vet discusses basic rabbit care.

Feeding

Did you know that fresh, quality hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the bulk of a bunny’s diet? Pet bunnies need hay to keep their digestive systems running smoothly. Be sure your rabbit always has lots of clean hay available. At mealtimes, Floppy can have a commercial pellet food. To round out your furball’s nutritional plan, you’ll want to supplement the hay and pellets with fresh fruits and veggies. Ask your vet for specific dietary recommendations.

Cage

Floppy will spend most of her time in her cage, so make sure that it’s comfortable for her. Your furry pal should be able to stand, hop, stretch out, and play without tripping in her food bowls or litter box. Bigger is better when it comes to bunny cages, so get the biggest cage you can. Once you’ve picked the cage, you’ll need to add a comfy hidey-hole, such as a wooden box, and food and water dishes. Rabbits can be litter-trained, so add a litter pan as well. Hayracks are optional, but they can be very useful and also help with litter box training. Don’t forget to add suitable bedding, such as aspen. Avoid pine or cedar substrates, as they are dangerous to rabbits.

Entertainment

Bunnies are very active and curious. They also need to chew constantly to keep their teeth from overgrowing. Therefore, your furball will need lots of fun toys, including plenty of chewable playthings. Toys made out of wood, wicker, cardboard, and paper are appropriate. Floppy will need time outside of her cage every day. Before letting your pet out to play, you’ll need to carefully bunnyproof your home. Otherwise, she may chew up your belongings! Protect or secure furniture legs; loose cords; electrical wires; baseboards; books; shoes; chemicals, such as pesticides and household cleaners. Also, be sure to secure medicines, toxic plants, and any small items that could be choking hazards.

Please contact us, your Markham, ON vet clinic, for all your pet care needs.

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