PROPER CARE

How can I properly care for my bunny?

 

Well, first of all, a bunny is a big commitment for 8 to 10 years of caring for it. So, before anything else, make sure you're ready for the long-haul!

 

  • The Cage - Your bunny should have a cage/hutch that is a least 2 times the size of your rabbit. I would recommend a cage for your bunny that is much bigger than that. Your rabbits cage should be kept clean, especially from any pee. Your bunny should have plenty of toys to keep it entertained when you’re not with it. 

 

  • Proper Food - Your bunny should be provided with clean, fresh water; high quality hay;  a controlled amount of fresh greens; commercial pellets; and, of course plenty of snuggles and love! 

 

  • Exercise - I would recommend plenty of exercise time out of its cage in a safe place were it can hide if frightened. It is totally okay in my opinion to let your rabbit play outside if it cannot escape and is safe from any predators.

  • Companionship - Some people worry if your bunny does not have another bunny friend. Your bunny will be happy living alone as long as it has you to play with. Though bunnies will enjoy each others company, as long as they are spayed or neutered especially in males.

  • Nail Care - Your bunny’s nails will grow continuously, so it’s important to keep them trimmed. Clipping them every four to six weeks should keep them at the right length. There is quick vein in the nail and if you cut into it will bleed a lot. If you are nervous about clipping the nails you can always bring you bun the the vet and they will do it. If you don’t have a vet on hand you can always just clip off the end of the nail.

Here are some ways to ensure your bunny is healthy:

 

  • Teeth - Your bunny’s teeth grow continuously. Chewing on toys and hay will help keep them the right length. Take a look; if your rabbit’s teeth are long enough to cover its bottom teeth, it’s possible that he/she is not grinding them down enough. Take your bunny to the vet for an evaluation. 

  • Fur - Your bunny’s fur should feel soft, supple, and not matted. Pet your bunny gently to be sure that there are no lumps, dandruff, or scabby areas on its skin. If you feel any of these or have any concerns, consider a visit to the vet. 

  • Bowel Movements - Take a look at your bunny’s bowel movements. Your bunny will have two different types of poop. Cecotropes are mushy bowel movements that your bunny eats. That may sound odd, but it’s the way a rabbit’s digestive system works. Your bunny's other poop will be dry, round pellets. If your bunny has loose stools, pellets linked together with fur, or isn’t passing stool at all, call the vet. I also recommend using Sherwood's Digestive Tablets to help move things along, especially when my bunny is shedding.

  • Behavior - Your bunny should eat well, and be active, relaxed, and friendly. A pet bunny that you’ve had for a while shouldn’t act stressed or afraid of you. If you notice any significant changes or unusual behavior, it may be a sign that something is wrong.

  • Signs of Illness - Signs of illness in a rabbit include cloudy eyes, nasal discharge, sneezing, loss of appetite, excessive grooming, a lack of bowel movements or diarrhea, swelling, and hiding in the corner of the cage with no interest in interaction. These are all symptoms that should be brought to the attention of your vet. Check your bunnies eyes, nose, and ears regularly. Your bunny’s eyes should be clear and bright. It's nose should not have any discharge and it's ears should be clean.