Have you decided to adopt a bunny? Congratulations! Bunnies have been beloved pets for centuries. While rabbits aren’t difficult to care for, they do have some very specific requirements. In this article, a local Boulder, CO vet discusses basic bunny care.
Floppy will be spending a lot of time in her cage, so make sure it’s comfortable. Your pet should be able to stand up, play, stretch out, and hop around without tripping over her dishes or litter box. Once you have the cage, you’ll need to add a suitable substrate; a hidey-hole; food and water dishes; a litter box; and, if you like, a hay rack.
Hay is very important to your furry friend’s health and well-being. Wild bunnies eat lots of tough roots and plants, so bunny tummies are suited to processing lots of fiber. Pet rabbits typically eat a much softer diet, so in order to keep Floppy’s digestive system running smoothly, you’ll need to provide her with plenty of clean quality hay, such as Timothy hay.
Bunnies have open-rooted teeth, which basically means that Floppy’s teeth will never stop growing. Chewing will keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Be sure to provide plenty of safe and suitable chew toys. Bunny-safe woods; cardboard; paper; or wicker playthings are all suitable options.
Life in a cage can get a bit boring, so Floppy will need time outside of her habitat each day. Before you let your furry pal out to play, however, you’ll need to carefully bunnyproof all the areas she has access to. Remove or protect furniture legs; wire; drape cords; books; shoes; toxic plants; carpet; and baseboards. You’ll also need to secure any chemicals, such as cleaning products. Be sure to block off any open spaces under or behind furniture and appliances!
Make sure to feed your pet a good, nutritious diet. Hay and pellets should make up Floppy’s basic menu, but you’ll need to supplement that with fresh veggies and fruits. Check with your vet for specific dietary recommendations, and before introducing any new foods.
Last but not least, bunnies need lots of love! Be sure to pay attention to your furball. Groom her and play with her, and, if she likes being handled, cuddle her.
Please contact us, your local Boulder, CO vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs!