Bunny Care Basics

Are you considering adopting a bunny? Floppy is a very cute and lovable little pet! Bunnies do have some specific needs, however, so be sure to do some research before adopting one. A North Suffolk, VA vet discusses basic bunny care below.

Cage

Making sure your adorable pet has a good cage is very important. We recommend a mesh cage with a solid floor. You’ll need to add substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine or cedar substrates, as they are not safe for small animals. Your bunny will also need a hidey-hole, water bottle, and, of course, lots of toys. You may also want to get a litterbox and hayrack. Ask your vet for more information.

Bunnyproofing

Living in a cage can get quite dull, so your bunny will need free time every day. You’ll need to do some bunnyproofing before you let Floppy out to play. Remove or secure toxic plants; personal items, such as shoes and purses; chemicals; medication; pesticides; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; and small or sharp objects. You’ll also need to cover your baseboards and furniture legs, and seal off openings behind and beneath furniture and cabinets.

Diet

Fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the bulk of your bunny’s diet. You can supplement this with commercial pellets. Floppy will also need some fresh produce, as well as the occasional treat. Ask your vet for specific advice, including portion sizes, feeding schedules, and safe and unsafe foods.

Toys

Bunnies need to chew quite a bit, as otherwise they will develop painful dental problems. They also love to play! Offer Floppy lots of suitable chew toys. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine, as long as they are plain, clean, and free of small parts and sharp edges. (Tip: the tubes from toilet paper rolls make great rabbit toys!)

Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, Floppy will need regular veterinary care. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule. At home, watch for signs of sickness, such as lack of appetite, lethargy, and/or unusual posture or vocalizations. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Grooming

We don’t recommend bathing most rabbits, but you’ll need to brush your furball regularly, especially when she is molting. Floppy will also need regular pedicures.

Please feel free to contact us, your local North Suffolk, VA pet hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!