Did you know that February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month? Bunnies are extremely adorable, but unfortunately, they are often bought on impulse, and then rehomed when their owners lose interest. One of the reasons this happens so much is that many people don’t understand how to properly care for a bunny, and what to expect from them. In honor of these adorable furballs, a Fayetteville, NC vet discusses basic bunny care below.
One thing that is very important to understand is that bunnies must chew to keep their teeth healthy. Those little choppers are suited for chewing on tough roots and plants, so they never stop growing. If your furball doesn’t get to chew enough, she could develop serious dental problems! Offer Floppy plenty of chewable items, such as safe wood, wicker, cardboard, and paper playthings.
While bunnies do need commercial food and fresh produce every day, hay should actually form the bulk of your pet’s diet. Give Floppy plenty of quality grass hay, such as Timothy hay. Fresh water is also important: keep that water bottle clean and full! Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including portion sizes and appropriate foods.
Life in a cage can get pretty boring, so, in order to keep Floppy happy, you’ll need to let her have some time out of her habitat every day. This means you’ll have to bunnyproof the rooms your pet will have access to. To bunnyproof your home, you must secure or remove toxic plants; wires and cords; household and automotive chemicals; small items that could present choking hazards; and, well, anything you don’t want your pet chewing. You’ll also need to protect baseboards and furniture legs, and block off spaces behind cabinets and beneath couches.
Bunnies are very stubborn little furballs, and definitely have some strong opinions. You can train your rabbit to chew properly, use a litterbox, come when called, or even do cute tricks, but you’ll need to go about it correctly. Before adopting a bunny, do some research to learn how to properly manage your cute pet.
In addition to a comfy habitat, a proper diet, and toys, bunnies also need regular veterinary care. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
Do you have questions about bunny care? We can help! Please contact us, your local Fayetteville, NC veterinary hospital, anytime.