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Basic Bunny Care

September 1 2015

Are you considering adopting a bunny? These little furballs can make absolutely wonderful pets. Bunnies are not only super cute, they’re lots of fun, and have very distinct personalities. If you’ve never owned a rabbit before, you’ll want to do some research before making a final decision, however. A Crown Point, IN vet discusses some bunny care basics in this article.

Habitat

Floppy will be spending a lot of time in her cage, so you’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable for her. Choose a cage that provides suitable ventilation, such as a wire cage. Floppy should have enough room to stand up, hop, run around, play, and stretch out for a nap without tripping over her belongings. Once you’ve picked the cage, you’ll need to add a suitable substrate, such as aspen; food and water dishes; and at least one hidey-hole. Bunnies can be litter box trained, so add a large litter box as well. You may find it helpful to add a hayrack. To make litter box training easier, position the hayrack so that your furball has to hop into her litter box to reach it.

Diet

Hay should actually make up the bulk of your pet’s diet. Make sure Floppy always has plenty of fresh quality hay, such as Timothy hay. You can also give your pet some pellets at mealtimes. You’ll want to supplement these things with fresh, well-washed produce. Ask your vet for specific recommendations about bunny-safe foods.

Toys

Bunnies must chew quite a bit to keep their teeth healthy. Make sure Floppy has plenty of playthings, including lots of chew toys. Wood, wicker, paper, and straw items can all make suitable bunny toys. Be sure to avoid giving your furball anything with dangling strings, small parts, or sharp edges, as these things can endanger your furry pal. You’ll also want to avoid anything that is coated with varnish, paint, or dye.

Bunnyproofing

Floppy will need time out of her cage every day. To keep your furball from chewing up your belongings, you’ll need to do some thorough bunnyproofing. In a nutshell, this entails protecting or removing baseboards, carpet, wires, toxic plants, furniture legs, upholstery, small items, plastic bags, medicine, and household chemicals. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have questions about bunny care? Contact us, your local Crown Point, IN vet clinic, today! We are here to help!

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