Rabbits are very cute and lovable pets. However, many people fall for their adorable faces and adopt them on a whim, without really understanding what rabbits need to thrive. This often leads to unhappy bunnies. It can also really strain the bond between humans and pets. As your local Marion, IA vet, I am happy to offer great care for rabbits. I list some common rabbit care mistakes below.
Poor Cage Setup
Floppy’s cage should be large enough to allow her to stand up, stretch out, hop around, and play, all without tripping over her things or touching the top or sides of her habitat. The cage should have a solid bottom, and should include a hidey-hole, toys, food bowls, and a water bottle. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Not Enough Chew Toys
Rabbits need to chew to keep their teeth from overgrowing. Provide Floppy with lots of safe, suitable chew toys. You can buy bunny playthings, but you can also make your own. Look online for DIY chew toy ideas.
Floppy will need time out of her cage every day. However, you’ll need to do some petproofing first. Remove anything that could be dangerous, cover furniture legs and baseboards, and seal off spaces under and behind furniture and cabinets. Ask your vet for more detailed instructions.
Your bunny will need a helping hand with her beauty routine. If you have a longhaired breed, like an Angola, your pet will need daily brushing. Other bunnies may only need to be brushed every week or so. You’ll also need to keep Floppy’s eyes and ears clean, and trim her claws.
Did you know that being bathed is extremely traumatic for rabbits? In fact, some bunnies actually die from the shock of being submerged. Never bathe your pet! If Floppy gets something on her fur, ask your vet for specific advice.
Bunnies have very specific nutritional needs. First and foremost, Floppy will need lots of fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay. This actually should form the bulk of her diet. You’ll want to supplement that hay with commercial food and fresh produce. Treats are fine, but it’s important to stick with safe, suitable options, like strawberries. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about bunny care? Please contact me, your Marion, IA vet clinic, anytime!