Rabbit care


housing

The minimum cage dimensions are 18x24x12.  ½”x1”, 14 gauge galvanized after wire may be used.  Rabbits that are caged must be provided with daily exercise time.

If you choose to house train your rabbit and let it free roam, beware of exposed cords, carpet, etc.  Rabbits can be destructive, so it is important to provide them with adequate mental stimulation.  If you are wary of this, connect a large x-pen to your rabbits cage as an addition.

Rabbits can be easily litter box trained with time and patience.  Start by purchasing a large enough litter box filled with bedding and hay.  Rabbits typically go to the bathroom where they eat their hay.  During the training process, confine your rabbit to a small area, like their cage.  If they go potty outside of their litter box, place it into the litter box.  Rabbits typically have an area of their cage where they like to go, so if possible, move the litter box to that area.

When you first bring home your bunny, it can be a stressful time, in which they may disregard the litter box in an attempt to mark the area.  It is important to let your bunny get used to the new surroundings and settle in upon arrival.

feeding

As tempting as it may be, make sure not to overfeed your rabbit, even when they’re begging for more treats!  Feed on a schedule that works for you and your bunny.  Always provide fresh hay and water.

Be wary of pet store rabbit treats, as they often contain hidden nasty ingredients such as dairy, nuts, etc.  Sometimes the best treats you can give are small amounts of fruit or a carrot!  You may also occasionally provide your rabbit with the dark leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, or spinach.

toys

Rabbits love playing with toys, but switch them out occasionally so they are not bored.  Some favorites are chew toys, throw toys, or even just a toilet roll stuffed with hay.  Rabbits also love to dig and would very much appreciate straw or a blanket to dig in!

handling your rabbit

It is important to remember that not all rabbits like being held.  When frightened, they can kick, scratch, and bite.  Rabbits are also fragile and can easily be injured by dogs, cats, or small children.  Be gentle with your bunny and you may find that they prefer to be cuddled with all fours on the ground.

important reminders

  • Always provide hay and freshwater.
  • Always allow your bunny time to exercise.

  • Always remember to clip your bunny’s nails and groom them.

  • Always remember to clean their cage.

  • Always give them the love and attention they deserve!

further readings

  • Raising Better Rabbits and Cavies by the ARBA
  • The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society - http://mncompanionrabbit.org/