Whether you’re already a rabbit’s parent or thinking of becoming one, caring for your bunny is an important task. Here are some fast facts and care tips you might not know about your newest family member:
- Rabbits are social animals
Most bunnies are very social and want to be a part of the family, but where you place your fur baby’s habitat should depend on his/her individual personality. Shy rabbits prefer a more secluded location where the hustle and bustle won’t overwhelm them. Most bunnies, however, prefer to be in the center of the action where they interact with you and your family. When choosing a location for your furry friend’s new home, choose a place where your rabbit feels comfortable.
- Rabbits have a “need for speed”
Bunnies like to jump and run, so make sure you give your rabbit plenty of room to race around. A good rule of thumb is that your rabbit’s home should be at least four times bigger than he/she is so there is enough space to stretch out. Rabbits also need secure flooring to feel comfortable moving around. Bunnies tend not to like linoleum floors, because the material feels uncomfortable against their paws and it’s difficult for them to get traction when moving around
- Rabbits need chew toys
Your rabbit’s teeth are constantly growing, so your fur-baby will constantly chew on things to help keep his/her teeth from overgrowing (a condition called “maloccusion”). Paper bags, paper towel rolls and boxes tend to be a favorite toy for bunnies. Your bunny will also chew anything else they can find (including wires, cables and cords) if you let them hop around on their own. Make sure your home is bunny-proof before you let your furry friend hop off on an adventure, and always supervise time spent outside their home.
- Many house plants are toxic to rabbits
Your bunny should not eat houseplants or grass that have been treated with pesticides. A healthy diet for your rabbit has a limited amount of fruit and lots of chewy cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and kale every day. And don’t forget carrots, Doc! Fresh food, hay, and water should always be available and you should remember to throw away any fruits or veggies your little one doesn’t eat within 24 hours.
- Rabbits can be kept together if …
You should only keep male and female bunnies together if they’ve been spayed or neutered. If bunnies have been raised together, you can keep two female bunnies or two male bunnies in the same enclosure as their fur friend. However, adult bunnies that haven’t been raised with others should be kept separately.
Have a question about your pet rabbit? Just ask!