Key Points of Good Bunny Care

Have you recently adopted a bunny? Floppy is a great pet! Bunnies need just as much care as a dog or cat, but they have some very different needs. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica, GA area, a local vet discusses basic bunny care.

Cage

Floppy will need a comfortable, roomy cage. Your bunny should have room to run, hop, play, stand up, and stretch, all without tripping over her dishes or belongings. Choose a cage or hutch with a solid floor, as wire floors can cause injuries. (They also don’t hold substrate very well.) You’ll need to add a hide box, toys, dishes, and, if you like, a litterbox. It’s also important to make sure your pet is in a comfortable area, where she feels safe but not isolated. Bunnies are safer, happier, and healthier living indoors, so don’t put Floppy out in the yard!

Food

Fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the bulk of your pet’s diet. Floppy will need to eat roughly her own body weight in grass hay every day. You’ll want to supplement these things with commercial food, fresh produce, and the occasional snack. Never give your bunny a new food without first researching it to be sure it is safe.

Playtime

Bunnies need time out of their cages every day. However, before you let your cute pet out to play, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Toys

Rabbits have open-rooted teeth, so Floppy will need to chew to prevent painful dental issues. Offer her lots of chew toys. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items can make great bunny chew toys. (Note: never give your furball anything coated in varnish, stain, paint, glitter, or dye, or anything with small parts, sharp edges, or dangling threads.)

Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, Floppy will need to see the vet regularly. In between appointments, watch for potential signs of illness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything wrong.

Grooming

Some bunnies, like Angoras, need quite a bit of grooming, while others only require occasional brushing. Nail trims are also important. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica, GA area vet clinic, with any questions about your bunny’s care. We’re happy to assist!