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Bunny Care Basics

Are you considering adopting a bunny? Bunnies are super cute and lots of fun, and can make wonderful pets. They do have some very specific care needs, however. A Happy Valley, OR vet discusses basic bunny care in this article.

Cage

We recommend getting a wire cage with a solid bottom. Your bunny should be able to run, play, stretch out, and stand up without tripping over her things. As a rule of thumb, always get the biggest cage you can afford. You’ll need to add a suitable substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine or cedar, as they are toxic to bunnies. Your pet will also need dishes, a water bottle, and a hidey-hole.

Diet

Bunnies should always have plenty of fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay. You can give your pet pellets for her main meals. You’ll want to supplement these things with fresh, safe produce and, of course, the occasional treat. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.

Toys

Your bunny will need lots of fun toys, including plenty of chewable ones. Many wood, paper, and cardboard items can make great playthings. Just be sure to avoid anything with sharp edges or small parts, and anything coated with paint, varnish, or glitter.

Playtime

Living in a cage can get pretty boring! Bunnies need daily time out of their cages. Don’t forget to spend time with your rabbit every day: pet her, play with her, and groom her, so she feels loved.

Bunnyproofing

Bunnies must chew to keep their teeth healthy. Floppy will nibble on anything and everything within reach. To keep your pet and your belongings safe, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Remove or protect wires and cords; baseboards; furniture legs; books, shoes, purses, and other personal items; small and/or sharp objects; toxic plants; chemicals; and medication. Ask your vet for more information.

Training

Bunnies are quite smart, and are capable of learning some basic petiquette, such as potty training and proper chewing habits. Rabbits can be stubborn, however, and are often very opinionated, so you’ll need to approach training with tact and patience. When your pet does something wrong, tell her ‘No’ firmly, and then stamp your foot or clap your hands for emphasis. Otherwise, focus on the positive by rewarding good behavior.

Do you have questions or concerns about caring for your bunny? Call us, your Happy Valley, OR vet clinic, anytime!

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