Bunny Care Tips

Bunny Care Tips

Have you decided to adopt a bunny? Congratulations! Your new pet is sure to keep you smiling with her adorable furry face and cute antics. Bunnies do have some very specific needs, however, so if you’ve never had a rabbit before, you’ll want to do some research. In this article, a Cedar Park, TX veterinarian offers some great tips on bunny care.

Cage

Provide Floppy with a roomy, clean, cage. You’ll need to add a good substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, as they are toxic to bunnies. Floppy will also need a hidey-hole, water bottle, and dishes. You may want to add hayrack and litterbox as well.

Bunnyproofing

Floppy needs time out of her cage every day. You’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Remove, secure, or protect wires and cords; furniture legs; baseboards; toxic plants; chemicals; medicine; personal items, such as shoes and purses; and, well, basically anything your furball can reach. Ask your vet for more information.

Food

Did you know that hay should form the bulk of your rabbit’s diet? Floppy should have fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay, available at all times. Your furry friend can have commercial food for breakfast and dinner. Bunnies also need fresh produce to nibble on. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.

Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, Floppy will need regular veterinary care. In between appointments, keep a close eye out for any signs of illness. Some common ones are reduced appetite; diarrhea; unkempt fur; lethargy; teeth grinding; and stiff posture. Contact your vet immediately if your bunny develops any of these symptoms, or just doesn’t seem like herself.

Toys

Offer Floppy lots of fun toys, including plenty of suitable chew toys. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Personality

Don’t let that innocent furry face fool you: bunnies can be very opinionated little furballs! Get to know Floppy, and learn to read her body language. For instance, happy bunnies often do ‘binkies,’ which is the semi-technical term for bunny happy dancing. (We probably don’t have to tell you this, but bunny binkies are extremely adorable.)

Grooming

Brushing your bunny gently will keep her fur smooth and shiny. This is a great way to spend some quality time with your pet! You’ll also need to clip Floppy’s nails regularly.

Please contact us, your Cedar Park, TX veterinary hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!

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