How to Care for a Bunny

Before you actually go out and buy a bunny you need to weigh the pros and cons. A bunny is such an amazing pet as long as you keep up with its needs. In this article I will help you get ready for your new bundle of excitement. I will give you every product and piece of advice you will need. Read on, rookie, and become a bunny expert in no time! I will teach you how to care for a bunny. Links to the best products (which I have tested) for your bun will be below each section.

Cage

There is A LOT of debate about cages in the bunny community. We all know how your local pet store will have an aisle dedicated to bunnies. You will see cages with a bunny on the box stating the cage is a paradise or something like that, wwelllll don’t buy those. They are WAY TOO SMALL for your new pet. Consider this when choosing an enclosure, would you put your dog or cat in it? If the answer is no, then don’t put your bunny in it. I recommend an ex-pen! They are much cheaper than a smaller cage and provide enough space for your bunny to binky and be happy.

Ex-Pen: https://amzn.to/2ETUPgQ

An example of an ex-pen cage

Food

A bunny’s diet consists of mainly hay and some pellets along with a little bit of veggies/fruit. Again, think back to the bunny aisle at the pet store. You can’t just buy everything you see with a cute picture of a bunny on it. First of all you need to remember to feed your rabbit mainly hay. Timothy Hay seems to be what bunnies like best and it does them well. Don’t feed them Alfalfa Hay unless they are still a baby. Pellets need to be fed, but sparingly. Only buy fibrous pellets. No pellet mix with nuts and seeds or any of those yogurt chips. Unless you want a very unhealthy and obese bunny, only give small portions of fruit and veggies as a snack. Before giving your pet any human food make sure to look it up and make sure it is healthy for them. Your local country store may even have a giant bag of them for cheap! Also, please do not use water bottles as water bowls are better for them.

Timothy hay: https://amzn.to/2CbXwIW

Water/food bowls: https://amzn.to/2tTYsge

Litter Box

Believe it or not, bunnies can be trained to use a litter box! A normal box used for a cat will work perfectly. Buns tend to poop while they eat. Lay paper towels down on the bottom of the box and fill that sucker to the brim with hay. As your bunny goes in and out of the box they will learn that is where they do their business. If you still see a lot of poop around then move it into the box showing them that is where it goes. If they are peeing somewhere else I have found moving the box to that location fixes the issue. Make sure to keep your litter box clean. At the very least every 2 days. Some bunnies are very picky and won’t use a too dirty box! Using a hay feeder above or beside your box will ensure good litter box habits as well.

Perfect Litter Box: https://amzn.to/2tTneNH

Hay Feeder: https://amzn.to/2tXFkhm

Bonding

Bonding with your bunny is very important! The best way to do this is just by simply spending time with them. Playing with toys and sharing food is special to your bunny. When first getting them, sit in a room and watch them as they explore. Do not grab or pet your bunny unless they come up to you and allow you to. Buying toys for your bunnies to chew and throw around is essential for bunny happiness. You can make your own cardboard houses or toys if you want. I have linked toys my buns absolutely love below!! If your bunny is binkying, nudging, or chinning you then you’re doing just fine. It may take some time, so be patient.

Hanging Carrot Chew Toy: https://amzn.to/2VKwcIZ

Stick Ball Toy: https://amzn.to/2Hleho9

Knot Chew Toy: https://amzn.to/2VD1X6G

Hideaway: https://amzn.to/2TkDuqd

Grooming

Bottom line, all bunnies will need some grooming. Fluffier bunnies will need grooming more often than short haired buns. Don’t worry though, it is a really simple process! You will need a bunny brush to brush out all the extra fur for starters. If you have a really fluffy bunny like a Lion Head breed, then brushing will be needed everyday. Just gently pet them with the brush and try to make them feel as calm as possible. Next you will need nail clippers. Bunnies have sharp little nails and it can hurt you and itself with them. You can buy bunny specific trimmers for cheap. Your bun will not need baths. Unless they get really dirty then they will clean themselves. Bunnies are neat freaks! They like to keep clean and will even organize their home the way they like it.

Nail Clippers: https://amzn.to/2TlveGq

Bunny Brush: https://amzn.to/2C7yo68

my bunny!

Love a Bunny!

So now you have learned the basic things you need to know about caring for a bunny! From set up to how to bond you can now get a bunny and not have to worry about what you are doing wrong. Remember, bunnies need lots of love and attention so think carefully about your options. Do you have the time and patience for a very cute and very loving furry friend? If so, get out there and adopt the bunny of your dreams. I wish you and your future bunny lots of love.

Food for Thought

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