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Basic Bunny Care

Have you recently decided to adopt a bunny? Good for you! Bunnies are super cute, and can really make great pets. These adorable furballs do have some specific care requirements, however, so if you’re a first-time bunny owner, you’ll want to do some research. A Flat Rock, NC veterinarian discusses some key points of basic bunny care in this article.

Housing

Making sure Floppy is comfortable in her cage is very important! Your bunny should have room to stand up, hop around, stretch out, and play, all without tripping over her things or touching her cage walls or ceiling. We recommend a wire cage with a solid floor. You’ll need to add a suitable substrate, like aspen; a hidey-hole; food dishes; and a water bottle. You can also include a litterbox and hay rack if you like.

Diet

Did you know that grass hay should actually form the bulk of your pet’s diet? Floppy should always have plenty of fresh hay, such as Timothy hay. You can give your furry pal commercial pellets for her dinner and supper. To round out your adorable pet’s nutritional needs, you’ll also want to provide her with fresh produce. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Toys

Bunnies are very playful and curious. They also need to chew to keep their teeth healthy. Put these things together, and you have a cute little furball that needs lots of toys, including plenty of chewable playthings. You can give Floppy items made of wood, cardboard, and even paper, as long as they don’t have sharp edges or small parts, and aren’t covered in varnish, paint, or glitter.

Playtime

Floppy will need time out of her cage every day. Before letting your furry friend out to play, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Cover, protect, or remove toxic plants; baseboards; furniture legs; small items; plastic bags; chemicals and medications; and wires and cords. You’ll also want to seal off empty spaces beneath and behind furniture and cabinets. Ask your vet for more information.

Temperament

Bunnies need love to truly thrive. Spend time with your adorable pet: play with her, talk to her, and groom her. You can also teach Floppy to use a litterbox, and maybe even show her some cute tricks.

Do you have any questions or concerns about bunny care? We can help! Contact us, your Flat Rock, NC animal clinic, today!

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