It’s important to have some first aid materials for your bunny in case of an emergency or illness. We always hope that nothing will ever happen but it’s best to be prepared just in case. You can have the safest housing and be feeding them the healthiest way but accidents and illness can still occur.
Here is a list of items we recommend you keep on hand. We’ve included links to some of the harder items to find on Amazon. It’s best to get a container to keep all these items in so it’s easy to grab.
When to see a vet?
If there is ever an emergency beyond your knowledge please seek advice from your rabbit savvy vet. You can take your rabbit to the vet for an annual checkup once a year to make sure they are healthy. If you have adopted a baby bunny, it’s also highly recommended to get them neutered or spayed as soon as they can be. This is usually between the ages of 3 months-6 months. Every vet is different so call to ask how old the rabbits need to be. This will help with litter training or any behavioral problems.
To find a vet near you that cares for rabbits, refer to this guide. Rabbit Vets In The U.S
One of the most important things to invest in for your rabbits is their living area. Some people are not a fan of caged animals and there are other alternatives for you to house your rabbit in a safe area without having them caged.
Exercise pens are a great way to have a cage free setup and you can be more creative with the goodies you want to put inside their area. With cages you are restricted to what you can put inside because of the limited space.
This first pen below is nice because it’s inexpensive and you can attach more than one if you want to expand the space. Some rabbits can jump pretty high so we recommend getting a pen at least 36” high. The higher the better, so if you want to spend the few extra to get a 42” it would be a good idea! It comes with (8) 2ft panels so it’s 16sqft. These pens are light weight and easy to move so if you wanted to give your bunny playtime outside, you just simply fold it up and setup outside!
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This second pen is a more fun and creative way to plan your bunnies area. Each panel is separate and can be attached to make boxes to create multiple levels. Your choices are a 12 panel, 24 panel, or 36 panel package. The 36 panel is definitely the way to go price wise. This way if you wanted to start off with a smaller area for potty training purposes and gradually make it bigger, you’ve already saved by buying the bigger package. These pens are nice for indoor setups. They will be a little more difficult to move from inside to outside, so you may want to keep this pen inside and also purchase the exercise pen mentioned above for easy setup outside.
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Some families feel safer if their rabbit is confined completely while they are out. Cages are acceptable for rabbits if they are the right size and also be sure they get time outside of the cage daily. The number one cage we recommend is the World Living Habitat XL cage. It’s dimensions are 4ft by 3 ft with plenty of head room. The entire top is rounded which gives them more head space and the whole top opens which makes it easier to handle your rabbit. Some cages that only have a door on the side makes it a little difficult to reach in and handle your rabbit properly. The Living World also has solid floor cages so no wires to harm your bunnies’ feet. One feature that we like about these cages is they come with a water bottle, food dish, and hay rack already. They aren’t anything fancy but they get the job done. You’re also welcome to replace those items with anything else as well. Our custom made litter boxes also fit into these cages. Even though these cages are spacious, rabbit still need to exercise. With any cage purchase whether it’s this Living World cage or a nice hutch, we always recommend getting an exercise pen as well and attaching it around the cage so they aren’t just stuck in their cage for most of their life. Rabbits need to run, jump, flop, and zoom!
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Do you have a rabbit that is a chewer? Maybe they are chewing on wall base boards, carpet, or furniture? Well here are some tips and tricks to help!
Your Rabbits Area
How is your rabbit housed? I’m assuming most people reading this have indoor bunnies. Do they have complete free range of your house or are they fenced in a certain room or area? It can be costly to bunny proof your entire house but may be worth it for the time being. Confining them to a certain area or room is a good start to learning their behaviors and do some training. Be sure they have enough room and space to play in. If they are confined in a cage all day or most of their life, it will definitely play a roll in their behavioral changes and bad habits. Rabbits love attention and need attention like any living creature. If your bunny received a lot of attention when you first got them but then later down the road “life happened” and you drastically change how much they are interacted with, it could cause them to be bored or stressed and can result in bad chewing habits. Spend time with your rabbit in their area and be sure to give them attention daily. Try to be as consistent as you can.
Are They Spayed/ Neutered?
If you got your rabbit when they were still a baby, chances are they didn’t have a bad chewing habit. Most families get their baby bunnies home and all is well until about a month or two later and then behaviors start to change. It’s not always a bad change. Some families choose not to get their rabbits fixed and their personalities are great and they are still good pets. When some rabbits get into that hormonal stage, they can start chewing on unwanted things. Getting them fixed is the start to calming them down.
Every rabbit has a different personality. Not every rabbits will play with or like the same toys. You may need to experiment around with a different variety of toys until you find something they like. Luckily rabbit toys are pretty inexpensive and some are even free! One method to try is the “digging box”. If you have a whole sale store near you such as Costco, be sure to always grab an extra empty box on the way out! Rabbits usually love a digging box and it keeps them entertained for along time. You can fill it with newspaper, toilet paper rolls, or any safe material that they like to shred. Put the box in their main play area and monitor their behavior to see if it’s helped minimize the chewing problem.
All in all, rabbits chew and need to chew to ensure healthy teeth. Some chew more than others and you won’t really know until they grow out a little more and hit that hormonal stage. Try these tips to deter from any damage to your home!