Have you recently decided to add a pet bunny to your household? Rabbits are beyond a doubt adorable, and those cute little faces of theirs are definitely capable of melting hearts. Bunnies do make absolutely wonderful pets, but they may not be the right fit for everyone. In this article by your local Miami veterinarian, you’ll gain some helpful tips on getting ready for a new bunny.
A bunny is a long-term commitment. With proper care, a rabbit can live over ten years. Before deciding to get a rabbit, make sure that you are able to commit to your pet for that amount of time. These little furballs aren’t exactly difficult to care for, but they have some very specific care requirements. In addition to a comfy habitat and a proper diet, you’ll need to provide fresh hay daily, offer your pet lots of chew toys. Rabbits also need time outside of their cages each day to be truly happy and healthy.
Bunnyproofing Your Home
Before you bring your new furball home, you’ll need to take steps to protect both your pet and your belongings. Bunnies need to chew constantly to keep their teeth from growing too long. Rabbits don’t necessarily know what they can and can’t chew, however, so you’ll need to bunnyproof your home. Furniture legs, remote controls, electrical wires, baseboards, and the corners of any area rugs are a few things your new pet may be tempted to chew. You’ll need to cover, hide, or secure these items, and remove any toxic houseplants. Once you’ve determined what areas your bunny will have access to, use a baby gates to create boundaries. Ask your vet for specific bunnyproofing techniques.
A shopping trip is definitely in order before you bring your new furball home, as you’ll need to pick up some supplies. Your new furbaby will need a litter box, rabbit-safe litter, food and water dishes, food, hay. A hay feeder is an optional item that you may find convenient. You may also find a doggy corral and floor mats useful in creating a little bunny playpen.
Do you have any questions about caring for a pet bunny? Please contact us any time. As your local Miami vet clinic, we are here to help with all of your pet care needs.