Basic Indoor Rabbit Care Guide For Beginners

Having a rabbit as a pet is becoming popular day by day. However, many of us buy or adopt new pet rabbits without prior knowledge or research. And that’s why many pet rabbit owners do not know how to take care of their rabbits. As a result, their bunnies end up with various health issues. So, here in this article, we have rounded up all the things you need to know if you want to bring a new pet bunny into your home. 

Housing 

Rabbits are very active, and there are several options for how you can house rabbits inside your home. You can keep them in free reign in a room or within a puppy pen, bunny condo, or a large rabbit cage. If you think of keeping it in a cage, you should ensure that its space is large enough to hop around. Also, keep in mind that your bunnies should be out of their pen for at least a few hours every day so that they can exercise. 

You also need to make sure that your primary location the rabbit is not isolated from you. That’s why a place like a family room or living room is the ideal option. Now, your bunny will need a proper space to run and explore. And in order to create a perfect space for your rabbits and to protect your belongings, you will need to bunny-proof your area.

So you will need to cover all the wires and lift them out of your bunny’s reach. It is also required to block certain areas since rabbits like to chew the undersides of beds, plants, and books. Yes, you got it right; basically, your bunny will try to chew whatever is in its reach. 

Rabbits Housing

Diet 

The diet of a rabbit mainly consists of hay. Fresh hay should be given to your rabbits at all times. You should provide alfalfa to your baby rabbits, and the adult rabbits should be given timothy hay, grass hay, or oat hay. Using a large hay feeder is ideal for feeding your bunnies because it allows large amounts of hay to be dry, clean, and accessible. Moreover, to keep your rabbits constantly enriched with vitamins, you need to provide fresh vegetables and fiber-rich pellets alongside freshwater. If you want to learn more about what your bunnies would love to eat, we will definitely create such content for you.

Litter Box 

Rabbits naturally tend to poop and pee in one area. So, you need to take advantage of that. You can set up a medium-sized cat litter box or shallow storage bin near their food or water bowls and hay feeder. But do not use the wood shavings that you might use for your cat because they are not safe for your rabbit. Instead, you can use rabbit-safe recycled paper and place hay in the litter box. Because, rabbits like to eat hay and poop, which will encourage good litter box habits for your bunnies. 

Provide Enrichment 

Your rabbit can get bored easily. So not only do they need space to exercise, but they also need to encourage mental stimulation. You can try cardboard castles are great, and your pet rabbit will spend hours chewing a new window or door. It will also provide an excellent refuge when necessary. 

Provide Enrichment

Grooming 

Naturally, rabbits are clean animals, and they like to wash frequently. But when you have a pet rabbit indoors, you need to groom your rabbit on a regular basis. Because your rabbit goes through shedding cycles a couple of times a year. So, it’s important to brush your rabbit regularly to remove the excess fur, or your rabbit may tend to ingest those fur and become sick. Also, you need to do regular clipping of the nails because long nails can get snagged on things. Moreover, the nails may curl into your rabbit’s paw and hurt themselves. 

Handling

Typically a rabbit’s backbone is fragile. It can fracture very easily if the rabbit gives you a strong kick, so it is always important that you support the hind end. Furthermore, you should avoid picking a bunny up by the ears because it may be painful for them. Instead, you need to place your hand under the back legs to lift from the floor. So, even if your rabbit jumps from your arms, it won’t hurt itself.

Handling

Neutering 

Like cats and dogs, neutering or spaying your bunny is essential. The best age to spay or neuter a rabbit is between 4 to 6 months, which is just before sexual maturity. A vet should examine a rabbit before that. Spaying is the surgical removal of the ovaries, preventing cancer in female rabbits. So, spaying is crucial to prevent pregnancy, especially when male and female rabbits live together in an apartment.

Final Thoughts

Rabbits make great pets because of their charming look and friendly nature. However, they need your extra attention because of being fragile. We have listed all the important guidelines to keep your bunny healthy and delightful. We hope this article will be helpful for you, and that you will enjoy your cuddly time with furry bunnies.

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier is a New-York based freelance writer, professional blogger and certified dog trainer. She networks shelter pets to help them find homes and volunteers for rescue groups as she is passionate about dog rescue and adoption. From a very early age, she developed extensive animal handling skills from her dad, and that’s where her love for animals started.

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