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Bunny Care 101

Are you considering adopting a bunny? We probably don’t have to tell you that these little guys are super cute, and that they have a way of melting people’s hearts. However, before you fall for that adorable furry face, it’s important to do some research. Bunnies aren’t hard to care for, but they do have some very specific needs, and they are quite different from dogs and cats. A St. Cloud, MN vet discusses basic bunny care in this article.

Basics

First and foremost, Floppy will need a comfortable, roomy cage. Pick one with a solid floor, as wire floors can be dangerous. You’ll need to add a suitable substrate, such as aspen; a hidey-hole; dishes; and, if you like, a hayrack and litterbox. A proper diet, which includes plenty of grass hay, as well as fresh produce and commercial food, is also crucial. Your pet will need regular veterinary care as well. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including cage size and setup; safe and unsafe foods; and signs of illness.

Bunnyproofing

Bunnies are essentially furry, adorable little chewing machines. Because Floppy has open-rooted teeth, she’ll need to chew to keep those choppers from getting too long. Before you let your furry pal out to play, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. This entails protecting or removing anything and everything she could possible chew on, including baseboards; toxic plants; personal items; furniture legs; wires and cords; and other potential targets. Ask your vet for advice.

Toys

Floppy will need lots of toys, including plenty of suitable chew toys. You don’t have to break the bank filling your pet’s toy box, however: many wood, wicker, and cardboard items can make great bunny playthings. Avoid items with dangling threads; sharp parts; and small pieces, as well as anything coated in paint, varnish, glitter, or dye. Ask your vet for more information.

Temperament

Bunnies are very cuddly and lovable, but they can also be both stubborn and temperamental. For instance, your adorable pet may get annoyed if you rearrange her cage or cut her playtime short. However, if your fuzzy pal is feeling frisky, she may do a cute little happy dance, which is unofficially known as a binkie. Do plenty of research on rabbit behavior, training techniques, and body language.

Do you have questions or concerns about bunny care? Call us, your St. Cloud, MN animal clinic, anytime!

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