Have you recently adopted a bunny? If so, you definitely have chosen an adorable pet! Bunnies have a special way of melting people’s hearts with their cute faces and playful antics. Rabbits do have some very specific care needs, however, so it’s important for you to do some research and find out what Floppy needs to stay happy and healthy. Read on as a Sale Creek, TN vet lists some bunny care tips for beginners.
Good nutrition is an important cornerstone of any good pet care routine. Grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the bulk of your bunny’s diet. Floppy can have pellets for her breakfast and dinner. You’ll want to supplement these things with safe, suitable produce and, of course, the occasional treat. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.
Make sure to let Floppy out to play for at least a few hours a day. Spend some of this time playing with your pet and bonding with her!
Do some basic bunnyproofing by removing or securing toxic plants; chemicals; medications; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; and small or sharp objects. You’ll want to cover furniture legs, wires and cords, and baseboards with protecting casings. Also, seal off openings behind and beneath furniture and cabinets. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Bunnies need to chew to keep their teeth from overgrowing, so you’ll need to provide Floppy with lots of suitable playthings. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items can make great chew toys! Ask your vet for more information.
Floppy will spend a lot of time in her cage, so make sure it’s nice and comfy. Your bunny should have room to stand up, stretch out, hop around, and play, all without touching the sides or top of her cage. Choose a cage with a solid bottom, as wire floors can be dangerous. You’ll need to add a hidey-hole, dishes, a water bottle, and substrate. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, which are toxic to small animals.
Floppy will need regular veterinary care to stay happy and healthy. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also want to do some research on potential signs of illness, so you know what to watch for.
Do you have questions about your bunny’s health or care? Contact us, your Sale Creek, TN vet clinic, today!