Bunny Care Basics

Are you considering adopting a bunny? If so, you’ve chosen a super cute little pet! Read on for some great tips from a Tampa, FL vet on caring for your furry pal.

Cage

Make sure that Floppy has a roomy, comfortable cage. Your pet should be able to stand up, hop around, stretch out, and play, all without touching the sides or top of her cage. You’ll need to add a hidey-hole, so your bunny has a comfy little spot to retreat to. Your furry friend will also need a water bottle. A litterbox and hayrack are optional, but helpful. As for substrate, avoid pine and cedar products, as they are toxic to small animals.

Food

Good nutrition is very important! Grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should actually make up the bulk of Floppy’s diet. She can have commercial food for breakfast and dinner. To round out your furry buddy’s menu, offer her some safe, suitable produce and, of course, the occasional treat. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Toys

Bunnies are both playful and intelligent. They also need to chew quite a bit to keep their teeth healthy. Offer your adorable pet lots of toys, including plenty of suitable chew toys. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are safe for Floppy to chew. Just be careful not to give her anything with sharp edges or dangling threads, or anything covered in paint, glitter, or dye.

Playtime

Floppy will need time out of her cage every day. Before you let your furball out for playtime, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as wires and cords, plastic bags and wrappers, small or sharp items, toxic plants, chemicals, and medicine. You’ll also want to cover baseboard and furniture legs, and block off openings behind and beneath your furniture and cupboards. Ask your vet for more information.

Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, Floppy will need regular veterinary care. Spaying and neutering is generally recommended. It’s also important to keep up with important vaccines. In between visits, watch for potential signs of illness, such as strange behavior or vocalizations; stiff posture; lethargy; diarrhea; and unkempt fur. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.

Please contact us, your Tampa, FL pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your bunny’s health or care. We are here to help!