Wednesday, 5 September 2018

6 Things You Need Before Getting a Rabbit

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Rabbits are now apparently the most abused pet.  Yeah, not kidding.  Caring for a rabbit it easy right?  Not really.  They need lots of time, love and patience as well as an owner who knows what they need.  Here are just a few things you would need before getting a bunny.  


1. Cage


The setup for a rabbit cage is similar to the guinea pigs setup.  Rabbits need a lot more space than a guinea pig but I recommend using a garden shed as a hutch with a big run attached.  They need to be let out of their hutch, even if they have a run for at least a few hours a day.  If you keep your bunny inside, they shouldn't be confined to a cage.  

A orange coloured rabbit sitting on dark wood


2.  The Correct Diet


Rabbits need to eat their own body size in hay each day.  Timothy hay is best as it has the right amount of nutrients for the long term.   They also need rabbit nuggets every day and fresh veg.  It is important that you fully research which type of food is best including hay, nuggets and vegetables.  

A wild coloured rabbit and a peach coloured rabbit reaching up to a carrot being fed to them


3.  Toys


Rabbits need toys to chew on and play with to have a good quality of life.  You can either buy toys or make them yourself.

4.  Water bottle, bowls and Hay Rack


Like guinea pigs, rabbits should have a glass water bottle and ceramic food bowls.  You can also choose to use a wooden or metal hay rack in lots of different styles.

A cream holland lop rabbit sitting on grass


5.  First aid and Health Care


You need to get a first aid kit made for pets before taking the new bunny home.  It's also a good idea to get other essentials like wormer, grooming products and cleaning products.

6.  Bedding, litter tray and litter


Choosing the type of bedding is important for your rabbit's health.  If you decide to litter train your rabbit you can go with fleece bedding.  If not, you have a lot of choices including shavings and paper beddings.

A chinchilla coloured baby rabbit sitting on top of of his black rabbit mum

*Disclaimer*  

I am not any type of animal expert but instead only an animal lover who wants to share her tips.  Please consult relevant animal specialists and do not only take my advice.

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