How to Look After Your Pet Rabbit

If you have a pet rabbit then remember that you need to make sure that they always have fresh water, that their cage is clean, and that they are healthy.

Rabbits need your attention every day. You need to make sure that they always have fresh water, that their cage is clean, and that they are healthy. You also need to give them the right types of food.

Dried Food

Most pet shops sell a variety of different dried food mixes for rabbits. These contain grains, pellets, and dried vegetables, such as peas. Experiment by buying small amounts of different type until you know which kind your rabbit likes best. Small rabbits eat about a teaspoon of dried food each day. Large rabbits eat twice as much.

Hay

Hay is an essential part of your rabbit’s daily diet. Nibbling hay keeps his teeth and jaws strong, and provides a lot of fibre to keep his stomach healthy. Put the hay in a hay rack to stop him soiling it or walking on it. Make sure you give your rabbit hay that is dry, clean, and free from dust, mould, or parasites. Buy rabbit hay from a pet shop or a good farm

supplier.

Fresh Food

Your rabbit can also eat a small amount of raw, fresh fruit or vegetables every day. Most rabbits like crunchy foods such as carrots, celery, and pears. Wash them first and cut them into pieces. TO give you an idea of the right amounts to give, a small rabbit might eat a carrot and a small piece of pear each day. A large rabbit could have two celery sticks and half an apple.

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Treats

If people eat snack foods too often, they get overweight and suffer from tooth decay. It is the same for rabbits. Too many treats can also give rabbits serious stomach problems. Pet shops sell a wide range of treat foods for rabbits, but not all of them are good for your pet. Ask your vet before you buy treat foods from a pet store. Or stick to healthy treats such as broccoli, a few raisins, a strawberry, or a raspberry. Many rabbits like to chew on mineral blocks from pet shops or fresh bark from apple tree branches. These are good for rabbit’s teeth, but avoid wood from cherry, plum, cedar, or redwood trees.

Water Supply

Rabbits must always have a constant supply of clean, fresh water. Most people attach a plastic bottle to the side of the hutch. This type of bottle drips water when the rabbit puts its mouth to it. Don’t forget to attach a water bottle to an outside run too-your rabbit needs water when she is exercising. Check water bottles at least once a day, especially in summer when rabbits may drink a lot of water because it is hot. In winter, water in bottles on outdoor hutches can freeze and that means your rabbit has nothing to drink. Solve this problem by wrapping some padding or thick cloth around check it every day.

Cleaning Out

An important part of looking after your rabbits is keeping their hutch clean. Rabbits are tidy animals but they need some help from you. Remove rabbit droppings from the cage or hutch using a plastic scoop and flush then down the toilet. Remove wet bedding and any dirty flooring, and replace with clean stuff. Change the litter in the rabbit’s litter tray every day. Throw away any stale, uneaten food from the food dish and wash them and dry the bowl. Once a week, you need to clean out the cage or hutch completely. First, put the rabbit somewhere safe, such as in a run. Scrub the hutch with warm soppy water or water mixed with a mild pet disinfectant. Make sure you clean the corners. Rinse the cage with clean water. Wait until it is completely dry before you put in clean bedding and flooring material.

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  1. shaye (mitchells mum)

    On May 11, 2008 at 4:16 am

    thank you so much i just got a new pet rabbit for my son and we didnt no when to clean out the cage or when to feed it or what to feed it ive learnt a lot thanking you soo much
    xx
    shaye (mitchells mum)

  2. sheetal

    On May 12, 2008 at 2:53 am

    No problem Shay -)

  3. lauren

    On June 4, 2008 at 10:04 am

    not enough information very basic but overally good

  4. Ryan

    On June 11, 2008 at 11:44 am

    im thinking of a name for my rabbit any good ideas for a rabbit do they like a certain name !

  5. Hamba Allah

    On July 23, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    If we love to look after rabbit, as a pet, please see my web article also in http://www.gomestic.com/pets/Why-My-Rabbits-are-Always-Happy.178291 Thank you for your tips I will practise it to my rabbit.

  6. mackenzie

    On August 4, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I love your report it is very helpful to me abbout my pet rabbit i might be getting thanks!

  7. Jessica

    On August 5, 2008 at 2:48 am

    I like it i had to read it cause i need some tips about how to look after rabbits whenn i get one.

  8. Jimmy

    On August 9, 2008 at 3:45 am

    how come my rabbit always destroy its bed.
    And btw wen i bring another bunny home my other jack the new one does that make my bunnie pregnant?

  9. Mariyah

    On August 23, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    thank you so much for the advice.im gonna show this to my parents and we might get a white rabbit with blue eyes. thanks for the advice.

  10. Katy

    On September 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Pretty basic, but its helpful…im getting two female bunnies next month and this really helped :) I’ve heard you can toilet train the rabbit so that it just pee’s in the litter tray, how do you train them i mean its not like you can just yell at em like you do for dogs….can you??? And when it says only once a week must it be properly cleaned, does this mean you dont give it a thurough wash eevryday/….or do u just only wash the hutch once a week…thats what i wunna no!! :|

    Taa xx

  11. bslin1

    On September 8, 2008 at 1:39 am

    this web sight needs a lot more photos of rabbits to grab the reads atenshion

  12. unknown

    On October 17, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    very unhelpful

  13. Lily-Rose

    On October 23, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Thanx i really liked your info, very basic and easy to understand language EXCELLENT 10/10

  14. kaytee

    On October 28, 2008 at 1:06 am

    You need information about like trimming there nails and washing them and making sure theres no infections and there not sick!
    =D but the info u got is good!!

  15. Heidi

    On December 20, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    This website told me lots about rabbits. My dad has now given me permishon to have a rabbit

  16. jess loveridge

    On January 11, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I got lots of info from this web.thanks xxxxx

  17. Wiggles mom

    On February 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    We have had our house rabbit for about eight months. I didn’t know there was a diffence in the type pellets you should feed a pet, and the type pellets your feed rabbits that you are going to eat or raise for breeding.
    Rabbits are great house pets but make sure you are ready to take care and have an adult that can help take tare of them. They require a lot of care and attention. They love to chew so you have to bunnie proof (put up or cover electric cords, furniture legs, protect base boards and trim, and they love to get up into box springs if they can) they can do a lot of damage to your house and furniture and themselves. They also bring great joy if taken care of properly. Enjoy you bunnie!!!!

  18. LUcY!!!

    On March 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    i luv dis websytt!!!

    its soooo informitive…it taught me how 2 luk afta ma pet rabit.. now i no al bout lukin afta rabits…

    fanxx alot for whoever made dis websyt…ppl shuld mke websyts lyk dis more in da future!!!:)

  19. Natalie

    On April 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Not enough information

  20. sam

    On April 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    wat if ur rabbit is sick or dieing

  21. amber

    On April 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    my rabbit is now doing show jumping

  22. Vicky

    On April 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I bought 2 cute bunnies and they are healthy .
    But what if it’s sick what should I do and how can I tell the differnce between sickness and pregnate.

    And what type of sickness can rabbits often have.

  23. lolly pop

    On April 24, 2009 at 3:13 am

    go to bunnybusiness.com for heaps more information on looking after rabbits. I just got two bunnys and i love them and they are awesome and i got all my info from there

    @ @
    l____I

  24. catherine byrne

    On April 27, 2009 at 10:50 am

    can you bath a rabbit because i was looking up a websiut and
    and it said so thing about bathing rabbits so that y

    thank you

  25. njmmckenzie1

    On April 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    can u bath rabbits or can i leave water out for them to do it, thanks.

  26. natalie brazier

    On June 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    do you have to bath rabbits or do they do it there selfs

  27. no one

    On June 6, 2009 at 10:54 am

    this is good info

  28. lilly

    On June 12, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    if my rabbit get stressed-out she seems to calm down when i put her up on my piano. she run up and down the piano keys. all the notes sound weird but she doesn’t get as agressive.if you have a stressed rabbit you should try it out.it really works.

  29. #12 by ivy davies

    On June 19, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    i am getting a rabbit soon and i have a cat and dog. my dog and cat are cool with each other but they dont like each other . my cat killes mice ,bugs and even a babby bird wonce. i am worred that my cat will eat my rabbit should i make them be friends should i make shore that he dosnt be near the cage or rabbit or should i just punish the cat if he goese near it . plz help!?

  30. taylor

    On June 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    i like this story

  31. melissa

    On June 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    not cool so not cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. harrison the boy!

    On June 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    i like a girl

  33. geraldi

    On June 27, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    i just got a very cute rabbit ! !!!!! and this tip was very helpful so thanx

  34. Emily

    On June 30, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    i needed help talkingcare of this rabbit but after i looked at your page i learned alot so thank u so much!!

  35. layla

    On August 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    ithought this was very help ful thanks a lot i only got her today shes called frisky xxxxxx

  36. laylay

    On August 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    this is to ivy davis i have 3 dogs and 3 cats my cats arnt bothered bout it but ma dogs are what u should do is when your dogs are outside bring the bunny to the window open it and let the dog sniff it do it daily and it shold be oright:)

  37. Victoria

    On January 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    i got a rabbit and it has a cage that we got at petsupermarket…and this morning i was petting it and it has like a top thing onn the cage where u can open it from the front or top && i opened the top so went to get something while the top was open and bam he jumped out..and its pretty hight about like2 ft or 1ft. plz respong

    thnks((:

  38. Ebony and Tia

    On February 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

    heyy we love our pet rabbit fat FUDGE. He is a dirty fair colour with black stipes on his forehead. he lives in a wooden hutch beside our toy room !!!!!!
    HE ROCKS MY SOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BY BY

  39. Ella

    On March 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Hey I have had my rabbit for over 5 years now and he hasnt been well lately… and i thought it was his food and i guess that was right he has been much more active and well now!
    Thanks for the info about mixing food and small treats! thanks!

  40. rory

    On June 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

    im buying a rabbbit after the summer and the info wa good to help me prepare but what about diseases and stuff also i cant thi k of a name for my furture rabbits any help?

  41. eleanor

    On February 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    i love rabbits they are awsome

  42. CaTHriNe

    On April 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Hi,
    I love this site. my dad said I could get a minimum of two bunnies so they’re not alonneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
    thanks soooooo much for this. I really can’t wait. I’m looking at other sites too just to make sure the rabitts are as comfortable as possible.

    thanks again
    bye
    xx

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