Have you recently adopted a rabbit? Are you planning on bringing a bunny into your family soon? Floppy is a very cute and lovable pet, but she has very different needs from Fluffy and Fido. One thing that is very important is making sure your pet has a comfortable cage. An Omaha, NE vet discusses setting up a bunny cage in this article.
Floppy’s cage should be fairly large, providing enough room for your pet to stand up, hop around, play, and stretch out, all without tripping over her belongings or hitting the cage walls or ceiling. Choose one with a solid floor: wire floors are dangerous, and can cause serious paw injuries.
You’ll need to add some bedding to Floppy’s cage. Avoid substrates made from pine or cedar: they are toxic to small animals. Aspen is a good choice. You can also use paper products.
Once you have the cage, you’ll need to add some accessories. Floppy will need a hidey-hole, so she always has somewhere to retreat to if she feels scared. Your rabbit will also need dishes and a water bottle. It’s worth noting that rabbits can be litterbox-trained, though this will take time and effort. If you add a litterbox, you may want to get a hayrack and position it over the box.
Bunnies are both curious and playful. Floppy will need lots of toys to play with. This is also very important for her teeth! You can make some really cute playthings for your cute pet out of ordinary household items. For instance, the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls can make great chew toys. Just be sure to avoid giving Floppy anything that is small or sharp. Items covered in decorative coatings are also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.
There are a few things to consider when choosing the right spot for Floppy. We strongly recommend keeping your rabbit hutch inside. Pets are always happiest with their people! Don’t put your bunny in drafty areas, direct sunlight, or near heating vents or fireplaces. A quiet spot in a family room or den is a great option. You’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Please reach out to us, your Omaha, NE vet clinic, for all of your bunny’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.