First things first: make sure that Floppy’s cage is safe, clean, comfy, and roomy. Your pet should have plenty of room to hop around, stand up, play, and stretch out, all without tripping over her things. You’ll also need to add a suitable substrate, such as aspen; food dishes; a water bottle; and a hidey-hole. We recommend a wire cage with a solid bottom: wire floors can be dangerous.
Hay should actually make up the biggest part of your furry buddy’s diet. Make sure Floppy always has plenty of fresh grass hay: this is important for both her digestion and her teeth. Rabbits can have commercial food for their main meals. You’ll want to supplement these things with fresh produce, such as carrots and cucumbers. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.
Floppy will need time out of her cage every day. In order to protect both your pet and your belongings, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. In a nutshell, this means removing, protecting or securing wires and cords; baseboards; medicines; chemicals; furniture legs; personal items, such as shoes; and any small, sharp, or toxic items.
Provide Floppy with plenty of fun toys, including lots of suitable chew toys. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on bunny toys: many common household items, such as wood, wicker, and straw items, can make great bunny playthings.
Bunnies need regular veterinary care to stay healthy. In between appointments, watch for potential signs of illness, such as unkempt fur, unusual posture, and a lack of appetite. Immediately contact your vet if you notice anything amiss. Be sure to ask for recommendations for your bunny’s diet and toys, as well as some bunnyproofing tips.
Floppy can be trained to use a litterbox. She can also be taught what she should and shouldn’t chew. However, you’ll need to be patient and consistent: Floppy can be quite stubborn, and a bit temperamental!
Do you have questions about your pet bunny’s health? Contact us, your Poway, CA animal clinic, today!