What to Consider When Getting a Rabbit


We’re nearing the Easter holiday, a time when many families decide to add a floppy-eared, hop-along friend to their home. But, like any pet, owning a pet bunny means committing to a lifetime of love and care.

One of the most important things to remember is that most domesticated indoor rabbits live for upwards of 12 years.vets for rabbits, long island - pet bunny Like dogs and cats, pet rabbits have their own personalities. This ranges from playful and silly, to independent and curious, to loyal and affectionate. The average rabbit owner also says that domesticated bunnies are equally as smart as cats and dogs. They cite the pet’s ability to be litter trained as an obvious benefit. Before you adopt a bunny, consider whether you have the time, resources and affection for the responsibility.

Included among the daily care for a pet bunny is:

• Setting up a large, rabbit-proofed, contained, indoor living space
• Bunny-proofing your house by covering wires and baseboards and blocking off small spaces
• Incorporating a large hay feeder to provide clean, dry sustenance to your pet throughout the day
• Supplementing their diet with the addition of fresh veggies, fiber-rich pellets and clean water
• Adding a shallow litter box lined with rabbit-safe pellet litter and hay near their food area and be sure to clean this regularly
• Encouraging active play, mental stimulation and exercise by providing toys and “carboard castles”
• Regular grooming practices that include brushing and nail clipping

Pet Bunny Facts

Though there are some similarities between the care for pet bunnies and that for dogs/cats, rabbits have a unique way of communicating. This includes binkying. No, not a baby pacifier, but rather a leaping, twisting, kicking motion that shows excitement. Among the other actions that show happiness are licking, honking, purring, buzzing, running and flopping. Some signs of discontentment include growling, screaming, kicking dirt, nudging, digging, nipping and thumping.

As a natural prey animal, a rabbit’s instinct is to hide illnesses. So, it’s important to also make mental note of their regular eating, drinking and bathroom habits in order to monitor any changes in behavior. In the event that your bunny is exhibiting abnormal actions, be sure to only bring them to a veterinarian that is skilled in caring for exotic animals.

Central Veterinary Associates has an Exotic Pets Department. Our a team of highly trained veterinarians have a special interest in caring for rabbits, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, reptiles and more. If you are considering adding a bunny to your brood, be sure to contact your local CVA office today to schedule the important first-check visit. This will get your pet’s health off on the right foot.

Visit www.centralvets.com or call (516) 825-3066.

NOTE: For those who commit to owning a bunny, remember that, like cats and dogs, there are many currently in shelters, looking for their FURever homes.

7 thoughts on “What to Consider When Getting a Rabbit”

  1. Thanks for this advice for having a pet bunny. You mentioned that regular grooming practices are important in daily care. I’m kind of interested to learn if the type of grooming you use depends on the breed of the rabbit.

  2. My daughter is currently thinking of adding a pet bunny to our home. I suppose I should buy one for her provided that she will know the responsibility of owning a pet. Thanks for pointing out that we should keep up regular grooming practices once we get one so I will consider including taking it to a pet clinic for a regular checkup.

  3. I love bunnies so much, and I never thought about how they need grooming practices that include brushing and nail clipping pretty often. I recently adopted a pet bunny and I have been trying to take care of her as best as I can, but she has been losing weight from not eating. I will have to take her to an animal hospital in my area and see what can be done there.

  4. Thank you so much for your tips on helping me prepare to own a rabbit. I’m actually worried about clipping the nails myself. I’m thinking I might take my rabbit to a pet groomer.

  5. Thanks for sharing this amazing blog, I wanted a bunny from past sometime and after reading your blog I’ll surely going to have one. Keep posting.

  6. Oh, I like your tip to give your pet bunny a cardboard castle. I’m actually thinking of adopting a pet rabbit for my son. I’d like to know the location of a local veterinarian for when I do, though.

  7. Being a blogger myself I can appreciate your article very much, I am in the process of opening my own online store with best pet supplies, but until then I am learning so much from an article such as yours for when I start my own pet blog Thank You

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