Preparing for a pet rabbit

Preparing for your first rabbit

Looking after rabbits may seem easy but it is imperative that you ensure you prepare properly for your first pet rabbit. After all, all animals have needs, and you want to make sure that your new family friend lives a happy, healthy, and comfortable life, right? With that being said, continue reading to discover everything that you need to know about preparing for your first pet rabbit.

Items you need for your new bunny

There are a number of different things that you are going to need to purchase in order to prepare for your new pet. You will, firstly, need to purchase indoor housing. We recommend a puppy pen, and we will explain in the next section why this is the case. You are also going to need food and water. Food comes in the form of vegetables, pellets, and hay. Aside from this, you may want to purchase a chair mat in order to protect the flooring. This is optional but does come recommended.

You should also purchase a hay feeder to keep the hay fresh and available to your rabbit all of the time. Look for ceramic water and food bowls so that they are not tipped over. Furthermore, you will need rabbit-safe litter, such as recycled newspaper pellet litter, as well as a litter box. We also recommend protection products for your furniture. You can cover any chair legs or a wooden table with large split flex tubing. There are also plenty of other protection products on the market, and so it is definitely worth looking into this. Wire covers are also needed to make sure your bunny does not end up injured. 

In addition to the products that we have already mentioned, you are going to need to purchase nail clippers because you are going to need to trim your bunny’s nails on a regular basis. A small flashlight can help you if your rabbit has dark claws. Chew toys also come recommended. After all, you want your rabbit to have fun, and it is always better if they are chewing a toy rather than trying to chew something in your house. You can also use a cardboard box to create a cardboard castle for your rabbit. Simply cut windows and doorways into a big cardboard box.

How to get your house prepared

You need to decide where your bunny is going to live. It is always a good idea to make sure that your rabbit lives inside of the home with you. The reason for this is because your rabbit will be protected from any severe weather and predators. Also, by allowing your rabbit to live inside your home, it brings that social interaction that they need. A central area in your property is a good choice. You can block off a  corner of your family room or living room using a puppy pen. This will provide you with more than enough space for a cardboard castle, hay box, food bowl, water bowl, and a litter box as well. You are also going to have a lot of space for your rabbit to hop around in. Of course, there are rabbit cages available but we prefer a puppy pen because this is going to give your rabbit more space. 

Bunny proofing

Once you have decided where your new pet rabbit is going to live, you are then going to need to bunny proof this area. This means that you need to make sure that all cords are covered with wire protectors or you can lift them out of reach. For something to be out of reach, it will need to be around four feet off the ground. Bunny rabbits are also drawn to furniture that is made from wood, as well as rug corners, moldings, remote control buttons, and stray papers and books. Basically, if something looks chewable to your bunny, expect it to be attracted to it. Make sure such things are covered or are out of reach to ensure that they do not end up being destroyed. 

As you can see, there is a lot that needs to be considered when it comes to preparing for your first pet rabbit. We hope that the information that has been provided in this blog post will help you to get everything ready for your new family friend.

Mac and Cheese

The rabbits you see on this website belong to the administrators, Tom and Laura, who have been keen rabbit owners for many years. The two rabbits are called Mac and Cheese, Mac is the black one you see and Cheese is the light brown coloured one. If you have any questions about the care for your rabbits or what to expect when becoming rabbit owners then you can get in contact here.