If you got an
Easter Bunny, below
is a checklist for you.
Rabbits are not low
Bring your rabbit in the
house to make him or her part of the family like a cat or dog and enjoy his company for many years
- up to 10 or more!
A young rabbit who is not spayed or neutered yet will be the most challenging to
train and care for in your home. It is why many cute
"Easter Bunnies" are relinquished, abandoned or dumped by their
new family every year.
Here's what you need to do:
Have a sense of humor, a
lot of patience and then...
electrical and phone cords with tubing
Household chemical, cleaners and other toxic chemicals in a latched cupboard
toxic plants out of reach (and this includes most houseplants)
the toilet lid down to avoid drowning
& close doors and windows (rabbits can jump)
items from the floor that should not be ingested
gates on doorways into rooms that aren’t “bunny proof” Note:
they will chew right through a plastic gate eventually so
try a wood or better yet, a metal gate instead
or puppy x-pen with solid floor (if you have a wire cage
cover the floor with a solid wood board, hay or towels at
the very least to prevent a condition called "sore hocks."
Rabbits do not have pads on their feet like cats or dogs.
Cages with wires were originated with those breeding rabbits
to be slaughtered within 12 weeks of age.
should be large enough for rabbit to stand up in, stretch and hop around -
get the biggest cage you can find!
A good alternative is a puppy pen
(x-pen) about 24" to 36" high with several 2 foot
wide wire panels. There are lots of creative housing
possibilities. See the
Bunny Digs page for ideas!
Timothy hay or straw or a Quiet Time kennel pad for
older or disabled rabbits in one corner.
rabbit's home in a spot where there is activity – absolutely not a damp basement, garage or
your rabbit out for exercise everyday for a few hours! Or provide an area around their cage where
they can run - put an x-pen around it. Many
their bunnies have the run of the house like a cat or dog.
Rabbits have about 17000 taste buds
compared to humans with 10000 so they
have very good taste and enjoy variety!!!
water bottle or heavy crock water bowl – change water everyday and twice
a day is best. You can get crocks that attached to the side of a
hay is absolutely necessary for digestion.
pellets - don't provide unless the rabbit is under 1 year old, sick or
disabled. Instead, buy the following:
fresh Timothy Hay and Timothy Hay based
veggies including carrots and carrot tops, broccoli, radish tops,
romaine lettuce, beet greens, turnip greens; mustard greens and small
amounts of parsley.
fruit slices (small bits) as long as rabbit isn’t overweight
such as apples (not the seeds), pears, or peaches/nectarines
toys like safe wood blocks, organic apple twigs, etc.
can nibble on your yard if it is free of pesticides
and poisonous plants
Never, ever feed
a rabbit popcorn, cereals and other human treats - they can cause serious
digestive problems possibly leading to death. For
6 pages of information on rabbit diet see
There is information on diet, a diagram of the digestive system and lots
See page on Critter Litter
pan – natural litter like timothy hat, newspaper based, even wood stove
Do not use cedar chips or clay kitty litters
since they can cause a blockage if ingested
put timothy hay in litter box since rabbits will graze on in one end and
will not eat soiled hay.
pan with white vinegar to control odor and it sanitizes, too. Change
once a day or at least every other day.
box train your rabbit. See
the HRS web page on
from the Hare Salon: See
Grooming a Rabbit
I cannot stress this
enough. If you have a male and female rabbit pair:
A female rabbit can have a litter every 31 days!
Females can become
pregnant the same day they give birth. You do the math! Okay, I'll do it
for you: with only 2 bunnies in each litter in one year that
will equal 288 rabbits. Rabbits can have up 4 to 6
bunnies per litter.
a scary thought and scarier in reality! See your vet about when to spay or
neuter, between 4 and 6 months old for both males and females depending on the
for more information on how to sex a rabbit.
Credit: "Rugby" from