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Guest Post: Bringing Home Bunny – 9 Things You Need to Do to Make a Happy Rabbit

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post | Posted on 21-02-2013

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Bringing home bunny is exciting because it’s the beginning of a long-lasting relationship. A well-cared-for bunny can live over a decade, and this special bond begins the day he comes home. There are several things bunnies need to be happy, healthy and well-behaved. It’s best to have all these things ready when he arrives, so your first precious moments together aren’t spent frantically setting up.

1. Choose the Cage

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It’s hard to picture your tiny bundle a year from now when he weighs 7 pounds, so it’s easy to buy a cage he’ll outgrow too soon. Look for one with plenty of space with an opening large enough to get him in and out. Choose a cage with a secure lock and enough room for him to get some exercise.

2. Line the Cage With Safe Bedding

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Walking around the cage floor can give bunny sores on his feet. Cover the bottom of the cage with bunny-safe bedding and offer him a bed or blanket to sleep on. Cedar and pine chips are inappropriate for bunnies. Make sure the bedding you get is approved for use with rabbits.

3. Stock Up on Healthy Food

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The basis for his diet should be a well-balanced rabbit food. Supplement this with alfalfa while bunny is young and substitute for hay as he gets older. Bunnies also enjoy fresh vegetables, but you’ll need to discuss how much and how often with your vet.

4. Set Up a Litter Box

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One of the wonderful things about bunnies is how easy it is to train them to a litter box. Select a box easy enough for him to climb into and large enough for him to go comfortably. Fill it with litter. Wait until bunny goes, then place the litter box in that spot. This potty trains most bunnies instantly.

5. Get a Variety of Toys

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Bunny needs a good selection of toys, including toys for cage time and toys for playtime with you. Special toys that hang from the cage are excellent for occupying him while you’re at school or work.

6. Protect Your Bunny by Houseproofing

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Like a baby, bunnies find mischief. Invest in plastic covers for wires and cords if you can’t put them out of bunny’s reach. Pet gates are excellent for keeping him out of areas where he isn’t safe, such as stairwells.

7. Reward Your Bunny With Treats

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A healthy diet leaves room for special treats, which are excellent bonding tools. Make sure the treats are safe for rabbits, and never give so many treats he doesn’t have room for healthy meals.

8. Keep Bunny Groomed

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A clean bunny is a happy bunny, and most owners enjoy special bonding time while brushing and grooming their bunnies. A brush keeps his fur shiny and nail clippers do away with sharp claws that scratch you and get in his way. You can get these pet supplies online.

9. Give Bunny Dental Health

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A salt wheel grooms bunny’s teeth and provides him with sodium, a necessary nutrient. Without this, his teeth grow too long and make it hard for him to eat. Bunnies love to nibble, but with a block or chip of wood, he won’t be tempted to gnaw furniture or shoes. These are inexpensive, and keep him occupied while grooming his teeth.

With these items on hand, you’re ready to embark on a rewarding relationship with your new bunny.