Rabbits are fascinating and emotional creatures. Here at the ARPRN, we promote the well-being of bunnies in several ways: encouraging spay/neuter, instructing on proper diet and housing, and educating owners on the importance of bunny socialization.
Basic Needs of Rabbits
Already have a rabbit, or thinking of getting one? Here’s what you’ll need to keep your bunny happy and healthy:
(First of all, please remember that rabbits can live anywhere from 10-15 years. The oldest living pet rabbit was 18, so if you're not ready for a lifetime commitment, please don't get a rabbit - they become incredibly attached to their people and can get very depressed if they are separated from them.)
· A good vet to spay and neuter them! The lifespan of a fixed rabbit will increase by more than 10 years if they are sterilized.
· A nice, big cage, but prefer a big exercise pen. Carpet for their sensitive feet.
· A soft, cozy cat bed.
· Lots and lots of toys! They love plastic baby toys and anything that makes noise. They also love to chew on papers, paper towel or toilet paper tubes, and cardboard boxes.
· One extra-big cardboard box with a door, so they can hide when they are scared.
· High-quality, timothy-based pellets. At least 20% fiber, please.
· Litter pans and pine or newspaper litter.
· Plenty of timothy, bermuda, or other grass hay. Alfalfa hay for babies only!
· Fresh veggies every day! They love a variety of tasty greens and herbs, including romaine lettuce, green or red leaf lettuce, kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro, cabbage, and lots of other veggies. Never give a rabbit iceberg lettuce – it can be toxic.
· Lots and lots of room to run and play! Rabbits should have plenty of room to get a really good run up to speed. They love to dance and do silly jumps when they are happy.
· Most importantly, rabbits need a constant companion. Either a person, another rabbit or animal, or a stuffed animal. Most of all, bunnies LOVE other bunnies, so if you already have one, think about getting another one!
You can built a butt-kicking rabbit condo with just some simple wire shelving units. It's cheap, easy, and fun! Here are some cool examples:
For directions and more ideas, check out http://www.binkybunny.com/BUNNYINFO/CoolHabitats/tabid/71/Default.aspx
Check out this document, a list of vets who have been used and approved by ARPRN members.
The National House Rabbit Society can answer many common questions about rabbit care.