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Rabbit Care

If you have a bunny, you know that they are not the "low-maintenance" pets that some people think they are. They need a proper diet, housing with plenty of space, and time to run and play every day. For people in bunny love, however, they are definitely worth it! We are here to help you take the best care of your bunny.
Orphaned bunnies

There isn't much cuter than the wild baby bunny hopping around in your yard. If you find wild baby bunnies, they may not need any help. If the bunny is not injured, you should put him back where you found him because Mama Bunny will come back. If he is injured, you should contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Here are some links to help you:

Orphaned baby bunnies FAQ

Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory

Wildlife Welfare Inc. (Raleigh)

Piedmont Wildlife Center (Durham)

Creative Learning About Wildlife Species (Carrboro)

Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic (Durham)

Diet

A bunny's diet should include hay, fresh vegetables, good quality pellets, and perhaps an occasional treat. For a list of local and online stores check our Supplies page.

Vegetables and fruits:

Fruit and vegetable list

Kanin.org - a website with rabbit-safe herbs, complete with photos!
Interested in growing a garden for your rabbit? Check out A Rabbit's Garden for ideas.

Treats:

Did you know you can bake your own treats for your bunny? Here are some recipes:
Brenda's Homemade Bunny Biscuits
Homemade Rabbit Treats
Bunny Cookies

Litter Training

Yes, you can litter train your rabbit! Rabbits tend to use one area to go to the bathroom, so litter box training is often as easy as putting a litter box in the area your rabbit chooses. Spayed and neutered rabbits tend to be easier to litter box train since they don’t feel the urge to mark their territory. Here are a few articles on how to litter train your rabbit:

FAQ Litter Box Training
Litter Box Training
More Litter Training Tips
Setting up a litter box

There are many types of litter to choose from, but the wrong type of litter can be very dangerous for your rabbit. Make sure to research any type of litter you want to try to make sure it is safe. Never use clumping litter, cedar shavings, or pine shavings. Aspen is the only safe wood shaving for small animals. Pelleted pine litter is okay to use and is a great choice for odor control and absorption. An example is Feline Pine.

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Housing

There are lots of possibilities for bunny housing, from cages to exercise pens. Remember any cage should be at least four times the size of your bunny when he is laying down.

Articles about rabbit housing:
FAQ: Housing at rabbit.org
Beyond Cages: The Possibility of Pen Living
All About Bunny Housing from Rabbit Haven

Examples of pens, cages, and condos:
Build a Rabbit Condo (with design plans)
How to Build an Indoor Bunny Cage (excellent step-by-step photos)

Looking for more condo inspiration? Check out our growing collection of ideas: "Movin on Up! Deluxe Apartment Ideas for Bunnies!"

Where to buy supplies:
NIC cubes or "Organize-It" cubes can be purchased at Target and other home stores. Price usually ranges from $10-15 for a box.
You can purchase coroplast for condos locally at Southeastern Sign Supply, 2435 Reliance Avenue, Apex, NC 27539, (919) 363-1722.

Multi-level and custom built condos:
Leith Petwerks, home of the bunny abode rabbit condo, makes very nice rabbit houses if you don't want to build one yourself.

Emergency Planning

An important part of caring for your rabbit is making sure they are included in your family emergency plans. Having a plan will help keep everyone safe if a disaster strikes. For more, click here.
Have questions? Need help? Ask an HRS Educator from our Contact page.
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