Here is our rabbit care checklist of all the crucial stuff you’ll need right away in order to take care of your pet rabbit.
We limited this checklist to the essentials so you won't worry that you're forgetting something. Now you can get what you need, and then get on with the fun of owning and caring for your pet rabbits.
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Rabbit Care for more information on each of the items
Get or make a cage that's the right size for your new pet rabbit, and that is strong enough to protect it from predators. In the USA, we tend to use all-wire cages and provide a resting board for the rabbit's comfort. Rabbit owners in the UK tend to like all-wood hutches.
Are you handy or adventurous??
It is actually very easy to build your own rabbit cage!
Get some high-quality commercial rabbit pellets to start with (make sure the bag is fresher than 2.5 months old when you buy it). Feed young bunnies:
(Below: Top quality rabbit food. Learn more about this excellent pelleted rabbit feed here.)
A heavy crock, a crock that attaches to the wire, or a J-feeder work great. You can also fashion a feed dish out of tin cans or other materials, if you need to. Whatever you use, work out a way to secure the container to the hutch or cage so the rabbit won’t yank on it, fling feed everywhere, or simply tip it over. Less waste means less $$ spent and less frustration.
Fresh greens and hay cannot be conveniently fed through a j-feeder such as the one pictured. You can attach hay racks to the wire. Fresh greens are easily fed using crocks.
This will probably be a water crock or a valved water bottle, ideally with a lid that opens from the top.
Other than oxygen, water is probably a rabbit's most crucial
need, so ensure a ready supply of clean water every day, 24/7.
If so, then here's a few more points to not forget when you first acquire a pet rabbit.
Rabbits can easily be litter-box trained. But your typical cat litter isn’t the best for rabbits. Better to use a high sided litter box with pine shavings--your rabbits will probably kick up their heels when leaving the litter box, and the high-sides help keep the shavings from scattering hither to yon while they hop away.
Hide the cords, or protect them...
One of the following solutions is sure to work for you.
Your bunny may see an electrical cord and think, "Yum, hay!" Electrical cords are amazingly inviting to your wonderful bunny. And logically so -- all the teeth in its mouth grow continually throughout its life; it is part of a rabbit's make-up to chew stuff. You sure don't want to char-broil the little guy, compliments of your electricity provider.
This is a critical consideration only if you plan on giving your rabbit the run of the house.
In addition to hiding the electrical cords, think about providing an excellent, apple-infused alternative chewing opportunity that might keep your bunny well distracted from those boring electrical cords! See Raising Rabbits Chew Stix, or keep reading this page...!
Rabbit toys may or may not be considered "extras," since chewing and gnawing is so important for a rabbit's dental health.
See Pet Rabbit Care for practical details about rabbit toys. There are many ways to make your own rabbit toys.
If you can keep your pet rabbits stress-free in addition to meeting their physical needs, they will be truly content.
For more on anxiety vs. pain the way a rabbit sees it, see Rabbit Facts.
Have fun with your wonderful long-eared pet!