BUNNY CARE


The Bunny can live in an indoor cage or in an outdoor hutch.



  ONE BUNNY PER CAGE OHUTCH.


We Prefer INDOOR WIRE CAGES




 * I always recommend getting a quality rabbit care book "before" picking up your bunny to make sure you have everything you need and you know how to properly care for your new fuzzy family member.  Our bunnies are also handled and enjoyed by our animal assisted therapy programs.


You will be given a bunny care package at pick up time and the bunny book YOU purchase will make care for your new little friend fun and easy!


Bunny Behavior: Go to U Tube video:  youtu.be/ruK6AXVLhim

check out the many "potty training your bunny" videos on U tube.


DAILY NEEDS FOR YOUR BUNNY - as a Bunny Breeder, these are my personal suggestions

*  Your Bunny Needs Clean Water, In a bunny water bottle, attached to the side of the cage;

*  Green Rabbit Food Pellets daily, bought at any pet supply store. Our green pelleted bunny food is 18% PROTEIN.  Please get this as well.  Best quality you can get; fill their bowl daily with no more than 3/4 of a cup. Do NOT get pellets that have colors or other additives - this is NOT good for them.  The Protein in the plain green pellet food should be 16-18%.  An over fed bunny on pellet food or treats will grow large and fat, which is not good for the bunny.

*  Fresh smelling Timothy Hay, AS MUCH AS IT WANTS!  You cannot Overfeed it hay. In a tube as discussed below as a bunny toy.  Bought online, horse feed store or pet store. **We sell high Quality, Fresh Hay Fresh for just $10 a bag, that we recommend you purchase with your bunny**

*  Salt & Mineral Licks in the cage or attached to the inside with a wire.

*  A lot of Positive human interaction. Talk and pet your bunny. Hand feed treats to it.  Buy a harness and walk it around the house.

*  Check its "Potty" Daily to see if it needs to be emptied. A paper towel or bedding on the bottom of the potty will absorb the urine - but it smells if left in the cage.

*  Do Not put bunny on your lawn or grass if treated by fertilizers or weed chemicals.

*  Never leave your bunny out doors unattended. Predators will eat or hurt it!

*  Never leave bunny cage in Direct sunlight - always in a shaded place.


* Everyone Loves to feed their bunnies treats!  Actually the best ones to feed a long haired bunny are a Small piece of papaya, pineapple or kiwi occassionally to make sure they don't get hair balls!  A little papaya tablet (papain) also helps dissolve hair balls. I give my bunnies a papaya tablet each day.  I hand feed it to them and they love it as a treat ! GNC makes a Papaya pill.


The other kinds of safe treats are a Heaping teaspoon of dry Plain "Old Fashioned" Oatmeal in their food (The Oatmeal should NOT be given in Hot weather), 2-4  Cherrios, or a piece of Shredded Wheat, or Chex, or Life Cereal.  Everything in small amounts and occassionally.  They have little tummies!

Below are some toys they may enjoy.  They can be purchased from Amazon, Chewy.com or your local pet stores.  The "Sticks" are from "Unsprayed Apple Trees" Only.



Don't feed your bunny cabbage, celery. 

Things that are good are: A slice of carrot, apple, parsley, dill..  Don't let it sit around in the cage though,- if the bunny doesn't want it, don't leave it in the cage.  Bacteria grow extremely rapidly on it and can actually hurt the delicate intestinal flora of your bunny, getting it sick.  If you do want to feed your bunny fruit or a vegetable, make it a TINY piece and not frequently.  They have little tummies!  Only start these treat after the bunny is 4 months old to make sure their intestines are fully developed.  Read the bunny book you purchased for more ideas.


IF YOUR BUNNY IS OVER FED VEGETABLES or ANY other food - it may get diarrhea - which can kill your bunny.  Especially right when it comes home to you.  It is too young to eat these things.  Give it  canned pumpkin and hay and water till the poop becomes balls again.  Which should be just a few days.  Bring it to a vet if your bunny doesn't act right or is not eating.  


HAY TOY for RABBITS:  I take an Empty Paper towel roll, cut it in 3 pieces so I have 3 small tubes.  Then I take a big handfull of hays and push as much as I can into the tube with about 3-4 inches of hay sticking out each side.  Push in A LOT of hay so its REALLY packed tightly in there, and it will be hard for the bunnies to pull the hay out and make a mess of it.  I make 1 hay toy per rabbit.  When they finish it, I refill it.  This keeps the hay OFF their beautiful fur and they don't use it for Bedding.

Go through Google and look through the MANY excellent "how to care for your Rabbit" sites.  Find one that deals with long hair bunnies, since they need special care.


Consider joining the "American Rabbit Breeders Association Inc.". They give you an EXCELLENT book with membership and it costs only $20 per year!!!

Housing and Equipment for your Bunny



1. A safe Cage made for a bunny - below are some suggestions.  

We Do NOT recommend the "wooden hutches".  They are light weight and made of soft wood the bunny will eat through it!!   They also leak urine onto the floor.

You can also check out "PETSFIT BUNNY CAGES on Amazon, there are some nice ones there.

2. Salt and Mineral Lick

3. Non tip stainless steel bowl (8 oz.) or a round crock ceramic bowl for bunnies. Or the 2 in one feeder pictured below. It holds the food in the front and the hay in the back.

4.  Water bottle to hang in the cage, change water every few days even if it's not empty.  Do not use a Water Bowl for this breed - they have longer fur and their chin and neck fur will get matted by the water.

5.  Quality Rabbit Food - at chain stores, Chewy.com or a Feed Store. Buy the "Plain Green Pelleted" food - not with added colors in it.  It should be 16 - 18% Protein.

6.  Quality, sweet smelling Hay - they need this daily. Your  first bag you will buy from me for $10, the baby bunnies are used to this type of hay so it's best to keep them on it for the transition to a new environment.

7.  Store bunny toys. (optional) &  A little papaya tablet (papain) also helps dissolve hair balls. I give my bunnies a papaya tablet each day.  I hand feed it to them and they love it as a treat ! GNC makes a Papaya pill.

8. A "Dog Shedding Comb" pictured below.  This is VERY IMPORTANT to purchase. Buy it in the dog section of a petco, petsmart,etc. for a few dollars.  Baby bunnies will be shedding out their baby coats as their adult coats start to come in.  This is normals and expected.  To prevents KNOTS you can trim down the hair on your bunny and comb them daily, or COMB them daily to prevent knots.  If you do get a knot carefully cut it out with a small blunt end sissor.  The fur grows back quickly.

9.  Small Animal Corner Potty WITH A WIRE COVER ON IT.  The wire on top of the potty is ESSENTAIL - it keeps the poop and urine away from your bunnys fur .  You can put a very SMALL amount of bedding in the potty to absorb the urine - THIS NEEDS TO BE CLEANED DAILY AND IS EASY TO DO.  GIVE IT A RINSE WITH WATER AFTER CLEANING IT, DRY IT WITH PAPER TOWELS, ADD A PINCH OF BEDDING & RETURN IT TO THE CAGE.
A trick I have learnt is - put the potty near the food bowl.  The bunny will sit on the potty while eating and poop in the potty at the same time!!

10. You can put newspaper, fluffy pet bedding or a wee wee pad in the TRAY of your cage UNDER THE WIRE FLOORING of your cage to absorb urine.  Your Bunny should NOT be on bedding or a wee wee pad.  

The bedding will get tangled in its fur - that is why I recommend a wire bottom

 cage.

You can buy your items also from Amazon, Chewy.com, pet stores, tractor supply store and animal catalogs carry these items. 
What ever cage you get - try & get one with a wire floor metal grating WITH a Pull Out bottom - the poop will drop thru the grate, keeping your bunny very clean. 
If Getting a Wooden HUTCH - MAKE SURE it has a wire floor - a lot of them DO NOT have it, but do have the pull out drawer - a WIRE FLOOR will keep your bunny much cleaner and the cage will be easier to clean.

GET THE BIGGEST CAGE OR HUTCH YOU CAN AFFORD- BUNNIES NEED ROOM. 

ESSENTAIL COMBING TOOL

This is a "DOG SHEDDING COMB".   Amazon carries them for about $7, so do most Chain pet stores in the dog section.  You will need this to GENTLY go through the bunny's coat to keep it knot free. Especially when it is 6- 18 weeks old and the baby fur is coming out and the adult fur is coming in.  When the adult fur is in, comb your bunny 2 times a week at least.

If you are getting a lot of knots the fur can be cut short or knots just trimmed out.  Bunny skin is thin so be careful and use a rounded tip small sissor or bring it to a bunny groomer or your vet to groom.

1st Line: Water Bottle, Animal Feeder with Green Food Pellets in the Front & Hay in the Back,  Hay,
2nd Line: Salt & Mineral Lick, Bunny Harness & Best Cage we recommend Petco Online
3rd Line: Another Petco Online cage with a Shelf, Small Animal Potty with Wire Mesh Top, Pine Wood Pellets for the Potty to Absorb Urine,
4th Line:  X-Pen for indoor or outdoor Supervised Play. Never leave bunny unattended outside or in Direct Sun, Some Wooden Hutchs (make sure it has a wire floor - most don't).

There is a Very Cute website I recently viewed.  It shows you how to make Home made toys for your Bunny!  It is very cute and clever.  But always remember to supervise your bunny with any toys.
 https://bunnyapproved.com/diy-rabbit-toy-ideas/