Add Some Bunny Love To Your Life

As kids, many of us loved bunnies.

We read about Peter Rabbit and Mr. MacGregor’s garden.

We remember Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

Today, we collect Bunnykins china pieces by Wedgewood and all things Peter Rabbit, which includes books, stuffed rabbits, sketches, antique coloring books and Peter Rabbit teapots, cups and saucers.

So, it stands to reason then that we might love having a real Peter Rabbit of our own, in the form of a beautiful, soft, furry bunny.

Rabbits are really fairly easy to keep. You just want to make sure that you are well informed on what it takes to keep them healthy and happy. Nobody wants an unhappy or unhealthy bunny! No Bunny does either!

There are a number of different breeds of rabbits to chose from.

In your search for the perfect bunny, you might check out your nearest animal shelter. They seem to have rabbits at different times of the year. At least, in my area, there are always a number of bunnies to chose from and they are always different ages and breeds.

The animal shelter is also a good place to get great tips on the perfect bunny for you and your family. I think some people rush out to get a rabbit before they think it through and then they decide they really didn’t want it after all.

That’s no way to treat a bunny!

Take your bunny to work day!
We have all heard of companies that allow workers to bring their dogs to work.
Well, maybe you could take your bunny to work with you.
Rabbits don’t bark, but they might bite if they get scared.
You would just have to make sure your co-workers wouldn’t tease or scare your bunny.
But, you can put your bunny on a leash and away you go.

You could always transport it in a pet carrier. So easy to do!!

Don’t forget the bunny treats!

I have heard of bunnies being trained to use a litter box just like cats. I understand it is fairly easy to do.

Rabbits are very independent creatures. They may not like a lot of cuddling like your cat or dog. They are very curious, also.

Healthy Diet=Healthy Rabbit

Grass hay should be the majority of your rabbit’s diet. They should ALWAYS have it available, as it gives them the nutrients they need to keep their sensitive digestive tract in good working order. It also keeps their constantly growing teeth healthy. Did you know that rabbits have an extra set of tiny, little teeth right behind their incisors? These are called peg teeth.

You will find that rabbits have a preference for different kinds of hay, so since you can’t ask Mr. Bunny which he prefers, he will show you by the way he eats.

Providing varieties of grass hay promotes good eating habits and it keeps up his interests.

A few varieties of hay are timothy, orchard, meadow, barley, oat and rye.

Alfalfa hay is high in protein and calcium, which is great for pregnant, nursing, growing young rabbits. But, you want to change them over to grass hay at about 7 months old, so that they don’t become overweight.

The second most important part of their diet would be fresh and clean greens. Offer a variety of leafy dark greens. They provide moisture and other micronutrients for a rabbit’s diet.

Always have water available, but they might not drink a lot of water if they are eating a lot of greens. There does need to be balance here, tho, as your rabbit can develop diarrhea. Measure out one cup of packed greens per 2 pounds of body weight daily.

Fresh fruits and veggies should be given very sparingly. They should be used as treats when you are training.

How about growing some organic grass for your furry friend?

And, please don’t just throw in some rabbit pellets and think you are done feeding. Pellets are concentrated nutrition for your rabbit and eating a lot of them can cause obesity, dental problems, gastrointestinal problems and boredom. So, offer pellets sparingly.

Rabbits should never be given chocolate, sugary, starchy, or high fat foods. Skip the grains, beans, corn, bread, nuts, oats and seeds. Who knew? Now you do.

What Kind OF Housing For Your Rabbit?

Most rabbits live in either cages or pens. Some are lucky to have custom built cages or maybe even a room to themselves. Make sure they have a solid bottom so their feet don’t get sores on them from being on wire all day.

Outdoor rabbit houses can be very cute and an attractive addition to your flower or vegetable garden. Make sure that they are not sitting in the direct sun all day, as your bunny could become overheated.

A rabbit needs to be able to run and jump, so make sure they have plenty of play time outside of their enclosure.

There are many cute rabbit houses for indoors and if you have room to keep your bunny in a family area, you will enjoy watching all the things that it will do. Your rabbit will enjoy the companionship also. So much better than being put away outside or in a room that you don’t use that much.

You may need to rabbit proof the areas in your home where your bunny will be out running around, so it doesn’t chew on the electric cords or knock down any valuable china.

Also, make sure you don’t have any toxic houseplants around that might look tasty.

Always keep your rabbit fenced or penned if outside playing as predators can snatch and grab your rabbit if left unattended.

Rabbits can get heatstroke if temps are hot, like over 80 degrees.

Spend time with your rabbit.

All pet owners have a goal of providing a safe environment and to keep their pets healthy.

Your rabbit can be a great companion animal. They can live 7-10 years. Do research on the different breeds and then decide which one is best for your situation.

Then enjoy your new found friend!