Rabbit Care: Some Things to Keep in Mind
Carry-out: Rabbit playpens keep bunnies safe in the great outdoors. You can even take your rabbit for a walk with a rabbit harness and rabbit leash. Use a rabbit carrier to take your bunny with you safely wherever you go.
Don't give 'em the slip: When traveling in your car, secure the rabbit carrier so it doesn't slide around. Car travel is uncomfortable enough for a rabbit without his world turning.
A roll in the hay: Many of our rabbit cages come with fun rabbit cage accessories to make life better, like attachable rabbit runs, climbing platforms, and rolling sphere toys.
Litter box training: It's easy to train your rabbit to use a litter box. Don't use cat litter, which is toxic if eaten. (Rabbits eat everything, even their own droppings.) See our Cleaning and Care Guide for litter tips.
Get tricky: Rabbits don't respond to praise, but they love treats. Use kibbles to reward tricks like "come" and "kennel-up."
Quick Tips for Selecting Rabbit Cage Accessories
1. Rabbit warmers are like heating pads for bunnies, and can be heated in the microwave and covered with a fleece cover. Great for young or ill rabbits, rabbit warmers can also be used to provide a warm spot for outdoor bunnies in cooler months. Make sure your rabbit warmer is chew-resistant and made especially for rabbits!
2. Use caution when attempting to take your bunny for a walk. Bunnies can actually hurt themselves if they thrash about in fear when you try putting the rabbit harness and rabbit leash on, due to the odd fact that their muscles are actually too strong for their bones and they can break their own backs! Larger framed rabbits make better candidates for rabbit leashes.
3. Rabbit food dishes that attach to the side of the cage prevent your bunny from spilling his food. Rabbits need high-quality food pellets and dark leafy green vegetables to stay healthy. They also can have as much Timothy grass hay as they want. Alfalfa, veggies, and fruits make excellent treats but shouldn't be the main part of your bunny's diet.
4. Bunnies need a constant supply of clean, cool water from a rabbit water bottle or a large, heavy ceramic rabbit bowl that can't be tipped over. Some rabbits may not know how to use rabbit cage accessories like rabbit water bottles and must have a rabbit bowl instead.
5. Whether you're taking your bunny to a show or the vet, the journey will be more comfortable and less stressful with a rabbit carrier. Many rabbit carriers are simply smaller versions of a wire rabbit cage with a solid plastic floor, but will be equipped with a handle and often wheels and a fan. For short trips, your bunny will be perfectly happy in a traditional soft sided rabbit carrier with mesh panels and a shoulder strap.
6. Rabbits are very fastidious and will lick themselves, just like cats. Bunnies can't vomit up hairballs, however, so you must properly groom your rabbit's coat to prevent him from ingesting too much hair during his self-cleanings. Brush your rabbit at least weekly or multiple times daily when he's shedding.
7. Rabbit skin is very delicate, and you need to use a rabbit brush that is much finer than one you would use for your dog or cat. Don't use scissors to cut out mats; instead use a mat rake or mat splitter to gently work out the area.
8. Rabbits also need to have their toenails trimmed every couple months with rabbit nail clippers. In addition, your bunny's teeth will grow continuously throughout his life and must be continually worn down by chewing. If his teeth wear unevenly, they may need to be trimmed straight to make eating more comfortable.
9. Work with your bunny's natural tendencies when litter training. Bunnies will usually pick a spot for elimination and stick to it; all you have to do is put a litter box in that spot and possibly add a few droppings until your rabbit gets the hint. Bunnies won't travel very far to find a litter box, so have several throughout your home.
10. Avoid using cedar or pine shavings as rabbit bedding or litter material for your bunnies, as the chemicals can make your rabbit sick. Also, don't use clumping cat litter, as this can block your rabbit's respiratory and digestive system. Instead, consider organic litters made of paper, wood pulp, or citrus.
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