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How to Spoil a Bunny

Have you recently adopted a bunny? Floppy is a very cute and lovable little pet! Bunnies do have some very specific needs, however, and are quite different from dogs and cats. When bunnies are happy, instead of purring or wagging their tails, they often do little happy dances, which are known as bunny binkies. How do you score some binkies? A London, ON vet offers some great suggestions below.

Comfy Cage

First things first: make sure that Floppy has a clean, comfortable cage. Your furry buddy should have plenty of room to stand up, turn around, play, and stretch out, all without touching the sides or top of her cage. Also, make sure your pet has a suitable substrate, and a hidey-hole she can go to for privacy.

Good Food

Proper nutrition is crucial to Floppy’s health and well-being. Good grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should make up the bulk of your bunny’s diet. You’ll want to supplement this with fresh produce, as well as the occasional snack. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Playtime

Floppy will get bored and restless if she is stuck in her cage all the time. Make sure your bunny gets at least a few hours of ‘recess’ every day. Keep in mind that rabbits are basically adorable, furry chewing machines. Bunnyproofing is a must!

Grooming

Good grooming is also important. Brushing Floppy regularly, and keeping her claws trimmed, will keep her looking and feeling great.

Chew Toys

Bunnies have open-rooted teeth. This means that Floppy’s choppers will never stop growing. Your pet will need to chew quite a bit to prevent painful dental problems. Offer her lots of safe, suitable chew toys to nibble on. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine, as long as they don’t have small parts or sharp edges, and aren’t coated in decorative substances, like paint, glitter, or varnish.

Proper Veterinary Care

Floppy should see the vet at least once a year. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, watch for signs of illness. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

TLC

Love is a key ingredient in any bunny care routine. Pay lots of attention to Floppy, so she feels loved and safe.

Please contact us, your London, ON pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your bunny’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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