How to Prepare for A Pet Bunny

Pet bunnies are super adorable, and pretty low maintenance. 

If you are looking for an animal that doesn’t need to go on long walks and doesn’t need a lot of vaccines at the vet, then perhaps a pet bunny is something you should consider. 

Pet bunnies are not starter pets for children though, so if your goal is to give your kids something for Easter, make sure they’ve had some experience with other animals first. 

Also, many bunnies do end up in shelters after Easter… so before heading to the pet store, maybe do a quick search and see if there is a shelter in your area.   

 

#1 – Pet Bunnies need a rather large cage. 

A common mistake that many first time owners make is buying a cage that is too small for their bunny to grow in.  This ends up with the owners needing to buy two cages, instead of one. 

Check out the size guide available at The Rabbit House where they recommend at least 44 square feet of cage space.

A pet bunny needs plenty of space to run, hop, sleep, eat, and go to the bathroom.  Since a bunny can be litter trained, the extra space can help ensure that there are designated areas in the cage for all of these activities. 

 

#2 – Should you bunny-proof your home?

While a bunny isn’t a guinea pig or a hamster, these little guys can occasionally get out of their cages.  Also, some owners prefer to have their pet bunny inside their home and let them out of their cage to get exercise and enjoy their company. 

If you plan on having your bunny in your home, remember that these little guys like to chew on things, and this is a habit that doesn’t go away as they grow.  Bunnies chew to maintain their teeth. 

So, make sure that any cables are kept out of way, an remove any hazards such as poisonous plants. 

Another thing to consider is perhaps dedicating a room or an area of your house to bunny exercise, instead of worrying about bunny-proofing all of your home. 

 

#3 – What does a new pet bunny eat?

The majority of the diet for your new pet bunny will consist of hay.  Since this is the main food source for pet bunnies, you can’t go wrong buying a lot of hay at once, since this is usually the most economical way to purchase hay. 

Timothy Hay is the most common type of feed for pet rabbits, due to the nutritional benefits, according to Charity Paws.  Your new pet bunny will also want a small bowl of rabbit pellets each day, as well as daily veggies.  So, start saving your lettuce cores and the ends of your carrots. 

Other vegetables that are safe to eat include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Celery
  • Kale

 

#4 – Can a pet bunny be litter trained?

The short answer to this question is yes.  The long answer is that there is a lot involved.  We would recommend litter training, since it makes cage maintenance easier. 

Additionally, having a litter box means there is less… stench… coming from the cage, especially if you keep your bunnies inside. 

There is a whole procedure for litter training your new pet bunny available on the Charity Paws website, that can help you determine the size, shape, and setup for a litter box. 

 

#5 – If my new pet bunny eats hay, do they need a food and water bowl?

Absolutely, yes.  In addition to hay, your bunny will need rabbit pellets, or rabbit food, as well as an area where they can enjoy munching on some veggies. 

A bowl helps facilitate a designated eating area as well, also minimizing messes in the cage. 

The one thing we would recommend is buying bowls that are difficult to tip over. 

These bowls can usually be found in a shelter or at a pet store and are designed for your pet bunny. 

#6 – Will my new pet bunny want to play?

Bunnies need about 3 hours of exercise each day.  According to Petfinder, this exercise is extremely important for bunny health. 

So, feel free to buy lots of toys. 

These may include blocks of wood, cardboard, tunnels, and more.  Your local pet store will have plenty of options. 

Conclusion for how to prepare for a pet bunny

Preparing for a new pet bunny can be exhaustive, however, you will be glad that you have a nice place for your bunny to come home to whether you buy a new one at a pet store, or choose to adopt one from a shelter. 

Providing a safe environment for your new pet bunny has many advantages, and I hope you found this guide helpful in being able to provide assistance in doing that.