How to care for bunnies

Read on for top tips on how to care for a rabbit, from keeping them safe to what to feed them.

1 July 2019

A bag of vegetables as an example of what rabbits eat
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Key steps

  • Always do your research, particularly about your chosen bunny breed.
  • Always ensure they are safe if you’re keeping them outdoors and bring them in during extreme weather.
  • When bringing them in, bunny-proof your home.
  • Set up a litter tray.
  • Love them well.
  • Feed them with the right foods.

Pets are an important part of many families’ lives; and keeping rabbits as pets is a popular choice. Having a pet bunny may be cute as they are very easy to love, but remember that bunny care requires plenty of effort and planning. Here we’ll share ways to ensure they’re safe, and answers to questions like “what can rabbits eat?” and the best places for them to live in your home. With our bunny care tips, we’ll help you look after your new furry friend.

A piece of cardboard or strategically placed wooden block is a great chew toy for your bunny. This is also likely to entertain them and keep them happy for hours. 

Pet rabbit care requires research

The decision to get a rabbit may be an easy one, but you need to make sure you find out how to take care of a bunny first. Bunny care starts with doing plenty of research.

  1. Make sure you learn all about the specific breed of bunny you’ve chosen.
  2. Prepare everything you can in advance of your new pet’s arrival.
  3. Use our bunny care tips to make sure your new bundle of fluff will be happy.

Our guide to bunny care

Whether you plan to keep your new pet rabbit inside or out, the biggest part of pet rabbit care is ensuring they’re safe. Here are our top tips for how to care for a rabbit.

  • If they’re going outdoors, make sure the space is safe to explore.
    Rabbits which live outside are more susceptible to insects, disease and attacks from predators, so it’s best to secure them in a hutch. Always cover the top and ensure that the entire frame is fully secure.
  • Make sure they’re protected from the weather.
    Bunnies are often better off indoors; but if they usually live outside, always bring them inside if you’re expecting extreme weather conditions.
  • Bunny-proof your indoor areas.
    If you plan to allow them to explore indoors, make sure you bunny-proof your home! Knowing how to care for a rabbit includes making sure they have no cables to bite, no loose baseboards for them to get stuck in and no toxic plants to chew on.
  • Put down a litter tray.
    Just like cats, bunnies poop… a lot! Just as you would for a pet cat, set up a litter tray. They tend to go in one place, so it should be easy to train them to use the tray as long as they feel safe and you keep it clean using warm water and good quality washing up liquid.
  • Play with them.
    A big part of learning how to take care of a bunny is knowing how much they enjoy interaction. A happy bunny is a healthy bunny, so find the right balance of stimulation and rest time. Play with and cuddle them regularly.
Cleaning your rabbit’s litter tray and other accessories is essential. Be sure not to use anything that could be poisonous or hurt their skin, such as bleach.

What can rabbits eat?

Feeding your pet the correct food is as important as making sure they are safe. If you’re not sure what rabbits eat, first refer back to your research about the specific breed you’ve chosen.

As a general guide, a minimum of one cup of vegetables should be fed to your bunny for every four pounds of weight. You can also feed your new pet up to two tablespoons of fruit a day.

Vegetables your rabbit may enjoy include:

  • Carrot tops
  • Rocket
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach (occasionally)
  • Cucumber
  • Spring greens
  • Fennel

Some of the fruits which are safe include:

  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries (including leaves)
  • Tomatoes (without leaves)

If your rabbits are kept outside, make sure they are kept your bunny away from any weeds or plants which could cause them problems. These include:

  • Avocado
  • Cherry
  • Lilies
  • Nutmeg
  • Sweat pea
  • Tomato leaves

Ask your local pet store for more advice and a more detailed list of foods rabbits can and can’t eat. Now go have fun making friends with your fluffy little hopper!

It’s a great idea to ask your local pet store for more advice on keeping rabbits as pets, as well as a detailed list of foods rabbits can and can’t eat. However, with our top bunny care tips, you can go and have fun making friends with your new family pet.