Below you will find information about rabbit care, safe/appropriate supplies, and recommendations for rabbit-savvy veterinarians.
Educating new and prospective rabbit owners is one mission of the Southwest Florida House Rabbit Rescue. Below you will find articles about proper diet, safe and comfortable housing, common illnesses, and more.
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Source: Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation
RABBIT SUPPLY LIST.
The best option is an x-pen and inexpensive rug. Wired cages are too small for rabbits, and result in sores on the bottom of their feet. X-pens allow ample space to move and run.
You’ll want a hard-sided, top and front opening (non-collapsible) carrier to bring your rabbit to the veterinarian and any other place you may travel. Keep it someplace easily accessible in case of emergency. And don’t forget to put a nice soft blanket in it for comfort!
Rabbits can learn to use a litter box regularly after they are spayed/neutered. Choose a natural paper bedding as the base, and line the top with Timothy Hay. Cat, clay, and soft wood litter is harmful to rabbits and should not be used.
Play should be a part of your rabbit’s daily life in additional to exercise and social interactions. Tunnels provide excitement to run in and out (and sleep in), while balls and hay-stuffed paper towel tubs create hours of fun!
You will need two heavy crocks for food and water. Hanging water bottles are not a sufficient source of water for your rabbit.
A rabbit should have 24/7 access to Timothy Hay and fresh water. Pellets should be kept to a minimum (approx. ¼ -½ cup per 6 lb rabbit), with a variety of fresh greens provided every day. Fruit is considered a treat and should be given in very small quantities. Yogurt drops are not recommended, however, Oxbow treats are all-natural and safe for rabbits.
Not all veterinarians are equipped with the specialized training and knowledge to care for rabbits. This means that choosing a veterinarian for your rabbit (for regular checkups or otherwise) is a big decision and can often involve a bit of research. We recommend that you first interview a potential veterinarian to find out if they are the right one for you and your rabbit (suggested interview questions here).
Income-based assistance for the spay/neuter of rabbits is available through the Humane Society Naples. Click to apply.
Learn how to take care of a pet rabbit from bunny lover Amy Sedaris and rabbit expert Mary E. Cotter, Ed.D., LVT, in these educational and entertaining Howcast videos.