Rabbits make great pets. Before deciding to welcome one into your home, you should consider if your lifestyle provides you with the flexibility to meet their needs. Our veterinary team can support you with their routine wellness and healthcare. Our expertise is only a phone call away at 709-256-3891.
What should I expect from my new rabbit?
Don't worry, be hoppy! Getting a new pet is an exciting time. There are lots of things to purchase and consider to make your space as pleasant as possible for them. For example, rabbits need large cages so you'll need an area that supports this. Instinctually, rabbits can get stressed or jumpy by loud noises or unpredictable environments since they tend to be prey in the wild. It's important to cultivate a safe environment where they feel comfortable and at ease. Rabbits also require frequent interaction and play, so you should be engaging with them at least once per day. They also need at least an hour outside of their cage to move around. You'll also need to keep up with thoroughly cleaning their cage at least once per week.
What essentials does my rabbit need?
With a new pet, it can be tempting to purchase every bell and whistle you come across. However, it's best to start with the essentials and gradually make other purchases based on your pet's needs. Some items will need to be replenished more quickly than others. For example, rabbits require lots of fresh vegetables so you'll need to go grocery shopping at least once per week. Some essentials you can consider getting for your new rabbit include:
- Large cage
- Water dispenser
- Timothy hay
- Litter box
- Chew toys