Sunset Hill Rabbitry
Informational Care Sheet
Informational Care Sheet
- Bunnies need to be handled and pet on a daily basis. It is great for them to get out and run but you need to hold them on your lap and snuggle with them to keep them sweet and friendly. If they wiggle to get down, DON’T let them down until they quiet down and then you can let them down to run. You are the BOSS!
- On a daily basis rub your hands on all 4 paws so that when it is time for you to trim their nails the will sit better for you to trim them.
- Fresh timothy hay, water and food daily.
- We feed Blue Seal (Home Fresh) Top Hutch 18 food (as of 2/2020). Before that we fed Blue Seal (Home Fresh) Show Hutch Deluxe. Take a week to switch them over to any new food so they don’t get an upset stomach. We also do not recommend feeding them food with colored treats in it. They will eventually eat all the colored treats and get picky about eating the regular food pellets.
- Babies should have free choice of pellet food until they are 5 months old then cut it back to ½ cup of pellets daily.
- Bunnies always need access to fresh timothy hay. The more hay they eat the better.
- We do not recommend giving the bunny any fruits and veggies until they are 5 months old. We start out with one veggie treat in small moderation so that they do not get soft stool as you introduce them to veggies and fruit. Fruit has a lot of sugar so that is only in small amounts. Veggies are healthier for them.
- Vegetables that are okay to feed your bunny when they are older are: kale, broccoli leaves, brussels sprouts, carrot tops, collard greens, romaine lettuce, dandelion leaves and parsley. You can feed a minimum of 1 cup per day once they are used to eating the veggies.
- NEVER feed cereals, bread, oats, corn, seeds or nuts!!! These are high fat or high carbohydrates items can cause severe digestive upset in rabbits.
- Fruits that are okay to feed the bunny when they are older are: apple, peach, pear, plum, raspberry, blueberry, strawberries. You should only feed 1-2 tablespoons. You should avoid sugary fruit such as bananas and grapes.
- Litter pans should go in the back right corner of their cage.
- Due to your bunny possibly being nervous due to them leaving us, their siblings and the car ride and new family help them with the transition by using a dust pan and scoop up the loose droppings a couple times a day. If you take the time during the first few weeks of them being home with you it will pay off in the long run.
- Bunnies produce a poop that looks like a small cluster of baby grapes that is the diameter of a pencil. It is called cecotropes. They normally do not produce this in their litter box but on the bottom of the cage floor. They produce it when they are grooming themselves. You usually see it in the morning. Around 3-4 months of age they will eat it which gives them good bacteria in their stomach. For now because they can not eat all of it just get a wet paper towel and wipe it up and throw it away.
- We recommend that you take your bunny out of the cage when you are cleaning it. As they get older they become protective of their space and it makes them upset when you are cleaning it with them in the cage.
- Their nails need to be trimmed every 6 weeks approximately. Do not cut the pink in their nails otherwise they will bleed. You can use corn starch to help stop the bleeding.
- Provide chew toys in the cage so they have things to chew on and to help their teeth from needing to be trimmed by the vet. You can give them toilet paper tubes and shove hay in either end of them as a toy to play with and eat.
- We recommend that the bunny get spayed / neutered. Most vets can fix a rabbit around 4 months of age. The benefits of getting a buck fixed is that he won’t become hormonal, hump your leg, or spray. If you wait too long to get them fixed they will learn to spray and it is a learned behavior so they will continue to spray after you get them fixed. Our vet fixes them at 12 weeks of age. I would definitely get them fixed by 4 months of age. The benefits of getting a doe fixed is that they will have a less of a change of breast cancer and infected uterus. They also will scratch the bottom of their cage and even the litter out of the litter pan once they get closer to 4 months of age because they want to make a nest. We believe a fixed pet makes a better pet! Make sure that you take your bunny to an exotic vet or small pocket pet vet. Make sure that they specialize in rabbits.
- Do not give your rabbit grass if it has been treated with pesticides.
- Rabbits do not do well in temperatures above 80 degrees. You can put a fan in front of their cage or freeze a water bottle and put it in their cage and they will lay on it to cool down.
- When the bunny starts to shed out their fur, brushing will help them shed it faster and prevent them from getting fur balls. Bunnies cannot throw up so make sure you brush them so they don’t get a blockage and get very sick.
- As the bunny gets older they get excited about getting back in their cage. If smaller children are handling the bunny we suggest putting the bunny in backwards in their cage or cover their eyes so they do not scratch them.
- If you ever notice that your bunny isn’t eating/drinking normally or not acting right you need to take them to the vet ASAP. Bunnies can go downhill very quickly.
- The more you do with you bunny the better pet they will be.