Taking the proper 'hops' to care for a pet rabbit

Taking the proper 'hops' to care for a pet rabbit
Taking the proper 'hops' to care for a pet rabbit. (Source: WECT)
Taking the proper 'hops' to care for a pet rabbit. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Is it possible to think of a cuter pet than a fuzzy little bunny? Jennie Hoyt with the New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue shared proper rabbit care information that can help decide if a pet rabbit is right for your family.

Rabbits are not perfect pets for everyone. They can be high-maintenance, expensive animals and regardless of age a child is not capable of being the primary caretaker so it is important to discuss the proper care techniques and daily routine to keep your rabbit healthy.

Here is some advice that Jennifer Hoyt shared:

  • Puppy pens work well for rabbits; they are large enough to hold all of the essentials for a rabbit while also giving them room to roam. They are also easy to move when needed.
  • It is also important to make sure the rabbit has a place to relax by himself but is not completely secluded from the family.
  • Fresh hay should make up the bulk of your rabbit's diet and needs to be readily available at all times. Adult rabbits can eat timothy, grass, and oat hays, while younger rabbits should be fed alfalfa.
  • In addition to hand-plucking, you should also use a brush for a more thorough grooming. To trim your rabbit's nails properly, you should make a "bunny burrito" with a towel, identify the quick (or vein in the nail), and clip the nail without clipping the quick.
  • For many common health problems, the only appropriate action is to take your rabbit to an experienced vet.

While rabbits are not perfect pets for everyone, if the family is willing to learn about the needs of these animals before adopting, then a bunny can be a wonderful addition to a loving home.

Copyright 2016 WECT. All rights reserved.