Contact your vet immediately if your rabbit has stopped eating, drinking or eliminating. This is an emergency. Closely monitor any changes in your rabbit's behavior and daily habits for signs of illness. Don't wait. Rabbits hide signs of illness and can die quickly.
Rabbits need to be brushed regularly to avoid hairballs. Unlike cats, rabbits cannot vomit up hairballs and they can become severely ill or die
from intestinal blockage. Longhaired rabbits should be brushed daily. Shorthaired rabbits several times a week.
Nail trims are needed once a month. Do it yourself or pay a vet to do it.
Rabbits teeth grow constantly and they require hard items, greens with stems, and toys to chew on to help the teeth wear properly. Have your vet check your rabbit's teeth.
Indoor only---rabbits are companions and part of the family.
Outdoor rabbits are often frightened and lonely, and are vulnerable to predators including: feral cats, hawks, dogs, raccoons, and people. Your rabbit will be safest and happiest inside with you.
The bigger the enclosure the better. Make sure that the cage is at least 6 times the size of your rabbit stretched out in addition to room for hopping
around, lounging, a litterbox and some toys. We use large dogs pens.
Rabbit should never be on wire, because their feet can become sore and infected. Try sea grass mats, rags, and carpetjust make sure they do not eat and carpet. The sea grass can be chewed up and eaten.
Use plant-based litters, such as Cat Country Organic and Yesterdays News. DO NOT use either wood shavings or clay- based litters, such as Johnny
Cat. Both types can cause very serious illnesses in rabbits.
You may need more than one litterbox if your rabbit has run of the house. Set your rabbit up for success. Your rabbit will tend to pick a corner
Provide plenty of toys, such as untreated willow baskets to chew, hard plastic baby toys to toss around, wire cat balls to throw, mason jar lids to flip, and cardboard boxes for hiding and digging.
Allow AT LEAST 4 hours supervised out of cage time per day. Rabbits need lots of attention, playtime and exercise to stay happy and healthy.
Provide plenty of toys.
Make sure to bunny proof your home by covering electrical wires and removing other hazards, such as plants. Protect any furniture or items
you don't want chewed or damaged. Think of it as having a perpetual 2 year- old in your house.
Introduce new toys regularly.
In addition to any adoption fees, initial setup costs usually run between $75 to $125.00.
On-going expenses will range from $20+ per month.
Rabbit vet care can be expensive. Check-ups average $25- $55 per visit. In general, plan on a yearly check-up for healthy rabbits under 5 years old. Ask your vet about rabbits 5+ years old. Emergency vet care can easily run in the hundreds of dollars.
Private spay or neuter expenses typically range from $90 to $250 dollars. Adopting a rabbit who is already spayed or neutered from a shelter or rescue
group is MUCH easier and MUCH less expensive.
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