Bunnies as Pets
A few things to know about bunnies as pets…
Bunnies are fragile at any age. They are highly sensitive animals of prey by nature.
Bunnies should NOT be picked up by the fur, ears, or limb. It can be dangerous for them and you, and more importantly, it HURTS them. As a prey animal, holding them correctly is SUPER important to make them feel safe.
Bunnies cannot be turned loose in a house or yard without supervision. We encourage you to bring your rabbit out for playtime often, but realize, rabbits can quickly snap a phone cord with their teeth, chew a baseboard, or squeeze between furniture. Plus, they move very quickly! Even certain types of plants or GRASS can hurt bunny tummies. Just like babies, rabbits should be introduced to new foods slowly and in small amounts. Supervision is always encouraged when out of their cage in your home or garden for their safety.
Bunnies can nip. Most of the time, they are NOT biting to be mean. You may smell nice, like a treat, or they may be trying to communicate with you. They may feel afraid. Biting from aggression is not ok, but bunnies can be nibblers. Watch their body language and learn the signs when your bunny is stressed or just exploring.
Bunnies have nails, and sometimes, they can accidentally scratch. Simply, keep their nails trimmed, just like any pet. Small cat clippers work great.
Bunny diet is vital. Healthy bunnies require proper feed, water, and hay to keep their digestive system on track.
Bunnies are master groomers and do not need baths, but they do shed like most pets. Very rarely, they need a smidge of help with a baby wipe or damp washcloth. However, once or twice per year, they molt. If you keep them indoors, you will help reduce shedding and minimize molting. A slicker brush or comb used for cats or small dogs works really well.
As adults, rabbits can show dominance, and if kept in groups, they can harm one another. It is harsh reality but true. Conduct lots of research before introducing more bunnies to your home.
If considering spaying or neutering your bunny, please conduct lots of research and consult a rabbit savvy vet. They live full, complete lives without any surgery. Dwarf breeds have an increased risk of surgical and anesthesia complications due to their small size and facial structure.
Bunnies have personalities. Some love to lick and cuddle. Some like to binky around the room and flop at your feet. Some prefer to stare at you from across the room. They are an exotic animal, even if they are adorable!