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The Great Big New Rabbit Care Guide - Almost Everything You Need To Know About Taking Care Of Your New Bunny

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So you have a new pet rabbit! Congratulations! This could be the start of a relationship that may span up to 10 + years. There are a great deal of misconceptions about rabbit keeping however, and these articles are designed to give new rabbit owners the basic facts they need to keep their rabbits happy and healthy.

This is by no means a comprehensive guide, but you should be able to find the answers to your basic queries here. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to leave them in the comments box at the bottom, and I will do my best to answer them for you, or point you in the right direction.

What To Feed Your Rabbit

A good place to start, what do rabbits eat? You might think you know, but if lettuce is on that list, you don't, so read this before you go putting anything in the rabbit's cage that he or she might eat.

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What NOT To Feed Your Rabbit

There are a great deal of things that you shouldn't feed a rabbit owing to their rather sensitive digestive systems. This is a must read for new rabbit owners, as many of the foods that have traditionally been regarded as "rabbit foods" are in fact, poisonous to bunnies.

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Litter Training Your Bunny

This is a great one for any rabbit owner who wants to have their rabbit indoors with them. On average, rabbits take to litter training much quicker than cats and dogs, so read up here on how you can have a nice clean addition to your family life.

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What Litter To Use

Speaking of litter, here's a hub that deals with various types of litter. Some of the commercially available types of litter are actually poisonous and/ or potentially lethal to rabbits, so you're going to want to get this one right.

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How To Bunny Proof Your Home

If your rabbit is going to be indoors, you need to take the time to make sure your house is safe for your bunny, and your house is safe from your bunny. These tips will get you off to a good start.

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Desexing Your Rabbit - Why is it important?

In many areas of the world it is almost unheard of to desex a rabbit. This article tells you why you absolutely should have your rabbit desexed.

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How To Get Your Rabbit To Like You

Your rabbit is probably pretty timid and shy. If you're having trouble getting along with your new rabbit, this is a hub that may help.

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How To Handle Your Rabbit

Handling is very important if your rabbit is to become friendly, and also for situations such as vet visits and grooming.

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How To Trim Your Rabbit's Nails

Your rabbit's nails are going to need to be trimmed on a regular basis. Here's how to do it.

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How To Discipline Your Rabbit

What to do when your bunny does those naughty things that bunnies sometimes do.

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Comments

Kelli on September 02, 2012:

I see tons of unanswered questions here. Check out my Hub Page for answers or check out the House Rabbit Society. Feel free to e-mail me @ iheart421@gmail.com or text me at 931627-9821 and I will be more than happy to answer some of these questions. They are essential to rabbit ownership, and it concerns me to see so many without reply. Not trying to be rude, but @Layla, you need to respect your parents' wishes because you do not NEED a rabbit. They have their reasons and you should respect that. You may have the money to buy the rabbit, but you still will have to support him/her for up to ten or more years and those emergency vet bills are usually over $200. Think about that when you're deciding whether or not you can keep a rabbit yourself.

PandaJenn on August 12, 2012:

Hi I just got a Giant Chincilka Rabbit today from a friend he is 2 years old my question is when I put him in his cage at night should I cover his cage? because me and my boyfriend like to keep our room freezing when we sleep and I don't want him to freeze to death.

Sribu on June 01, 2012:

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Layla on April 29, 2012:

I have the same problem as tush I am 11 years old and I've been begging for a rabbit for just under 2 years I have money because it was my Confo 4 days ago how do I let my parents let me buy one. (my mam is allergic so that's a problem but I don't cre I need a rabbit!!)

What? on April 26, 2012:

Really Faith? We love our bunnies there is no need to write statements like this...did you see the question from the 12 year old? Nice.

skyler on April 25, 2012:

my cousin is pregnant and she is on bed rest so my mom bought her a bnny named nibbles and apparenty she is allergic to the cute thing we have 1 cat 2dogs 3 fish 8 chickens my dad don't want another animal but this an emergency and my mom is working on talking him into it and we also have 2 sugar gliders do yall know what those are and 2 mice wich you can train it is easy it is 123 done!!!

evan on April 21, 2012:

i hav a bunny bu t i don't know how to clip the nails. any tips?

tish on March 26, 2012:

i want a bunny badly i am 11 years old and i am very responsible but my parents won't agree can you give me some tips on how i can make my parents agree on getting a pet?

Hii on February 26, 2012:

My rabbits willy is bleeding and he is 1 year old now, it looks like jelly , a dark red, what is this?

Jessica on February 15, 2012:

How much do the RSPCA do for spaying? Personally i think they should do it for free if they want the best for animals.

Me Again on January 25, 2012:

DO you guys know a good website??:)

bunny! on January 13, 2012:

I'm getting a bunng soon, but im putting a guinea pig in with it, i just wanna know if there is anything i really need to know?

rabbit46 on October 22, 2011:

hi.. and im gonna buy gonna buy a rabbit what would i buy to or one?? and female(s) or male(s)? please answer this..

lemmonade on August 14, 2011:

i just got a bunny. his name is mr.monk lol. he's very good doesn't trust me yet though hahah. but the breeder i got him from use theys frosted falcks for treats how many of thoughs could he be givin a day?

Thumper9 on June 06, 2011:

I'm getting a bunny in 2 weeks and we have one very playfull labroudor age 3 will they get along?

KEBCOOKIE on May 23, 2011:

My bunny was in its pen outside and then my dad came into the garden with the big lawn mower and then Cookie(my bunny)started running round in circles when she heard the sound(of the lawn mower).Now shes breathing heavily and her heart is beating very fast.What do i do???

I'm scared my bunny will die or have a heart attack in the night.PLEASE!!Help,thnx

KEBCOOKIE on May 23, 2011:

My bunny was in its pen outside and then my dad came into the garden with the big lawn mower and then Cookie(my bunny)started running round in circles when she heard the sound(of the lawn mower).Now shes breathing heavily and her heart is beating very fast.What do i do???

Danni and lola on May 16, 2011:

I have a mini plush lop named Lola who is almost one. I got her spayed a fortnight ago and prior to this she was so cuddly and placid, never destructive, it was only the fact that she would circle me all night long once her hormones kicked in that I decided to get her fixed. Now however she is ripping up carpet and chewing holes in everything. She also had a persistent urge to dig and won't stop. She isn't very cuddly anymore and has all of a sudden started nipping which she NEVER did before I got her spayed. Any advice on all the new and not so great behavior?

christian on May 14, 2011:

Me and my family got a bunney from petco its a great bunny hes mellow and i named him snickers we don't have him yet because we are bunny proofing our house we got alote of wires and stuff shuled i just use cardbored or something??

Kenna on April 18, 2011:

I am and ARBA member. I also have a ridiculously cute bunny who loves attention she has those eyes that say that she did not do anything wrong.

Chloe on March 19, 2011:

Hi, I don't have a bunny but my dad said he will get me one. I am realy excited for it! I also have a bunny that lives in my back yard under my shed and I want to feedit soooo... I looked up:"what do bunnys eat?". And I found this!

Thank You!

Hugsabugs on March 17, 2011:

Dear Joe,

Cungratz I'm very glad you are interested in rabbits! I know that if you have never had a bunny before this will be a large adjustment fit you. Bunnys are very fragil creatchers who can easily hurt them selfs, you must be very careful picking them up ( put one hand under the rabbits bottom and one around it's torso). Also never yell at or hit your bunny the can be screarrd to deth or be afraid of you the have great memories. But I'm not here to talk you out if one but to help you! :) I like Dutch rabbits they are not to small so they will be slightly tigger then other rabbits but the are not do large they are hard to mess with the tend to have good personalitys and like there person to play with them. ( I her had to Dutch mixes) Also a menie Rex tend to have the same qualities. You also need to decide boy it girl. girls can be teratoriel an moody guys spray and can be aggressive I have had a boy rabbit and a girl and have had no problems out of them but that's not always the case. Having them spayed or neutered can fix there problems. Also where you get them. If you get one from a pet shop I would say get one from a small one that the people who take care of the animals care because it's there income that depends on it not a large one like Petco or petsmart. Also check the other pets there are they healthy it there dead fish or algy in the fishtanks does the place smell? Ask the people there questions about the rabbits Hiw old are they they should bit bethere if they ate younger the 7 or 8 weeks. Make sure that know the sex of the rabbits its often hard to tell if it's young. Aldo never get a rabbit with out YOU holding it first just because it dies well with the store owner dies not mean it will with you some rabbits take a dislikeing to a person and nobody knows why. Have fun with ur bunny, sing to it hold it pet it you can even teach it tricks!! Make sure you give it lots of love!! Hope I helped :)

joe on January 25, 2011:

im 11 years old and my parents say i can have a bunny.im just not quite shure what kind of rabbit i should get.i have everything i need but the bunny ... any sujestions??

my bUnNIe on December 14, 2010:

i just got a new bunny and it is hurt on its little dum its black and all weird (if you touch it he jumps)please try to just try to help

my bUnNIe on December 14, 2010:

i just got a new bunny and it is hurt on its little dum its black and all weird (if you touch it he jumps)please try to just try to help

my bUnNIe on December 14, 2010:

i just got a new bunny and it has its on her dum her and its all black what should id i feel worrid please help (feel helpless)

ashley on November 01, 2010:

im confused... a lot of pple say lettace is fine and a lot of people say its is then others say only a little...

should i just not feed it to the new baby bunnie im getting?

Chels on October 31, 2010:

About two or three weeks ago, my daughter and I welcomed our new bunny, Thumper, into our family. He's still pretty skittish so we've moved his cage (a large dog kennel) into the living room instead of in my bedroom. The cats have taken to him alright, but he's still not allowed out of his cage unless the cats are in the back room. I've been having many questions on the feeding and behavioral characteristics of rabbits and all of your posts have answered all of my questions that I can think of off the top of my head. I'm so glad I found these posts and thanks for the info! It was a big help!

emilie on October 25, 2010:

why should i desex by bunbun my vet who is wonderful has tons of rabbits die because of that so if it s wonderful then why does it kill them

Rona *(not my real name)* on September 09, 2010:

Hi . Um, I have a few bunnies, and me and my father built a pin for them outside. and i have been having some problems with them, because they keep digging and digging themselves out, all though i keep going to catch them, and covering up the holes, they keep digging it again. i was thinking of moving them inside, but i wouldn't want to smell it. and i don't want to leave them outside either, because, raccoons and stuff come out at night, and i don't want my bunnies to get out at night. i know it's normal for bunnies to dig, and dig all the time. but, i want to no away to stop them. is it because i don't feed them enough? or is it just because they don't no what is out there? and they think its better? so far, i had to catch 2 baby bunnies, and 6 bigger ones. and each time i go to pick them up, they kick there back legs, and scar up my writs. and i don't want to look like I'm "EMO" or anything. but i don't want my bunnies to just run away. and i don't want to keep on catching them daily, either.

is there any way that i can like stop them from digging themselves out ? because id really like to no the best ways to stop them from digging themselves out! i want to keep them.

BOO!! on September 09, 2010:

HI.

i've having some problems with my two bunnies, they've been... being naughty. A lot. and i don't no what to do, because i really don't want to look after even more bunnies! it's hard enough watching after my two bunnies, making sure they don't get out abd stuff. And yea. Can you help me?

PLLLEEEAASEE? :)

HA! LIKE ID TELL U MY EFFIN NAME !!! on September 09, 2010:

hello ! my bunnies have just hAD some babies, and my dad said there was two. but we've only been seeing one, does thaAT MEan the other one is .. gone?

Kayla. on September 09, 2010:

OK. So, your telling me that I can't fed my bunny lettuce? but i always feed them lettuce, and they have no problem pooping. and id just like to know, how is lettuce bad for a bunny ?????

sara on September 09, 2010:

hi. i have 15 bunnies, and they keep getting out . and i was wondering if there's any way to train then to stop getting out ?

carl on July 09, 2010:

i have a 5 mounth old rabbit who drinks a lot of water could someone tell me how much they are meant to drink please.

Ashley on June 17, 2010:

ok , I've been feeding lettuce to my bunnies for over 3 years now and every baby we've had and every new bunny we've had have always had and liked lettuce. I used two feed my buns a hole head of green leaf lettuce every other night!!!! So tell me how lettuce is not good for my bund if mine are perfectly healthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Betty on June 04, 2010:

I didn't see anything about bedding for bunnies.... Might have missed it though with all the abundance of information... What kind of bedding do you recommend? Also what should I avoid?

julia on May 21, 2010:

what do bunnys like too eat

Cj on April 23, 2010:

I have two male rabbits, 1 of them (Busta)has just turned 7 years old the other(Bugsy) has just turned 6.

They are both extremely well trained & respond to me very well (which I am more than pleased with!)

& they are both loving towards me.

Neither of them have been neutered. Due to this I can't get them out at the same time as I know they'll fight, however they both play with my 4 cats well.

Busta has always had moments where he gets randy but overvthe past 6-8 months this has got a lot worse. I spoke to my vet about this 2 years ago originally & we discussed the possibility of himbeing neutered - which I've not wanted to have done in case it changes his personality or ways. Plus my vet (who I've used for 7 years) has said it may not even make any difference!

However , it's got to the stage now that if I open the door on his hutch just to stroke him he gets turned on/randy, if I pick him up again he gets turned on & tries to hump my chest , if input him down on the floor to run around the garden - he continuously circles me & if I keep still for long enough he tries to either climb my leg to hump it or humps my shoe, & if my cats (or any of the neighbours cats come onto the garden he tries to hump them too.

Now even though my cats have patience when this happens I don't want them to get pestered & end up snapping/hurting my rabbit!

It's all good & well taking my cats inside so that my rabbits can get their exercise on the garden but the problem is that there are 18 cats in total that live in our cul-de sac/street & it's near impossible to keep themoffmy garden!!!

All the cats leave Busta alone/ leave him to geg on with what he's doing but as soon as he sees one of them he's chasing then round the garden, & when he catches up with them he jumps on their backs & tries humping away at them (which they clearly don't want!)

do you have any suggestions please?

Don't get me wrong it's nice the way Busta loves me/bonds with me & I wouldn't change that for anything , but surely it ain't normal for a rabbit to get turned on so much by his owner (just by being near/ or stroking them . . . Can it???)

Yesterday after Busta had tried humping me again & again I put him back into his hutch & left him fir half hour whilst I ate my tea. When I returned ti the garden I checked him over as I do on a daily basis ( again he got turned on) as his penis erected I noticed the colour of it had gone from a light pinkish colour to a dark red. I took a close look & saw what looked like blood/jelly. But when I attempted to bathe it the blood did not wipe away onto the wipe. I've checked regularly throughout the night & he's been totally. I've checked his penis- ; the blood (which looked like jelly) that was on the end has gone but is penis is still the same shade of dark red!

Do you think by him constantly trying to hump things has had this affect ?

AMY on April 07, 2010:

i just got a baby bunny and i want to return it beacause they need hard work. i hate it when they pee and poop everywhere.what a big mess.

Sussan on March 13, 2010:

This is so comprehensive! good work

FAITH BENTLEY on March 11, 2010:

I LIKE EATING BUNNIES! YUM YUM, VERY GOOD WITH CHEESE DIP.

Mckayla on January 10, 2010:

please help!!My parents wont let me get a bunny. im 11 years old??

Edie on December 23, 2009:

Katlyn when i 1st got my Rabbit the breader i got him from told me not to let him hope around...mainly for the reason that they will find somewhere to hind and will not want to be picked up or cuddles...My advice is to get a blanket or towl put it on your lap and let your rabbit cuddle up to you...give it lots of pats and kisses and when it feels compfortable enough it will fall asleep..that's what i did with my rabbit...his 7 months old now and LOVES people

Hope my adivce helps :) Let me know!

katlyn gibson on December 22, 2009:

HELP!! i just got my rabbit for xmas but it ia scared of me it keeps going under the couch when i let him explore shall i cover up the bottom please help

p.s i live in warrington wa2 8ag my name is of corse katlyn gibson in orford im 11 years old

jenni04usa on November 30, 2009:

There are a lot of writings on here about rabbit and bunny owners, and I have a question if *anyone* can help. I'm a new rabbit owner. He is a Flemish giant Rabbit and he is litter box trained. I have only had him for 9 days but he took to the litter box very fast and it was easy. My question is...When ever he gets a chance where I'm not looking at him, he runs to the couch and poops and pees on it. Even if he's just gone to the litter box. I tried blocking him from the couch and it just makes him mad. How do I stop him from using the couch, and just using the littler box?

dana on October 03, 2009:

I just read your what to feed and not feed. You contradict yourself about feeding broccoli (which i don't), but you say absolutely not to but then in your other paragraph you say in small amounts broccoli can be a snack. Using your quote about not eating arsenic in small amounts, why would you feed broccoli in small amounts? Just dan observation, maybe you should proof things before confusing new bunny owners? Sorry to sound like a bitch but I've been a bunny owner for the past ten years and work for a bunny rescue.

Soll on September 03, 2009:

im 12 years old

i have a bunny but i have no idea how to take care of it.

and my parents think its my job to take care of it!

could you help me?

Carma on August 19, 2009:

bunnyluver they clean there self you just need to trim there nails never give them baths it will put them in a stage of shock and you don't want that but if you do put alittle bit of water and a tub with a towel at the bottom of the tub with veryvery soft soap and also they sell stuff to clean your bunny at the per stores

Carma on August 19, 2009:

Anna yes, you should let your bunny out 4 hours aday.

would you want to be stuck in a little room all day and not get to moe much NO! bunnies are like cats in ways love to run around and play they dream hiss gowel smack and everything. SO ya have fun with it :)

Emma on July 20, 2009:

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dave on May 05, 2009:

my rabbit is ridicolous but a cute rabbit who always make me happy

Anna on April 05, 2009:

I have a pet bunny, I also have two dogs that LOVE bunnies, not in a good way. I always make sure to keep them as far away from the bunny as possible, and it's working out fine. I was just wondering if your bunny needs exercise once in a while. True?

bunnyluver on April 03, 2009:

im having a hard time grooming my rabbits. any tips?

Carlene on March 22, 2009:

I have a small shitzu/ yorkie mix that's obsessed with my bunny. Is it ok to let them hang out? The dog is very protective of our bunny and wont let the cats come near. Can they be friends?

blaker on February 07, 2009:

How do i bath my rabbit or can i even give it a bath. i realy need to know he is getting stinky.

someone on January 26, 2009:

awsome!

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