Spring is a great time to welcome a new pet into your family. Rabbits are very common and agreeable pets in our area and make great companions. Unlike some other common pets, however, rabbits have specific needs for their health and happiness.
Here are some tips for rabbit care to adopt for first-time or even experienced rabbit owners!
Give your rabbit a nice home.
Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital supports the idea that rabbits should have a high standard of indoor living. Rabbits that live outdoors are exposed to many different dangers, such as coyotes (which are common in our area) and high summer temperatures (which they don’t handle well). We recommend creating a safe, comfortable space in your home for your rabbit pet, such as a large cage without a wire bottom, or letting him or her roam your home after training them to use a little box (which is quite common).
Be prepared with rabbit amenities.
Like every pet, food and water aren’t the only things that make for a happy pet! In addition to food and water, we recommend providing grass hay, chew toys, a litter box and snacks such as fruit. Keep your rabbit stimulated with play and switching up the routine. Make sure to socialize with them daily – mornings and evenings are best since these pets usually sleep during the day.
Schedule routine veterinary check-ups.
Like any pet, rabbits require veterinary exams and medical care to remain healthy! At Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians are experienced with special rabbit care and would be happy to help make your rabbit owning experience the best possible!
On average, when properly cared for, a rabbit can make a wonderful family companion for around 10 years. If you’re looking to add a rabbit friend to your family, let us know how we can help! There are many local shelters that have rabbits available for adoption and we would love to help find the right one for your family.