Being a pet owner is one of life’s most rewarding roles. Caring for an adorable, new baby bunny can be especially exciting, but also a but overwhelming. There are many care aspects to consider in order to keep your newborn bunny happy and healthy so you can all enjoy your new relationship. In this article we will discuss some basic tips to help you with your baby bunny care! Consider the following when planning your care routine for your new furry friend:
1: Give them a comfortable home
The space in which you keep your baby rabbit is very important. Think how important a cozy home is to you, and imagine that your bunny wants to feel the same way. The Rabbit House recommends that a cage be 12 square feet in area in order to house the necessary items and give your baby bunny enough space to roam. The cage should be in a safe and protected area away from other pets if you have them. For the first 2 weeks, it’s also important to have a nesting box for the baby bunny (Raising Rabbits). The box will mimic their natural burrowing habitat and make them most comfortable in their growing weeks. Cages should be cleaned frequently to avoid bacterial issues.
For the first few weeks, baby bunnies should be fed milk. Goat milk or kitten milk replacement are preferable to cows’ milk (MyBunny). After those few weeks, the bunnies can be introduced to solid food. The House Rabbit Society says that “A rabbit’s diet should be made up of good quality pellets, fresh hay (timothy, other grass hays, or oat hay), water and fresh vegetables”. In the young ages, they should still only have nibbles of hay and pellets in addition to milk. After 7 weeks they can have unlimited hay and pellets, and after 12 weeks they can start eating raw vegetables (The House Rabbit Society).
3: Disease Prevention
Some common ailments seen in rabbits are respiratory infections (“snuffles”), overgrown teeth, uterine tumors, viral diseases carried by insects, and hairballs (VetWest). Disease prevention can be simple if you exercise proper baby bunny care. Veterinarians recommend a good diet, vaccinations, and regular vet visits in order to check on the health of your pet bunny (VetWest). Doing these routinely and keeping a close eye on your bunny can help avoid serious threats to their health.
4: Proper Handling
Baby rabbits are very delicate and handling them requires a lot of patience and gentleness. My House Rabbit advises that you never lift a baby rabbit by the ears, tail, limbs, or scruff because it can cause them discomfort and even injury. Moving slowly when approaching the rabbit helps, and supporting their hind legs makes them feel more comfortable (My House Rabbit). If your rabbit seems disturbed, perhaps try again later.
Just like humans, rabbits like to be entertained. Whether it’s socializing them with other bunnies or people, or supplying them with toys, rabbits like to be active. Avoid overstimulation in their early weeks, but once they start to grow it can be a great idea to provide some fun for them!
With these tips you are on your way to being a happy owner of a healthy new baby bunny!