TAMPA - Bunnies are adorable especially around Easter, but they can be hard work! The SPCA stopped in to our studio Easter Sunday to introduce us to Miles and give us some tips about taking care of bunnies.
- First, bunnies are very furry - which also means they shed! You should brush your bunny once a week.
- Frontline shouldn't be used on rabbits - ever.
- A bath can be stressful for rabbits and is not recommended.
- Declawing is also not recommended for rabbits, though their nails should be checked every 6-8 weeks. A vet can clip them for you.
- Bunnies love to chew and dig so make sure you have toys for them! Bunnies love to play inside paper bags and cardboard boxes. They like to shred things, so give them an old phone book for that. They also like to dig, so you can give them boxes or baskets full of shredded paper like magazines or junk mail.
- Bunnies use their cage as their "nest" so make it an enjoyable space. Keep it stocked with baby toys and a synthetic sheepskin rug so they can get comfortable.
Your rabbit can easily be litter box trained! Make sure to use only straw pellet, paper based or compressed sawdust pellet litters. Some of these include Cat Country, Critter Country or Oxbow Eco-Straw, Feline Pine or Carefresh. Do not use clay or clumping litters.
Bunnies love their veggies! Here is a list of bunny food:
- Alfalfa and clover sprouts
- Carrots (of course!)
- Green beans
Note: Kale, mustard greens and spinach contain oxalates which can accumulate in the bunnies' systems over time. Make sure to limit them to 1 or 2 meals a week.
Finally, rabbits love to be active, so feel free to harness and walk your rabbit daily!
For more information head to SPCAfl.org.