Rabbit Husbandry

Cage/substrate/furniture: Most rabbits should be housed in an enclosure made of stainless steel, durable plastic, or glass. It should be easy to clean and well ventilated. Part of the floor bottom should be covered with a washable towel or piece of plexiglass to prevent sores from developing on their feet due to the wire cage bottom (a wireless bottom is preferred). The cage should be cleaned daily as poor sanitation can also cause sores to develop as well as predispose them to other health issues. Recommended bedding includes carefresh or a recycled newspaper. Cedar and pine shavings have been found to be a respiratory irritant in small mammals. You can also provide a small or corner litter box as many rabbits are easy to litter train. A hiding spot or some form of shelter should also be available in case your pet needs some quiet time or wants to feel secure.

Food/Water: Make sure the diet is fresh and has not been stored for a long period of time. We do not recommend buying food from a bulk container as it is difficult to know the freshness and quality. Cedar Creek recommends fresh timothy hay and pellets for your rabbits diet. The amount of pellets depends on the age of the rabbit. Supplements are not usually needed if you have a healthy rabbit and are feeding a high quality diet. Treats are not a necessary part of your pet’s diet, but can be given in moderation as too much can cause your rabbit to have loose stools. Fresh water in a water bottle or heavy dish, which cannot be tipped over should be provided.

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