House rabbits have the title of the third most popular pet, after dogs and cats, in the United States and the United Kingdom. Rabbits, including dwarf rabbits, can be good pets, but they are also high-maintenance, requiring a lot of care, love and attention, so carefully consider if a house rabbit is the right pet for you before adopting one.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Large exercise pen or cage (no wire bottom)
- High-quality timothy hay or orchard grass
- High-quality timothy hay-based pellets
- Fresh greens (parsley, Romaine lettuce, dandelion greens)
- Treats (baby carrot, small piece of banana or apple)
- Chewing materials (phone books, toilet paper or paper towel rolls)
- Large litter box
- Non-clumping cat litter/wood stove pellets
- Toys (baby keys)
Set up your dwarf rabbit's new home as a large exercise pen or a large cage (the bigger the better). Provide a litter box, with wood pellets or non-clumping cat litter.
Give your dwarf rabbit access to plenty of fresh hay at all times. Dwarf rabbits under 6 months can have unlimited pellets, while those over 6 months should be given 1/4 cup of pellets each day.
Give your dwarf rabbit a minimum of 2 cups of vegetables per day. You also can give him a small baby carrot or a small piece of banana or apple daily as a treat.
Provide your house rabbit with plenty of toys, such as old phone books and toilet paper rolls (ideal for chewing) and plastic baby keys.
Give your rabbit a box that she can hide in, climb on and chew. Boxes are an ideal place to hide when a rabbit is scared, and they are a great source of entertainment.
Ensure your rabbit has at least four hours of exercise time out of his cage or pen each day. Make sure phone wires, computer wires and other wires are out of reach before you let your bunny out. Dwarf rabbits, like all rabbits, love to chew.
Make an appointment with a rabbit-savvy vet to have your rabbit spayed or neutered.
Tips and warnings
- Dwarf rabbits, like all house rabbits, are sociable animals who crave attention, so spend plenty of time with your rabbit and give him lots of attention.
- House rabbits are high-maintenance pets that require specialised care. You must pay close attention to your dwarf rabbit to catch any signs that he may be sick. Because rabbits are prey animals, they will hide their illnesses, often until it is too late, so you must be in tune with your rabbit's personality.
- Rabbits require the care of exotic vets. Many vets who see dogs and cats do not specialise in rabbits.
- Vet care can be costly.