Adopting a Rescued Rabbit

February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month! Bunnies are, as we all know, almost impossibly cute. These charming little furballs have lots of personality, and make very fun pets. Rabbits have different care needs than dogs and cats, however, so it’s important for new bunny owners to do some research. Here, a Riverside County, CA vet offers some tips on helping your new furry friend settle in.

Bunny Palace

Start by getting Floppy a big, comfortable cage with a solid floor. You’ll need to add a hidey-hole, water bottle, food dishes, and a safe, suitable substrate, such as aspen. (Note: avoid pine and cedar substrates, as they aren’t safe for bunnies.) A litterbox and hayrack are optional, but can be very helpful.


Good food is one of the cornerstones of great pet care. Floppy can have commercial food for her breakfast and dinner. This should be supplemented with fresh produce, such as carrots and cucumbers. It’s also important to make sure your bunny always has clean water and plenty of grass hay, such as Timothy hay. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including serving sizes, safe and unsafe foods, and suitable snacks.


Chew toys are very important for bunnies: if Floppy can’t chew to wear her teeth down, she could develop painful dental conditions. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine, as long as they are clean; nontoxic; and free of sharp edges, small parts, and coatings such as glitter or paint. (Tip: the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls make great bunny toys.)


Floppy will need time out of her cage every day. Some bunnyproofing is definitely in order! Block off open spaces behind and beneath furniture and cabinets, and remove small, personal items, like shoes and purses. Next, remove or protect baseboards, furniture legs, wires and cords, toxic plants, and any other potentially-dangerous items. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Rabbits need proper veterinary care, just like any other pet. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also want to get advice on training, grooming, and common signs of illness.


Give Floppy lots of attention, and play with her regularly. Bunnies need to feel loved, safe, and secure to truly be happy!

Do you have questions about your bunny’s care? Contact us! As your local Riverside County, CA animal clinic, we are here to help!

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