Raising Animals

Rabbit Care: 8 Ways to Properly Care for Your Pet Rabbit

This post may contain affiliate links and/or it may have been sponsored content. Please view our policy page for more details.

More than half of American households own a pet.  Although dogs are the most popular, 14 million of those pets are smaller animals. When you're looking for a small pet that forms deep bonds with its owners, a bunny rabbit is a perfect fit. Rabbits are a great little addition to your family life, but they're also a big responsibility. Before taking the leap into purchasing a rabbit, you should be aware of what's involved in rabbit care. These are the 8 rabbit care items you should be prepared for when you're buying your rabbit.

Has your family just welcomed a new rabbit? There's a lot you need to know about giving proper rabbit care, so read on to learn more.

8 Rabbit Care Tips

When choosing your rabbit, there are many pure and even mixed breeds to choose from. Most rabbits live between 8 and 12 years, so having a rabbit is more than a hobby. Know that you'll be providing the below care for at least that long.

Adequate Room

There are rabbits that are bred to live outside and those that are bred to be indoors. But whether you choose an indoor or outdoor rabbit, you'll need to ensure you provide them adequate room to hop, stretch, and play. Rabbits that don't have enough room to display their natural behavior develop a bad temper and become difficult to handle.
Depending on the size of your rabbit, you may choose from a bunny condo, puppy pen, or a rabbit cage. You might also consider allowing them to live and move freely in a bunny-proofed room or large outdoor pen. If you're keeping your bunny rabbit outdoors, the hutch should be big enough that your rabbit can stand on its hind legs.
But remember that you have to let them out of their pen every day for exercise. Make sure they have a bunny-proofed area to roam about and play. Cover any exposed cables and remove any houseplants that they might eat.
Has your family just welcomed a new rabbit? There's a lot you need to know about giving proper rabbit care, so read on to learn more.

Spend Time with Your Rabbit

Because they crave companionship, it's important that you spend quality time with your rabbit. Every day, take your rabbit out of their pen and play with them for at least 3 hours. If you can't be with your rabbit that often, you should consider getting another rabbit to keep them company.

Proper Bedding

Your rabbits' bedding should be checked on a daily basis. When the bedding has been soiled, it should be changed as soon as possible. This is especially important in warm weather when flies are prone to laying their eggs in soiled bedding more quickly.

Proper bedding consists of bagged straw that you can buy at most pet shops. But you may also choose to litter train your rabbit, which will make cleanup much easier.

In order to do so, identify the spot where your rabbit most often uses the bathroom. Place a litter tray with rabbit-safe litter in that spot. It should be big enough for them to be comfortable and short enough for them to crawl into.

Feeding Your Rabbit

Your rabbit needs plenty of fresh water, which you should be changing every day. For food, your rabbit needs a mix of hay and veggies and/or pellets.

About 75% of your rabbits' diet should consist of hay. Adult rabbits can be fed grass hay or oat hay. Baby rabbits should only be fed alfalfa hay.

You can also offer your rabbit a selection of nutritious veggies and fruits. The best fruit and vegetables for rabbits include spinach, broccoli, carrots, apples, watercress, celery, and dandelion leaves.

Another option for feeding your rabbit is rabbit food or pellets. Pellets are formulated with all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your rabbit needs. They should be used in conjunction with an ample supply of fresh hay.


Similar to cats, rabbits clean and wash. Although they keep themselves relatively well-groomed, you still need to brush your rabbit regularly.

Grooming becomes especially important during shedding cycles. At least twice per year, your rabbit requires extra brushing. If you don't remove the excess hair, your bunny rabbit can ingest it and suffer digestive problems.


Without time for play and exercise, your rabbit gets bored. They need mental stimulation in the form of rolling toys, cardboard tubes and castles, phone books, and other forms of rabbit entertainment. Make sure your rabbit has plenty to play with inside and outside of their pen.

Don’t Scare Your Rabbit

Rabbits are prey animals that are often hunted from above. For this reason, approaching them from above might scare them.

Every rabbit will be different in terms of how easily they scare and how you can make them feel more comfortable. It'll take some time to get to know your rabbit and the best way for you to approach them.

You should also keep in mind that most rabbits don't like to cuddle for long periods. Your rabbit might nip you to let you know when they've had enough cuddling and hugging.

A Good Veterinarian

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of rabbit care is having a great veterinarian who can make recommendations along the way. Your vet should have lots of experience with small animals, which require different care than bigger pets like dogs and cats.

Is Your Family Ready for a Pet?

Rabbits are much smaller creatures than cats and dogs but rabbit care involves just as much thought and work as caring for a larger pet. Your rabbit requires space, grooming, and a lot of attention. And in order to care for your rabbit in the best way, you'll need some time to get to know them and their particular behavioral needs.

When it comes to pets, kids, homes, and all things family, we have you covered. Check out our family life blog for more tips and advice that make your home a happier one.


Choosing an Essay Writing Service to Make Your Academic Life Easier

There’s often a stigma around students using an essay writing service....

In our technology-driven world, it's hard to know when to get your kids' cell phones. Here are five reasons to buy your child a smartphone.
5 Reasons to Buy your Child a Smartphone

Smartphones are both one of the most useful things available to...

Take these steps for learning how to cope with injury and learning to move on and live life to the fullest.
Coping with Injury – How To Move On and Live Life to the Fullest

Physical injury can be life-changing, especially for those who had an...

Sometimes it's hard to tell if getting a dog is the next logical step for your family. Here are five signs that your family is ready for having a canine family member.
5 Signs Getting A Dog Is The Next Logical Step For Your Family

You know what they say, ‘the house is not a home...

Taking the time to make sensible financial decisions in your life this year will benefit you now and in your future. Learn these tips today!
Make Sensible Financial Decisions in Your Life This Year

We could all stand to make better financial decisions and get...

Strains Of Life And How You Can Overcome Them

Life is one big rollercoaster isn’t it? When you are younger...

In many homes, living from paycheck to paycheck has become the norm. Here are some tips to fix the paycheck to paycheck lifestyle.
4 Strides to Take to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

The recent government shutdown was the longest in United States history....

Even when the worst happens, the world keeps turning and you’ll find that you still need to keep up with financial commitments you’re tied into. Here are some tips for dealing with your finances during difficult times. Are you using any of these tips?
Dealing With Your Finances During Difficult Times

Life isn’t always as straightforward as we might like it to...

Bathroom remodeling can come with many unexpected things. Here are four bathroom remodel no-nos to avoid doing.
4 Bathroom Remodel No-Nos

There are some areas in the home where we rarely venture,...

With the busy lives, we all keep, it's sometimes best to outsource tasks. These are home maintenance jobs you shouldn't feel bad outsourcing.
Home Maintenance Jobs You Shouldn’t Feel Bad Outsourcing

When your home is in a perpetual state of chaos, you...

Be sure that you aren't missing these areas from your spring cleaning routine. Are you hitting all of these spots while you're cleaning?
Are You Missing These Areas from Your Spring Cleaning Routine?

If you would like to make the most out of your...

Using paint to spruce up the home can truly transform it with little cost. Here are some tips to get the most from using this technique!
Using Paint To Spruce Up The Home

Now that we are entering a new season, it is the...

You can be a professional transcriber and work your hours from the comfort of your home. Learn more here!
Become a Professional Transcriber and Work Your Hours

For five years straight I wandered the world as a full...

Marketing is a must for any business. Here is a unique method to promoting your home-based business without breaking the bank.
Promoting Your Home-Based Business Without Breaking the Bank

While working from home can be great, there are downsides too,...

Top Blogging Courses by Professional Bloggers from a bloggers point of view who has tried them all. Have you taken these blogging courses?¯
Top Blogging Courses by Professional Bloggers

One of the first questions I get when I tell others...

Learn how to make running your business and parenting work for you by using these tips. Which ones do you use already?
How To Make Running Your Business and Parenting Work for You

Have a Block Schedule System One of the things you can...

Get your family ready to watch the UGLYDOLLS family movie this weekend. Learn more about it here!
UGLYDOLLS Family Movie May Change Society

We live in a society where a person’s appearance is one...

DUMBO movie is coming to life. Learn more about this movie and a bit of information about myself here.
DUMBO New Edition Releases Soon

One of my favorite movies growing up was DUMBO. I was...

Learn more about the new Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase movie and enter to win your own copy. This wholesome family movie will be well liked by all.
Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase Review and Giveaway

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of...