Happy rabbits are truly content with the way they are cared for. Do you really want to know if your bunny is having the best life possible? Do you want to make sure that he/she’s happy? Read on to find out how to truly care for your rabbit.
Before you even buy your bunny, make sure you can care for him. This is vital - every year, particularly around Easter, thousands of rabbits are carelessly abandoned once the "new bunny sheen" has gone. Make sure you are willing to pay for all the things a bunny will need. Remember, it's not just food and water; every day, your rabbit will need attention and friendship, exercise, stimulating toys, and more.
Make sure your bunny has attention throughout the day. If you won't be there most of the time, either reconsider getting a rabbit or make sure he has a friend, such as another rabbit. Guinea pigs are not ideal, as the rabbit may bully them, scaring the poor little piggy. Make sure when you have a child hold the rabbit, make sure they don't drop it!
Make sure everyone in the family wants a rabbit.It's not really fair for anyone if your father absolutely detests rabbits.
Make sure he will get stimulation, playtime and exercise every day. It's no good thinking "Oh I'll do it tomorrow" because your bunny needs attention now. He has no concept of tomorrow, or yesterday, or later - he lives in the here and now. Besides, a bored bunny is an unhappy bunny, and an unhappy bunny is an unhealthy bunny. Rabbits are wonderful to play with.
Make sure you are willing to work on building a bond with him.It will take a while. Rabbits are incredibly shy little creatures and at times you may think it's not worth it - but the moment when bunny finally licks your hand is a magical sensation, and it will suddenly be every bit worth it.
Make sure you are aware of all his needs. He needs food, water, exercise, play, stimulation, grooming, medications, friendship and a good home. Also, make sure you are aware that he/she may well need a lot of medication. Vaccinations, spaying/neutering and check-ups are essential. Yes, you may want a lot of cute little baby bunnies, but it's not worth it. Uncastrated male bunnies will be aggressive, territorial and spray everywhere, and female bunnies will probably have several litters a year if allowed to come in contact with unspayed male rabbit, as well as the added health risks. Vaccinations are usually needed, however, if you live in a country where rabies is not present, that isn't so important, though vaccinations against other conditions should be researched.
Get used to characteristics and routines. If they ever change, take him to a vet, as rabbits usually show very little sign of being ill until it is too late. Rabbits, having evolved as prey animals, are very reluctant about revealing weaknesses, as such bunnies would have been killed by predators fairly quickly, so the slightest change may be indicative of a problem.
Research, research, research! Make sure you know what temperatures are best for rabbits, what hay is safest, what equipment is necessary, what the measurements and features of the hutch should be, and far, far more.