How to Have a Happy Bunny... on Easter!

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Learn all the important factors to help ensure your rabbit is happy!

Step 1: Give Your Rabbit a Nice Place to Live.

Give your rabbit a large living space with enough room to hop around during the day while you are gone. Rabbits require a hutch, or cage, with an adequate food and water supply. If kept outside they require shelter from extreme weather conditions.

Step 2: Give Your Rabbit Lots of Places to Explore.

It is important for rabbits to be able to hop around and explore different spaces. Rabbits like to hang out under tables, chairs, shelves, corners, and various tight spaces.

Step 3: Get Your Rabbit Toys to Play With!

Rabbits love to chew. They will chew on anything they can get to! Therefore it is important to give them various chew toys. If you do not provide them with things to chew then they will eventually find their way to your favorite chair!

Step 4: Give Your Rabbit Lots of Affection.

Rabbits love to be loved. Show them you care by giving them an occasional scratch on the nose!

Step 5: Keep in Mind That Your Rabbit Is a Rabbit.

Rabbits will dig, chew, and poo. Do not try to stop them from these behaviors. Rabbits are also known for their cleanliness and it is normal to expect that they will spend much of their day grooming themselves.

Step 6: Get Your Rabbit a Friend!

Rabbits get lonely. They are accustomed to living in small groups, so getting your rabbit a companion will enhance its living experience.

Step 7: Do Not Exploit Your Rabbit on Easter!

Rabbits are not toys and do not enjoy being put into tiny baskets!!

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    An VillainxZCodmaNZx

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    they are easy if you know how to take care of them, ours eat weeds and live in an outdoor enclosure except in winter when they live in the basement, food is free, and cages are not much money, if you want, you can get a wire-bottom cage and set them on your lawn in a weedy spot to munch the weeds, but if you bring them inside, use a plastic-bottomed cage with cedar shavings, you can also feed them weeds (they will not eat what is not good for them) in the spring, summer, and fall, in the winter however, they eat pellets and alfalfa because there are no weeds left. you can pick up a nice rabbit outfit (toys, cage, cedar, and water bottle) for about 20-30$. some enjoy cuddling (lops, netherland dwarfs, rex's.) some do not, (lionheads, some mixes.)

    "They will not eat what is not good for them." We have used both cedar and pine shavings and the rabbits have shown no ill effects from either.

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    ccooper-burkeAn Villain

    Reply 3 years ago

    This is a dangerous mistake to make. They will, index, eat things that will harm them - right down to electric woes that are plugged in. Cedar is toxic to rabbits. Don't take my word for it - but don't take An Villian's word for it, either. If you aren't sure, consult with a vet who specializes in exotics - specifically. Don't go to just any dog & cat vet, either. There are many things that non-specialist vets simply don't always know (I'm not knocking non-specialists - but I don't go to a general practitioner, if I need a neuro-surgeon, either). Please, don't buy a bunny for Easter. Get the little ones studies or candy, or some other toy bunny. A rabbit is a 10 year commitment, and they eat, chew, and poop CONSTANTLY. Their food is NOT free, unless you're growing good quality, organic Timothy hay and organic veggies. Fruits should only be a tiny piece, about the size of your index finger nail, and only one or two a day.
    If you do get a bunny and decide it's not a good fit for you, please don't 'set it free'! Domesticated rabbits have NO survival skills. When they are dumped, it means that unless someone else finds & takes pity on them, they will either become food, die of starvation, or die of exposure.
    If you take your Rabbit outside, keep them in a covered enclosure - they are prey animals, and that hawk isn't flying around, because he thinks your bun is cute - he's thinking it would make a great dinner.

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    ntockeyxZCodmaNZx

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    They are a lot of work! Please research before getting a rabbit. So many rabbits are discarded because people don't realize how much they require. They are wonderful pets, but can be very expensive. I would never discourage anyone from getting rabbits, but know what you are getting yourself into first.

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    parisusa

    2 years ago

    Buns are as much of a commitment as a small dog if you care for them properly!

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    parisusa

    2 years ago

    This is an excellent instructable! Thank you!

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    Rabbits R us

    4 years ago

    You shouldn't put your wabbit on a mesh wire floor. You will give them sore hawks which it will be very painful for the rabbit to move and walk. You should put a towel, a foam mat and a fleece.

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    HeatherP2Rabbits R us

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hocks. Not hawks.

    Also, this disorder can be caused by solid floors. The solution I use is to put straw in part of the cage. This will give the bun the chance to choose whether to sit on the wire.

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    parisusa

    5 years ago

    I agree about not using your Bun as a prop at Easter but our Billy actually is used to being in a basket because my younger son has always used one to transport him (he was afraid of getting scratched when we first got him!). Bunnies love to feel safe! :)

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    agod

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm thinking of getting a giant flemish. Would you reccomend a female or male?
    Thanks, your rabbit is adorable.

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    Featherfinder66

    7 years ago on Step 7

    So adorable! Your rabbit could be my rabbit's sibling! Though mine would never sit in that basket long enough for a photo. ;-)

    You shouldn't let your bun walk around on the mesh floors of the cage. It will hurt their feet cause they don't have very much padding there. It's better to give them an old comforter blanket that they can "fluff up" on their own. Also don't use water bottles cause their teeth can chip or break on the metal spouts. Give them plenty of hay (preferably an oat blend because 75% of their diet is hay. Never give them a whole carrot as a treat because of the sugar content, only give them an amount the size of your fingernail.

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    Felicity the Ghost

    8 years ago on Step 6

    Rabbits prefer to be in bonded pairs however that doesn't mean they'll automatically like any rabbit just set down next to them. If your rabbit does not happen to like his new "friend" they will attack each other. There is a good guide on bonding rabbits here: http://www.saveabunny.org/bonding_guide

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    TigerNod

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Good job on making this Instructable. There are a lot of people that don't know or seem to realize rabbits don't poo in litter trays and that rabbits do not enjoy being put into tiny baskets. (A good example is this guy.)

    For all the effort you put on this instructable, I decided to give you a reward. A bunny!

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    So cute. I love rabbits (and guinea pigs), and they're so fun to play with. I can't have a rabbit because I have a dog...let's just say it's not in the best interest of the rabbit.