Jeanie, 10 years old
Rabbit care is fairly easy to learn. Rabbits need an enclosure that is at least three times as long as their bodies and ideally twice their body length wide. The enclosure should be tall enough that the rabbit can stretch upwards and not touch the top with their ears. If the cage has a wire bottom, it must be covered with cardboard or paper liners. Ideally avoid sheets and towels as some rabbits chew on and ingest the fibers which can be fatal. They need access to clean hay and water at all times and should have a ration of rabbit grain every day and an un-chewable ceramic or glass bowl to eat out of. They can learn to urinate and defecate in a litter box with time so provide them with one filled with absorbent, soft bedding that is big enough for them to fit their entire body. Rabbits need several hours a day of exercise outside of their cage. They need to be able to stretch their limbs, run and hop and tire themselves out every day. This keeps them physically and mentally healthy and stops them from being destructive out of boredom. You can let them free roam in your home under your supervision, but make sure to keep them away from wires as they will chew them and could electrocute themselves. Many people set up an X Pen play area and move all the rabbits amenities into it for play time. Some cheap toy ideas are cardboard boxes, (without tape), toilet paper rolls, paper towel roles, crumpled plain paper, cereal boxes, phone books and any other paper/cardboard items you aren''t using anymore. All rubber and plastic items pose a danger as rabbits may chew and ingest them. The possibilities for rabbit enrichment are endless and it''s easy to do!
Jeanie is altered, vet checked and is ready to go home today.