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Hopping into Happiness: Tips & Tricks To Keep Your Rabbit Happy

Hopping into Happiness: Tips & Tricks To Keep Your Rabbit Happy

Have you ever wondered what makes your furry companion truly happy? Whether you're a seasoned bunny parent or considering bringing a new bun into your life, we all want our pets to live their best lives. In our latest blog, we're hopping into happiness, to unveil some tips & tricks to keep your rabbit happy and healthy.

Hopping into happiness:  Tips & Tricks

Rabbits are like fluffy bundles of joy. When you treat them to the care and attention they deserve, you're in for happy bunny days ahead, keeping your and every-buns heart hopping with delight. Let's hOp to it!

A Healthy Diet is Key to a Happy Bun

Like us, bunnies have their food preferences, and getting their diet right is like composing a symphony of happiness for your furry friend. Rabbits enjoy a variety of hay, portioned pellets, veggies, fruits, and access to fresh water at all times. 

First, let's talk about hay - the holy grail of a rabbit's diet. Rabbits should have unlimited fresh hay available at all times. Offering high-quality Timothy or grass hay is essential for your buns digestive health and dental care. 

tips & tricks to keep your rabbit happy

Hay provides the necessary fiber rabbits need, helps wear down their teeth, and keeps those cute little tummies running smoothly. So, when you see your bunny chomping away contentedly, you know they're not just eating hay; they're savoring a banquet of happiness.

A healthy diet is not just a plate of goodness; it's a ticket to a world of endless bunny binkies and ear wiggles. While several fresh veggies and fruits are on the menu, they are considered a treat, so it's all about portion control.  

General Guidelines:

Leafy greens: Approximately 1 packed cup per 2 lbs. of body weight per day.

Non-leafy vegetables: Approximately 1 tablespoon per 2 lbs. of body weight per day.

Fruits: Approximately 1 teaspoon per 2 lbs. of body weight per day. 

*It's important to note that offering too many "healthy treats" is never a good option. While it may appear to make your cutie happy at the moment, it could ultimately be detrimental to your buns health and hOpPiNeSs.

Rabbits Thrive in Duos

Rabbits are social animals by nature. In the wild, they live in large groups, so it's only natural that they seek companionship. Being alone for extended periods can lead to feelings of loneliness and stress in rabbits. Bonding with other rabbits ensures that they have a constant companion to interact with, groom, and cuddle.

When bunnies have a companion, they're overall much hOpPiEr. Similar to kids playing together at the park, buns are more likely to engage in activities such as chasing each other, exploring, and playing games. Rabbit playtime increases daily movement and also contributes to better overall health and fitness.

Rabbits are happiest living with other buns, however, rabbits may not always get along initially, or altogether cannot be paired. The bonding process requires time and patience. You should consult with your veterinarian or a rabbit-savvy expert to ensure that the rabbits are introduced and bonded properly. For helpful tips and tricks, check out this blog on Bonding Rabbits.

A Hop-tasticly Happy Space

Every bunny deserves a hop-tastic home, but knowing exactly what that entails can be confusing. For instance, step into a pet store and you'll likely stumble upon a parade of cages promoted as "designed for rabbits." They're often sold with snazzy names like 'deluxe rabbit abode' and boast images of bunnies with beaming smiles on the labels. But here's the scoop: nearly every single one of these rabbit cages is more like a cramped studio apartment than a spacious bunny haven!

 A rabbit space that's too tiny can make your bun feel like it's doing time in a cramped rabbit penitentiary - that's not a life fit for any bun! And no one wants a grumpy, bored, and fussy furry friend. So our first tip when considering rabbit housing is to think: the bigger, the better.

Rabbits are happiest when they have room to thrive. Space large enough for them to do their famous bunny 500s and binkies. And trust us, witnessing your cuties express rabbit bliss through epic jumps and spins is pure joy! 

The ideal size of space dedicated to your buns varies based on the size and number being housed. However, a popular option is the X-Pen; available in several sizes. General guidelines suggest a minimum of 8 square feet of enclosure space combined with a minimum of 24 square feet of exercise space (at least 5 hours daily).

Many paw parents opt to allow their buns to "free-roam" in the house. While this may not be possible for every family, if it is for you, be sure to bunny-proof all areas your rabbits will romp around in and include a dedicated space your buns can retreat to that's their own. 

Other than a spacious enclosure, your rabbit's home should be a cozy sanctuary, complete with plenty of safe toys to frolic and play with. Remember a comfy resting spot with soft bedding, and of course - every bun needs a fun hidey castle! To create the ultimate bun-haven, check out our blog: Indoor Rabbit Setup Ideas

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My rabbit Flash is enjoying this new hideout. He likes to go inside it, look out the windows, and sit on top of it. He especially likes nibbling on it. I like that it is easy to assemble and sturdy enough that he should be able to nibble on it for a long time without it being destroyed. Thank you for another great product, Small Pet Select

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Mental & Physical Stimulation

When it comes to our beloved furry friends, happiness isn't fluffy cuddles and tasty treats – it's about engaging their sharp minds and keeping those little paws busy. Mental and physical stimulation are essential for a rabbit's well-being, and rabbit toys play a pivotal role in this delightful journey.

Rabbits are intelligent creatures, and they thrive on mental challenges. That's where rabbit brain teaser toys and activities come into play. Think: bunny treasure hunts, where the reward isn't just a treat but the joy of discovery.

Hide treats throughout their play area or mix in with hay. Puzzle feeders with hidden treats and maze-like toys are great interactive fun. These toys not only keep your bunny entertained but also help them exercise their problem-solving skills. 

Additionally, rabbits have a natural instinct to chew, which is essential for dental health. Chew toys are not only a source of entertainment but also keep their teeth trim and healthy; toys like Apple Chew Sticks, Willow Balls, and Fidget Sticks. Plus, they satisfy that itch to gnaw, so your furniture stays safe!

Keeping Your Bun Fresh & Fluffy

Grooming your rabbit, regular vet check-ups, and vaccinations are all critical aspects of responsible rabbit ownership. 

Brushing: Brushing helps remove loose fur, prevents matting, and reduces the risk of hair ingestion, which can lead to digestive issues. It also promotes healthy circulation and is a bonding experience for you and your bunny.

Rabbit skin is extremely thin and fragile; extra care must be taken during grooming. A good brush option is a soft, bristle brush or a slicker brush designed for rabbits. Gently brush in the direction of hair growth, taking care not to hurt their sensitive skin. Be extra gentle around their belly and tail area.

For the ultimate shedding comb, check out our HairBuster Comb! With smooth rounded tips, this comb is designed with a special fur catching band which helps de-fur even the heaviest of shedders. 

Nail Trimming: Nail trimming is typically required every 4-6 weeks, but it may vary based on your rabbit's activity level. Active bunnies that wear down their nails may need less frequent trimming.

Overgrown nails can cause discomfort and make it challenging for your rabbit to hop or walk properly. It can also lead to accidental injuries. Regular nail trimming ensures your buns' mobility and comfort.

Use specialized rabbit nail clippers. Plier-style nail clippers with a straight edge are a good option (do NOT use guillotine type clippers). Be cautious: use light to help ensure total visibility so as not to cut too close to the quick, which can cause bleeding and discomfort.

Tip: Tap tap twice on the nail without cutting, to see if there is a reaction from your bun. If so - this is a pain response - you’re probably too close to the quick. If you're unsure, it’s best to consult your veterinarian or a professional groomer.

Regular Vet Check-Ups: Just like any other pet, rabbits require regular veterinary care to maintain their health. It's crucial to schedule routine vet check-ups, with a veterinarian experienced in rabbit care.

Rabbit veterinarians conduct thorough physical examinations to check for any signs of illness, discomfort, or abnormalities. Additionally, your vet may offer important nutritional advice, can check dental health, ensure your bunny is up-to-date with vaccinations, and discuss the benefits of spay/neutering, such as reducing the risk of certain health issues. Remember, a healthy bun is a hOpPy bun!

hopping into happiness: tips & tricks to keep your rabbit happy

In conclusion, keeping your bunny happy is both an art and a labor of love. It's about providing a rabbit-friendly cozy home, a balanced diet, engaging mental and physical stimulation, and regular grooming. It's also the delight of witnessing their quirky personalities unfold, binkies and zoomies galore, and the soothing warmth of their furry presence.

But perhaps the ultimate key to happiness is the bond you share with your rabbit, built on trust, patience, and endless affection. In this journey of bunny companionship, you are the curator of their joy, the provider of their comfort, and the guardian of their health.  So, let your bunny be your guide, and together, you'll discover a world filled with endless delight and heartwarming moments. 🐰💕


We are not veterinarians, and none of our information should be construed as veterinary advice.

Before adding any new product, please consult your exotic veterinarian. If your pet is acting unwell and you have concerns for their well being, please contact your vet immediately.

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