Setting up for a new pet rabbit

Setting up for your new pet rabbit Rabbits are an exotic pet. They require special care, diet and handling as they are prey animals and have tiny delicate bones and a sensitive digestive system. They are also susceptible to rabbit disease spread by mosquitoes, fleas and flies. 

RABBIT HOUSING
  • Rabbits are safest if kept inside the home away from mozzies and predators
  • In the home they are there to play their part in family life
  • Our research and experience shows that if rabbits are inside the home that children don't tire of them like they do if they are in a hutch outside.
  • The family can interact with the bunnies during their daily activities making them better pets
RABBIT DIET
RABBIT WATERER 
RABBIT LITTER TRAY
RABBIT BEHAVIOUR

Adoption Check List

WHAT YOU NEED
Basic set up
🐰Indoor playpen
🐰Large litter tray with rim 
🐰Haybag
🐰Hidey house
🐰Tunnel
🐰2 Ceramic bowls
🐰Vetafarm or Oxbow RabbitPellets
🐰Fresh Hay 

WHAT TO DO
🐰 read & sign agreement
🐰 fill in online adoption application on www.rabbitsanctuary.com.au 
🐰 show photo of hay bag or hayrack with fresh quality hay
🐰 playpen setup photo
🐰 show proof of recommended pellets eg packet or receipt
🐰 driver’s licence photo
🐰 pet carrier photo   

RABBIT ACCESSORIES 
We want the bunnies inside for these reasons:
1. Away from insects
(Insects carry deadly rabbit viruses)
2. Safe from predators 
(Snakes, birds, dogs, cats)
3. To be part of the family

RABBIT PLAYPENS   
$60 from our supplier 
Phone Phil Denaro on 
0418 783 555 
To set up an area for your rabbits in your home use Rabbit Playpens for the family room of your home so bunny is included as part of the family. 
This is the playpen we use and recommend 
http://www.pethomesdirect.com.au/Rabbit-Products/Rabbit-Enclosures/RABBIT-BLACK-EXERCISE-PLAY-PEN.html 

Bunnies need to run a lot to keep their digestive system moving. Don't lock your bunny in a cage. Open the hutch door and let them move around in a large space - minimum 2mtrs x 2mtrs. Use a wall to make your playpen bigger or a sheet of plywood.  

A wooden hutch can be the  house inside an indoor playpen. Just leave the door open so bunny can hop in and out. 

RABBIT ACCESSORIES  

LITTER TRAYS
One tray per rabbit is best. Feed hay near the litter tray. Rabbits will spend time there munching & toiletting. 

HAY RACK OR HAY BAG
A small fabric shopping bag with hole cut in front. Hang off playpen. Use an 'S' hook.  

HIDEY HOUSE
Rabbits need to have a place to hide. This can be:
A kennel
A soft fabric hidey house
A two story hutch
A castle
A strong cardboard box

TUNNELS
Cat Tunnels make great hidey holes and imitate the rabbit's natural need for tunnels.

RABBIT CHEW TOYS
Gum tree branches with leaves to chew and they will crunch on leaves when dry. Keeps teeth trimmed & the eucalyptus tree oil keeps coat shiny & helps keep bunny free of internal & external parasites. Bunnies munch these daily at The Rabbit Sanctuary. Bottle brush branches are great for chewing on to cut teeth back. 

PLAY TOYS
Plastic baby ball with bell inside from Target or pet store
Cat tunnel or child's play tunnel (fabric on wire)
Upturned plastic or wooden box to sit up on or a child's chair or foot stool. 

TABLEWARE
One big ceramic bowl for water & 1 for pellets. Hay is fed near  litter tray in a hay bag. Veges fed by hand. Bunny will look forward to vege treats & come to you. 

NAIL CLIPPERS
The tiny scissor style nail clippers are best. 

GROOMING
A plastic comb is best. 
A slicker brush is helpful





Best rabbit house is Your House and here is why...
Rabbits need room to run so a playpen in the home is best with time out daily
Rabbits need a place to hide away and view the world from. A Rabbit HoundHouse is ideal.




The best diet is one that is high in fibre and here is why...
The best drinking dish is a 500ml ceramic bowl per bunny & here is why...
Rabbits need 350ml of water daily so 500ml allows for spillage and evaporation
Two rabbits will need either two bowls or a bigger bowl
Ceramic bowls are easy to clean and keep water cool
Ceramic bowls are impossible for a rabbit to tip over ensuring permanent water
Water must be changed daily or more often if food gets in the water
Drinking bottles are dangerous and can stop working
The best litter tray is a large one with high sides and here is why...
The bigger the litter tray the better the results. Put the tray in a corner. If the rabbits wee or poo in another area provide a second tray there. A low sided plastic storage box makes a good litter tray.
Rabbit behaviour is very complex.  Rabbits are territorial and this must be taken into account at all times. Rabbits need a bunny friend. Both must be desexed. Opposite sexes get on better as friends than same sex rabbits.