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Make Your Bunny Happy! Five Things You Can Do For and With Your Pet Rabbit!

Updated on January 15, 2014

Just as kittens and puppies need time, love and attention…your pet rabbit does too! In order to have a happy and healthy bunny you need to provide the proper care (and I mean more than just food, water, shelter and medical care…playtime is just as important!). If possible, make time for your pet rabbit every single day. Even if you can only spend thirty minutes with your bunny, some time is better than no time! After all, what is the point of having a pet (whether it be a kitten, bird, dog or rabbit) if you aren't going to devote time to your furry (or feathered) friend!

Rabbits LOVE Timothy Hay!
Rabbits LOVE Timothy Hay!

So what can you do to make your bunny happy? Well, believe it or not, there are several things you can do to entertain your hoppy friend. As with any animal, the more time you spend with them, the stronger the bond you will form (and who doesn't want to form a strong bunny bond!). First of all, if you want a happy hopper (not to mention healthy) feed him a daily diet of FRESH hay and greens. Hay is probably one of the most important parts of your rabbit's diet; therefore, you must give him the RIGHT type of hay. Rabbits eat GRASS HAY (such as Timothy). It should also be noted that the hay you feed to your bunny rabbit should be FRESH! Just as fresh, homemade dog treats make dogs bark with joy, fresh Timothy grass hay will have your bunny hopping with glee! Rabbits also enjoy fresh greens such as parsley, kale, and dark leaf lettuce.

If you have a pet rabbit, it is a good idea to keep a reference book handy!

Exercise that Rabbit!

No, it is not a good idea to take your rabbit to the gym however he does need plenty of exercise in order to live a happy and healthy lifestyle! It is very important that your pet rabbit spends plenty of time OUTSIDE of his cage. Rabbits, like kittens, are very curious and enjoy the opportunity to romp and explore. Make time for your rabbit and set him free (and I don't mean literally) at least three to four times per week (for an hour or two at a time). So why is it important for your bunny to get plenty of exercise? Well, there are many reasons! Exercise helps to keep your rabbit in shape (prevents obesity) and also helps to keep your bunny's spirit up! Just like people get depressed your rabbit can too! If a rabbit is confined in a cage for too long without the opportunity to stretch and explore…you will have one sad hopper on your hands. Exercise also can help to prevent gastrointestinal problems, and improve urinary function!

Is this bunny happy or scared?
Is this bunny happy or scared?
Wait a minute....that's a dog, not a rabbit!
Wait a minute....that's a dog, not a rabbit!

Just as you don't like to live in a messy environment, your rabbit doesn't either! If you want a happy bunny make sure you clean his cage thoroughly at least ONCE per week (and when I say clean…I mean CLEAN AND DISINFECT). Keeping your rabbit's cage neat and tidy will not only make your hopping friend happy, it will keep him healthy as well!

Not only does your rabbit need time for exercise, he needs time to play as well! Yes, people, rabbits do play and in fact, they enjoy playing with toys and engaging in rabbit games! Keeping your bunny physically fit is very important but it is also necessary to keep his mind stimulated as well (a bored bunny is an unhappy bunny!). There are several toys that your bunny will enjoy that you can make at home (a great way to save money). For example, place a box of shredded paper in your rabbit's cage…why? Well, rabbits love to jump and dig and shredded paper is safe and fun! Rabbits also enjoy nesting so throw a few old towels into his cage (just make sure he doesn't eat them). Another inexpensive toy that will keep your rabbit entertained…..paper towel and toilet paper cardboard tubes (ask your friends to save the tubes after the toilet paper and towels are gone). These tubes will provide hours of mental stimulation for your rabbit as he chews on them and rolls them around.

No matter whether you own a rabbit, kitten, bird or dog….all animals depend on their PEOPLE for love and care. Their happiness depends on US! Though exercise, playtime and a clean cage all play a very important role in the well-being of your bunny, the most important thing you can do is spend QUALITY TIME with your pet! Rabbits are social creatures. They NEED and CRAVE social time with YOU! Make time for your bunny each and every day. Whether you simply pet him while watching television or let him run around the room while you talk on the phone….the best thing you can do for your furry friend is to spend time with him. So there you have it….five simple things you can do to ensure that your hopper is happy!

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      mandy 3 years ago

      Wow this helped a lot p.s I have a lionhead and a dwarf

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      Fluffyness 3 years ago

      I have a bunny and even though she's 8 months old now she keeps biting everything and eating things she shouldn't. I already took her to the vet because she ate a chunk of my carpet! I want to let her out of the cage but I don't want her to get sick again :( I don't know what to do please...some help?

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      Hannah 3 years ago

      thanks i have a lions head rabbit this was veerry helpful

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      Lynsey Harte 3 years ago from Glasgow

      Great hub, interesting read! My bunny loves to be let out and about, and often has a second home under my bed. I really don't mind though, I just need to clean under there a tad more often than normal.

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      belleart 4 years ago from Ireland

      this is a great hub, bonding with bunnies is so important. if you don't bond with them and make them feel safe, they wont b the happy little bunnies they should be.

      Samm-caged bunnies are not happy bunnies. If you are not in the house, then let the bunny loose in one room to start with, preferably one that it will be safe to wander and explore (ie, no exposed cables or wires, no couches-they may pee on them) I have recently started working full time and we leave our bun Cocoa in the kitchen. Bunnies will sleep most of the day from 12 noon til around 4, and are more active in the evening, which is actually perfect for people who work full time. Bunnies are by nature toilet trained so there really is no need for them to be in a cage, as I'm sure you wouldn't leave a small dog or cat in a cage all day. As long as you give your bun loads of attention when you are home, then you will soon notice a massive change in his behaviour.

      great hub, voting up :)

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Wow, what an informative article! I needed this info 20 years ago when I had a rabbit. My boyfriend at that time bought me a beautiful long earred rabbit from a flea market. Well, a little while had passed and she gave birth to 6 little long earred bunnies. What a pleasant surprise. We had no problem finding homes for them because everyone wanted one. The rabbit days have been long over but this information sure would have been welcomed. Thanks for sharing.

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      Katie 5 years ago

      I have a quick question, my rabbit sleeps with me at night. I woke up one morning and saw her with tiny little pupils, and her eyes and ears were twitching. She was laying down so I thought maybe she was asleep but it scared me a little. Do toy think she was dreaming? She does this often and i just wanted to make sure nothing is wrong

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      Bunny_lover :3 5 years ago

      I really want a bunny!!! :D

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      Paulart 5 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      Great hub.

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      samm 5 years ago

      I am now very busy and my caged rabbit is lonely. For the past week I am so very very very busy.

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      Amanda 6 years ago

      I want a bunny this helped a lot I think i might get one now

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      Cygstarz 7 years ago from Maryland can keep a single bunny as a pet. Just be sure to give him or her a lot of attention and playtime so that they are not lonely!

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      kshitij 7 years ago

      can i keep a single bunny as a pet in my home ?

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      Cygstarz 7 years ago from Maryland

      Julia: Glad I could help!

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      Julia 7 years ago

      I would like a bunny. And this info has really helped me and my mom!

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      Cygstarz 7 years ago from Maryland

      Hi Ruth!

      Gremlin sounds adorable! Thank you for your comment.

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      Ruth 7 years ago

      I inherited the most interesting rabbit from my daughter, her tenancy agreement didn't allow her to keep him. I have since discovered that he enjoys a lot of things that a dog or cat would, he runs to greet me when I walk into the room where he is kept, he uses a litter box like a cat would and he absolutely loves being petted, and he knows when he is doing something he shouldn't, he gets this naughty puppy look on his face. I would never have believed that a rabbit could be as interesting a pet if I did not have Gremlin.

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      SidneyMorgan 8 years ago from Australia

      Just got 2 rabbits for my son's birthday - thanks for the great hub on some ideas on what to do have some fun with the rabbits in our house!

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      jess 8 years ago

      thanks this was very helpful !!!!!!!!