How To Take Care Of A Rabbit? Diet, Housing, Grooming & Health!

Got a rabbit and unsure how to properly care for it? Caring for a rabbit is not the same as caring for other pets like dogs or cats, and it requires a lot of time and effort. 

That being said, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of how to properly care for a rabbit. We’ll cover things like diet, housing, exercise, grooming, and overall health. So, if you’re considering getting a rabbit or already have one and want to make sure you’re doing everything right, stick around.

Ultimate Rabbit Care Checklist – Let’s Begin!

Rabbit Diet Care

A rabbit’s diet should be high in fiber and low in fat and protein. A good way to ensure that your rabbit is getting the right balance of nutrients is to feed them hay, fresh vegetables, and a small amount of high-quality pellet food.

Here is a list of some of the best foods to include in your rabbit’s diet:


If you want to keep your furry friend as healthy as a carrot, you better make sure they’re chowing down on hay like it’s going out of style. 

That’s right, hay should make up about 80% of a rabbit’s diet. Trust me, I know from experience – I make sure to give my little fluff ball a daily serving of hay. It’s the secret to those healthy digestion pipes. Don’t skimp on the hay

Fresh vegetables

Vegetables should make up about 20% of your rabbit’s diet. Some good options include leafy greens like spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce, as well as vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, and broccoli. 

For the sake of preventing digestive problems, it is essential to slowly introduce new vegetables to rabbits.


Pellets should make up a small portion of your rabbit’s diet, no more than 1/8 cup per day for an adult rabbit. Make sure to choose a high-quality pellet that is formulated specifically for rabbits.

In addition to this, you should make sure that your rabbit always has access to a sufficient amount of clean water. A water bottle is a good option because it helps to prevent spills and keeps the water fresh.

Rabbit Housing Care

I can’t stress this enough – rabbits need room to move and play! Make sure you’re giving your furry little friends enough space to thrive. A good rule of thumb is to provide at least 8 square feet of space for every 5 pounds of body weight. 

That means a 10-pound rabbit should have at least 16 square feet of space. Let’s give our rabbits the best possible way to have fun playing around, shall we?

There are a few key elements to consider when setting up your rabbit’s enclosure:


Your rabbit requires a large amount of space for exercise and exploration, as was previously mentioned. A cage that is too small can lead to boredom, stress, and health problems.


The type of substrate you use in your bunny’s enclosure is super important for their health and well-being. You wanna go with a soft, absorbent material like aspen shavings or paper-based bedding. 

And whatever you do, don’t use cedar or pine shavings, cuz those can be harmful to our little floofy friends.

Litter box

Who doesn’t want a clean, well-maintained rabbit enclosure? The key to achieving this level of domestic bliss? A litter box. Fill it with the right litter and boom, problem solved. Your rabbit will thank you, and so will your nose.

Read: How To Litter Train A Rabbit?


Provide a wide range of toys and activities for your rabbit to engage in to keep it mentally and physically active. That might mean giving them chew toys, tunnels to run through, and cardboard boxes to play in.


Who knew rabbits were such high-energy creatures?! I mean, they always seem so calm and collected when they’re just sitting there munching on carrots, but apparently they need to run and play like maniacs to stay healthy. 

So if you want to keep your bunny pal from getting all chunky and sedentary, you’d better set up a little rabbit playground for them. Maybe a fenced-in patch of grass in the backyard, or a pen, or even a special bunny room in your house.

Rabbits love to hop and play, so make sure you give them plenty of space to stretch their legs and do some binky hops. But don’t just leave them to their own devices – rabbits are social creatures and crave attention from their humans. 

So make sure you spend some quality time interacting with them, whether it’s playing hide and seek (just make sure they can’t hide TOO well or you might have trouble finding them), giving them puzzles to solve (because who doesn’t love a good brain teaser?), or even teaching them tricks using positive reinforcement.

Rabbit Grooming Care

Don’t you just love spending hours trying to de-tangle those fluffy little bunny knots? And nothing says “Sunday Funday” like a good ol’ nail trimming sesh for your rabbit pal. Just make sure to have some treats on hand to bribe them into submission. 

Following are some suggestions for rabbit grooming:


Grab a soft-bristled brush and get ready to give your rabbit a spa day. This is especially important for those longhaired bunnies, whose fur can get all knotted up like a ball of yarn. Just be gentle and take your time, and your rabbit will be sporting a sleek, smooth coat in no time.

Nail Trimming

It’s crucial to keep those bunny claws in check or they’ll turn into claws of doom! You’ll need a tiny pair of nail clippers made specifically for bunnies (no cheating with regular clippers or your rabbit will be hopping mad). 

And be super duper careful not to snip too close to the quick (that’s the pink, sensitive part of the nail). Trust me, you don’t want to see a angry rabbit! 😀


Take those bunny chompers seriously. You see, if you neglect your rabbit’s teeth, they’ll just keep on growing and growing until they’re practically touching their tiny little bunny toes. Eek! Not only is it gross, but it can also lead to some major dental issues. But don’t worry, there’s a solution! 

Make sure your rabbit chomps on lots of hay and chew toys to naturally file down those teeth. And if all else fails, you may have to bring in the big guns – a.k.a. the bunny dentist. Just don’t let them give your fluffy friend any Novocain, or you’ll have a loopy rabbit on your hands!

Rabbit Health Care

Even though rabbits are generally healthy animals, they are susceptible to a few different types of illnesses. Dental issues? Oh yeah, they’ve got ’em. Respiratory infections? You betcha. And don’t even get me started on those pesky digestive issues.

To keep your rabbit healthy, it is important to:

  • Feed your bunny a diet that’s not all carrots and lettuce, or it’ll turn into a giant, disgruntled rabbit.
  • Clean your bunny’s pen or it’ll be a smelly, gross mess. Trust us, you don’t want to be the one cleaning it.
  • Don’t leave your bunny out in the cold or the heat, or it’ll freeze or fry (neither of which are good options).
  • Keep an eye on your bunny and pay attention to any strange behavior. Bunnies can’t tell you when they’re not feeling well, so it’s up to you to figure it out.
  • If you think your bunny is sick, don’t delay! Get it to the vet ASAP. The sooner you catch any issues, the easier they’ll be to fix.

Here is a video on rabbit dos and don’ts that you may wanna see:

Closing Things!

Well, that’s the end of the guide to taking care of your rabbit. Trust me, if you follow these steps, your rabbit will be feeling so great, it’ll be hopping for joy (pun intended).

So go forth, rabbit owners, and give your bunny the TLC it deserves! And remember, if all else fails, just give them a few extra carrots. That should do the trick!!

Read: What Vegetables Can Rabbits Eat?

Jacob Mathew

Jacob Mathew, the rabbit guy. He’s been working with those cute little buns for several years and he knows a lot of things about rabbits, if not everything. Jacob loves cats and bunnies more than any other animals. Read my full bio

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