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You are here: myPetSmart.com > Care Guides > Rabbit Setup Steps

Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Experience Level: Beginner

rabbit in habitat

Rabbits

Did you know? Rabbits come in many different varieties. Some species of petite and Dwarf Rabbits only weigh two to three pounds but large breeds like Flemish Giants can weigh more than 10 pounds.

Step 1Choosing a Habitat

Housing
• Rabbits are social and can live in same gender pairs.

• Your Rabbit needs a home with a solid floor, large enough for a (A) food dish, (B) water bottle/bowl, (C) hay manger and a hiding house.

• Minimum size is 30x29x18". Multiple Rabbits require a larger cage.

• An appropriately sized home will allow separate areas for eating, sleeping, exercising and eliminations.

• Multilevel homes are preferred since they provide additional space for exercising.

Cage Placement
• Place the habitat in a cool 65-75º F (18-24º C), low-humidity area, out of direct sunlight.

 

Step 2Play and HIde

These items are essential for your Rabbit’s comfort and encourage normal cleaning/exercise routines.

Hide House (not pictured)
• Hide houses should be easily cleaned. Edible homes are also available and give the additional
benefit of encouraging normal chewing behavior.

Exercise Pen (not pictured)
• When outside of the habitat, Rabbits can enjoy exercise in a pen that corners off a portion
of a room. All electrical cords should be put away before your Rabbit is allowed outside of the habitat.

• Rabbits are very social but unneutered males and females should not be allowed to play together.

• Rabbits should not be allowed to play with dogs or cats.

Chew Toys
• Your Rabbit’s teeth never stop growing, so your pet needs lots of healthy things to chew on
like treat sticks and chews. Chew toys should be available at all times.

Step 3Bedding

Bedding
(F) Rabbits love to dig, so provide lots of clean aspen, pine or recycled paper bedding. Line the home with 3-4" of bedding.

• Cedar shavings are not recommended for indoor rabbit habitats.

• Habitats should be spot cleaned weekly and bedding completely changed once monthly.

• Many Rabbits can be litter trained. A triangular litter pan should be put into a corner of the cage and away from food and water dishes.

 

Traits and Behaviors

Social
• With regular, gentle handling, they will bond strongly with their Pet Parents.

Nipping
• As you socialize your Rabbit, be prepared for gentle, harmless nipping, as they use their mouths to become familiar with their environment.

HEALTH
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.


THINGS TO WATCH FOR

• Cloudy, sunken or swollen eyes

• Overgrown front teeth

• Bare patches in the fur

• Diarrhea or discolored droppings

• Lethargic behavior

• Weight loss; not eating or drinking normally

• Sneezing; discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or small animal veterinarian about the health of your pet.

PETSMART CARES
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.

rabbit in habitat

HEALTH

New surroundings and environments can be stressful for Rabbits. Prior to handling your pet, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR

• Cloudy, sunken or swollen eyes

• Overgrown front teeth

• Bare patches in the fur

• Diarrhea or discolored droppings

• Lethargic behavior

• Weight loss; not eating or drinking normally

• Sneezing; discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or small animal veterinarian about the health of your pet.

PetSmart Cares
Pets purchased at PetSmart are a part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase  price.