BRINGING YOUR BUNNY HOME: Moving your bunny to a new home can sometimes be stressful for him/her. For the first 24 hours, you should leave your bunny in its new cage/environment and keep the room quiet, to prevent stress caused by too much noise. Speak softly, and don't over handle him/her.
HOUSEING: Rabbits generally like to be cool, and prefer a place out of direct sunlight. Keep this in mind when choosing a place for your bunny's cage to set. Close to a heat vent or wood stove would not usually suit them. These bunnies are fine indoor or outdoor, whatever you choose. If you choose to keep your bunny in a hutch outdoors, be sure he/she has plenty of straw and has good protection from wind and drafts for when it gets cold. In the summer, be sure the hutch is in a shady cooler place, as bunnies can not tolerate the heat.
DIET: Rabbits need a basic staple diet of rabbit pellets, found at most pet supply stores. Give your bunny as much fresh pellets as it wants, until he/she is 3 months old. After that, a lot of people use the standard amount of 1/8 cup of pellets per pound of their bunny’s weight. Most Holland Lops do well on ½ cup of pellets per day. In addition to the pellets, you can feed you bunny as much timothy hay as it wants. The bunny will not get fat from eating hay. Do not feed pure alfalfa, as it can make your rabbit sick. Around 6 months of age, “treats” can start to be fed sparingly. A few things you can give your bunny as a treat can include: apples, carrots, raisins, sunflower seeds, oranges, peaches, spinach, and strawberries. Those are just to name a few, make sure to research a food before you feed it to your bunny to be sure it is safe. And remember; FEED SPARINGLY, it can be tempting to feed too many treats to your cute bunny. Never feed your bunny lettuce. ALWAYS make sure your rabbit has fresh, cool water available.
LITTER TRAINING: If you decide to let your new little bunny romp around your home, you will want to make sure he/she is house trained (won’t “go” on your carpet or furniture) It is usually quite simple. Once housing is established, take note of which corner your bunny prefers to “go” in. Put some of the bunny’s droppings in the litter pan, and place the pan in that same corner. Once the bunny begins using the litter pan, you can begin opening the cage door and gradually increasing your bunny’s perimeters until the whole house is introduced. (Or at least all the house you want to allow your bunny) Even after house training, your rabbit should not be left roaming the house without supervision by a responsible person. CAUTION- Bunnies like to chew. Cover or prevent your bunny from accessing electrical cords!