6 Things You Need To Know Before Getting A Bunny As A Pet

By Asha

February 26th, 2018

We’ve had our Bunny Fuz for a year now. Since Easter is coming soon, I thought I would share a post with some things you should think about before getting a bunny as a pet.


1. Bunnies are a long term commitment. They live 10 years on average. If you can’t make a long term commitment a bunny might not be the right pet for you.


2. Bunnies need time and attention. Bunnies are very social creatures. Human contact is great. A bunny friend is good too! Just be careful if you have a male & female bunny together – you will have baby bunnies! We try to let our bunny out of his cage to run around and stretch his legs at least once a day. We have to watch him to make sure he stays safe, and make sure he does not chew on anything. The more time and space you can give your bunny to run around, the happier he/she will be. Just make sure to bunny proof your space. Our bunny enjoys hopping around and stretching his legs; he likes to nose around with our daughters toys, and he also likes to follow our 2 year old daughter around. Our bunny Fuz does seem to like to have his face/ears/body scratched.

3. Bunnies get bored and like toys to keep them entertained. You can buy toys for them or you can make your own. I like stuffing timothy hay into cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes and the bunny can roll them around and pull the hay out, they can also chew on the tubes. You can do the same thing with an egg carton. There are lots of other ideas for homemade bunny toys that can be found on Pinterest.

4. Bunnies can be litter box trained. Litter boxes and cages will need to be cleaned every few days, to keep the cage/box from getting smelly. Bunnies tend to go potty while eating. We have two litter boxes for our bunny in his cage, one under his pellet feeder and one that has half full of timothy hay and the other half full of bedding. Bunnies also like to use the bathroom in the same area, so try not to move the litter boxes around too much. We use cedar wood shavings for bedding. They have a nice smell that helps cover the bunny urine smell. There are a lot of bedding choices. Bunnies love to dig, so choose something that you don’t mind if it makes a mess.

5. Bunnies don’t love to be picked up and cuddled. They prefer to have their feet on the ground. They are a prey animal, so they get scared when picked up. They may bite, kick or scratch when picked up. That being said, if you get a baby bunny like we did and handle him or her a lot, they can be very gentle and tolerant of children. Bunnies have different personalities, so be sure to spend some time with them to determine temperament before choosing a bunny friend to bring home.

6. Bunnies need a special diet (no, it’s not all carrots!). Approximately 80% of a bunny’s diet should be grass hay, such as timothy hay. Bunnies should eat a ball of hay approximately the size of themselves every day! Bunnies teeth are constantly growing, so they need to do a lot of chewing to keep their teeth healthy and not too long. 10% of a bunny’s diet should be fresh veggies/ herbs. Approximately 5% can come from healthy pellets and 5% from healthy treats. There are a number of foods you should never feed your bunny including bread, rice, potatoes, biscuits, chocolate, candy, chips, avocado, apple seeds, onion, tomato plants, nuts, and seeds. Bunnies also need a steady supply of fresh water.

Research, research, research before you bring bunny home. Know what you are getting into so you don’t end up being surprised or unhappy with your choice. There are many types of bunnies. There are differences in size, color, hair length, and ear type. Our bunny is one of the smaller varieties of bunny; he is a Holland Lop.

Many people choose to get bunnies around Easter and within a few months decide that they can’t commit to caring for them so they either free them outside to become another animal’s meal or they leave them at the local animal shelter. Rabbits are the third most abandoned animal. Please check your local animal shelter(s) for bunnies to adopt before buying one.

Hi, my name is Asha. I am 30 years old. I am a nurse by profession. I am married to a wonderful man, have a sweet 3-year-old daughter, a newborn son, and a lovable bunny named Caramel. I enjoy spending time with family, taking photographs, scrapbooking, hunting, fishing, cooking and gardening.

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This post currently has 24 responses.

  • Maryann D.

    These are adorable photos and also great advice. My brother had a few bunnies as pets and he just loved them.

  • I love this post! We are planning on getting a pet this Spring and a bunny is one of the options! Thanks for the tips, I will definitely keep them in mind!

  • Lauryn R

    This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, how ironic! My oldest daughter had been asking for a bunny and is determined to get one. I know that they take a lot of responsibility (she’s only 8) so I am just not sure if we are ready yet. Your post makes me feel better about it, and I think we may actually get her one for her Birthday in May. Thank you so much for sharing this helpful info! 🙂

  • Cynthia R

    We’ve never had a bunny before, just cats and dogs and a hamster. I didn’t realize they could live for 10 years!

  • Amy D

    I had 3 bunnies as a little girl. They all had very different personalities. They sure do poop a lot. I wish I was able to potty train them. I had great memories with these bunnies, but still afraid to get my daughters a pet.

  • Amy D

    I had 3 bunnies as a little girl. They all had very different personalities. They sure do poop a lot. I wish I was able to potty train them. I had great memories with these bunnies, but still afraid to get my daughters a pet.

  • ellen beck

    Very good advice especially as Easter is coming up. Years ago, s many would give children chicks or bunnies then, and it was usually not a good thing. I had rabbits when I was a kid. and loved them,and would often find those who were out right after Easter. I guess thats where the animal thing came from. Also, a good point to mention about how long they live. most dont realize that either. Oh and you can get your bunny neutered or spayed whatever the case may be, often desexed bunnies live longer and they have a better attitude!

  • Dana Rodriguez

    How cute! I have had bunnies in the past. We have a chinchilla now which is equally messy but who can resist that face!

  • Cheryl

    Bunnies are cute. We have a backyard full of them every spring.

  • Sarah L

    I like watching the rabbits outside of my house. If I were to get another pet it would be a cat.

  • MeMe R

    I has a bunny in 2003 and it was a life long dream for me. Oh boy it did not work out well. This was a time before every thing was on the net. My bunny pooped every where, did not litter box train, and got lost all around the house. I quickly figured out it was not a good fit for me, even though I am a huge animal lover. I found my bunny a great home with 4 kids. I saw my bunny about 6 weeks later and it have tripled in size and was extremely happy. I knew I had absolutely made the right choice. Everything in this post is so true. Also, bunnies like to eat a wide arrange of greens, or at least my bunny did once it went to it’s new home they discovered. She was extremely happy. This is a great educational post!

  • Peggy Nunn

    I did not realize that they required so much care. I am not the kind of person that has ever though of getting a rabbit. I know I will not now. I would rather have another dog or cat.

  • gloria patterson

    This is something that everyone should have to read before they are sold a bunny. My brothers had them as kids and thought they kids should have but their kids did not care for them. They are a lot of work!

  • Such great advice! I love bunnies but know that I don’t have the time or facilities for one. I’ll stick to my cats!

    The same thing goes for those cute little chicks at Easter time. I don’t think people realize that they grow up to be chickens. My family once had someone dump off a chicken in front of their house. They live in the country with a big barn so people think it’s a good place to drop off their unwanted pets. It was a few months after Easter so I suspect it was an Easter leftover. Poor thing, but they found it a good home.

  • Such great advice! I love bunnies but know that I don’t have the time or facilities for one. I’ll stick to my cats!

    The same thing goes for those cute little chicks at Easter time. I don’t think people realize that they grow up to be chickens. My family once had someone dump off a chicken in front of their house. They live in the country with a big barn so people think it’s a good place to drop off their unwanted pets. It was a few months after Easter so I suspect it was an Easter leftover. Poor thing, but they found it a good home.

  • MD Kennedy

    Bunnies can be wonderful pets. My little brother had one for years and even trained it to use the cat box!

  • MD Kennedy

    Bunnies can be wonderful pets. My little brother had one for years and even trained it to use the cat box!

  • Rosie

    There is much to know how to care for a bunny properly, and good timing for the post. I only know one family from a while back who had a bunny. I’m shocked people would let it loose outside to abandon it, it should be obvious it could not survive. There should be more information notices about people thinking at this time of year of getting a bunny. It can be a nice pet! Yours is adorable!

  • We have had our bunny Tokki for about 3 years. He can be grumpy and throw bunny fits but he is a big part of our family. It is so important to keep them occupied a bored bunny is a destructive bunny. I learned that the hard way.

  • Susan Hartman

    Every year when we go to the fair I come home wanting a bunny. They are just too cute! Thank you for the information.

  • Ellen B

    Bunnies are so cute! But … after reading this I don’t think I would want one as a pet. I really didn’t know that there were so many types of bunnies. Thanks for the information.

  • Bunnies are SOOOO adorable & I LOVE them, but we were surprised how smelly their potty is even when you clean it daily.
    One of my friends, when I was a teen, had a litter box trained bunny & it was so cute BUT it did not like to be held so it wasn’t much fun.
    Also, SOME bunnies bite and scratch too.
    Our neighbors had a huge male bunny and he tried to “hump” one of my daughter’s arms (she didn’t know what he was doing but I did.” and in the few moments he had at her arm before she got away he left deep bloody scratches up and down her arm!
    As much as I love bunnies, They would not be on my list of pets for kids, personally.
    I think your article is very informative to help parents decide if it would be good for theirs.

  • gloria patterson

    I had no ideal that they didn’t like to be picked up. Sounds like bunnies are a lot of work but you and your family have it down pat. I can remember my brothers having bunnies when they were kids. Both bunnies were in the same cage…………….. BABIES

  • Laura

    What a precious bunny! My sister and I had rabbits growing up. Unfortunately, they weren’t super friendly ones lol.

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