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Bunnies and Chewing

Are you going to be getting a pet bunny soon? Congratulations! One of the first things you’ll need to understand as a bunny owner is that your adorable little furball comes with a strong need to chew. Bunnies have open-rooted teeth, which means that Floppy’s choppers will never stop growing. Your pet therefore has to wear her teeth down by chewing. By understanding this, and preparing for it, you’ll be much less likely to become frustrated with your bunny, and your pet will be both happier and healthier. An Indianapolis vet discusses bunnies and chewing in this article.

Hay

Hay is crucial to bunny digestion, and should actually form the basis of your pet’s diet. Floppy’s teeth and tummy are made for chewing on tough plant fibers, like roots. Pet bunnies eat much softer food, so they need hay to give them the fiber they need. Hay is also great for your pet’s teeth, as it’s tough enough to keep her busy chewing it. Make sure your furball has an unlimited supply of quality hay, such as Timothy or oat hay.

Chew Toys

Proper chew toys are essential to both Floppy’s mental and physical health. Chew sticks; wooden blocks; wicker or straw shapes; cardboard; and even plain paper are all suitable chew toys. Even the cardboard rolls from paper towels or toilet paper can make great bunny toys, especially if you stuff them with fresh hay or rabbit-safe herbs. Just be sure to put your bunny’s safety first. Never give your furry pal anything that has been treated with toxic chemicals or dyes, and avoid toys with small pieces or sharp edges that could cut or choke her.

Bunnyproof

To keep your belongings safe from your rabbit, and vice versa, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Wires; furniture legs; the undersides of mattresses and sofas; and baseboards are a few of the things you’ll need to protect from your furry little chewing machine.

Training

Bunnies are quite smart, and are capable of learning what they are and are not allowed to chew on. Training Floppy can take time and patience, so don’t expect overnight results. Always use positive reinforcement, and encourage your furball to chew on her toys instead of your belongings.

Do you have questions about rabbit care? Do you suspect your bunny has dental issues? Please contact us, your local Indianapolis veterinary clinic, any time!

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