Making the perfect home for a baby rabbit

March 21, 2020

Rabbits make great pets and lovely companions, so if you’re thinking of getting one you’re making a good choice. If you’re looking to bring a baby bunny home there are a few basics to ponder before you take the step, so our vet Jürgen has compiled a ticklist to guide you.

If you still have questions after reading this advice, please don’t hesitate to contact Edgewood Vets and our friendly team will be happy to answer them.

Contact us for rabbit info

When to bring a bunny home:

If you’re getting a baby rabbit they will need to have been weaned, so you shouldn’t get one that’s less than eight weeks old. At this stage they should be eating pretty much the same diet as a mature rabbit, ie hay and pellets, but as their digestive systems are still maturing it’s best not to make any sudden changes to diet.


Rabbits are sociable creatures and like the company of their own kind, so you might want to think about getting two – it’s no more bother than having one.


Rabbits need quite a lot of space to run and jump in, so a good-sized pen is necessary, along with a cosy hutch for them to snuggle into. They also like to burrow, so it’s a good idea to provide some kind of tray filled with dirt for them to get their claws into.


All rabbits should be vaccinated against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease, which can both be fatal, so please make an appointment to get this done and to discuss neutering, which is also recommended. Rabbits can also be susceptible to fly-strike in hot weather, so they must be regularly checked and their hutches kept clean.

House rabbits:

If you’re thinking of keeping your rabbit as a house pet, do take extra care to make all cabling secure and put all houseplants out of reach in case they are toxic to rabbits.

Hopefully this checklist helps as a very basic guide, and of course you can always pop into Edgewood Veterinary Group or contact us on 01621 828381 for further information.

Make an appointment

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are required for our website to operate and include items such as whether or not to display this pop-up box or your session when logging in to the website. These cookies cannot be disabled.


We use 3rd party services such as Google Analytics to measure the performance of our website. This helps us tailor the site content to our visitors needs.


From time to time, we may use cookies to store key pieces of information to make our site easier for you to use. Examples of this are remembering selected form options to speed up future uses of them. These cookies are not necessary for the site to work, but may enhance the browsing experience.


We may use advertising services that include tracking beacons to allow us to target our visitors with specific adverts on other platforms such as search or social media. These cookies are not required but may improve the services we offer and promote.

Change Settings

Welcome. You can control how we use cookies and 3rd party services below

Change Settings Accept
Learn how we use cookies