Congrats on welcoming home your new pet

The Petco NEW rabbit Guide

We’ll help you navigate pet parenthood with helpful tips, expert guidance and recommendations for every milestone.

1. SETTING UP THE PERFECT HOME

Fill your space with supplies and essentials before your rabbit arrives to help them feel comfortable and safe from the start.

Habitats

An ideal habitat is at least four times the size of the rabbit so they can fully stretch out and hop around.

Hay racks and food bowls

Keep food and hay off the ground so it doesn’t get soiled.

Water bottles and bowls

Offer clean, fresh water in a water bottle or a bowl, and make sure to refill daily.

Bedding

Place 1–2 inches of shredded or pelleted paper bedding in your rabbit’s habitat.

Hide boxes

Provide them with a safe place to hide away when they want privacy.

Litter boxes

Train them to use a litter box with special litter made just for rabbits.

2. Finding the right food

Set a strong foundation for your new pet’s physical health with quality nutrition.

Food

Feed them a species-appropriate, high-fiber, low-sugar diet.

Treats

Be sure treats make up no more than 10 percent of their diet and include quality ingredients plus vital nutrients so they stay at a healthy weight.

Hay

Provide unlimited amounts of grass hay, like Timothy, orchard grass, oat or meadow hay.

3. KEEPING YOUR RABBIT HAPPY

Bond and play with your new pet every day to help socialize them and make them feel more comfortable in their own home.

Toys

Fill your rabbit’s home with toys and rotate them regularly to help prevent boredom.

Playpen

Allows them to get additional exercise and explore outside of their habitat safely.

Harness & leash

With training, some rabbits can learn to explore in a properly fitted harness and leash.

4. Understanding your rabbit

By learning more about their behaviors, you can help support their social health and strengthen your bond.

Binky

When rabbits are happy, their jumping and twisting is called a “binky.”

Twitching noses

Although experts aren’t sure why their nose twitches so much, we know a clean, dry, twitchy nose is a sign of good health.

Coprophagy (Ingesting stool)

If you see your rabbit eat their stool, don’t worry; the softer, nutrient-rich stools they produce early in the morning or late night provide vitamins and minerals when ingested.

5. BUILDING A ROUTINE

A consistent routine for cleaning, bathing and dental care can help support their wellbeing while they settle in.

Brushes

Use a soft brush weekly—or a few times a week if you have a long-haired rabbit—to help decrease hair ingestion and prevent tangles.

Nail care

We recommend clipping your rabbit’s nails once a month to help prevent discomfort and keep their nails at an appropriate length.