A rabbit needs to live in a roomy, secure cage, either indoors or outdoors. An indoor cage has a plastic base with a wire top. And outdoor cage is normally wooden, with a wire bottom and a wooden sleeping area, and it is raised off the ground. It should also be weatherproof. Either type of cage should be big enough for the rabbit to hop around, stretch out, and stand up on its hind legs. It should also have a secure door. If a wire cage has no wooden area, give your rabbit something solid to sit on to prevent foot sores. You will also need to provide a hiding area, a water bowl or bottle, and a food bowl. The cage should be kept clean. In hot weather, freeze large soda bottles filled with water and place it in your rabbits cage so it can keep cool. In cold weather, place a sheet or tarp over the cage. Two or more rabbits should NOT live in the same cage, they will most likely fight and be injured, or a male and female will produce too many offspring, and these will not be raised properly by the stressed mother. Two sisters may live together, but even then it is still possible for them to fight when they reach maturity. It is safest for a rabbit to live by itself.
A rabbits diet should consist of mostly hay, with some pellets and very small amounts of safe fruits or vegetables. Give one or two large handfuls of hay daily. The hay should be fresh smelling and slightly green. Hang it up so it does not become soiled. Pellets should be fresh and of good quality. Give a full bowl daily to a rabbit under 6 months, and 1/4 cup or slightly more daily to a rabbit over 6 months. Good fruits and vegetables are carrots, apples, lettuce, celery and bananas, but only a small amount of any of these, at least every few days.
Handling and Exercise
All of our rabbits are handled from birth and are very tame. Be sure to handle your rabbit gently every day. Rabbits also need exercise, at least 15 to 20 minutes daily if possible. You can let it run in a closed room, but watch it carefully to be sure it doesn't chew on something it shouldn't. You can also buy a rabbit harness and lead to exercise it in the garden. Make sure there are no dogs or cats around first.
This is basic health information and should not replace veterinary advice.
If a rabbit gets diarrhea, do not give it pellets or fruits or vegetables. Give it large amounts of hay and plenty of water. When it clears up it can get its normal diet again.
If your rabbit gets bald spots, flaking skin, and scabs, it might have mites. Pulvex Cat and Bird Powder for fleas works very well. Simply rub a little powder in where the problem is, then rinse out its cage and apply powder. Keep the rabbit somewhere else for a few hours, and then wipe out the powder and put the rabbit back. Repeat once a week until it has cleared up.
When your rabbits nails get long, you can carefully trim off just the tips using small nail clippers.
If you have any other concerns I would be happy to send you some links to helpful rabbit health websites.