Planning to buy or adopt a bunny in Taiwan?
Read this article to learn more about what you’re getting yourself into!
Most pet shops in Taiwan sell bunnies. They’re cute and fluffy, what more could you want?
But actually properly taking care of a bunny in Taiwan is a bit of challenge.
First of all, you need to make sure you’re capable of giving the bun the care it needs.
They require full time care!
Even though bunnies are small and cute, that doesn’t mean they’re easy to take care of.
You should understand that rabbits are hyper animals, which require a lot of attention.
You can’t just leave them in a cage for their entire lives!
I also wouldn’t recommend them as a pet for small children because rabbits are quite fragile, and they don’t like being handled.
Actually, they’re just as hard to take care of as a dog or a cat, maybe even harder.
So make sure you know what you’re getting into!
If you have been in Taiwan during the summer, it’s like walking around in a sauna.
Fun fact: Rabbits can handle cold temperatures much better than hot temperatures.
Of course, if you have air-con, like most apartments in Taiwan do, the heat won’t really be a problem.
But you still need to make sure your rabbit isn’t overheating!
Make sure he has plenty of water!
Ice-packs can also be great for hot days. Put a ice-pack in your bun’s cage on hot days, and it will make his life a lot more comfortable.
Food & Cages:
Rabbits need a wide variety of food to remain healthy and happy.
You’ll need to buy, pellets, fresh hay, water, and vegetables.
And the odd snack here and there!
Thankfully, it’s easy to find these supplies in Taiwan.
Rabbits need lots of hay, Timothy Hay is recommended.
Speaking of food, I recommend buying heavy ceramic bowls for water and pellets.
Bunnies need to drink a lot of water, and it’s easier for them to drink it out of a bowl than a water bottle.
I recommend building your own cage with metal bars you can find in hardware stores.
Each bar costs like 200 TWD and you can make a decent sized cage with a few of them.
Or you can buy those already-made dog cages.
Either way, there needs to be enough room for the bunny to lie down and move around, the more space the better.
If you don’t have enough room for a cage in your apartment, maybe it’s best to postpone buying a bunny until you get a bigger place.
We had my brother bring a rabbit hutch from Canada over here, it works well, but it’s a little small.
Once the basics are taken care of, the real fun begins!
Neutering & Spaying:
Every pet bun should be neutered or spayed.
You might think it’s unnecessary if you only have one.
That may be true, but rabbits have the tendency to spray pee on anything they deem valuable.
And most of the time, this means they’ll spray on you or your stuff.
They can also get crazy-horny, which means they’ll try to hump anyone or anything in sight.
Not to mention the aggressive issues like growling and biting!
Yes, rabbits can growl.
Few things are as gross as having all your lower legs covered in rabbit pee… and then molested.
These aren’t innocent little misty sprays either, it’s actually impressive how much pee can come out of a rabbit.
It’s almost like a water balloon popping on the floor.
Male and female rabbits spray, and neutering/spaying them usually eliminates this problem.
Neutering or spaying is recommended because it gets rid of a lot of undesirable rabbit behaviors, which makes them much better pets.
For example, it makes them less stinky and easier to toilet train.
And it also reduces risk of cancer!
Long story short, pet rabbits should be spayed or neutered.
Where Can I Neuter/Spay a Rabbit in Taiwan?
Finding a vet that can neuter or spay rabbits in Taiwan is pretty much impossible unless you can read Chinese.
There really is a lack of English information for these kind of things in Taiwan.
Luckily for you, I found a vet that offers reasonable rates.
After we got him neutered, his behavior improve like crazy. It took him a couple of months to adapt, but afterwards he’s much cleaner, less stinky, never sprays pee, and is totally litter trained.
My only regret is we didn’t neuter him soon. You should neuter or spay bunnies as soon as they are old enough, otherwise you’ll be dealing with a bunch of pee and random poos everywhere.
Some charge up to 6,000 TWD ($200 USD) for the procedure.
We found one for 5,000 TWD ($170 USD)
Most vets speak English.
If you use this particular vet, the first rabbit health check is free.
(They have to check to see if the rabbit is healthy enough to handle the procedure.)
The process is quick and simple. But he’ll need to wear a cone of shame for awhile.
Potty Training a Rabbit:
You can toilet train rabbits to use a litter box, and it’s much easier if they’re neutered or spayed.
The amount of time it takes depends on the individual rabbit.
Some are stubborn, while others get the point immediately.
Our bun took awhile to figure out what he’s supposed to do, and he still leaves the odd poo here and there.
The way I toilet trained our bun was to take note of where he usually pees on our floor (he’s free roam most of the time) and then put a litter box in that spot.
Most bunnies will pee in the same spot, once they find one they like, usually corners.
Then you have to put something that smells like the bunny in the litter box (some tissue with pee on it or some poos) and put it in that spot.
After awhile, they should understand what they’re supposed to do.
I recommend cat-size litter boxes, and use wood-pellets for litter.
Sometimes you’ll need more than one litter box.
Un-neutered rabbits will do these soft territorial poos that stinky like hell and are difficult to clean.
Since rabbits are hyper animals and need a lot of running-around time, it’s recommend to let them free roam in your house.
Of course, this means you’ll have to hide your chew-able stuff.
I had a few important cables fall victim to my bunny’s bites!
Keep cables out of reach or buy cable protectors.
Just keep in mind, rabbits love your bed.
And when they love something they usually pee and poo all over it (lovely!)
Rabbits are a lot more difficult to train than dogs or cats. They don’t really understand as much.
To get a rabbit to stop ruining you bed, you’ll have to keep repeating the same discipline until he gets it.
Just push him off the bed and say NO, eventually he’ll get the point.
Of course not all rabbits will ruin your bed, but most can’t resist.
When a rabbit is happy, he’ll start zooming around the house.
They also like to do “Binkies” which are random jumps and head shakes.
If you see your bun doing this, it means he or she is a happy bun.
When a rabbit is comfortable and sleepy, he’ll do a flop.
Which is an extremely dramatic way to fall asleep.
Basically they fall on their side to sleep.
Sometimes it’s scary to see them sleeping like this because it looks like they’re dead.
Especially when they have their eyes open!
Yes, bunnies sleep with their eyes open.
But they’re actually way too comfortable.
Rabbits sometimes run around you in circles, and run between your legs.
This can be annoying when you’re trying to walk.
But it basically means he likes you.
Or it could mean he’s trying to court you!
Wrapping It Up:
So that’s the basics of taking care of a rabbit.
The main issue you’ll have with taking care of a rabbit in Taiwan is the heat.
Get ice-packs or something to cool them down on hot summer days.
And make sure they have lots of water and food.
Clean their cages often to avoid mold too.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article on how to take care of rabbits.
Hope you found it helpful.
If you have a question, leave it below.