Bunny Care Guide: Can Bunnies Wear Clothes?

Updated on May 21, 2008

Too cute for this shirt... so cute it hurts...

Can you put your bunny in clothes? Yes. Wicket is modeling a little pink sports sweater in the picture to demonstrate just how amenable bunnies can be to wearing clothing. It's a natural human urge to want to dress our pets, no doubt an extension of the maternal or paternal instincts that make us want to clothe our children. Keep in mind though that there are a few common sense precautions that you need to take ahead of time.

Is Your Bunny Handleable? If you haven't handled your bunny much and it doesn't like to be picked up or stroked or played with at all, then you should not be putting clothes on it. First of all, you will stress the bunny out by doing this, and increase the chances of you hurting it by mistake. Second of all, it may be very hard to remove the clothes if something goes wrong if your rabbit is not accustomed to regular handling. If you haven't got to the stage of trust with your rabbit where you can handle it safely and comfortably, then you need to take the time and do the groundwork to make friends with your rabbit. This could easily take several months, but if you have the patience and the time, you'll find that it pays off in far more ways than one.

Find clothes that fit. Sounds a little obvious, but it's really tempting to put clothes that don't fit very well on bunnies just because they are cute. The problem is that loose clothing, clothing that bunches in the wrong place, and clothing that gets caught up around the legs is a disaster waiting to happen. Remember that some bunnies have been known to break their own backs just from struggling whilst being handled, and that having clothing put on it is quite a foreign sensation.

Make sure your bunny is happy. Rabbits that are used to being handled may have no problem at all with having a little sweater put on them, and hop about quite happily that way. Other more highly stressed bunnies may find it quite distressing. If your rabbit fights you hard on this, then abandon the plan for another day, or perhaps altogether. As cute as a bunny wearing clothes is, its not worth stressing and hurting your bunny over.

Do not leave your rabbit unsupervised wearing clothes. They can cause it to overheat, get caught up on something, and they prevent the rabbit from grooming itself naturally. It might be cute to do for short periods of time, but give your bunny a break and let it out of the clothing before too much time has passed. I personally don't put my bunny in clothes for any more than 10-15 minutes.

Good luck. Remember to put your rabbit's health and happiness before your desire to see them do 'cute' things, and you are sure to have lots of fun with your bunny.

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      Carolyn 

      3 months ago

      Shoes? Is there any way you can post something about bunny safety with shoes? I’m not sure if rabbits are supposed to wear shoes or not. (Disclaimer: I do not put shoes on my rabbit)

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      Nancy 

      24 months ago

      I got my bunny diapers (Made in USA) from https://bunnydiapers.com/

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      Lucy 

      2 years ago

      My bunny loves his clothes if i dont put it on him he gets upset.

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      wendy 

      3 years ago

      Were do you buy bunny clothes

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      abby 

      3 years ago

      I got a bunny and I've been looking for bunny leashes and clothing but i can't find any good websites

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      shriah 

      5 years ago

      im getting a bunny for christmas and i just want to know if i can put cothes on my bunny the type of bunny iam getting is a lion head bunny

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      Claudia 

      5 years ago

      So no clothes for a long time? I wanted to get a little tshirt or vest for my oldest bunny because the younger one keeps cutting and some times pulling his fur. Now he has patches were his fur is close cropped to his skin and I haven't found a way to stop it, so I thought maybe if I covered him at least while it grows it may help.

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      Emma 

      6 years ago

      Can I get clothes at dollar tree for lionhead rabbit anyone giving away clothes for 5 to 1 dollars???

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      bunny 123 

      6 years ago

      my mom thougt that bunnies can't wear clothlos

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      faith 

      6 years ago

      i am getting a bunny

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      Tasha 

      7 years ago

      My bunnies like clothes, I don't really have a hard time putting them on because my bunnies laydown for me. It's cute =^-^=

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      Emily 

      7 years ago

      Is it cruel to put your bunny is clothe? Do they like it? I don't want people to think I am so cruel to my pet! Thx!:)

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      kasey 

      8 years ago

      yes you are right.

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      Selena Gomez 

      8 years ago

      I have a bunny Leo, he is a boy and soooo cute ! :)

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      makaila 

      8 years ago

      i have a boy bunny his name is hoppy im makaila im 9

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      viyonce 

      8 years ago

      pink clothes for my bunny

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      Chantal 

      8 years ago

      Cool! I know where to find bunny clothes. But you need to buy them in X-Small or XX-small.

      http://www.glamourdog.com/

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      Maddy 

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much I'm getting a bunny and I want to put her in a little shirt but I don't want the bunny to hate it or have people telling me it animal cruelty

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      ILOVEMYBUNNY 

      8 years ago

      I am trying to find out how to make my bunny a sweater but can't find out how any good websites?I'm going to paint her nails and put a bow on each ear but I think she needs clothes too!!! If you know of a good website with knit or crochet patterns that would be great thanks!!!:)

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      8 years ago

      Where did you get the shirt? Any good websites for clothes?

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      dfdgdshdsrhg 

      8 years ago

      cute

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      petzibbies 

      9 years ago

      my bunnie licerish is an amican fuzzie lop and she loves to ware an outfit evry once in a wile

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      lilly 

      9 years ago

      that helped so much thx a lot !!!!!!!!! if you could say were i could find some bunny clothes that would help even more!

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      lilly 

      9 years ago

      thanxs that a lot of help

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