If you have read Harry Potter novels, you know that magical creatures need to be cared for as well as non-magical animals. But how to care for a unicorn? Do unicorns need to be cared for in the first place?

I think we should ask our friend Hippolyta the unicorn about proper unicorn care. Let´s hear what Hippolyta has to say, and we will learn 5 heartwarming tips for unicorn care!

Hippolyta, Do Unicorns Need Humans As Caretakers?

Well, you can’t keep unicorns as pets, I can tell you that. We are highly intelligent and independent creatures, and you can not own a unicorn.

Unicorns are good at taking care of themselves, but there are certain things humans can do to improve unicorns’ well-being. I guess you could call that unicorn care.

Could You Please Explain Us How To Care For A Unicorn? For Example, Should We Build You A Stable?

Absolutely not! The first thing you should know is, that unicorns never want to be locked up. You should not lock up a unicorn in a stable, in a house or in a fence.

Unicorns need to be able to come and go as we want. We need our freedom and access to sunlight, and like I said, you can never own a unicorn.

However, you can build a shelter for a unicorn, as long as it doesn’t have a locked door. Unicorns appreciate a shelter against harsh weather, but please only build an open shelter for us!

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Only provide a unicorn with an open shelter. Unicorns don’t want to be locked up.

What Kind Of Food Should Humans Serve Unicorns?

It is not necessary to feed unicorns, because we are good at finding food, and we don’t even need to eat, actually. We get energy directly from sunlight through our horns. That is also why you should not lock up a unicorn; we need a free access to sunlight.

But unicorns do like tasty treats, and we rather enjoy eating, so we appreciate if you give us something yummy.

Just keep in mind, that you should only give unicorns clean food. If the food is spoiled at all, unicorns get sick easily. If you are not completely sure about the quality of the food, it is better not to give a unicorn anything.

Fruits, like apples and watermelons, are always a safe choice of food for a unicorn. Most unicorns have a sweet tooth, so if you give us some sweets, most of us will happily eat them.

Please do not give unicorns too much sweets, though. We have no self control at all, when it comes to sweets. We usually end up eating too much. My personal weakness is chocolate cupcakes; I could eat ten of those at once!

You need to know how to care for a unicorn the right way, and that is especially important, when it comes to feeding unicorns. If you want to know more about unicorns’ diet, I recommend you the post on unicorns’ eating habits.

How About Unicorn Hair Care? Would You Like Humans To Groom You?

We don´t need grooming to stay clean, because unicorns stay magically clean. However, unicorns do enjoy grooming. We find it soothing, when our coats are brushed and our manes and tails are combed.


There is something you should know, though. For some reason, many humans seem to associate unicorns with glitter. Humans don’t always know how to care for a unicorn the right way, and a common mistake they make is to decorate their unicorn friend with glitter!


Please do not decorate your unicorn´s mane, tail or coat with glitter! The glitter sold in craft stores is made of plastic, and unicorns don’t like that. Unicorns like natural things, not things made of plastic, like glitter.

I think unicorns’ hair and tail are pretty enough without any decoration, what do you think? If you want to, and your unicorn friend agrees, you can decorate a unicorn’s mane or tail with something natural, like flowers. But please, no glitter!

Unicorns Do Like To Keep Pretty, Though, Am I Right?

Oh yes, unicorns are beautiful, and we know that too. Sometimes, unicorns are even too aware of their own beauty. This brings me to another thing I should warn you about. As pretty as your unicorn friend is, don’t give them a mirror! 


Here´s the thing: Unicorns can get so drawn to their own reflection, that they get stuck in front of a mirror. Unicorns have been known to stand in one place for centuries, staring at their own reflection.

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Don’t give unicorn a mirror.

Hippolyta, Do Unicorns Get Sick At All? How To Care For A Sick Unicorn?

Unicorns rarely get sick, but it can happen. You should pay attention to a unicorn’s mane and tail; they should look shiny and healthy. If a unicorn’s mane or tail gets thin and dull, the unicorn is probably sick.

If a unicorn gets very tired and loses its energy, this is a strong indicator you have a sick unicorn. It is not normal at all for unicorns to be lethargic.

Like I mentioned before, spoiled food can make unicorns sick, so watch out. Make sure your unicorn friend has been exposed to enough sunlight. Moonlight can cheer us up too, but sunlight is our main source of energy, and it helps us regain our health.

You should not take a sick unicorn to see a vet! Vets don’t know how to care for a unicorn, I can tell you. And like I mentioned, unicorns only like natural things. Unicorns can not take any of the drugs vets prescribe for horses. Those drugs would only make us worse.

I have only been sick 3 times during the 150 years of my life. Sunlight and chocolate cupcakes have always made me better!

Thank You For Your Insights On How To Care For A Unicorn, Hippolyta. I Think Now We Are Ready To Sum Up The 5 Heartwarming Tips For Unicorn Care.

5 heartwarming tips for unicorn careWhat is your opinion on how to care for a unicorn? Do you have any additional tips to share? Please let us know in the comment section below. 🙂

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