November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! You may see a lot of articles and posts about adopting older dogs and cats, but what about rabbits? These adorable little furballs make wonderful pets! And, just like dogs and cats, they often do have a hard time finding a forever home once they have reached their golden years. A local Fort Myers, FL vet offers some helpful tips on adopting a senior rabbit below.
There are many reasons to consider adopting a senior bunny. For one thing, they are absolutely adorable! Rabbits can be very charming and personable, and they really do have a way of melting people’s hearts. Of course, this is also just a wonderful thing to do for a sweet bunny. Giving that one lucky pet a second chance at a comfortable retirement is really something to feel great about!
Keep your cute pet’s age in mind as you get things ready for her. A good, roomy cage is a must. Choosing the right spot is also very important. Floppy probably won’t be comfortable being in the center of things. A quiet corner of a family room or living room is often ideal. We recommend getting a litterbox with low sides, which will be easy for her to use. It’s also a good idea to set out non-slip mats or carpets in the areas where your bunny will be allowed to roam.
When you get your furry friend home, give her a few days to settle in. Talk to Floppy, and offer her toys and treats, but don’t try to grab her or force attention on her. Rabbits can be very lovable and affectionate, but they do need time to adjust to new surroundings.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Floppy to meet her new doctor. A thorough exam is definitely in order. Just like any other animal, bunnies can become more prone to certain illnesses as they age. Your pet will also have slightly different care than a younger rabbit would. This is a great time to ask your vet for some specific advice on things like nutrition, comfort, warning signs to look for, and grooming.
Please reach out to us, your local Fort Myers, FL vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re always ‘hoppy’ to help!