November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! While dogs and cats get most of the attention, there are also many lovable older bunnies that need homes. A Fort Myers, FL offers some advice on adopting a senior rabbit below.
There are some pretty great advantages to adopting an older rabbit. For one thing, they’re super cute. Older rabbits are also often quite personable. While they may not be as frisky as baby bunnies, they’re still really fun. Senior bunnies tend to be very lovable and cuddly, and often settle in quite easily. Your furry buddy may also be litterbox trained, which is a huge plus.
Adopting any animal is a huge decision. There definitely are some things for you to think over before proceeding. Bunnies can live about 8 to 12 years, so be sure you’re ready for a lifelong commitment. Your furball will be more prone to illness and injury than a younger bunny would be. If you have other pets, you’ll want to consider them as well.
Setting things up for an older rabbit is a little different than petproofing for a baby bunny. You’ll still need to do all the basic bunnyproofing, such as hiding small or sharp objects and protecting baseboards and furniture legs. However, you’ll also want to take steps to make sure your furry pal doesn’t injure herself slipping and falling. Setting out carpet runners or mats can help provide traction on hard floors. Floppy will also need a comfy bed. Keep your bun’s age in mind when setting her cage up and deciding where to put it. Pick a quiet spot where your tiny friend can see you and hear you, but won’t feel too exposed.
If you’ve never had a rabbit before, you’ll probably be facing a bit of a learning curve when it comes to Floppy’s care. Bunnies have some very specific needs, which are different from those of cats and dogs. Do plenty of research, and ask your vet for advice.
Once Floppy feels safe and settled, you may really see her fun and frisky side emerge. Binkies are basically bunny happy dances, and they’re as adorable as they sound. Senior bunny binkies are always extra cute!
Do you have questions about bunny care? Please feel free to contact us, your Fort Myers, FL animal clinic, anytime!