Easter is just around the corner! Rabbits are definitely hopping into the spotlight this week. Floppy can make a wonderful pet! However, she does need a lot of love and care. Unfortunately, there is still an ongoing problem with bunnies being adopted at Easter, only to be rehomed soon after. This is very sad, as bunnies become quite traumatized by being rehomed. A Potomac, MD vet offers some tips on adopting a bunny in this article.
Like any other pet, Floppy needs good food, a comfy habitat, fresh water, and proper veterinary care. However, those things are just the basics. If you’ve never had a bunny before, do plenty of research before adopting one. Rabbits have some very unique care needs. For instance, they need to chew constantly to prevent painful dental issues. Take the time you need to learn about your new buddy.
Bunnies need plenty of free time out of their cages every day. However, in order to protect both your furball and your belongings, you’ll need to bunnyproof the areas Floppy will be allowed out in. That entails removing or securing anything that isn’t safe, such as small or sharp objects, plastic bags and ties, and anything that could be toxic. You’ll also need to protect things like furniture legs, baseboards, and even doors.
One thing you’ll want to do right away is schedule an appointment with a vet that sees rabbits. They can be a wonderful resource on the in’s and outs of bunny care and behavior! Ask for specific advice on Floppy’s habitat, diet, grooming, and care needs.
Going to a new home is a big deal for our furry friends. Give Floppy time to settle in a bit before you try to handle or pet her too much. You can help gain her trust by talking to her gently and offering toys and treats.
By adopting Floppy, you’re promising to care for her for the rest of her life. The average lifespan of a pet rabbit is about 5 to 8 years. However, Floppy can live to be 12 or even longer with good care. That’s a pretty long term commitment! Make sure you’re ready for it.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Gaithersburg, MD animal clinic, anytime!