Easter is jus t around the corner. At this time of year, bunny adoptions often rise substantially, as people give them to children as Easter gifts. Sadly, many of these adorable rabbits are rehomed or returned a few weeks later, often because people just don’t know what to expect. We know, bunnies are super cute, but they need love and good care to thrive. Before adopting any pet, it’s important to do some research. A local Fort Collins, CO vet offers some advice on adopting rabbits below.
The first thing bunny owners need to understand is that these adorable little furballs are chewing machines. This is a source of frustration for many first-time bunny owners. People often don’t realize that this behavior is based on a physical need, and then get upset when their pet destroys their purse or shoes. You’ll need to do lots of bunnyproofing. (See our prior blog on this.) You’ll also need to give Floppy lots of chew toys.
W hile all our animal friends have their own specific needs, rabbits are somewhat unique in that the bulk of their diets should consist of fresh hay. This should be supplemented with commercial bunny food and fresh produce. Ask your vet for specific information.
Rabbits should live indoors. Pets are always happiest when they’re with their humans! A clean, comfortable cage is a must. That said, your little buddy will need lots of time out of her cage. Make sure Floppy gets at least 4-5 hours of ‘recess’ daily.
Just like any other pet, rabbits need proper veterinary care to thrive. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also want to get specific advice on things like grooming, play, potential illnesses, and, of course, treats.
Now, on to the fun part. Rabbits look very innocent, but they can actually be quite stubborn and opinionated, which can be highly entertaining. Of course, Floppy isn’t always cranky. If you do something that pleases your furry friend, she may reward you with binkies, which are basically bunny happy dances. Think of them as the rabbit equivalent of purrs or tail wags. (And yes, binkies are just as cute as they sound.)
As your local Fort Collins, CO veterinary clinic, we’re here to help. Call us anytime!