Did you know that February is Adopt A Rescued Bunny Month? Of course, any time is a good time to give one of these adorable little furballs a good home. However, if you’ve been considering adopting a rabbit, this is a great time to do it! A local Downingtown, PA vet offers tips on adopting a rescued bunny in this article.
Bunnies are very different from dogs and cats, so if you’ve never had one before, you’ll need to do lots of research. Rabbits often get rehomed, in large part because people just fall for their cute faces and adopt them on impulse, without understanding how to care for them or realizing how much attention they need. Adopting a pet is a huge commitment! Don’t proceed unless you are ready, willing, and able to give Floppy great TLC for the rest of her life.
Bunnies are basically little chewing machines, so you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Anything that your pet can reach is likely to get nibbled on. Remove, secure, or protect things like furniture legs, baseboards, toxic plants, chemicals, wires, and medication. Block off openings behind and beneath cabinets, and pick up personal items, like shoes.
Floppy will spend a lot of time in her cage, so be sure to get one that is comfortable for her. The cage should be big enough to allow your bunny to stretch, stand up, hop around, play, and eat without tripping over her belongings or touching the cage sides. Choose one with a solid floor, as wire bottom cages can be dangerous. You’ll also need to add substrate, a hidey-hole, dishes, a water bottle, and toys. Ask your vet for specific advice.
You’ll need to find a veterinarian that is experienced with rabbits. If Floppy hasn’t been fixed yet, we recommend doing this ASAP. She’ll also need regular exams, as well as a few vaccinations. This is a great time to get some professional advice on your pet’s care needs.
While the vicious killer bunny depicted in Monty Python’s Holy Grail was obviously way over the top, rabbits can be stubborn and a bit feisty. Of course, every bunny is different. Spend time with Floppy, and make sure she’s a good fit for your household.
Please contact us, your Downingtown, PA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!