Adopting A Rescued Rabbit

February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month! While rabbits aren’t as popular as dogs and cats, they do make pretty great animal companions. If you’re ready to adopt a new four-legged friend, you may want to consider getting a bunny. A Lexington, KY vet discusses adopting a rescued rabbit in this article.

Bunny Benefits

Bunnies have some unique traits that make them wonderful pets. First and foremost, they’re very cute. They don’t need walks, and can actually be litterbox-trained. They’re also absolutely hilarious to watch! Floppy will keep you smiling with adorable bunny antics like belly flops, bunny sprints, and binkies, which are basically bunny happy dances. They don’t need a lot of room, and should stay inside, which makes them a good option for apartment dwellers. Last but certainly not least, many bunnies are very cuddly and affectionate.

Things To Consider

While bunnies are absolutely wonderful pets, there are some things to consider before adopting one. First and foremost, these little furballs are basically super cute chewing machines. You’ll need to do some petproofing to protect both your pet and your belongings. Rabbits also tend to live longer than most smaller pets. With proper care, Floppy can live up to 12 years or even longer. Plus, your furball will also need lots of attention, as well as several hours of free time every day. You’d also need to consider other pets. If you have a dog, Fido may see Floppy as a toy, which can be quite dangerous. Finally, keep in mind that adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment, and definitely not something to take lightly. Unfortunately, many rabbits are adopted around Easter, only to be rehomed shortly after. Make sure that you are ready, willing, and able to care for your furry pal for the rest of her life.

Getting Ready

If all lights are green, it’s time to start preparing for your new pet. Many local rescues and shelters have rabbits available for adoption. You’ll need to get a big, comfy cage. Choose one with a solid floor, as wire floors can be dangerous. Floppy will also need a hidey-hole, dishes, a water bottle, and, of course, lots of toys. Ask your vet for specific advice on your furry buddy’s diet and care needs.

Do you have questions about bunny care? Please reach out to us, your Lexington, KY vet clinic, anytime!

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