Tips for Adopting Bunnies

Easter is coming up, and bunnies are definitely in the spotlight. Bunny adoptions are always a concern at this time of year. Many people adopt them on impulse, either as gifts or simply due to falling for their adorable faces. However, rabbits are living beings, and they need quite a bit of TLC. Read on as a local Tampa, FL vet lists some things to consider before becoming a rabbit owner.

Bunnies Chew Everything

Don’t let that adorable face fool you: bunnies are chewing machines! Rabbits have open-rooted teeth, so they need to chew constantly to wear their choppers down. You’ll need to provide your little buddy with plenty of grass hay and lots of appropriate chew toys.

Floppy Needs Free Time

Your furry friend will need a roomy, comfortable cage, but don’t make the mistake of thinking she should stay in it all the time. Bunnies need several hours a day of free time!

Rabbits Can Be Messy Roommates

One thing to consider before getting any pet is how much of a mess they’ll make. Bunnies can be litterbox trained, and they can be taught to chew properly. However, you may still find yourself picking up the occasional pellet, or, during molts, vacuuming fur off the sofa.

Bunnyproofing Is A Must

In order to protect both your pet and your belongings, you’ll need to do plenty of bunnyproofing. This means keeping anything you don’t want Floppy eating, such as medicines, chemicals, and small or sharp object, out of paws’ reach. You’ll also need to seal off bunny-sized openings, and cover or treat things like baseboard and furniture legs. Ask your vet for more information.

Rabbits Need Love

Just like any other pet, bunnies need to feel loved, safe, and comfortable to truly thrive. You’ll need to spend lots of time with Floppy. You’ll also need to keep up with her grooming and veterinary care needs.

Adoption Is Forever

Did you know that most bunnies are rehomed at least once? This is very sad, because rabbits get quite attached to their humans. It’s important to be sure that Floppy is right for you. Before proceeding, do plenty of research and consult your vet. We’ve touched on a few key things in this blog, but there’s lots more to learn.

Hoppy Easter! Please contact us, your Tampa, FL animal hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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