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6 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Bunny

Happy Easter! Whether you celebrate the spring holiday or not, you’ll likely be seeing lots of bunnies in stores and online today. Floppy makes an adorable pet! Unfortunately, however, many rabbits are still given as novelty ‘gifts’ for Easter, and soon rehomed. Read on as a local Happy Valley, OR vet lists some things to consider before adopting a bunny.

They Need Love Too

Bunnies have very different needs from dogs and cats. However, they do have one thing in common with Fido and Fluffy: they need lots of attention, and are happiest when they feel loved and safe.

They Will Chew Pretty Much Anything

Floppy has open-rooted teeth, which means that her choppers will never stop growing. You’ll need to provide your pet with plenty of fresh grass hay, as well as lots of suitable chew toys. This doesn’t need to be expensive: many wood, wicker, and cardboard items make great bunny playthings!

They Need Proper Care

Like any other pet, bunnies need good care to stay happy and healthy. Floppy will require a comfortable, roomy cage; proper nutrition; veterinary care; and playtime, as well as lots of love and TLC. Ask your vet for specific care recommendations, including nutritional advice, recommended veterinary care, toys, and cage setup.

They Need Daily Play Time

Living in a cage can get pretty boring. Floppy will need several hours of free time every day. Before you let your rabbit out of her cage, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. This means protecting or securing baseboards, wires, furniture legs, and personal items. You’ll also need to keep toxic plants, chemicals, medicine, plastic bags and wrappers, and small or sharp objects away from your furry little buddy.

Adoption Is For Life

The average lifespan for a well-cared for bunny is about 8-12 years. Before you bring one of these cute little furballs into your home, make sure that you can commit to caring for your new pet for the rest of her life.

They’re Full of Personality

We probably don’t have to tell you this, but bunnies are absolutely adorable. They can also be lovable, cuddly, temperamental, bossy, and stubborn! The happier and healthier Floppy is, the more you’ll see her personality come out.

Please contact us, your Happy Valley, OR vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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