February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month! If you’re considering getting yourself a new pet, you may want to think about giving Floppy a wonderful home. Bunnies really do make great animal companions. A local vet offers some tips on adopting a rescued bunny in this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.
Many bunnies are just happier with a pal to play with and snuggle up to. Consider getting a bonded pair. You’ll also be helping two good friends stay together, which is a wonderful act of kindness.
When you bring Floppy home, give her time to settle into her cage and adjust a bit. Don’t try to hold her right away. To build trust, hold out a treat and call her to you. Also, try to avoid picking your pet up unexpectedly, especially from behind. This could frighten her, and could interfere with the bonding process.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your furry friend to the vet for a thorough exam. If Floppy hasn’t been fixed yet, you may want to see to that as well. While you’re there, get some tips on your new pet’s diet and care needs.
Most rescues should be able to give you at least a basic idea on what your bunny needs. A good cage is a must. Don’t get one with a wire floor, as it won’t hold substrate. You’ll need to add dishes, a hidey hole, and a water bottle. A litterbox and hayrack are optional, but helpful. Floppy will also need plenty of toys, including suitable chew toys.
Grass hay should make up the largest portion of your bunny’s diet. This can be supplemented with pellets and fresh produce. Not all fruits and veggies are safe for bunnies, so you’ll need to do a bit of research. Ask your vet for more information.
Rabbits need several hours of free time daily. Before letting Floppy out to play, you’ll need to remove or secure anything you don’t want her chewing. That includes furniture legs, small or sharp items, wires and cords, shoes, and other personal items. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Contact us at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, anytime. We’re here to help!