February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month! If you’re ready to bring a new pet into your home, you may want to consider adopting a rabbit. Bunnies may not be as popular as dogs and cats, but they are absolutely adorable, and can make wonderful pets. Read on as a Mesa, AZ vet discusses adopting a rescued rabbit.

Research

Bunnies are quite different from dogs and cats, and they have different care needs. One thing that is very important to understand is the fact that rabbits are basically adorable little chewing machines. Floppy has open-rooted teeth, so she needs to chew constantly to keep her teeth from overgrowing. You’ll need to provide your pet with lots of suitable chew toys.

Bunnyproof

In order to protect both your pet and your belongings, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. You’ll need to cover or put away anything you don’t want Floppy chewing on, such as toxic plants and personal items. Seal off empty spaces behind and beneath furniture. Ask your vet for more information.

Find A Vet

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Floppy to the vet for an exam. Your furry friend should also be fixed, and will need certain vaccinations. While you’re there, get some specific tips on your bunny’s diet and care needs.

Picking Floppy

Rabbits vary quite widely in size, color, and coat length. Take some time, and look for the bunny that completely melts your heart. You’ll also want to spend some time with Floppy, and make sure that she’s a good match for you and your household. After all, adoption is forever!

Cage Setup

A good cage setup is very important. Choose one with a solid floor, as wire floors can cause injuries. You’ll need to add a hidey-hole, dishes, a water bottle, and, of course, plenty of toys. You can include a litterbox and hayrack as well. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Wait For Binkies

Our animal companions have some adorable ways of letting on when they are content. Cats purr, dogs wag their tails, and bunnies do binkies. Binkies are basically bunny happy dances, and yes, they’re as cute as they sound. With time, patience, and lots of TLC, you’ll be watching your adorable pet’s binkies in no time!

Do you have questions about rabbit care? Contact us, your Mesa, AZ vet clinic, today!