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7 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Bunny

As Easter approaches, stores and social media sites are filling up with adorable bunnies. Unfortunately, at this time of year, many people adopt little bunnies, often without realizing what rabbits need to stay happy and healthy. This can be very traumatic for poor Floppy! It’s very important to do research before adopting a pet. Here, a local Orangevale, CA vet lists some things to consider before adopting a bunny.

Cage

A clean, comfy cage is definitely a must! Floppy should be able to stand up, hop around, play, and stretch out, all without touching the top or sides of her cage. We recommend getting a mesh cage with a solid bottom. Your cute pet will also need a hide box, dishes, and toys. As for substrate, be sure to avoid pine and cedar, which are not safe for bunnies. You’ll need to clean your four-legged buddy’s pet palace regularly. Ask your vet for more information.

Chewing

If Floppy doesn’t chew enough, her teeth will grow too long and cause painful dental issues. Bunnies need lots of chew toys! Plan to provide lots of suitable playthings.

Bunnyproofing

Bunnies need daily time out of their cages. You’ll need to do some bunnyproofing before letting Floppy out to play. This entails removing or securing dangerous objects, such as toxic plants, chemicals, and sharp objects, and blocking your pet’s access to things like baseboards, wires, and furniture legs. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Diet

Make sure you can provide your furball with proper nutrition. Floppy’s menu should consist of plenty of fresh grass hay, which is crucial to bunnies; commercial pellets; safe, suitable fresh produce; and the occasional treat. Fresh water is also crucial. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Potty Training

Bunnies can be litterbox trained, but potty-training takes time and effort. In the meantime, you’ll need to pick up after Floppy. Be sure that is something you can handle.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is crucial to Floppy’s health. In addition to keeping up with your pet’s basic veterinary care needs, you’ll need to research and watch for signs of illness. Ask your vet for more information.

Love

Floppy needs to feel loved to be truly happy. Make sure you have time to spend with your furry friend!

Do you have questions about bunny care? Contact us, your Orangevale, CA animal clinic, today!

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