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Adopting A Rescued Rabbit

February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month! Bunnies may not be as popular as dogs or cats, but they really can make wonderful pets. If you’re considering adopting a bunny, this is a great time to do so! Read on as a local Somerville, MA vet discusses adopting a rescued bunny.

Bunny Benefits

Bunnies have some very unique qualities that make them wonderful pets. They don’t need to be walked, and, like cats, can be litterbox-trained. They’re very quiet, which makes them a great option for apartment dwellers. These little furballs are also highly entertaining, not to mention absolutely adorable. Plus, many rabbits are super affectionate, and love cuddling up with their humans.

Things To Consider

Sadly, many bunnies are rehomed at least once in their lifetimes. People often fall for Floppy’s adorable face, without understanding her needs or temperament. There are some things to think about before adopting a rabbit. Bunnies need lots of attention and free time. Be prepared to give your pet lots of TLC! They also live much longer than many smaller pets. Floppy can live over 12 years with proper care. Make sure you’re ready for kind of commitment! Of course, if you rent your place, you’ll also need to make sure rabbits are allowed.

Proceeding

If all of this sounds good to you, it’s time to find your rabbit. Bunnies all have their own personalities. Some are timid and shy, some are little bundles of mischief, and some are, well, kind of bossy. Spend time with Floppy before deciding.

Preparing

Before bringing your new bunny home, you’ll want to pick up some essential bunny supplies. Floppy will need a comfy cage; plenty of toys; dishes; a water bottle; and a hidey hole. You’ll also need to do a lot of bunnyproofing. Address anything your adorable pet may want to eat, play with, or chew on. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Helping Floppy Adjust

Your rabbit will need some time to adjust to her new surroundings. Don’t force attention on her at first. Just talk to her in a gentle voice, and offer toys and treats. You may want to keep Floppy confined to a small area to start. You can expand her terrain as she settles in.

Please reach out to us, your Somerville, MA vet clinic, for all of your bunny’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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