Caring for an Older Rabbit

Did you know that rabbits become seniors as early as age 5? Floppy will still be adorable as she ages, but she will benefit from some extra TLC. In this article, an Aurora, CO veterinarian discusses caring for a rabbit in her golden years. 


Rabbits sometimes have trouble jumping up to their favorite spots. They can also slide on slippery surfaces. Set out mats or runners for Floppy, so she can get better traction. 


Bunnies usually age gracefully, so you may not see drastic or rapid changes. Over time, you’ll see things like weight loss, changes in coat color, and thinning fur. Floppy may sleep more than she did, and she may not be as playful or agile as she once was. Keep your vet apprised on these changes.


Watch for signs of illness or injury. This may include things like matted or soiled fur, tooth grinding, loss of mobility, and a dislike for being touched or held. Other red flags include changes in waste; drooling; lack of appetite; trouble eating; and discharge from the eyes or nose. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs, or anything else that seems off. 

Veterinary Care

We generally recommend that senior bunnies come in twice a year. However, if your furry friend develops any medical issues, she may need to come in more often. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. 


Keeping Floppy at a healthy weight will go a long way towards keeping her healthy. Generally, a low-calorie/high fiber diet is best. Also, make sure your pet always has plenty of fresh water. 


Floppy will have an easier time using a litter box with low sides. You’ll also want to make sure that she has comfy bedding to snuggle up in. Regular brushings will also keep your cute pet comfortable.


Entertainment is also important. Offer Floppy toys, and take time to play with her. Your buddy will also enjoy having things to explore, like newspaper tunnels and paper bags. 


Last but certainly not least, make sure your rabbit feels loved and safe. Talk to Floppy, pet her, and just pay attention to her. Binkies from senior bunnies are super cute! 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Aurora, CO veterinary clinic, we’re here to help! 

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