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Senior Buns

What should you expect and do as your rabbit ages?

By Caroline Charland

senior rabbit articleRabbits are considered seniors at around the age of 7 or 8. It can, however, be difficult to tell the age of an adult rabbit. Younger rabbits grow and fill out. Their nails also tend to be very thin and sharp, and they are very active. But once a rabbit reaches adulthood, age becomes a guessing game — a 2-year-old rabbit can be no different in appearance or activity as 4-year-old rabbit.

As rabbits become seniors, their skin becomes a little baggier, which gives their fur a slightly wrinkled appearance. Their nails tend to become thicker and brittle, and their eyes might be duller. And, of course, they get a little stiffer and are not as active as a young rabbit. 

Signs Of An Aging Rabbit
Rabbits are all different — some may have health problems as they age while others won’t have any. Be prepared, and know which signs are a concern.

More napping: Rabbits tend to nap more as they get older. You may notice that your rabbit takes longer naps or naps more often. This is totally normal and just part of getting old. Do make sure, though, that you have a nice soft thick bed or pillow for your rabbit to lie on. It needs a choice of several comfy spots to rest.

For the full article, pick up the 2011 issue of Rabbits USA or click here to buy the issue.

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