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The latest family member is Cornelius, an older bunny that I am fostering/ok, adopting from SaveABunny. They think he is about 8/9 years old given his boney back and state of his nails. He's adorable, very friendly and almost puppy-like in behaviour. He's also fairly blind and bumps into things if I don't remember to shut cupboard doors! Is there anything special I should be looking for to take care of him in his retirement years? His appetite is very good (despite his mini-lop size he eats pellets and herbs faster than the younger buns) and is using his litter box well. Cornelius (aka Cornichon, Corny) seems to sleep a lot, but other than that is happier to have cuddles and is generally a very mellow bunny. Any insights on a boomer bunny are welcome!
OH Cornelius!! I only volunteer once a week at SaveABunny, so it's hard for me to sometimes remember every bunny, but what a big heart you have! How wonderful fo him! I do have tips to help with bunnies who are blind or going blind. I will email them to you as I don't have them in a form that is ready to be posted on the site somewhere.
UPDATE: Here are some good articles about elder buns:
http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchP....htm (this is a bit more to get through, but it is helpful to know what to keep an eye on)
http://www.ohare.org/vol5_3.htm#geriatric (sort of summary of the above)
Two of my rabbits are between 6 and 7 and so this is good for me too to look ahead.
Thanks for all the posts.. Cornelius has actually started doing binkies in the morning! For an old guy he certainly has a lot of personality and moments of high energy followed by really deep sleep (unlike the other buns, he won't wake up when I am in the room pottering around). I can highly recommend an older rescue bunny based on my experience
Oh man, moo's last post actually made me laugh out loud. That's rare. Woo!
That actually made me giggle too... the mental image of it!