How to Care for an Older Rabbit

By Christine

The limitations caused by aging catch up with everyone, including your fluffy bunny, who may be full of vigor and energy at the moment. Keeping an eye on your pet helps you notice the signs that indicate he’s getting along in years and make adjustments to his upkeep.

So, it’s helpful to know how to care for an older rabbit to ensure he continues to have a good quality of life and possibly extend his lifespan

At What Age Is a Rabbit Considered Old?

Several factors affect how fast rabbits age. These include size, breed, genetics, and the like. In general, smaller buns live longer than their giant kins.

Here’s a rough guide on rabbits’ lifespans.

These include mini and dwarf breeds, whose weights range between 1 and 5 pounds.

Lifespan: 12 to 13 years Considered senior: From 8 years onwards


Medium Breeds

Medium-sized rabbits weigh between 5.5 to 10 pounds. Some bun breeds in this category are the French and English Angora, Harlequin, Mini Lop, and Standard Chinchilla.

Lifespan: 9 to 10 years Considered old: 6 years and above

Rabbits fall under the large-sized classification if they weigh over 10 pounds. These buns include the giants or those that can grow as big as a small dog.

Large Breeds

Lifespan: 4 to 7 years Considered old: 4 years up

Signs Your Rabbit Is Getting Older

As buns grow older, they’ll start showing physical signs and limitations. Because aging is an individual process, not all senior rabbits will exhibit the same manifestations of old age.

However, you may observe the following as your furry companion advances in years.


Thinning Fur

Scaling on Ears

Scaling on Ears

Changes in Energy Level


Reduced Agility

Weight Loss

How to Care for an Older Rabbit

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Due to the physical limitations that older rabbits experience, you’ll need to make adjustments to many aspects of their care.

* Place Rugs and Mats Around the House * Encourage Exercise * Pay Attention to Their Grooming Needs

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