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How to Entertain and Play With a Pet Rabbit

Updated on December 22, 2015

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Want to Play?

When a bunny wants to play, his ears are up, his body is slightly forward, and he directs his attention to you.
When a bunny wants to play, his ears are up, his body is slightly forward, and he directs his attention to you. | Source

Rabbits as Pets

Rabbits make wonderful pets. Raised with love, they are calm, playful, inquisitive, loyal, brave, funny, and personable. Some rabbits, like mine, are so perfectly litter boxed trained that they can have run of the house. Others do better in an X-pen setup with supervised playtime.

What exactly is playtime to a rabbit? Most house rabbits like it when you get down on the floor to play with them, or when you provide a variety of "toys" for them to discover, devour, destroy, or simply to nudge.

You don't have to spend a fortune on special rabbit toys. Here are some ideas to help you keep your rabbit's home life fun and entertaining.

Thumper Bounds in With Dried Grasses

Thumper gathers dried grasses from outside and brings them inside. He never knows what to do with what he gathers, so eventually he drops it and hops away.
Thumper gathers dried grasses from outside and brings them inside. He never knows what to do with what he gathers, so eventually he drops it and hops away. | Source

Thumper Plays With a Ball

House rabbits like healthy fun toys, like timothy hay balls.
House rabbits like healthy fun toys, like timothy hay balls. | Source

How to Play With a Rabbit

Rabbits are floor dwellers. They don't like being up too high, though they will sometimes seek out a chair for a nap. They may tolerate being held, but they truly prefer it when you play with them on their level. That means playing on the floor. Some of their favorite toys are:

  • Edible timothy grass balls,
  • Willow baskets or wreaths,
  • Small dried willow or natural grass squares,
  • Edible dried branches or sticks (including small well-washed tree stumps!)
  • Phone books,
  • Cardboard boxes,
  • Cardboard tunnels, especially cardboard concrete tubes from home stores;
  • Cardboard play houses.

Rabbits will push a timothy grass ball back to you, and will run through a tunnel to greet you if you put your face to one end and call to him. If you lie down on the floor with a willow wreath on your chest or back, he will jump on you and take the willow wreath away.

Many rabbits like to destroy the phone book, so you can try that to see if he is interested. My rabbit never took to destroying books, and prefers a small plastic tub over a cardboard box to play with and nap upon.

Some rabbits enjoy tossing noisy things into the air. Toss-toys include:

  • Jelly jar lids tied together;
  • Plastic toy keys (the type for children);
  • Knotted jute with large wood beads or blocks tied to it;
  • Balsa wood or other wood blocks;
  • Your shoes, or small kid's shoes for a smaller rabbit.

If your rabbits enjoys running through the house, try setting up a hallway obstacle course with pillows, throw rugs and random toys scattered about, or read the paragraph on agility training later in this article.

My rabbit loves to read! Rather, he enjoys listening to others read to him. Reading to your rabbit is especially fun for children who are learning to read, as it provides practice for the child and a playtime activity for the rabbit. Give it a try to see if your rabbit is a literary bun.

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Supervised Outdoor Playtime

If you have a completely enclosed patio or garden, rabbits absolutely love having outdoor playtime. It is key to remember that rabbits are prey animals; you have to watch them every second, you can't assume that they are safe if you can't see them, or if they are more than a couple feet away from you. If you have crows, dogs, coyotes, hawks, owls or other predators in your neighborhood, you must make sure that none are around before taking your house rabbit outdoors.

Benefits of Supervised Outdoor Playtime

Rabbits love to chew and dig, it is part of their rabbitish nature and not something that can be trained away indoors. Having a time to chew and dig outdoors will help an indoor rabbit to be more calm and peaceful. Some tips for outdoor enrichment for rabbits:

  • Allow play in a pesticide-free zone. This includes the lawn area, and anywhere your rabbit may go. Keep your garden organic so that your rabbit can dig, nibble, and visit without fear of being accidentally poisoned.
  • Remove harmful plants. Check with the House Rabbit Society poisonous plant list for information on plants that could harm your rabbit. Plant rabbit friendly fruits and vegetables instead.
  • Create a dig zone. Use a spade to soften an area of dirt or sand where your rabbit can be free to dig and flop. Let him get dusty. When you get inside, you can use a towel to wipe him off and a light brush to remove dirt. Most rabbits enjoy being groomed by their human.
  • Let him "garden." Rabbits love to be helpful. Let him chew weeds, and if you have a small tree stump or clump of roots to remove, let your rabbit have a go. Our bunny's favorite toy was a small stump of a lemon tree that he dug out himself and dragged into the house. It took him the better part of a week to do, and the stump kept him entertained indoors for a couple of years after that.
  • Train him to come inside on command. Training is an important part of socialization. Try using a special word, like "Inside!" or "Treat!" and then associate coming inside with getting a treat, like a raisin or small piece of carrot.

House Rabbit References

Check with your local humane society to see if your city has a House Rabbit Society branch. If not, here are a couple of good online resources:

House Rabbit Society - National non-profit volunteer organization that promotes education about house rabbits and rabbit rescue.

House Rabbit Network - Information about bunny health and care

Elliott Hall and the Real House Rabbit - a Kindle chapter book that I wrote for children ages 4-10.


Best Rabbit Toys

The best toys for the house rabbit are those that promote socialization and appropriate chewing or digging behavior, something close to how a rabbit would behave in a natural environment. Rabbits are social animals. They want to form a bond with their humans and interact with you through play and through grooming. In terms of chewing and digging, it can be difficult if not impossible to completely train a rabbit to not chew and dig indoors, so toys that encourage appropriate, directed behaviors serve an important purpose in that regard.

In my experience with rabbits, the best toys to always have inside include:

  • A box to hop upon for pets, treats or for a nap;
  • A cardboard tunnel (the 6' kind for concrete columns) to run through;
  • A small tree stump or knobby branch for chewing, digging and tossing around;
  • Small willow wreaths and baskets for tossing and chewing;
  • Tough canvas gardening gloves for tossing around;
  • Natural grass squares for digging and chewing.

In addition to that, we have a soft dig-and-flop spot outdoors and we leave dead roots and weeds in the garden for the bunny to play with.

When selecting toys for your house rabbit, let your rabbit guide you. If he prefers non-traditional "toys" then try other things (like gardening gloves) that can stand up to a tough rabbit.

House Rabbit Enrichment

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Try giving your rabbit long pea vines to play with and eat. They will toss them around!Make a toy with a toilet paper tube stuffed with hay. It will keep your bunny busy and entertained.Supervised outdoor playtime is the best entertainment ever!You can also look for toys made especially for rabbits, like this step-stool with fun twine and blocks.Some bunnies don't like traditional toys. Try putting your shoes onto his "spot" and watch as he nudges them away.
Try giving your rabbit long pea vines to play with and eat. They will toss them around!
Try giving your rabbit long pea vines to play with and eat. They will toss them around! | Source
Make a toy with a toilet paper tube stuffed with hay. It will keep your bunny busy and entertained.
Make a toy with a toilet paper tube stuffed with hay. It will keep your bunny busy and entertained. | Source
Supervised outdoor playtime is the best entertainment ever!
Supervised outdoor playtime is the best entertainment ever! | Source
You can also look for toys made especially for rabbits, like this step-stool with fun twine and blocks.
You can also look for toys made especially for rabbits, like this step-stool with fun twine and blocks. | Source
Some bunnies don't like traditional toys. Try putting your shoes onto his "spot" and watch as he nudges them away.
Some bunnies don't like traditional toys. Try putting your shoes onto his "spot" and watch as he nudges them away. | Source

Rabbit Toys

Toy
Pros and Cons
Cost
Willow wreaths, baskets
Aromatic, encourages appropriate chewing
$
Natural grass balls, squares
Encourages appropriate chewing. Can be messy
$
Phone book
Messy, encourages appropriate digging
Free
Tunnel
Encourages running. Can take up space.
$$
Cardboard rabbit condo
Looks nice, provides hiding spot, encourages chewing
$$-$$$
Cardboard boxes
Provides hiding spot, encourages chewing
Free

Rabbit Agility Training

Agility Training

Yes, it is possible to train your pet rabbit to run through tunnels, jump over hurdles and run through weave poles! Agility training is quite popular with house rabbits and their humans. If you are interested in agility training with your rabbit, here is one way to get started:

Materials

  • Pet training clicker
  • Short box or step-stool
  • Short tunnel
  • Hula hoop or short hurdle
  • Treat, like raisin, papaya or carrot, chopping into very small pieces.

Training Technique

This technique uses a reward system, conditioning your bunny to associate the click of a pet training clicker with getting a treat. It works best during the morning or early evening, not during your bunny's afternoon nap time.

1. Lay out your course. Start with something simple, like a short box and a tunnel lined up in a hallway. Block off both ends of the hallway.

2. Put your bunny onto the box and click the pet clicker. Give him a treat. Let him then explore, clicking the clicker and giving him a treat every time he gets onto the box, goes into the tunnel or runs through the tunnel.

3. Practice for a short time, like 5-10 minutes each day for a week or so.

4. Add on. Start by placing your bunny in front of the box. Put your hand holding the treat onto the box and click the clicker with your other hand. If and when your bunny jumps onto the box for a treat, praise him, give him the treat and then move your treat hand to the front of the tunnel. Click the clicker with your other hand. If and when your bunny jumps off the box and comes to the front of the tunnel, give him the treat and then move to the other end of the tunnel. Put your treat hand into the tunnel and click the clicker with your other hand. If and when your bunny runs through the tunnel, give him the treat. Congratulations! Your bunny has done two agility stations!

5. Continue to add on to the agility course, using the clicker and treat system to encourage your bunny to follow the course. If your bunny loves to jump, try adding a hurdle or two, or a weave pole station.

If your bunny is completely disinterested in agility training, lunges, grunts or otherwise expresses his disapproval, maybe he just isn't an agility athlete. Try another bunny sport, like digging in the garden or tearing up a phone book.

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    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Wow.....this was very thorough and informative. You provided some great tips. When I was growing up, I always had pet rabbits. I am not sure why I liked them so much but I think it's because they were so darn cute! By the way, your visuals are great. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up).

      -Rose

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      prokidwriter 3 years ago from America's Finest City

      Hey thanks, Rose! Rabbits are indeed wonderful pets!

    • LilMsCrazy 3 years ago

      Can't wait to try this out on my rabbit. :)

    • Adwoa 3 years ago

      I lov yr bunnys they are so adorbs!!!, anyway i lov yr imfo, i am totally getting a bunny but the last time i conviced my parents to get a snake they freaked out, they told me not to think about it because they ain't getting me one. Anyway good imfo. Peace out!! :)

    • I love Cinnabunny 3 years ago

      My bunny doesn't like to throw noisy things around, but she sure loves destroying books! I learned that the hard way. Are phone books safe though? With the ink and all that crap?

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      prokidwriter 3 years ago from America's Finest City

      Phone books are safe! What little they do ingest gets processed through their systems very quickly, and does not harm them!

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      David Trujillo Uribe 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      My wife gave my baby a small rabbit a couple of days ago. He calls him cat! Apparently the rabbit looks very much like a cat he saw on a book.

    • Kelsey 3 years ago

      Every time I have to clean my rabbit's cages, their's always worms and bugs in their bedding. They also have fleas. I have six rabbits so its hard to spend time and clean them. Why do they have bugs and worms? Is it because the cage is dirty? What should I do about the fleas? Please let me know!!!

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      prokidwriter 3 years ago from America's Finest City

      Worms and bugs might be from the bedding material itself, or possibly the rabbits could have intestinal parasites due to fleas and you're seeing worms and larvae from that. I'd suggest a vet check-up for fleas (take a baggie of their poops with you) and to make sure that the bunnies aren't anemic or otherwise sick from flea bites. A vet can give you some suggestions on how to de-flea your bunnies and their living and roaming areas. Ask your vet about Advantage for flea control - I had good luck with Advantage on my bunny, though I respect that not everyone believes Advantage is the best option. Once you have a plan of attack for the fleas, you'll have to really be vigilante about keeping their cage and roaming areas clean and flea-free. Be sure to check whatever bedding material you use - house rabbits just need a goodly amount of hay each day, and maybe a few carpet or straw/sisal squares as a soft area for paw rest. If you buy and use fluff from the pet store or even wood chips, you might find that the material itself is buggy and shouldn't be used. Good luck!

    • Erin 2 years ago

      I really, really love my rabbit. And thanks to your tips on 'seeing if your bunny loves you' in 3 ways he has shown love in me too. Thanks so much :-)

    • ameyalli 2 years ago

      My rabbit is very very stubborn, and only does stuff i want him to when he chooses to. Is there a way i can change this behavior...ive had him for a year and hes always changing his personality

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      prokidwriter 2 years ago from America's Finest City

      Hi Ameyalli, Some rabbits can be stubborn! You can try bribery with very small pieces of raisin or carrot to encourage him to do what you want, but it will likely take a long time to train an opinionated bunny. Think of your bunny as a toddler, resistant to transitions and always testing boundaries. Pick your battles and let him do things on his timetable when possible. I worked on behaviors that were important for my bunny's safety and health, like good litterbox habits, getting into his carrier on command or coming inside when called. It took awhile, but it eventually worked! Good luck!

    • shary 2 years ago

      that was amazing

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      SamLM5511 2 years ago

      Hahaha! My rabbit flops around like that on the fireplace! I think he likes the way it feels on his face...

      I know getting a bunny to warm up to you can sometimes be a slow process, but do you have any suggestions to speed it up?

      Also, how exactly do you play with a bunny...?

      Thanks!!

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      prokidwriter 2 years ago from America's Finest City

      Hi SamLM, Thanks for reading and commenting! I don't know of any way to speed up the bunny-human bonding process, some bunnies just take their time I guess! In general, the more structure and routine you can provide, the more likely bunny is to have expectations about you. This works to your advantage, for example, if every morning you give bunny a small treat, like a piece of banana, followed by play time, the more likely it will be that bunny will expect this and look forward to playing with you each day. I play with my bunny mostly by encouraging him to run through his tunnel by putting my face at one end of the tunnel and calling to him. We also run sprints outside (he always wins.) You can also try watching tv together. My bunny likes shows with lots of people talking and very little music, and absolutely no helicopters!

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      Tekla Luchenski 2 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta

      I had no idea how cool rabbits are until we brought home our sweet dwarf bunny, Walnut. For the first while, I wasn't sure what to do. I started letting her out of the cage and leaving it open. She loves jumping in and out of it, and racing around the house. Our labrador treats Walnut like her puppy. Sometimes, I'll wake from a nap and find Walnut curled up in the crook of my arm. Sweet girl. I'm so glad to find out how much fun these little critters can be!

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      prokidwriter 2 years ago from America's Finest City

      Your bunny sounds wonderful, and what a great name! Thanks for reading my hub!

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      Tekla Luchenski 2 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta

      Thanks. The name is from the book Watership Down. A doddering old rabbit leader in a doomed warren calls a lead character "Walnut" instead of "Hazel". It happens once, early in the book, and it always makes me laugh.

    • malaya 2 years ago

      I just got 2 bunnys and they are attached to each other one is very shy but thr other is very outgoing ! Do you have any idea how i can make her feel not so afraid ?

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      prokidwriter 2 years ago from America's Finest City

      Hi Malaya, If your bunnies are attached to each other - a bonded pair in bunnyspeak - then it might be that the shy one is always going to be that way, at least to some degree. The shy bunny looks to the outgoing bunny for cues on how to navigate the world. So, keep them together since bonded bunnies must ALWAYS stick together, play with the outgoing bunny first - in sight of the shy bunny - and then gently approach the shy one. Never let the shy bunny be without her companion rabbit! When you feed your bunnies veggies, give the outgoing bunny something first, like a piece of lettuce, and then after a short bit, give the shy bunny some, but don't be surprised if she prefers to share whatever her companion is eating. But do try, as learning to eat her own food may help her gain confidence. If you feed your bunny treats, cut them into small pieces and give each bunny a treat at the same time. Usually, once bunnies know it's treat time, they happily gobble down their treats without fear. Small treats can also be used to help a fearful bunny to learn that humans are nice. Any time you do something new with your bunnies, approach the outgoing one first so that the shy one can take it in and see how the outgoing bunny handles things. Talking softly to both bunnies also helps, as it helps the shy bunny get used to us humans. Hopefully, over time, your shy bunny will feel more confident, but even if your bunny stays shy, know that she's really having the time of her life even when she seems a bit stand-offish!

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      belleart 2 years ago from Ireland

      thanks so much for this, our bun Cocoa is getting a little lazy with playtime and doesn't want to run around much at all anymore. Il def try some of these, they sound great

    • Melissa 2 years ago

      My rabbit, Nesquick, has taken a liking to me. He licks my face and hands, and tries to groom me. He's a young bunny. I was wondering should I not be giving him raisins, carrots and berries in his cage so that he recognizes them as a treat.

      We would like to litter train him. If were successful with that we will try the obstacle courses. I think he'd really enjoy it.

      Thanks-

      Melissa

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      prokidwriter 2 years ago from America's Finest City

      Hi Melissa, How lovely that your bunny groom you! It is the ultimate bunny compliment. Probably you should cut back on giving him sweets, as too many sweets isn't healthy for bunny. Occasional treats are ok - as long as he eats his hay and veggies first! I use small pieces of carrot and bits of raisin as treats, usually to get my bunny's attention or to train him to do something. It works!

    • lal 2 years ago

      I bought my bun a cardboard castle from the pet shop for a good £20. It had three levels and windows and everything! Me and my mum had a kerfuffle building it and he completely ignored it- would rather play with an old, free cardboard box.

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      prokidwriter 2 years ago from America's Finest City

      Hahaha! Just like a bun! Thanks for your comment lal!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      This is a lovely hub, and the perfect reading-aloud piece for a granny and her pet-campaigning grandkids! Voted up, useful, awesome, and pinned.

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      prokidwriter 2 years ago from America's Finest City

      Thanks techygran! I appreciate you!!

    • Karina 22 months ago from Philippines

      This makes me miss my rabbit! Nice hub

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      prokidwriter 22 months ago from America's Finest City

      Aww, Maybe it's time to get another bun, freyja26! Thanks for reading my hub!

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      Anita Delp 22 months ago from North East, Maryland

      Informative and well-written article. If bunny is running around the house, please, please secure any electrical cords that may be within his reach. Rabbits obviously love to chew, and seem to be attracted to cords for some reason. Biting through one can be devastating for your pet.

      Rabbits can be excellent pets, indoors or out. I miss snuggling with my runny babbit =(

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      flint3099 22 months ago

      Great hub prokidwriter. The rabbit featured in the pictures is really cute. I have been wanting to get a rabbit for a while now. I will have to do it one of these days. Thanks for the ideas.

    • 22 months ago

      I love bunnies~! Even in spite of the fact that they stink! Lol!

      We have had our current bunny for 11 years now. She is probably around 12.

      She's so funny. Loves to push balls around, chase the cats and dog when we let her run around and adores being pet and carrots. If you bite into a carrot, she hears it and immediately gets excited and puts her paws on the side of the cage to get some.

      Thanks for the adorable and informative article! I love when they randomly flop on their sides. XD

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      Sarah Kessler 21 months ago from Seattle

      This is so great! I had rabbits from the age of about three when my family got our first one until I was in high school. Amazingly, it was one ancient rabbit that was the first to live in our home and the last standing. She lived to be about 12! And she travelled across the country with us from Syracuse, NY to Oregon.

      This article makes me want to get more bunnies! I never knew that some liked to play with throwing things up in the air to make noise--or that you could agility train them :)

      Thanks!

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      prokidwriter 20 months ago from America's Finest City

      Thaks Sarah! Sounds like your bunny had a wonderful life with you and your family!

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      Kirsty 20 months ago from Scotland

      My Bramble loves noisy toys, unless they make an unexpected noise - then he runs and hides in his house. He is such a daft bunny sometimes! Once a toy has scared him and he runs into his house he will eventually venture out and look and maybe sniff at the toy in question for a while. Inevitably he will throw it about again - it will then make the unexpected noise again - he will then get scared again and hide in his house for another wee while. Eventually once he starts expecting the noise he is ok.

      He is a daft bunny at times, but I wouldn't have him any other way.

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      prokidwriter 20 months ago from America's Finest City

      Kirsty, Your Bramble sounds like a very funny bunny!

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      Kirsty 20 months ago from Scotland

      He is funny, daft but funny.

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Your pet rabbit is so adorable and cute. Thanks for sharing your tips on playing with your rabbit. Voted up for useful!

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      prokidwriter 20 months ago from America's Finest City

      Thank you Kristen! I love to show off our bunnies!

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Prokidwriter.

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      judalyn eres 19 months ago from cebu city, philippines

      oh wow really? they can do it? thanks, am gonna share this

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      prokidwriter 19 months ago from America's Finest City

      Thanks for commenting juderes!

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      Arun Dev 18 months ago from United Countries of the World

      Rabbits are adorable little creatures!

    • Animal lover 16 months ago

      I have had my rabbit for 10 months now. I got him when he was big so idk exactly how old he is. But I try all those things and I take him outside but when ever I let him out the cage and let him run around he does his business everywhere so then when I try to put him back I give him a treat and is try to pick him up he runs away and I don't want him to think that i want to hurt him so I really need help

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      prokidwriter 16 months ago from America's Finest City

      Animal lover, it can take a long, long time for a rabbit to understand that you mean him no harm! Most buns don't like being picked up at all, and most would rather be outside of their cages or pens. They will poop/pee to mark their territory. Do you have a hay box inside for your bun? You might try putting a hay box near him, when you let him run around the house, to encourage him to do his business in one spot. It sounds like you are doing the right things to keep him happy!

    • Barb 16 months ago

      In July, we got two male lion head bunnies (siblings). They cohabited wonderfully; snuggled together, cleaned each other, etc. and seemed very healthy and happy. One was larger than the other. This morning we found the smaller one dead in his wooden shelter within the hutch where they sleep. It's like he had a heart attack or stroke; very sad. They were 4 mos. old and I'm concerned about Mr. Fluff being alone now. I don't want a female rabbit unless she is fixed and even so, I'm worried about them not liking each other. Or should we just give extra attention to Mr. Fluff instead of thinking about another rabbit?

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      prokidwriter 16 months ago from America's Finest City

      I'm so sorry to hear about your poor bunny! Poor Mr. Fluff. Bunnies do bond, and when one dies, the other can mourn the loss for a long, long time. They can also become unhealthy if they stop eating or grooming themselves because of their grief. It's hard to say how Mr. Fluff will react to the loss of his sibling. Do you have a House Rabbit Society in your area? They can help you decide whether or not Mr. Fluff could bond with another rabbit. Often times, they do like being a part of a bonded pair and will bond with a new rabbit fairly readily. Where I live, the House Rabbit Society folks will help arrange "dates" so that bunnies can meet and perhaps bond. I hope you have such a resource in your area. If not, it is possible to bond two rabbits on your own, check out House Rabbit resources online to learn how, or Bunspace.com also has forums where you can ask other rabbit owners how they bond bunnies. In the meantime, spend extra time with Mr. Fluff! Good luck!

    • Jojo 12 months ago

      Hi My name is Jojo and I am a huge lover of Rabbits. Just this morning unexpectantly 2 of my precious rabbits died. One of my young sons went to their cage as he does every morning and both rabbits were lying beside one another with their eyes open. I have bipolar, deaf impaired and have major depression. I have been totally devastated after this has happened. We recently moved our rabbits in a shed with ample sunlight, air, and very roomy. They were in a huge long tool box which had been cut the top with thick wire across. They were seemed fine the day before. I am baffled to why this happened. I did get these rabbits from a breeder friend of mine. I have now lost 5 rabbits in the past year all from the same person. The diet was fine, plenty of water & food. There was a boy and a girl together both netherlands not even a year old I am totally dewildered how this could of happened. Rabbits are part of my life. I am am artist and even made a special rabbit piece and was on show in the local art gallery before christmas done out of egg shell. I also draw and paint rabbits and do zentangle Rabbits and working on children's books for disabled children and mental health hospitals across the state.

      It looked like one of them had lost weight since being moved. They tend to fight sometimes but only on rare occasions. When I went to see him yesterday the male one Orio, he tried jumping out of the cage. Could depression occur in Rabbit's? Today I was given another 3 rabbits 2 mummies which had litters and a baby of a couple months old all mini Lops. there has been a special section made up in the house for tonight only to get them use to people and the surroudings. I am totally beside myself what has happened. Could there been a chance of a fly that laid eggs on them? My eldest son of 10 told me when he went to see Ginger the Girl netherland Rabbit he said it was like she was gasping for air but still alive and moving. The shed door is closed with the door pulled down but there all their cages have ample air and thousands of holes. Could of the new surroundings killed my babies?

      The humidity? They had a huge bowl of water but I found it strange them not drinking half as what they had done before.

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      prokidwriter 12 months ago from America's Finest City

      Jojo, I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved buns! It's hard to say what may have happened as bunnies are somewhat fragile, and it sometimes does not take much to stress them to the point where it endangers their well-being, and yes, bunnies can get depressed as well! It sounds like a consultation with a vet is in order, but it is important to select a bunny-savvy veterinarian, one who can help you ensure that your set-up is ideal for your buns. My heart goes out to you, and I hope that you are able to figure out what might have happened.

    • jailah 11 months ago

      Hi guys I'm new to getting a rabbit so if u hot any advice that will be great .thank u!!!!!!!!

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      prokidwriter 11 months ago from America's Finest City

      Congratulations Jailah, on getting a bunny! They are wonderful pets, more work than a cat, slightly less work than a dog. Mostly, rabbits require lots of interaction at ground level, so start out by playing with them while on the floor/ground. They don't much like being picked up, but you can train them to tolerate it. I recommend picking up some books on house rabbit care, and if you have a House Rabbit Society near you, they can be a useful resource, especially when it comes to finding a rabbit-savvy vet. I have also found bunspace.com to be a great resource, especially their forums. Enjoy your new bunny!

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      Mary Norton 11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have some in the family who keep pet rabbits and they're really wonderful. They don't need much care.

    • Pip 9 months ago

      I'm quite worried for my bunny. She doesn't like being touched and she isn't drinking water. We try to put her kale/ other food in water but she doesn't go near it if we do. She doesn't respond well to us and we don't think she poops either(not sure). Do you know what we can do? The vet is VERY expensive. Thank you!

    • prokidwriter 9 months ago

      Hi Pip, I'm so sorry to hear about your poor bunny! When a bun does not poop, drink or eat, it's very, very serious. It sounds like you've already done everything you can do on your own- encouraging her to eat, trying to pet her. A vet visit is in order. A vet can hydrate your bunny and figure out if it is GI stasis or whatever else may be going on. I know how expensive vet visits can be, but when a bunny is this sick, taking her in quickly is best thing you can do.

    • Amberlynn 7 months ago

      Is there a special way to introduce a bunny to a new companion... both are under 6 months but have not been introduced... thanks in advance!?

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      prokidwriter 7 months ago from America's Finest City

      Hi Amberlynn, Do you have a House Rabbit Society near you? They can help you navigate the sometimes delicate operation of bunny introductions! If you do-it-yourself, you can try first putting them in side-by-side pens so they can see each other but still have their own space. If you notice them grooming at the same time, or stretching out next to each other, that's a good sign, and you can then try time limited "dates" where you put the two buns into a pen or space together, where you can sit with them and observe, and separate them if necessary! Try just a few minutes at first, with some yummy veggies that they can share, and slowly increase time over several days or even weeks. Best of luck with your bunnies!

    • Sarah 6 months ago

      Hi, I just got a bunny. I am trying to train him to come but am having no luck. He has no interest in any of the food I offer. I bought bunny treat that are little balls with seeds but he wont go after them or come and get them. I also tried carrots, his regular hay and pellets, a variety of leaves, banana, celery, blueberries. I can not find any treat that he is willing to come to me to get. Any advice?

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      prokidwriter 6 months ago from America's Finest City

      Hi Sarah, Bunnies can certainly be opinionated, can't they? Since your bun is a new-to-you bun, he is probably taking his time getting to know you. He's not sure what your intent is at this point, but he will come to understand and learn with time and patience! Keep trying, offer a small piece of a fresh treat, like a piece of apple or carrot, and start your training within a scheduled time each day, so that he learns to expect you to do certain things at certain times. Buns do love their routines! Also, some buns have never experienced treats before, so it may take awhile for them to accept a treat. Our Thumper took a good 3 months before he learned that an apple is a delicious thing! Best of luck to you, and if you have a House Rabbit Society in your area, check them out. Often times they offer classes in training and basic bunny behavior.

    • Cindi 5 months ago

      I got a lion head bunny in Feb. I got him for my dog. It took months but the dog , Mr. Yappy and bunny,Trouble love each other.

      My bunny nipped me in the beginning but now he comes out of his cage and licks me on the cheek.

      He chases the dog a lot. I am getting him a bigger cage the end of the month.

      He is litter trained now and seems very happy here.

      It is fun to watch him play with the dog.

      He loves bananas. As soon as I peel a banana he comes out of his cage grabs the banana and runs back in his cage to eat. The dog loves bananas too.

      We do not know how we ever got along without our Trouble. He is the best.

      He is a lot of work but also a lot of fun.

    • Ally 2 months ago

      Wow! What a great article! I was looking for ideas on how to play and possibly bond with my bunny. Its been hard because my bunny was terribly abused before I got her. I can't wait to try out your suggestions with her. She is quite scared of being touched or in close proximity to humans but with time I am hoping that well get there :D

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      prokidwriter 2 months ago from America's Finest City

      Ally, Thanks for reaching out! Best of luck with your bun, and good for you for rescuing her from her previous situation. She is lucky to have found you!

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