I have kept bunnies for years and know they can be a handful. I enjoy sharing what I've learned about rabbit care with others.
If you've recently purchased a fuzzy baby bunny, or perhaps been gifted one by some kindhearted person, you're no doubt a little confused. What exactly does one do with a bunny?
Odds are that your bunny currently regards you with mistrust and suspicion. At least, I would assume so given that a) you are reading this article; and b) it is fairly common rabbit behavior. If you have a friendly sweet rabbit then kudos to you, enjoy. If your rabbit is less than you imagined it might be, read on.
Rabbits Think They Are Badass
The first thing you need to understand about your rabbit is that it has no comprehension that it is a tiny, fragile creature. Your bunny thinks that it is the biggest badass to hit town since Clint Eastwood. If you push it, your bunny will take you on. If you're lucky, s/he will warn you first with growls and angry foot scrabbling, but then again, s/he may not. After all, you should know better, and respect the bunny.
It may help to think of your rabbit like one of those martial arts grandmasters. They seem peaceable enough, but disrespect them and they will kick your ass. Learn this lesson well.
Rabbits Love Treats
Apples and carrots are big hits with many rabbits, and they will oftentimes even get over the fact that you are clearly persona non grata to nibble at a treat from your hand. If you've been having trouble getting them to allow you to touch them, then this is a great way to start. You can get a few pats in this way oftentimes, just realize that the rabbit may realize what you are doing and nip you for your effrontery.
The Taming Process Should Be Gradual
This is the delicate part of rabbit taming. When I say taming, I don't mean you should do this with wild rabbits; it would be both cruel and stupid. I am talking about domesticated young rabbits who need to become accustomed to you, their new owner.
- Pick them up securely, then place them on the ground and brush them gently. Don't let them run away, even if they are acting like you're trying to kill them. Do be careful though and make sure you have a firm grip around their chest and back legs. They can easily kill their silly selves by fighting too hard, though generally speaking they would prefer to avoid this.
- Once your rabbit has settled, let it go gently. It may hop away, it may stay around for a while, it may turn and bite you. For this reason, I recommend wearing jeans (which offer some protection) and applying common sense. If your rabbit is growling fiercely, don't let it go facing you. My own rabbit has a habit of retaliatory nipping, but she doesn't take it too seriously, some rabbits will go for blood, however.
- Don't let it phase you. Treat the rabbit gently and firmly. Make it realize that it has no choice, that you will not hurt it, and that you will reward it with tasty treats. The strange thing is that rabbits actually quite like being petted, and after a while will run up to you and demand attention. This is particularly endearing when you don't see them coming and they get stealthily underfoot. Really, be careful when they're out of the cage.
- Of course, all of this is assuming your bunny is at the stage where it can be picked up. If your bunny isn't quite there yet, try spending some quiet time with the cage open, and sitting on the floor, letting it get used to you, then proceed to the aforementioned step.
Is My Rabbit Crazy?
Probably. Most rabbits have a certain edge of playful insanity to their behavior. They are also capable of holding grudges, and they will let you know when you have offended and displeased them. My earlier advice of treating them like small fuzzy martial arts masters will hold you in good stead. They have a strong sense of protocol, which you may never understand fully. That's okay. What we are talking about here is simply the first step, getting your rabbit to be somewhat friendly.
Take your time, be patient—and remember that a good antiseptic brand is worth its weight in gold.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Lydia on August 25, 2020:
My rabbit doesn't act aggressively towards me, but since I'm a first-time owner I'm still worried she may not like me. She likes to nibble and lick and crawl on my lap, but other times she prefers to ignore me or hop away.
Mia on April 29, 2020:
I'm getting a house rabbit soon at my mum's I've had 3 before at my dad's but I'm still not too sure on what to do.. you see me and my mum don't have much money because it's just us living here I know rabbits need partners but I'm not too sure I have got the money, does anyone reckon that I should just get one rabbit that dosent get along with others? Or spend all my savings for Harry Potter world to get 2? I know this is late! But I neeeeeed help
Lio on March 22, 2020:
The best way I've learned to bond is to just let your bunny run around with you sitting in their cage, or in an open space. Don't try to touch them, don't interact. This can take a few days, even a few weeks. I sat in my bunny's cage for 1 hour daily for a week, then began gradually trying to pet him and feed him treats. He used to hide and run away, but now he asks for head scratches daily and will eat directly out of my hand. He comes up on my bed, flops, binkies, he's happy. It takes time and patience.
robin golco on January 29, 2020:
I had a bunny that HATED me to the death! he NEVER let me hold him or let me pet him till he was about to die he would lay down next to me and fall asleep in my arms.
Reanna Schlusemeyer on December 04, 2019:
I have a rabbit I recently got and anytime I hold him he freaks out and bites me I think he has a death wish for me I really need help and I am trying to potty train him so if a rabbit pro trainer could help me I would really appreciate it
Halee on November 23, 2019:
If your bunny is pooping or peeing on your floor you can try to train the but it’s because there marking their territory
Olivia Machado on August 16, 2019:
I have a 10 week old bunny I play with him everyday but he still doesn’t seem to like me or trust me. Every time I pet his head he bites me and when ever I go to him he gets very scared and startled.is there anything I can do or do I just wait for him to eventually get comfortable with me?
ur mom on June 03, 2019:
I have a rabbit thats like 9 months old.He used to love me but now he HATES me.Everytime i try to hold him he thumps,and sometimes he bites.He is a outdoor cage bunny,and he also hates the cages.He wants to be free,and i also want him to be free too.I need advice from a rabbit pro.Itll be really helpful if you helped me out with this
none yo business on January 03, 2019:
I got a bunnies for Christmas but 1 hates me. She hides in this little tunnel all day. I think its because bunnies are animals that get picked up off the ground in the wild. Also,why does the other one poop all the time
Regenia on November 12, 2018:
Can someone tell me why rabbits chase each other away from their food? I have domesticated bunnies that feed in my yard everyday, but one rabbit chases the other ones as way from the food pellets.
Kenzie on October 04, 2018:
I just got a bunny a couple weeks ago and when I first got him he wouldn't stop licking me and wanting attention. But now he doesn't really want anything to do with me and when he's out of his cage he won't let me pet him. I've tried picking him up before and holding him securely, in order to clip his nails or put him back in his cage and I have many scratches from this. Is it possible he's mad from me picking him up?
liz on May 16, 2018:
i have 2 rabbits one has been calm since day one and the other one is scared of everything. he will run after me or climb on me but most of the time i can’t even pet him or anything. he will run away it has been a month what can i do ?
L on December 28, 2017:
I have this lion head bunny and he hates me... he would run away from me or hide every time I try to pet him... he would also move a lot when I try to pick him up to brush his fur.... and a single move can scare him.... it makes me sad that he’s afraid of me and I can’t get him to like me.... I would try to do that siting in the same cage thing but my parents doesn’t want the bunny to go on the carpet or anywhere inside the house. It has to have something under neath it so that it won’t “destroy” things.
Noemie on December 12, 2017:
i got Bunny and he hates ME. he loves EVERY one else but me it makes me so sad.....
John on November 05, 2017:
i have three rabbits.named Whity ,Ruby and donevan i loved all of them soo much they were the most happy and active rabbits i ever seen until donevan(rabbit)died because she was hoping out of the cage and the cat ate her then whity and ruby were very scared they did not move i felt very sad
John on November 05, 2017:
i have three rabbits.named Whity ,Ruby and donevan i loved all of them soo much they were the most happy and active rabbits i ever seen until donevan(rabbit)died because she was hoping out of the cage and the cat ate her then whity and ruby were very scared they did not move i felt very sad
Shyann on October 04, 2017:
My bunny Izzy seems to like me ok she will hop up on my lap and sometimes come when i call but while she its on someones lap she nips. Like bites. Never drawing blood but left a bruise once. Is that normal or is she angry i cant tell.
Bunny on August 21, 2017:
I have 2 rabbits called cookie and buttons.i got them 2 days ago. Cookie is active but buttons just stays still in one spot. I don't know what to do?my mum says it will be fine I am not so sure
Aurora on June 25, 2017:
Hey, I know this was posted awhile ago, but I have a question. I've had 2 bunnies for almost 6 years, but recently her sister passed away, and she's extremely lonely. I've asked my parents on multiple occasions if we could get a second rabbit so she won't be so lonely, but they've said no each time. Henry (my current one) is terrified of me, and whenever I come near her she starts to shake, almost vibrate and squeak. What do I do? because I've tried all of these things.
Eliana E Nivison on June 17, 2017:
Yeah Like, my bunny like will NOT stay by me unless me & my cousins catch it!It always stays under my trailer in my Back-Yard!And it kept on biting my Hair Ties that are left on my wrists!I try to feed her Grass(only because she
eats it on her own!)and Carrots.
Piper W on June 05, 2017:
Hello, My name is piper. I realize that I am several years late to this article but I recently got rabbits, and they are so scared of me. I don't know what to do. I currently am writing this on the floor while one of them (lacie) hops around my legs. I heard this is a way to bond with them but I am too afraid that I have screwed up becoming friends with them. HelP!
Kocho on March 27, 2017:
Don't you think about it peeing on you or pooping? This is a big issue,what to do?
Rajdeep on February 03, 2017:
My rabbit is attacking my mother but not me i have 2 rabbits 1 male and 1 female male one is attacking female has just given birth to 4 babies and she is silent why the male one is attacking my mother and also he is running like mad
rodney on February 01, 2017:
My rabbit loves to be picked up and petted also likes climing on me and likes smelling my shoes
bun bun on January 18, 2017:
i gave her the carrot, she grunted and took the whole thing! but i cant blame her, she had her babys like, a week ago
Nora on January 06, 2017:
Hi, sorry I don't get it. How can you pick them up then put them on the ground and yet have a firm grip around their chest and back legs and brush them at the same time?
Emily on January 03, 2017:
My rabbit refuses to eat out my hand. His regular diet is hay and pellets, but I have tried carrots, apples, bananas, oranges, cucumbers, and much more to entice my little charlie and he won't take any of it if I'm anywhere near. Makes it hard to train him if I can't bribe him with anything. any suggestions?
Marina on October 28, 2016:
When I first got my rabbit she was nice and didn't bite or scratch me. But then I had to leav her in her cage for a week and when I let her again she was fine. Than the next day I went feed her and she attacked my arm when I put it in. When I open the cage to feed her in the morning I have to put my leg in front of the door so that she cant get out, but she scratches my leg rely hard and hurts. I have read that you r not suppose to flinch, so I haven and nothing is happening. Now when ever I come to open the cage and I undo the clips she grunts or snorts, and when I stick some lettuces through the bars she grunts and eats it. She also bites and scratches my arm when I reach in her cage. I have never touched or picked her in her cage and she is spayed. What should I do?
Emma on May 18, 2016:
Rabbits are extremely clever and will learn quickly when you understand their behaviour. Regarding your bunny peeing and pooping everywhere when you have him out, it is quite likely that he is trying to mark his territory. The best thing to do is to keep scooping up the poo and wiping the wee with a tissue and place it in his potty including the tissue. He will smell it and start using it. Get a second litter tray for his play area and do the same.
If he keeps grunting at you and lunging at you when you are near his hutch again it is most likely because you are in his territory. I once read that you should never fuss them in their hutch because it is their territory and it upsets them. Some rabbits will let you do it anyway but it takes a long time. My best advice is always bring a treat such as a bit of basil etc and go to the hutch door. Make sure you are on his level. Do not put your hand in but rather wait until he sniffs your hand looking for the treat. Do it enough and he will know you are not a threat and eventually allow you to stroke him very gently. Patience is your best friend when dealing with rabbits. They are naturally inquisitive and he will come over if you stand there. If he doesn't, leave the treat and back off. He will still understand and next time you may be more successful.
When I first got my rabbit, I sat a short distance from the hutch and just talked to him for the first 4 days so he got used to me being around. Now he snuggles on my lap but it has taken years for him to trust me enough to do that. He lies next to me and watches tele with me too! That only took a few months.
You will get there just be very, very patient. Good luck!
Terri on March 24, 2016:
We have a Netherland Dwarf. I had him spayed as soon as his testicles dropped. He's very difficult, to say the least. He grunts and hides when anyone approaches his cage. He kicks and claws as I'm putting him back in his cage. He charges at his food bowl and grunts as I feed him. And as he's an indoor rabbit, he sheds terribly, *constantly*. In his cage, he's litter-trained. When I take him out and place him in a little fenced area on the carpet to run around and stretch his hoppers, he insists on pooping and peeing all over the floor. I can handle the grunting, but the pooping and peeing all over the carpet has him "grounded" in his cage all the time. I feel sorry for him, but he refuses to use the litter pan in his running space. Suggestions? Tried getting a new pan.... clapping when I see him peeing/pooping, placing him directly on the litter pan when I see accidents. I'm out of ideas. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
LindyB50 on January 02, 2016:
Rabbits are way smarter than we give them credit for. They can sense things about people. They remember everything. And, they will hold a grudge.
Kitty on December 23, 2015:
This is very common behavior,most rabbits love to chew and you should probably get a lot of toys for her and bunny proof throughly in whatever area she is in. The toys can also be very basic and you don't need to get store bought ones.
jessica on March 08, 2014:
I have a rabbit named zippy who eats everything. I mean everything . Is this common behavior. I give her wood to chew on. Does anyone know of anything else.
dewey on December 13, 2013:
I recently was given a french english mix angora, I have been working with her as much as I can acouple times a day and jave noticed that when I leave her cage open at night, every once in a while she will make a large thump with her back legs and charge me while I am sleeping, is there anyway of breaking this habit and why is she doing this?
Damien on August 12, 2013:
Hey, Shannon. 2 rabbits would be ideal, but (and this is a big but) not all rabbits get along. It would be bad 2 get 2 rabbits that fight each other. Do some research on rabbit.org before you get one. Too many people get rabbits and don't do the proper research on how to properly take care of them. There's a lot you probably don't know. :)
Shannon s. on July 19, 2013:
Well I'm getting a bunny when I move to my new house, in about 2 months. I really want to know if I should get one or two. If its better to get two, my dad won't allow me maybe if I beg enough but I already convinced him for one. He really dosent like animals in the house and I'm gonna keep my bunny in the room. I just don't want my bunny to be lonely and to have a friend... So which is better?
Dustox4 on August 15, 2012:
I have to bunnys 6 months old we got them from RSPCA 2 weeks ago. Ones ant the other dec. dec is taking ages to tame can u give me any tips
Ailish on August 05, 2012:
I've got two rabbits, Coco and Sooty. We got them about 4 months ago and they're still nightmares! Coco is an escape artist to the extreme and Sooty is not at all tame! I don't know if its a bit late to try these things but I'm going to see if they work now. They are monsters in cute, innocent disguises :D
amanda on July 29, 2012:
This article cracked me up. I actually was gifted a very tame bunny that gives nose kisses and loves to be held..even by my 3 year old...most of the time. But when she is pissed at me..she poops everywhere! Thanks for the laugh!
Lol on July 10, 2012:
Hahahahahaha This article was hilarious, but helpful. Thanks!
Pegah on June 19, 2012:
My bunny, Timbit, may be adorable, but she can be very persistent with what she wants and doesn't want. The thing is, she won't let me catch her or pet her when she's loose in the house. She's smart. :)
angela on June 19, 2012:
Im at my wits end with my newly spayed bunnykins. she wouldn't eat for the first 2 days now she only pics at dandelions and peppers she appears to be really depressed not running or hopping like before and mega moody with me she hates me for doing this to her :'(
Sophie Lewis on June 16, 2012:
the problem with my rabbit is that she doesn't let me hand feed her no matter how much food i shove in her mouth, she wont barge! she loves cuddles and lets me pick her up but she wont let me feed her!! she also growls heaps!! anyone got suggestionss?
purnimamoh1982 on June 13, 2012:
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Fluff N' Stuff on May 25, 2012:
My hubby and I recently acquired a baby albino standard bunny; Creeper. Creeper was bred by my hubby's grandfather and given to us as a gift. Now, he is only a little over eight weeks old(Just old enough to leave mama). He is just the cutest thing in the whole wide world.
We don't have a lot of money, but we custom build a very nice cage for him and feed him pellets, hay, sometimes grass, and for treats veggies and fruit.
There is one problem; this cage doesn't have a door, so we have to lift Creeper out in order to let him roam about the house and I think this offends him a little bit. Plus we have to lift his food in and out in front of him to refill it. I have a slot cut in the bottom of the cage in order to slide the newspaper with his business out without disturbing him. But I am afraid this lifting/feeding and intruding on his space is really offending him. Creeper doesn't seem to mind being held by my hubby. But I am the one cleaning/lifting and he doesn't like me very much. We are working on getting a little door installed in his cage, but I am afraid by the time that happens the damage on our relationship will be irreversible. What can I do to make this more comfortable for him while the door is in process? I really don't want to offend him right after we got him.
Niko on May 21, 2012:
You think that's bad, I've got a crazy male here, so tempremental, got him a year ago and he was such a sweetheart, now he owns my house!! One minute he is chasing me trying to nip my hands then when I ignore him because he succeds he jumps on me licking me and demanding to be patted. He is so picky with food too!! Im like his personal chef, one day he likes this the next day, no siree he turns his back on it. I just roll my eyes. Having said that I wouldn't change him for the world, he provides me with endless entertainment. Mum reckons he sees me as a sibling, someone to play rough with but when its crunch time he is affectionate.
M&M on May 10, 2012:
Ive got 2 mini lops, the female (5months old) is older by 3 months and she is more of the quiet one. I used to be able to carry her and pet her but now she just hops away when I try! What's wrong?!?! :(((
sirfluffybutt on May 07, 2012:
ive had my bunny for two years now, and hes getting a bit lazy .. wat should i do?
jasmine harmon on April 15, 2012:
hey i just got my new baby bunny we found out she is a girl yesterday her name is mazie i call her my crazie mazie she is 1 month and 9 days old she is so fun she loves to jump and play she even will come to you she is so sweet and thank you so much for this article it really helped!
Tera H on April 07, 2012:
I just got my first bunny about 4 months ago and I love him. He's always been super friendly and never has tried to bite me. I even build him a bigger cage since he's an English spotted rabbit and is getting bigger. I'm in my last year of school and I work a lot so I feel bad for Thumper being alone during the day. Everytime I walk in my room he runs up to the cage door and when I'm laying down and if he's out he jumps on my bed and will lay with me. But I was thinking of getting him/her a friend! I was looking at getting a mini lop rabbit. Thumper is good with other rabbits, my friends have brought theirs over and he loves having someone to play with. Do you think the English spotted rabbit and a mini lop rabbit would get along?
Rosie on April 07, 2012:
Well after reading all these posts, I feel like I got "jipped". You never see this stuff when you research. I adopted 2 English lop does from a breeder and they have now turned into Kung-fu fighting ninja bunnies that have recently started humping each other. They hate being held and fight me (running away, kicking, grunting and biting at me) when I try to transfer them from hutch to play area and vice-versa). I chose the breed specifically because I heard they were great with kids, and they were for the first 4 months. Even with treats, they remain mean. I guess I'm stuck with them for the next 5+ yrs:(
Lauren on April 06, 2012:
When i got my bunny like 3 years ago, he was scared at first and didn't trust me, then a few days later he was coming to me and wanting to play. Now i can take him out in the front yard and he hops around and does the happy bunny dance. Its the cutest. He doesn't even try to run away! He eats out of my hand and loves the be tranced and held. He is my boy i love him so much !(((:
Courtney on April 02, 2012:
I just wanted to update. Tank is doing great!! He is amazing! We no longer have any issues with him. He adores my daughter. He loves to snuggle and to be walked on the leash.He doesn't try to eat me when I put my hand in his cage anymore. Thank God!He actually got 2nd place in his first show. :0)
Brooke on March 29, 2012:
Just wanted some advice. I got 2 rabbits the other day one boy and one girl in separate cages they both like each other and get along but are still separate until one is done. The boy rabbit is lovely and runs around and jumps and skips. But the little girl dwarf rabbit. Is what I can only persume as scared she just hides away in her cage. I try to stroke her when I can and talk to her but she still seams to be scared.
Any advice would be great.
Jessica on March 28, 2012:
I have a boy and girl(they are both fixed). I had my boy first and he loved me so much, he would lick my face(kind like grooming me in someway) and I always see him run around and kicking up his heels like a joyful dance. Every day, he would come to me and let me to pick him up. But still, I felt he was lonely(I can't be with him 24/7) and wanted to get him a little friend. So I did, 6 month later, I got him a girl. They fall in love right away.
However, my boy doesn't like me anymore! He would not let me to pick him up and he'll only come to me when I have food... I haven't seen him do the joyful dance ever since! How can I fix this issue?
Kendal on March 27, 2012:
My lionhead bunny loves to be outside. When I try to take her out of her outdoor run she does this grunting thing and runs to the back of it.
Aysha on March 25, 2012:
I agree my rabbit never loves me .he kicks me all the time I come near to her
Alice on March 13, 2012:
Very good but don't aggree that you think rabbits should not be outside, they are made to live in different climates and can live both inside and out. Where they live makes no difference. I have two bunny's and hold them outside everyday in their large run and are very close,they let me do everything that you say indoor rabbits do. hope this help's anyone that can't have rabbits indoors(:
Carleigh on March 12, 2012:
I am getting a bunny tomorrow from a local breeder:D I hope reading all of this helps. I really want her to like me :D
Courtney on February 17, 2012:
We just got a Tortoise Holland Lop. He is 2 months old. He seems to be very territorial of his cage.Is there a way to help him past that. What's funny is that I'm scared to death but my 9 year old daughter isn't. I would just like some ideas on what to do. I want to be able to be around him and him not try to kill me. Lol!Please help! Any tips welcome. :0)
ayesha on February 13, 2012:
i think it will really work because above passage is showing me a trust. i am just going to the cage to apply this. i am really exited and i am sure it will work.(but still fingers crossed).
Carrie on February 08, 2012:
My rabbit has never bitten, even though intact and had to go to vets a lot etc. he doesn't mind being picked up and will let you cuddle for awhile especially if you sing or generally hum a tuneless durge. he loves petting and cuddles. he will go half to sleep even if my head is on top of him. hes quite old now though 8. i think people expect them to be like dogs and constantly want to be all over them. like my friends when they come over. how gross they like to run around and come to you for cuddles. i must say i disagree with the author about keeping them outside. its not cruel its better for them. rabbits do not cope well it heat. they are far better in cold. they prefer to be cooler than us and getting too hot hot can give them heart attacks. that's why they always flopped out in some pet shops they are boiling, their ears should not be boiling hot. obviously abandoning them outdoors is cruel too. i think a large outdoor pen that a human can stand and walk in a bit is good so you can play with your bunny outdoors. we got a buck (intact male) so though he loved attention he could be alone a lot and more so in his youth liked to be the boss of his territory although he doesn't mind me or the cat being in there as long as we give him the attention and serve him. But also winters are cold, nights are scary, we have an indoor cage in the back room where its cool and another cage indoors with us incase its a very cold night or hes ill or whatever. and he comes in lounge and dinning room a lot to be played with because he is toilet trained. i think a balance between outdoors and indoors is important so they are tame and loved but still retain some instincts especially if they are male because they deserve territory.
missrabbitegg on February 06, 2012:
I had a super shy rabbit who didn't let me pick him up or anything, he would just stomp his foot and run away. So what i did was i got a large dog cage and put it in my room, i put stuff for him to hide in and when i was around in my room i would let him run around and soon later he would just come up to me and sit on my lap. this worked well and now i can just pick him up so easily.
Krokana on February 02, 2012:
Wow. I had no idea. My bunny, skooter always acted the same way as my guinea pig elvis. They were never in contact with each other though. He just sat there quietly and took all of my cuddling and petting. He loved to hide behind the toilet when I took him into the bathroom with me. He'd run left and right to avoid me but that's the only time he ever showed any sign of fear or anger, and it probably wasn't even that. I remember when he stuck his little head into my grandfather's shirt pocket.
Carpo on February 02, 2012:
I have 2 youth rabbits from RSPCA rescue 2011. They are brothers Nemo and Simba . Both are spayed and fully vaccinated . They have a run of there own around 8 foot by 5 foot which connects to the hutch. They are also often let out for hours at a time to mooch about and play.
Nemo is friendly , however even after much love and attention and treats and patience totally refuses to be picked up and opens a can of whup ass back leg death kicks. I've read about it and its simply that rabbits in the wild are only ever picked up if they are about to be eaten by something.
Simba however I can scoop up and place on his back in my arms and pet him no problems.
A cat sometimes comes in the garden however Simba wields some rabbit-fu and simply cains the cat.
My only real issue with them is that rabbits are messy (even when cleaned out very often). They have also turned my once beautiful lawn into disrepair.
They are NOT suitable for young kids and do require as with ANY pet time and money; Hutch , run , straw , hay , water bottle and very frequent refills of water , pellet food (good stuff and DON'T over feed), daily greens/ veg , cleaning out at least once weekly and crap tray daily.
Above and beyond all this it is cool to relax in the garden and they just hop around and come over and chill with you get pats n stuff , play and generally look real cute.
Think VERY VERY carefully before you get rabbits
.. ONE ON ITS OWN IS CRUEL ..
jaime on January 30, 2012:
If you know nothing about rabbits, you shouldn't own one. All rabbits are different. All rabbits have different personalities just like people. Some rabbits enjoy pets and love, some hate it. Just love and respect your rabbit no matter what his/her personality is. And do your damn research BEFORE you get a bunny. Rabbits are not ideal pets for all people-- especially small children. They aren't very durable pets. I had a rabbit hop and kick so hard she stretched the ligaments in her leg. I spent $200 at the vets just to tell me she had a 50/50 chance of living bc she hurt her leg. Rabbits usually give up when the damage their legs. And the next day she passed =(. So these are very fragile creatures here-- learned from a sad experience-- Cad was the best bunny I ever ever had! She was more like a dog lol.
Mike on January 18, 2012:
Damn u guys have some crazy ass rabbits. My little rabbit I got a while ago has been perfect. Patience is the key tho....
Mikeyyyy on January 18, 2012:
I just laughed at all these. People gettin bit n scratched. I jus got my rabbit a few days ago. It's about 4 weeks old and I jus left it in the cage for a few days and went to the pet store and bought it HELLA toys and some treats. Gradually I let it out and it loves running around my living room. It loves shredding the cardboard floor I made it. U just laid on the floor and it eventually started to sit next to me wherever I went. Still don't know the sex but wutever
MiaahDobby on January 16, 2012:
I try Stroking them after feeding them a treat and the one just groans its really Kinda annoying,also i hold them on my lap and brush them and the one diggs her naails innn..:L
Noelle on January 11, 2012:
i've owned my netherland dwarf/mini rex mix for 2 years now. the key is to get acquainted before you take your bunny home. this is also good to help you pick out the bunny you like best.
my bunny, cashew, has always been super affectionate. he has never bitten me, or even growled at me, even when i annoy the hell out of him by grabbing his feet. all i had to do is put my hands flat in front of him and let him do as much sniffing as he pleased.
MiaahDobby on December 24, 2011:
I've had my rabbits -Miaah And Dobby for over a year i bond with them for about 5-15 minutes everyday they've been very tempermental eversince i got them but they don't seem to be getting more calm .What should i do ?
shweta madhu on November 17, 2011:
This article is way too true. I have a 7 month old mini lop and he HATES being carried and coming to humans but will eat out of my hand and except being carried if he has no other choice!
Rania on November 16, 2011:
umm im not really sure if my bunny is sane :S well i live in Africa, which is not the Jungle btw, its a normal continent, and well my friend got me this rabbit and im not sure if its a he or a she but i named it Waffle anyways,Waffle is very mean! i mean, i feed it carrots and lettuce and stuff but if i touch its food to cut it up into smaller pieces, HE ATTACKS ME!! what do i do? + he keeps running from me! and scratching and biting me! any other help besides patience? do you think it may be wild? :S
lissy deven on November 11, 2011:
im having big troble with the bunny its crazy!!!!
it wont let me go near the cage other wize i will get eatin by the bunny!!??? so i really need help
Scarlet on October 10, 2011:
Thank you soooo much for this website. Its has lots of usefull info and has finally helped me understand my bunny. She used to be very standoffish and disintrerested but after A lot of time and patience we have bonded. Its taken a lot of time but she finally trusts me and understand im not out to get her. Now she loves to play with me, cuddles and strokes and loves to groom/lick my face when im lying on the floor watching tv. its like having a whole new bunny. Thank you. :D
Jane on October 06, 2011:
I know not all rabbits are friendly, but ours is. With one exception. He seems to have a complete hatered of my brother, to the point where he now actively seeks him out just to bite and scratch him. He's been nutered and my brother is always nice to him, speaking softly and giving him treats, what else can we do? The situation is becoming unbearable (especially for my brother, as our rabbit bites pretty hard) i don't want to have to re-home him, it would break my heart, but if things don't improve it may be our only option, any advice?
Kate on October 06, 2011:
We have had our bunny Magic since may. Recently she has developed a strange lump/bump typed thing on her chin. I have had a feel of it and it just feels like skin, there no hard bump or really anything to feel at all. Im wondering if this may be because shes a little overweight. Shes very small, when she was born she had a prolapse and had to have an operation which has stunted her growth. Shes otherwise healthy but just a little chubby. Is this just a double chin and she needs to go on a diet or does she need to see the vet?
ILoveMyBunny on September 09, 2011:
@ Georgia Smith
Some rabbits take a lot of getting used to being picked up. For some it may take a long time before they even begin to tolerate being picked up and pet. It depends on their personality, for example one of the rabbits I have only allows me to put him on his lap and stroke him if he is relaxed and has been hanging out with me for over about an hour where as my other bun is very curious and loves to come up to people and demands attention. How long have you had your rabbits for and how often do you 'play' with them?
Georgia Smith on August 28, 2011:
hi, I have two rabbits and they let me pet them, but when i hold them and put them on my lap and stroke them, they kick wildly and run away... what should I do??
Hrisity on August 20, 2011:
Hi, Bunniez. I have a question - If I spend a lot of time with my bunny, will it be aggressive to me? I'm a beginner, I have read everything for bunnies, I am ready to take care for a bunny, but I can't find the answer of this question.
PS.Sorry for my bad English, I'm not American! :))
Bunny Lover on August 12, 2011:
I've had my bunny for a while now, almost 5 months and I started holding him right at the beginning but then I stopped for a while and the next time I tried to pick him up he bit me. I keep trying but he starts freaking out. I feed him treats all the time and I pet him, but he is just so jittery. Do you think you can explain why???
lola and selena on July 24, 2011:
First of all we got my rabbit lola and she was in with another rabbit at the store, it was a male. A month or two later she started showing sighns of being pregnate. so that night she had 4 babies. About 2 weeks later one of the babies had passed away. It was a tragic los.but anyway we kept one of the babies and named it selena. but we think that the boy rabbit that she had, got her pregnate again. Lola is giving me a hard time. so if you can give me any advice i would appreciate it
Sophie on July 08, 2011:
Hey, I have a problem and wondered if anyone could give me some advice. I have a really beautiful little bunny who is about 5 months old, but I've had her for around a month. I know she has been cared for very well in her last home; when she came to stay with me she was a little quiet but didn't mind being picked up that much, she would actually climb all over me and was very inquisitive. She loved being walked on her lead and raced around my room, binkying all the time. I went away for a week and had someone place food and water in her cage every morning, but not handle her. I know they wouldn't have abused her or anything - but I came back and she's changed. Whenever I go near the cage she runs away as fast as she can, stomps her feet like crazy. I have tried to take her out for a walk a couple times but she HATES being picked up, and is generally not interested in being friendly anymore. She squeaks in fear whenever I touch her, or flattens herself on the ground.
I heard something about rabbits of her age, specially females, going through puberty sometimes makes them like this for a month or two, is that true?
Thanks for any and all help :) x
Sabrina Claire on June 08, 2011:
I got a bunny from a pet shop about 2 and a half mOnths ago and he is 5 months old. He is very friendly, loves attention and doesn't resist being held or picked up. He is very sOcial around me ( I spend the most time with him, he is my rabbit) and he let's other people pet him. The only problem is that he wakes up at 6:00-6:30 every morning and claws/ pounds very loudly on his cage, sort of demanding to be let out. It is summertime and I would like to be able to sleep in every morning but he wakes me up so I can't. My mom thinks I should move him out of my room into our guest bedroom but I don't want to unless I have no other choice. Does any body have some ideas or suggestions?
Sabrina on May 13, 2011:
I got a lop mix rabbit from the shelter roughly a week ago. She refuses to let me take her out of the cage. I talk to her every day in a super soft voice, I also give her lots of treats. What should I do..?
A ;] on May 01, 2011:
I have a seal point dwarf lop. He is a doll. I've had him for about two years now and I couldn't have hoped for more. He's very well behaved and fortunately has never bit me, only licks me. In the beginning it took a lot of time to get him accustomed to people but now he is very happy. Recently I built him an enclosure so he can run around outside so he's been in a good mood ;] It took a lot of getting used to but now her lets me pat him and he loves attention. I sat outside with him in the enclosure watching him goof around doing binkys and running around and as soon as I left I watched him sit at the edge of the cage where I was and sit waiting unblinkingly and as soon as I came back her was back to his show off ways
Amanda on April 26, 2011:
oh and also you can take a visit to the vet to check its breed, age and gender. :)
Amanda on April 26, 2011:
hey J.D. some rabbits just never tolerate being held its normal. Let your rabbit get used to you more. It took my rabbit almost a month to let him trust me. He now runs up to me whenever i pass by and hops on the couch when i am on. You just need patience. Also, don't forget to spay her when shes about 6 months. You are doing great so far! ;)
J.D. on April 25, 2011:
Hi. I'm not sure if you're going to reply to this, since it's been over two years since this was created, but I need help. I've recently gotten a rabbit from my uncle's girlfriend. I don't know what breed it is or how old it is, but I do know that it's a female. Snowflake doesn't seem to mind me stroking it's back and brushing it, but when I try to play with it using some toys, she just ignores them. When I leave the toys in the cage and I go to the other room, I could see Snowflake playing with the toy. When I try to pick her up the proper way, she jumps out of my hand and poops all over my carpet. If you can, please help me. Thank you very much.
kiya on April 16, 2011:
i agree to all of tht hunni
Alaura on April 12, 2011:
hi i have a bunny that had babies but all of them left today but i got to keep one though and it was so mean!that's why i read this and i really like it.
Alee on April 12, 2011:
hi i have a house rabbit! she is great! but keeps stomping her foot i always thought it was cause she was angry and didn't trust me, but didn't know! if it was that i wanted to know a really easy way i can make my rabbit have trust in me!
Smoky's mom on April 11, 2011:
With my pet rabbit, i'm not to sure if he likes me or not, he does not want me to touch him. He does however follow me around the house at times, if and when he feels like it. My only problem, is that his fur is coming off at the back, now I don't know what's wrong if that's supposed to happen. please assist.
Moochoo on April 04, 2011:
Hi I have just got two rabbits from the shelter. They both hate me with a passion! I give them attention all the time and give them lots of cuddles and treats. I have had them for 3 months now so what can I do ?? Please help me !
chelsea on March 22, 2011:
I have had my rabbit for a bout a year and when i first got her she didn't mind me picking her up but now she don't like it maybe because i dint give her much attention cause she started getting mean when iw would try to pick her up what should i do
alyssa on March 20, 2011:
i just got 2 bunnies both 12 weeks old , they told me they were both boys , but thomas keeps trying to latch on to george , how do i tell if there boys or girls? another thing is, they come to me and i pick them up and there fine but shortly after they will spazz out . me, my mom, and my bestfriend logan have been scratched to hell from them . is it okay to have there nails cut at pet co ?
Kasondra Duff on March 18, 2011:
I have a rabbit that i have had since she was the size of my hand. She is about 3 years now and she still wants nothing to do with me. She would rather bite my hand that take the treat out of it. Am i doing something wrong? is there any way you could help me get along with my rabbit?
chart8103 on February 14, 2011:
my son has ( i think is a lion head rabbit ) we got him at a petstore, and he was about 6 months old and he was the only rabbit running around his cage and jumpin on and down the box that was in the cage,( his name is becker ..i thought that would be a good name since he cannot sit still and was angry ( he reminds me of ted danson on the tv show becker ) all the other rabbits were just laying there..he was sweet and mild tempered for about 3 months, then he started spraying my other sons bed and pooping in it as well..( my son would let him roam around his room ..of course he had a cage but my son always left it open..cuz he felt that becker needed freedom as well. well he also started to chase me and he did bite me on my foot ( and yes it did hurt ) and the pooping got worse..so we took him to be neutered..and everyone said his demeanor would be better he would be more humble....oh no... he was sweet for about 2 months and all the biting and chasing me started all over again..he got along with every one in the house but me...( maybe becuz i talk baby talk to him and he cannot stand it...lol..lol...anyway he is a joy ..my son really takes care of him really well ..he has plenty of veggies and all the timothy hay he can eat ,and an occasional dorito if one falls to the floor...he does not like rabbit toys and if you feed him the rabbit treats ..they make him sluggish like he is really sick..so no rabbit treats for him ..he did give us a scare last year..he had head tilt..we had to do extensive antibiotics around the clock with a syring to get meds in his mouth ..he hated that medicine so much..but he was better after a week even though we had to continue meds for a whole 30 days...well becker is such a nice addition to the family .we got him in 2005 so i guess he would be about 6 years old. and i really adore him .....even though i get chased around my sons room and out the door at times ...rabbits are awesome pets
Patricia on February 12, 2011:
We just got two bunnies earlier this week. I believe they are what you call a bonded pair. It was really funny the first day. Dusty(dwarf rabbit) was the most adventurous, and was the first one to roam around. Simba(lionhead cross) was very timid and shy, took forever to come out of the box.
But 4 days later it's switched around, and simba has gotten more comfortable and adventurous Simba is starting to let me pet him a little now, while Dusty is the startled one and shy.
I sit on the ground with them and let them come up to me, or I'll lay down on my stomach next to them. Slowly but surely they are getting tamer. They were very squirelly when we first got them, but they are at least a little better now.
ishani on February 09, 2011:
i have twomale rabbits who fight when i leave them together,the bite and scratch each other.i don't know how to make them friends with each other.please give an answer to my question.