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Rabbits are often thought of as children’s pets, but the reality is that they are not very suitable for children in most cases. Baby bunnies (and even adult bunnies) dash around, hide behind furniture, and chew on anything they deem fit for their chewing needs. Bunnies are delicate and very easily frightened. They can be hurt by children picking them up, and often when people pick them up they feel frightened and kick and struggle, which can also hurt a kid trying to handle the bunny. They react to sudden changes, which can result in running away or biting, in instances when they are approached in a quick and loud manner. And let’s face it, kids are rambunctious and get excited when they see furry little creatures so they tend to run up to them.
So no they may not be the best pet for a young child, but they do make excellent house pets for teenagers and adults of all ages. They are fairly quiet creatures. They can be almost perfectly litter box trained and have excellent personalities just like a dog or a cat may have. They are also very adorable. Honestly, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want a pet bunny. The trick is getting them used to you in their new environment. Here are some tips to help you along the way if you are the proud new owner of a rabbit.
1. Listen to your rabbits sounds.
They have a broad range of vocalizations to help them communicate a large variety of wants and needs.
Tooth clicking is a sign of comfort. They may click their teeth while being pet, such as a cat may purr while receiving attention. So if your bunny clicks their teeth, it is a sign of trust.
Snorting is most likely a cry for attention or displeasure. In some cases, it may be a sign of a respiratory infection. Just look for discharge from the nose.
Grunting is a sign of fear, so if your bunny is grunting at you it means that they feel threatened and you shouldn’t handle them. It’s best not to mess with their food, toys, or litter box if they are grunting at you. Just leave them be for a bit.
2. Pay attention to how your bunny acts around you.
Some rabbits will communicate their needs by responding to human touch.
Nudging with the nose can be a rabbit's way of saying, “Hey, pay attention to me!”
If your bunny is licking you it is a great sign of affection. Rabbits do not lick people for the salt on their skin. The behavior is purely communicative and a great indication of trust and appreciation.
If your rabbit lays down in front of you, this is a great indication of trust and happiness.
3. Give your rabbit their own little space.
Usually a cage is great, but they also need more room to hop around and explore. A secluded place away from the general noise of the home is usually best. Make them comfortable and have their bedding and litter box set up so they know where to access their stuff. Give them toys, things to chew on. Letting them have their privacy is beneficial for them and allows them time to adjust and know they have a safe space to be in.
So if you are considering a rabbit as a pet or you are a new owner, keep these few tips in mind for helping them to adjust to their new environment. I hope this article is helpful to all of you potential and current bunny parents!