8 Things you do that upsets your bunny!
Rabbits are such a big part of our lives. But considering how hard it is to communicate between a human and a rabbit, we have a big task ahead of us when we need to get our points across to each other.
There are many things that us humans do that rabbits hate. Occasionally they do things that we dislike but perhaps we will save that for another blog post entirely. Besides most of us consider our rabbits feelings above our own.
Read these great tips to understand the little things that we do that really upset our bunnies.
Entering or disturbing their territory.
All rabbits should have an area where they feel completely comfortable. This could be a pen in your house, a hutch, large cage or even a dog bed style area where they relax in your home.
You might notice as you change their bedding or move around in their territory some rabbits will get very upset. This is because that area is sacred to your bunny, its their home and they like it just the way it is. Obviously this isn't convenient when cleaning out your rabbits bedding and litter trays. Though great care should be taken not to disturb your bun when they are in an anti-social mood and just want to be left alone in their habitat. Rabbits should never be forced into interaction- its bound to put them in a bad bunny mood.
Treating them like an object.
Rabbits are highly intelligent and often timid animals. Some have different backgrounds that has changed the way they look at us humans.
Young children should be introduced to rabbits in a calm manner, carefully letting the bunny sit on their laps. Being super gentle with rabbits is a great approach to get them more used to human contact. Don't let your children, other animals or people frighten your rabbit as they are known to hold grudges.
Making your rabbit wear clothing is sometimes a bad idea too. You should take extra care when dressing your rabbit in any clothing or accessories. They should only be worn for a limited amount of time and you should ensure they are not shocked or upset while you are doing so. Of course it is wonderful to make your bunny look like a little princess, and its heart warming to see some of the pictures on Instagram and Facebook. However doing this is bound to hinder your bunnies movement and make them feel restrained.
The right water bottle for your bunny.
Some rabbits do drink a surprising amount of water. However this seems to be dependent on your bunny and their diet. Giving them easy access to a good quality water bottle that actually works and doesn't leak into their home is essential.
We suggest buying this great water bottle with metal fittings. Extra expense on a water bottle is essential as badly sealed bottles tend to grow algae and are also harder to clean. Keep them happy and hydrated.
Rabbits are unfortunately a prey animal in the wild, meaning that they have many predators who are constantly trying to catch them out. Loud bangs, fireworks, slamming doors and shouting can all cause serious effects on your bunny.
You might notice your rabbit dart out of the room looking scared for no reason and hide into a corner. Their hearing ability is way beyond our own so they might have heard something scary. Give them time to come out of their hiding place and do not try to interact with them for a while. Let them calm down and they should be okay.
A bad bunny never listens.
In relation to the last point, training a rabbit is much different than other pets. It is much better to reward them for positive behavior than it is to discipline or shout at them for bad behavior.
Perhaps they miss their toilet tray, or are doing something destructive? You can find ways of stopping this behavior without upsetting your bunny too much within our blog posts.
Provide a comfortable toilet area.
This is a common issue with bunnies, their owners are distraught with them and their toilet habits and its causing a strain in your bunny-friendship. No need to worry, we talk about this issue and try to help rabbit owners find new ways of toilet training their bunnies.
Noticing odd bunny behavior.
In the wild a rabbit will hide its pain or discomfort for survival reasons. This is why we need to be extra cautious as owners to spot any strange or unusual behavior. You know your rabbit the best so if you see any unusual things such as your rabbit not eating, drinking, grooming or going to the toilet. It is highly advised you visit a vet in your area as soon as possible as these can be signs of disease or illness.
Not giving them enough attention or toys to play with.
This is more common with outdoor rabbits as house rabbit owners will know how much rabbits can strive for your attention and company. They are highly social animals and they look to us as their equals and friends.
Bunnies are known to often be quite independent creatures so when your rabbit is ready to play or give you affection make sure you provide some entertainment with some beautiful rabbit toys.
If you are looking for more great toys specially designed for rabbits check out our "For rabbits" section.