In general, if a rabbit is
healthy, well situated, and frequently handled, they tend to
be docile, quiet and gentle pets. The key is
handling. Neglected rabbits can grow fearful of humans
often attacking the hands of those trying to care for
Other new-owner concerns are
caused by a lack of understanding of what constitutes
"normal" bun behavior.
- Rabbits thump their
back feet to signal a warning to other buns. Males
will sometimes thump as a challenge to other males.
Some buns will thump in play.
- Un-altered rabbits will
often use urine spraying to not only mark territory
but as a means of dissuading would be attackers.
Many are quite accurate and can unleash a stream of urine,
while running, that strikes you in the face. This
behavior disappears when the rabbit is spayed and/or they
feel comfortable with their owner.
- Coprophagy of
cecotropes is an essential part of the rabbit's
breakfast of champions. A cecotrope is a specialized
product of a rabbit's digestive system. Often called
"night stools" the soft pellets are vital to
your rabbit's nutrition and digestive health.
- Despite what sounds like a
mess waiting to happen, most buns are extremely neat
and fastidious. So much so that 90 percent of
them can be trained, with little effort, to use a litter
box. Do not use clay based litters (such as cat box
filler) as some rabbits eat the litter which can lead to
digestive problems. Pet stores offer many edible
litters for rabbits and other small animals.
- Many rabbits also can be leash
and harness trained and love to take walks with their
Oh yes, rabbits dance.
- Rabbits lick their
humans, their favorite plush toys, even other household
animals they like, as a sign of affection. These bunny
kisses are to be treasured and should be rewarded with
a treat or by stroking the bun's nose or rubbing it's
Sounds...Grinding is Good.
- Am I Cut Out
to Be a Bunny Owner?
does my Bunny do That?