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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 them.  

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 owners.
  • Dancing 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 cheeks.
  • Biting
  • Bunny Sounds...Grinding is Good.
  • Bunny Speak 101
  • Am I Cut Out to Be a Bunny Owner?
  • Why does my Bunny do That?

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