Are you looking for ways to bond with your rabbit? Well, today might be your day! Today, we will show you tons of ways to bond with your rabbit. 10 ways, to be exact! Are you ready to know the 10 ways to bond with your rabbit? If so, then let’s go!
1. Neuter Your Rabbit
First, you want to neuter your rabbit. Neutering and spaying your rabbit is ideal for several reasons. For one, it reduces the risk of getting several types of cancer. However, that is not all there is to it.
This procedure could also help you bond with your rabbit by reducing several undesirable rabbit behaviors like aggression. As you might expect, trying to bond with an aggressive furry friend could be plenty hard. You shouldn’t take on this procedure yourself, though. You want to take your little guy or gal to a vet.
2. Be Around Your Rabbit
Next, you want to be around your rabbit. Similar to humans, you need to be there to be able to form a bond in the first place. You want to be around your rabbit as much as possible.
Note that we said as much as possible. We don’t only mean as much as your schedule allows you, but as much as your furry friend would allow you to. If your rabbit deems your date is over, don’t force the little critter to spend more time with you. We will talk a little more about this topic in the following portions.
3. Get on Your Rabbit’s Level
Would you trust a giant immediately? We don’t think so! It is similar to your rabbit. Your height could frighten the little critter. If you put yourself in the little one’s shoes (or paws, for that matter,) it doesn’t seem like a fun bonding activity if all you would see is a pair of legs.
Sit with your rabbit, and if you want, you might even want to lie down with the little one. As you can imagine, it is a lot less terrifying to come near someone on your level than a giant.
On the other hand, don’t try to do things the other way around. Don’t bring your rabbit up to your level. Don’t pick your rabbit up! Many rabbits don’t like getting picked up. It doesn’t mean you should never pick them up. However, it is something that needs time and processing. It’s not a good idea to pick up a rabbit if you are still trying to get it to trust you.
4. Be Quiet and Gentle
Rabbits are small gentle creatures. A little like babies, if you will. It is easy to scare and startle them. As you might already know, you don’t even have to do much to frighten them.
When you are with them, try to be quiet and gentle. It doesn’t mean you should be silent. Many say that talking to your rabbit is good and could even help in bonding with the little critters. However, try to use a soft and gentle voice. Don’t shout at the rabbits!
Don’t expect rabbits to be too fond of loud music. If you want to listen to some tunes while spending time with them, you might want to use some earphones.
If you have kids, this might be a problem. Little kids might not mean any harm, but they could get overly excited about meeting their new furry friend. You might want to make sure you talk to them about this and orient them before letting them meet the rabbit.
5. Give Your Rabbit the Option to Come to You
Next, you want to give your rabbit the freedom to come or not come to you. One of the best ways to get a bunny to trust you is to offer it the option not to.
Show up on your bunny dates, but don’t force your furry friend to interact with you. Don’t chase your rabbit. Don’t corner the little guy or gal. Don’t limit your rabbit’s options. There’s no better way to frighten a rabbit than by taking its freedom away.
With that, you don’t want your rabbit dates to be in their cage if you can help it. In a way, you would be invading your rabbit’s space. Your furry friend’s cage should be a safe place they can run to if they feel the need to run and hide.
By being there, you are taking their safe haven away. If you have limited space and you can’t help it, you want to at least offer a place in the cage where they can hide but still see everything.
It might also be a good time to note that you shouldn’t feel bad if you find your rabbit hiding from you for the first few dates. Rabbits are curious little critters. Their curiosity would most probably get the best of them at some point!
6. Build a Routine with Your Rabbit
Another way to bond with your rabbit and not scare the little guy or gal is by building a routine with it. This way, they will not be rattled by your random visits. You are giving your rabbit time and space to prepare itself for when you come along. Don’t surprise them!
7. Give Your Rabbit Treats
Do you know what surprise a rabbit would like? Treats!
Giving your rabbit treats is probably the best way to gain its trust. However, you want to use this method wisely. For one, not everything is a treat. There are things you should not let your rabbit eat. Additionally, you can only let them consume a certain amount of particular treats!
Too many treats could be bad for rabbits. It could also be bad for your relationship. If you give your rabbit too many treats, they might start to only associate you with the delicious things you give them. If they get too used to it, they might nip you when you don’t have any. Lessen the treats gradually, but don’t stop it altogether.
8. Touch Your Rabbit
Many rabbits might not like getting picked up, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like being touched altogether.
You want to pet your rabbit. However, as you might already know, many rabbits could be scared of hands at first. Take things slowly. Allow them to get used to your hand at first. Slowly, start giving them light head pats until you can fully pet them. Again, if they run away, don’t chase them. You can try again another time.
Treats could also come in handy here. While your rabbit hasn’t trusted you yet, you can try giving them a treat and petting them while they’re busy munching.
9. Play and Train with Your Rabbit
Once you get your furry friend to trust you a bit, you can start trying to play with them. You can invest in a few rabbit toys. On the other hand, you can even make some rabbit toys with what you already have. You might be surprised! What you might consider trash might be the perfect toy for your furry friend.
You might also want to train your rabbit. Teach the little guy or gal a few tricks. It will not only be cute! It is also one way to lay down on the treats. It will teach your rabbit that it has to work for the tasty thing. However, it also lets the little one know that you will eventually give it the treat.
10. Get to Know Your Rabbit
Rabbits don’t have the same temperament or personality. Some rabbits would be more fearful, some more outgoing, and some more feisty. One of the best ways to bond with your rabbit is to know your rabbit.
You want to know about the body language of rabbits, but more than that, you want to know your rabbit specifically. You want to get to know your furry friend’s likes and dislikes, how the little one expresses its preference, and generally, everything you can find out about your rabbit.
At the end of the day, your rabbit is a unique creature. What might apply to most of our furry friends might not apply to your little guy or gal.
That’s 10 ways to bond with your rabbit! As you have seen today, there are tons of ways you can connect with your furry friend. So, go ahead and build that lasting bunny bond with your rabbit!
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