Rabbit Behavior

rabbits fighting

All you need to know about fighting rabbits.

There are several indications in rabbits that you misunderstand as if they are fighting.

Misunderstanding bonded rabbits’ behavior towards each other is concerning.

If you stop your pet rabbits imagining they are fighting while they were merely playful, you will unnecessarily stress your pet rabbits.

By knowing why your rabbits are fighting, you can prevent them from injuring themselves, which is what I am going to discuss in this post precisely.

Rabbits are prey animals and do not show aggression at all.

But if your pet rabbits, even your bonded pet rabbits start fighting with each other, it is the rabbit guardian’s responsibility to interpret why they are fighting and how to prevent it in the future from happening again.

Without knowing the reason behind the fight, you cannot rebond the rabbits ever again.

Why do rabbits fight with each other?

Rabbits are soft furry animals. Being quiet and cuddly doesn’t mean they can’t be aggressive.

Rabbits are very territorial, and likewise wild rabbits, domestic rabbits like to build dominance if there are several rabbits in your house.

Rabbits will generally fight to establish dominance.

Assuming you own a single pet rabbit. One night before going to bed, you decided you will bring a new bunny friend for your pet rabbit. Doing so is an excellent idea. However, you adopted a new bunny and brought it home only to find out that your older bunny is trying to mount the newcomer.

You see, as I have told earlier, rabbits are territorial animals. Once they see a newcomer inside his/her territory, the rabbit will attempt to establish dominance.

They establish dominance by mounting on each other.

Therefore it is said to follow rabbit bonding steps before you place two rabbits inside a hutch.

Bonding rabbits are essential. And bonding two strangers requires a neutral territory.

Rabbits are susceptible to smell. When you place a new bunny in the older rabbit’s territory, the smell of the newcomer will bother the older rabbit.

As a result, the smell of the newcomer in the older rabbit’s territory will trigger a fight.

In most cases, the older rabbit will mount the newcomer. Mounting is a way of fighting.

The scenario will be worse if you introduce unneutered/unspayed rabbits.

Rabbits fight when their hormone level is high.

If you introduce unspayed/unneutered rabbits, it is likely they will start fighting someday.

Understand the fact that neutering/spaying a house rabbit is essential.

It is not only to prevent rabbits from fighting, as well as to keep your rabbits healthy.

Adopting a single rabbit or a pair is a pleasure. Nevertheless, I reckon you are not willing to breed rabbits.

You may say what if you adopt a pair of female rabbits. So there will be no problem with rabbits giving birth. Many rabbit owners are not willing to spend money on spaying/neutering as it is expensive in places.

Owning a pair of unspayed female rabbits will stop your rabbits from breeding, and you can call yourself a proud owner.

But one beautiful morning, you wake and notice signs of injury in one of your female rabbits.

Can you guess what happened?

You rabbits might have been fighting while you are sleeping in peace.

Can you guess what might have triggered the fight?

The probable reason for your rabbits to fight is the presence of a high level of hormones in your rabbits. The reason for being too hormonal is your female rabbits are unspayed.

As they don’t have a way to keep their hormone level at normal, they are anxious. I believe you can already understand what may happen when you hold two anxious animals inside a cage for a long time?

They will fight and will injure each other until you stop them and keep them separate.

The same circumstances will follow if you decide to raise two male rabbits together.

Male rabbits might even fight with each other to death.

Small cages.

Raising rabbits in a small cage is the most sickening thing a rabbit guardian can do.

Any responsible rabbit guardian will not prefer to keep its pet rabbits in a small cage.

Keeping rabbits in a small cage that restricts their comfortable movement will upset a rabbit.

An upset rabbit will get grumpy. Unable to move inside a small cage because there are several rabbits inside the cage will cause gatherings to fight.

Even if the rabbits are bonded, and the cage is not comfortable enough for one grumpy rabbit, the grumpy rabbit will push the other rabbit to one corner of the cage.

If the rabbit has signs of injury and is scared to move at all within the cage, then you can guess your rabbits are fighting because the space you provided is not enough.

Not enough space means the rabbit has a lack of freedom and exercise too.

Rabbits need to run around, hop around to exercise, and remain healthy.

Not able to run and exercise, the rabbit will try to spend their extra energy on other rabbits. Pet rabbits may find fighting as recreation. However, if your rabbits are fighting, either recreational or not, you must stop them.

Because if they have injuries, you will have to visit the vet and spend time on their treatment.

Hence I always say to raise rabbits in a free-range environment. If you can’t raise rabbits in a free-range environment, at least try to construct a running space for your pet rabbits attached to your hutch.

Rabbits will fight due to changes in their environment.

Assuming you took my previous suggestion and decided to place your rabbits in a free-range environment abruptly.

Yet you have contributed to another fight in your pet rabbits. I am not saying it is happening inevitably.

But a sudden change in the rabbit’s environment can cause stress in rabbits.

Perhaps you liked raising your rabbits inside a hutch in your garage. One beautiful morning you chose to bring your rabbits indoors and let them play in the living room.

What may happen is, caged rabbits will be overwhelmed by their freedom.

Now, the rabbits will be determined to establish dominance and mark their territory.

And in the process of doing so, even bonded rabbits may start fighting.

Not just that, a sudden change in the environment will change a rabbit’s mood. As a human guardian, you may not interpret their mood correctly.

Sick rabbits will fight.

I believe anyone might understand why a sick rabbit will fight. If you can’t guess, let me explain it to you.

It is usual for any creature to be unhappy when they feel sick.

Similarly, rabbits don’t feel happy when they are sick, and they feel irritated by the presence of other rabbits.

Rabbits usually do not show any signs of sickness until they can’t hide it anymore. Rabbits are fighters. I don’t mean they like fighting with other rabbits, but they fight their pain all by themselves. They do not wish to show weakness.

AS a result, when a rabbit is sick and feels very weak, the rabbit tends to fight with other rabbits inside their running space.

A sick rabbit prefers to be left alone; hence the rabbit may feel annoyed by a companion rabbit. To avoid further disturbance, the sick rabbit will fight other rabbits and keep them away from him/her.

They will fight if they feel a threat from predators.

Threat from predators is a more common factor in wild rabbits. Domestic rabbits raised indoors have very few danger from predators.

However, placing rabbits outdoors even inside a hutch makes them weak to predators.

But once a rabbit senses danger, the rabbit will fight. I am giving this example because no matter what the threat is if any rabbit feels a menace, the rabbits will surely fight.

If they feel a threat from a new rabbit in his/her territory, the rabbit will fight.

Do rabbits fight to the death?

Yes, rabbits fight to the death, but it is not as common as you may think. Wild rabbits may fight to the end more commonly than house rabbits.

Fighting to the death in rabbits is possible if the rabbits are unneutered and unspayed.

The probability for two unneutered male rabbits fight to the death is higher than two unspayed female rabbits.

And domestic rabbits are always suggested to be de-sexed before adopting.

If you can’t de-sex rabbits before adopting them, then de-sex them as early as possible after you bring them home.

However, the wild counterpart is neither neutered nor spayed.

Therefore more prone to fighting with each other to the death.

All the reasons mentioned above for rabbits fighting with a high level of hormone can contribute to a deadly fight in rabbits in the wild.

How to know your rabbits are fighting?

To understand whether rabbits are fighting or not is quite complicated.

Some behaviors of rabbit affection are similar to a rabbit fighting.

Therefore it is often confusing. Rabbit guardians interfere, believing they are preventing a fight where they only block the rabbits from being affectionate.

So understanding the difference in rabbit behavior is crucial. Only a rabbit guardian can understand it better when their pet rabbits are fighting, and when they are loving.

However, there few general signs for rabbit fight comprehension, such as:

  • Biting fur;
  • Biting ears;
  • Nipping;
  • Lunging;
  • Swiping with claws;
  • Bumping nose;
  • Mounting

Rabbits fight in different ways depending on the situation and their motive behind the fight.

Mounting is a common way of showing aggression to establish dominance.

Biting fur and ears is a common sight if two rabbits are not happy together. Consider nipping as a way of fighting as well as displaying affection.

Nipping is the most complicated sign to interpret. A rabbit gently bites another rabbit to present the love it has for the other rabbit.

AS well as this soft biting can also initiate a fight in rabbits. So it is the rabbit keeper’s judgment that will stop rabbits from fighting and not prevent them from loving.

Lunging at another rabbit, or bumping at each other is also very common among unbonded rabbits. A rabbit may bounce at another rabbit if the rabbit feels irritated.

While accommodating rabbits in a small cage, a rabbit may lunge and bump the other one to one corner of the cage and create space within the enclosure.

If rabbits are swiping with claws at each other, that’s when a fight can become deadly. If rabbits are throwing punches at each other, you must intervene before the rabbits severely injure themselves.

Should I ignore when my rabbit fights?

As I said, you must intervene when your rabbits are throwing punches and swiping claws at each other. Not just that, if your rabbits show any signs of aggression towards another rabbit, it is your duty to prevent the situation from escalating further.

Although rabbits will not always kill each other during a fight, indeed they can injure each other severely.

That is why never introduce a rabbit abruptly without following the bonding stages first.

In a situation, if you notice where your bonded rabbits are not going well along with each other, you can immediately step in and place two rabbits in two different cages.

How to stop rabbits fighting?

You can stop rabbits fighting by separating them. If you notice two bonded rabbits are struggling, then you must scare them by making a loud noise.

Like you can call them loudly by their name, which might scare them off and leave each other.

Most of the time, scaring them off with bang works because rabbits are sensitive to loud noises.

If their fight continues and either one of the rabbits is not willing to give up, you have to use your hands to pull them apart.

Before doing so, you must wear gloves. Rabbits don’t usually bite their guardian. However, if the rabbit is in a severe fight and you try to pull them apart, your rabbit might dig its teeth in your fingers. Similarly, while trying to pull them apart, you can get swiped by their claws.

Regardless of your rabbit does this intentionally or not, you must wear gloves before you step into a rabbit fight.

How to prevent rabbits from fighting?

Rabbits may start a fight for many reasons. Knowing the reasons behind a rabbit fight will enable you to prevent more conflicts in the future.

I have explained above why rabbits may fight with each other. It is easy to understand why a rabbit fights a newcomer. Hence, bonding rabbits is crucial.

But if bonded rabbits are fighting, unless the rabbit guardian figures out the reason, you will fail to prevent injuries in the future.

If you notice your bonded rabbits are fighting because one of the rabbits is sick, then it is essential to take your ill rabbit to the vet.

If you understand your rabbit is fighting because it is stressed. Figure out ways to keep your rabbits stress free in the future.

A rabbit will be stressed if it doesn’t have enough exercise.

A bigger hutch with a setup of sufficient running space will enhance the rabbit’s mood.

The rabbit will be happier, healthier, and likely stay away from future fights.

Nevertheless, changing your rabbits’ territory frequently and abruptly will cause stress in rabbits. So do not relocate your rabbits often.

Finally, rabbits fight and mount to establish dominance. If they feel a newcomer as a threat in their territory, they will fight. Your old rabbit will not accept the new rabbit easily without proper bonding takes place beforehand.

Without bonding, the older rabbit will attack the newcomer and try to eliminate any kind of threat.

If the new rabbit is submissive quickly, then it is okay. However, it is not always the scenario. If the newcomer doesn’t submit, then the fight will continue and escalate to deadly conflict.

Rebonding rabbits after a fight.

Rebonding rabbits after a fight is not ideal. Yet, if you are willing to rebond your rabbits after they fought and separated, you must be extra cautious.

Introducing them again may trigger a fight suddenly. But once rabbits are separated, they forget each other very soon.

Being apart, rabbits quickly forget it’s partner’s smell. And separating a bonded rabbit pair after observing aggressive behavior, rebonding them is quite tricky.

Rebonding separated rabbits after a fight brings back a bonded rabbit to stage one.

Yet, I can’t assure you that these rabbits will remain bonded without having a conflict again in the future.

What do you have to do once your rabbits fought and were separated?

You have to set and X-pen for the rabbits and keep them close. Close enough, they can get used to their smell, far enough so that they cannot reach for each other.

And you have to do this in neutral territory.

If you do not follow the steps in neutral territory, you will contribute to a territorial dispute?

Because if you start the bonding process in one rabbit’s territory, the boss rabbit in that territory will not be very welcoming of the new rabbit.

Remember, as I said, they will forget each other’s smell?

Therefore the newcomer will be seen as a threat in the territory.

As well as do not rush the rabbit bonding steps, especially after a fight. Because rushing through the steps might not provide sufficient time for the rabbits to rebond. As a result, when you place two rabbits together, they may start their fight suddenly again.

It is further common than you may imagine. Initially, after rebonding, rabbits may fancy their companionship. However, similar conflicts like in the past may trigger a deadly fight in your rabbits.

You may wake up one day and find out one of your rabbits is severely injured, and even worse, a rabbit is dead.

Why do rabbits fight in spring?

In general, rabbits tend to fight when their level of the hormone is high. Spring is the peak time for rabbits to mate. Hence in spring, rabbits in nature have a high level of hormone.

Rabbits in the wild are intact, and with a high level of hormone present in rabbits, they act more aggressively than healthy rabbits.

I am not saying the high level of the hormone is abnormal during spring. It is the wild rabbits’ natural behavior.

However, if you see your bonded rabbits are fighting in spring, the likely reason for that condition is the high level of hormone. Therefore it is suggested to neuter and spay domestic rabbits before adoption.

Unneutered/unspayed rabbits fight with each other more often than neutered and spayed rabbits.

Neutering and spaying a rabbit will keep the rabbit hormones in balance. With a balance in hormone production, domestic rabbits are less likely to act aggressively.

Neutered/spayed rabbits will be less hormonal even at their peak mating season. Hence a fight in bonded rabbits is not expected.

Neutering/spaying a rabbit not only prevents them from fighting, but it is also easier to bond with de-sexed rabbits.

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bonding two female rabbits

Bonding two female rabbits: Is same-gender bonding possible?

Bonding two female rabbits is not an impossible task if the rabbit guardian does it the correct way.

Having two female rabbits can cause a deadly fight in the scene if proper measures are not taken like described in this post.

In this post, I wrote about how to bond two female rabbits without complications and allow them to live in harmony.

Can two female rabbits together?

Yes, two female rabbits can live together. It is necessary to bond the two female rabbits first. If a new female rabbit is introduced to your female pet rabbit abruptly, then you might contribute in a deadly fight.

Rabbits are very territorial animals. Regardless of gender, rabbits can be very territorial, and a newcomer in their territory will not be accepted.

Thus if two female rabbits bond together, only then can they live together.

But bonding female rabbits come with some other complications. Several measures must be taken before trying to bond female rabbits, such as spaying the rabbits.

I have seen several house rabbits living and playing together. And surprisingly, I have seen pairs that are both females, and they are chasing and grooming each other.

Is spaying essential before bonding female rabbits?

Regardless of gender, it is best to desex rabbits before bonding them with each other.

Spaying/neutering a rabbit will aid in a healthy life for rabbits. Desexing a rabbit contributes to a longer lifespan in house rabbits. Likewise, after a few weeks from desexing, as the hormone will slowly wear off from their body, the rabbits will become less aggressive.

It is tough to bond unneutered/unspayed rabbits because the hormones in their body will keep them aggressive towards the other.

And female rabbits are even more territorial than male rabbits. Therefore if your female rabbits are unspayed, indeed, the older rabbit will not tolerate a new rabbit in her territory.

If the older female house rabbit is more prominent in size and shape, your new rabbit will suffer as soon as you bring them together.

You might wonder what if only one rabbit is spayed and not the other?

I know spaying a rabbit can be costly in some places as they can’t be treated with ordinary veterinarians. But the best practice is to spay both rabbits before the introduction process begins.

I cannot positively say the bonding process will work if one of the female rabbits is unspayed.

How to bond two female rabbits?

Assuming you own a pet rabbit that is a female. Your cute pet does not have any bunny friend. So, you want to present her with a new bunny friend.

There are rabbit owners that cannot spend adequate time with their pet rabbits, which results in a lonely rabbit.

I have seen rabbit owners that have one rabbit initially, and they enjoy the rabbit’s companion.

Similarly, the house rabbit enjoys the companion of their guardian.

Rabbits are not lonely at all if the rabbit guardian spends adequate time with the pet rabbit.

Nevertheless, in some cases, the rabbit guardians may get busy with work and can’t manage enough time to play with the rabbit.

That may cause loneliness in rabbits, and the rabbits will suffer.

Hence many rabbit guardians, once they realize they are spending sufficient time with their pet rabbit, buy a new rabbit.

However, trying to bond a male rabbit and a female rabbit is an excellent idea.

Because the process will be a lot easier, unlike bonding rabbits of the same sex. The situation will be a lot worse if the rabbits are not desexed.

However, the topic of this article is about bonding two female rabbits, and I will not discuss anything which is not related to the issue here.

What are the steps for bonding two female rabbits?

Let’s think of it like this:

You already own a female rabbit and raise it in a free-range environment.

A free-range environment such as the pet rabbit has access to most rooms in your house and has a cage where she goes to relax only.

Rabbits growing up in such conditions consider most of the house as her territory.

Although your rabbit is litter trained, occasionally, she will poop here and there within the house to mark her territory.

I am using this example because bonding such a female rabbit will be the most complicated of all.

Why is that?

Because most of your house is the rabbits running space and she considers it as her territory.

If a rabbit stays most of his/her life inside a hutch, then only the hutch will be the rabbit’s territory.

Thus trying to bond a free-range female rabbit will be considerably hard because a new member in her territory will not be taken lightly.

On the contrary, it will be difficult for you to find a neutral territory to introduce the older rabbit with the new one.

STEP 1

The first thing to do is when you get your new female rabbit, you must visit a vet to spay her and ensure her longer lifespan.

Likewise, if the older rabbit in your house is unspayed, you must take her to a vet to do the same task.

Until today if you have believed your female pet rabbit behaves nicely then, you might be wrong. As your pet rabbit had no competitor in her territory, and she did not feel any threat. Therefore she had no one to fight.

Hence, spaying your older rabbit is crucial because if she is unspayed and meets a younger female rabbit, she will bring down wrath on the newcomer.

So Step 1 is ensuring the female rabbits are desexed, and at least a couple of weeks have passed after the desexing.

STEP 2

Now the introduction process must start assuming both female rabbits are spayed.

At this stage, what you must do is find a place where the older rabbit never goes.

Consider that location as neutral territory.

If the older rabbit is in neutral territory, then she has no reason being territorial.

You must do that so that both the female rabbits at this stage will not consider the other one as a threat.

In this neutral territory, you must set an x pen. The simplest way to create an x pen is by using a DIY rabbit playpen. Use the DIY rabbit playpen to create two separate enclosures.

And keep the two female rabbits in two separate enclosures.

Set the enclosures at least several inches apart.

Do not set the cages so far that the rabbit cannot communicate and not so close that they can grab each other to fight.

STEP 3

Give these female rabbits new litter boxes with fresh hay. Do not give them any litter box that has the smell of older rabbits.

New litter boxes will prevent the older rabbit from acting territorial.

Now there is a trick you can do.

You can interchange the litter boxes every two days during the bonding process.

I mean, you can take the litter box from the older rabbits cage and shift it to the newcomer’s cage.

Similarly, take the newcomer’s litter box and place it in the older rabbits cage.

That way, they both will get used to the smell of each other. And being in neutral territory, they will not count each other as a threat.

STEP 4

Now it is your turn to observe the rabbits. You have the rabbits in the cage doesn’t mean you are done with the process.

You have to keep your eyes on the rabbits.

Do not allow the rabbits to stay on the opposite side of the cages. If they are sitting on the furthest corner from each other, then it means they don’t like each other’s companion.

It is a sign for the female rabbits that they can’t stand each other.

Consequently, if you notice such behavior, bring the rabbits close to each other inside the cage.

Do so for at least a week. By this time, observe their behavior.

You can at least assume now that the rabbits are used to each other’s smell.

Yet do not judge that they will bond with each other unless you see them inside one cage.

STEP 5

Now, the next step is to let the rabbits outside of the cage together. Do this in the neutral territory, and keep eyes on them. You can let them out together for hours in the beginning.

You must slowly increase the time they spend together.

First, let them spend 15 minutes together and observe their behavior during the period.

See if they are aggressive or they are staying far from each other.

IF they start to fight with each other, immediately stop them and place them back into the individual enclosure.

At this stage, if a female rabbit is yet acting territorial, highly likely, it will be the older one. So keep an eye on the older one so that she behaves appropriately with the newcomer.

The older rabbit may mount the younger rabbit to prove her dominance and claim her territory. She might spray urine and poop around this unclaimed territory.

If she does not, then you must place them back into their x pen and go back to STEP 4 again.

Allow the rabbits to stay close to each other. Compel them to get used to with each other’s smell by frequently shifting their litter boxes.

Also, pet them frequently one after another.

That way, the rabbits will get used to the smell of the other female rabbit’s smell from your hand.

They need to be comfortable with each other. 

If you fail at step 5, do not give up yet. Bonding same-sex rabbits are intricate work.

If you have chosen to complicate things by bringing two female rabbits home, then you have to take the hassles.

STEP 6

Step five might take you back to step 4. In case you pass level 5, now you may allow the rabbits out of the cage frequently.

Allow the female rabbits to play with each other. And slowly increase the time they spend with each other.

Always be observant of their behavior. You are the guardian, and if you notice anything unusual, take them back to their cages.

But give them more time to play together gradually. Suppose start by 15 minutes everyday, and progressively raise to 30-40 minutes and 1 hour.

The whole process may sound very complicated before you work on it.

But once you see your female rabbits living with each other in harmony, you will realize the time commitment has paid off.

Conclusion.

Bonding two female rabbits is not impossible, but the task is intricate.

If you follow the steps, indeed, you can bond two female rabbits.

Nevertheless, bonding rabbits require patience and time of the rabbit guardian.

Usually, bonding rabbits may take only two weeks. All the steps I described above can be completed within two weeks.

However, trying to bond two female rabbits may take longer than usual. It might take up to six months to get your female rabbits to like each other.

Think of it like this:

If a human meets another human, it may take a while for person A to befriend person B.

They will need some time to become friends at first. Then after a few more dates, they will become close to each other.

And casually, they will create a bond, and person A will become friends forever with person B.

The same is applicable for bonding rabbits, regardless of gender.

Although in most cases, two female rabbits will get used to each other within a month or two, in more complicated cases, it will take up to six months.

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rabbits and dogs

Rabbits & Dogs: Can the prey be safe around its predator?

Let’s discuss the challenges of owning rabbits and dogs today.

Despite which species of dog you have as a pet in your house, learning about the challenges will ease your problems.

I can’t say for sure, these two species will bond together, but there are techniques in this article that will ensure the safety of having rabbits and dogs together.

I will start by explaining the characteristics of these two animals first.

Qualities of rabbits.

Rabbits are small, cuddly pets. They are delicate and get nervous quickly.

Rabbits belong at the bottom of the food chain. Being prey animals, they tend to be scared very easily.

Even a loud bang can scare a rabbit very much. Trying to pet a rabbit by raising your pet rabbits in the wrong way will escalate stress in rabbits.

Stress in rabbits contributes to deteriorating their health condition. If you own a rabbit for some time, you might already know a tiny change in their environment can cause a rabbit to become sick.

Traits of dogs.

Dogs are loving animals. The loyalty of dogs towards their keeper is unquestionable.

Loyalty in dogs has made them loving pets in most residential houses today.

Apart from that, dogs are predators. Belonging at the top of the food chain, dogs have an instinct to attack danger in their territory. Not merely a threat, however, any prey animals that are smaller in size can bring out a dog’s natural ability. What is a dog’s instinct?

It is to protect, guard, and hunt. A dog will not hesitate to put itself in danger to protect the owner.

Although in the end, all traits of dogs rely on one point:

How his/her guardian raises a dog.

Do rabbits and dogs get along?

Owning rabbits and dogs together is not a new thing. Many households have dogs and rabbits living together in harmony.

Nevertheless, every pet owner will answer you differently because everyone’s experiences are not alike.

There are multiple cases where a pet dog has severely injured a rabbit.

Although the pet dog was friendly with the rabbit somehow, the dog hurt the rabbit. It might have been an accident by the dog or perhaps intentional.

We, as guardians, can’t comprehend what has happened if we were not present in the scene.

On the contrary, some guardians own rabbits and dogs together, and for years, these two pets live together. In years rabbits and dogs being from two different species have created a strong bond for each other.

Thus the answer to the question you seek cannot be given by merely saying YES or NO.

The answer is a lot more complicated, and a responsible pet owner has to do his/her research before introducing these two pets.

Your experience might be different from others owning rabbits and dogs together.

I don’t know which animal you currently own, and which animal you are going to adopt. Although I don’t know what your intentions are precise, I will do my best to give you a proper answer.

I have mentioned early in this post that rabbits are prey animals and dogs belong to the predator’s species.

Accordingly, I believe you already understand that trying to bond these animals is not an easy task nor impossible.

Are rabbits scared of dogs?

It is a common question by dog owners willing to adopt rabbits. Understand the characteristics of both these animals before you bring a bunny in your dog’s territory.

Dogs are predators and territorial animals. It is typical for a dog to protect its guardian and its territory.

How about a rabbit’s character?

Belonging at the bottom of the food chain, a rabbit tends to keep them safe from predators. Rabbits like to relax in burrows where predators cannot reach. Similarly, rabbits get nervous quickly if they feel danger.

Thus it is reasonable to say a rabbit is certainly scared of dogs.

Hence, I can assure you this introducing a rabbit to a pet dog is dangerous.

The first bonding of dogs and rabbits is essential.

Imagine the consequence of introducing a dog to new rabbits without proper training.

Your dog will most certainly try to attack the rabbit. Though you keep your dog in a leash, the mere sight of an attacking predator is dangerous for rabbits.

It is common for rabbits to die from shock.

How to train a dog not to attack rabbits?

Training dogs to not attack rabbits is crucial. Without proper training and not following the steps for bonding these two animals can create a violent scene.

Bonding rabbits and pet dogs are the most complicated of all. Moreover, after you follow the bonding steps, I can’t say these two animals inevitably will create any bond.

If you fail to create any bond, it is best not to own these pets in your house together.

And if you insist on owning house rabbits after you own a dog, keeping them apart is the best option.

I will describe some necessary steps to follow before you continue with the bonding process.

Step 1: Evaluate the personality of your dog.

Many dog owners think adopting a rabbit will not be a problem as they own a dog which is a smaller breed.

Yet, the truth is the size of a dog doesn’t matter. Regardless of the scale, dogs are predators, and their typical behavior is to attack prey.

Hence, considering the size of your dog as a positive thing before adopting a bunny is a wrong concept.

Is your dog friendly? If your dog’s predatory drive is high, then it is a dangerous sign. A very active dog with unpredictable behavior is not the type of dog that will bond with rabbits.

Ultimately it all comes down to the rabbit guardian. If you have raised your dog as a guard dog, then the right thing is to avoid bonding such a dog with rabbits.

Ask yourself, how does your pet dog act when it sees an unwanted guest in the territory?

If your dog is old and not very active, then perhaps you can try to bond this animal with a domestic rabbit.

If your dog does not show any interest in other small animals because you have raised him like that, bonding such a dog is a good idea.

Those pets dogs which are very active outdoors can cause harm to pet rabbits because of their busy lifestyle.

STEP 2: Neutering and Spaying.

It is necessary to keep your dog’s predatory drive low by neutering/spaying before activating the bonding steps.

Willing to bond rabbits and dogs without desexing both parties is predetermined to fail.

Both of these animals are territorial. However, while bonding a prey and a predator, the likely victim is the prey animal.

Unneutered or unspayed pets are very hormonal. Having a high level of hormone in their body makes the animals aggressive. Territorial animals are more protective of their territory in this condition.

Thus bonding an aggressive predator with a territorial house rabbit is impossible.

None of the animals may give up their territory so quickly.

STEP 3: Test their reactions in front of each other.

If you have attended the first two steps and determine it is time to move on, then follow the instructions here.

It is time to test the reactions of the two animals when they see each other.

In the first two steps, the dog and the rabbit must not meet each other.

In step three, you can introduce the rabbit and the dog to recognize their reactions when they see one another.

Be very careful with rabbits, because rabbits get sensitive pretty quickly.

If your dog barks at the small pet and the rabbit is scared, then it will be traumatized.

If the rabbit is traumatized during the first introduction, then the rabbit will never consider the dog as a friend.

Likewise, if the dog’s reaction is predatory, it is wise not to continue further.

Any kind of interest in your dog towards the rabbit is dangerous.

Both spirited and rapacious drive by your dog is dangerous for a small pet like rabbits.

How to organize this first meeting of your dog and rabbit?

The first meeting of rabbits and dogs is a component of this third step.

You can organize the meet by placing your rabbits in a cage. The cage must also include a room where the rabbit can hide immediately sensing danger.

If you do not give a place for the rabbit to hide, then the rabbit will be critically stressed.

Next, leash your dog and walk by the cage. Do not walk with your dog so close to the cage.

Close enough so that the dog can smell the rabbit, far enough so that both these animals can see each other.

It is crucial at these steps to not scare the rabbit away. Maintain a distance that will make your rabbit feel safe enough, although it is inside the cage.

Perform this introduction in neutral territory like every bonding process.

Now, observe the behavior of both animals while they sense the existence of each other.

Especially observe your pet dog. Is the dog showing any kind of interest towards the rabbit in the cage?

If the dog is overly excited and tries to reach for the rabbit in the cage is a bad sign.

You may not comprehend why your dog is trying to reach for the rabbit. The reason for that may be good or bad.

The dog may want to play with the small pet or simply attack the rabbit.

On the contrary, if your pet dog doesn’t consider the existence of the rabbit in the house, it is a good sign. Lack of interest in the rabbit doesn’t ensure the safety of your pet rabbits ultimately.

Lack of any excitement means you can move on to the next step.

But you have only observed the behavior of your dog, how about your rabbit’s reaction?

I suppose you haven’t forgotten about your rabbit.

Observe your pet dog at the same time, witness your rabbit’s reaction.

If the rabbit is too nervous and runs for his hiding place, then the introduction is not working very well.

If your bunny is scared during the first meet, which is typical for a prey animal, then certainly moving on to the next step is not ideal.

Nevertheless, some pet rabbits are not bothered to see a dog immediately. They wait for the predator to react, and then they are ready to run.

In a scene where the rabbit’s first impression is not nervous, you can move on to the next step.

STEP 4: Test their reactions more than once.

You have already introduced your rabbits and dogs. Hopefully, you are satisfied with their first meet reactions.

If you are not satisfied, then do not proceed further.

By satisfying, I mean the rabbit and dog reacted as planned and not unexpected.

So once you have seen them reacting well in front of each other, you have to test their reaction several times.

Did you just think you completed the bonding stages? Not at all.

Step 3 was only the beginning. Step 4 is repeating step 3 numerous times.

It will help you to recognize any unpredictable behavior in both of these animals.

If the first meet was a success does not mean the next event will be successful.

Assuming after a few meets that it is safe to raise rabbits and dogs together can be very dangerous.

Terrible things may happen even when rabbits and dogs are friends for years in a household.

How much worse can it be if dogs and rabbits are only at the initial stage of their bonding?

Therefore assuming their relationship has grown enough will have adverse consequences.

To ensure safety, you have to repeat step 4 many times.

Are you willing to take all these troubles just to raise dogs and rabbits together?

If you are not enthusiastic to follow all the instructions, I suggest contacting a professional in your area who can conduct the pet training.

That way, you will ease your hassle, and both of these pets will be in safer hands.

STEP 5:

Once you or your pet trainer is convinced, it is safe to allow these two pets to live in the same household.

But observation is essential. Just because it seems these two pets are friendly doesn’t necessarily mean the dog will not harm the rabbit.

A dog might kill the rabbit by mistake or by intention.

After all, the dog is a predator.

STEP 6:

To strengthen rabbits’ and dogs’ relationship after step 5, you can often take them out for a walk together.

It all depends on how you have raised your dog. If your dog is developed as a friendly dog and thinks of the guardian as his/her alpha, then this task will be a lot less complicated for you.

First, you have to buy a rolling cage for your rabbit. It is available in pet stores, as well as you can purchase online.

Now that you have a rolling cage, you can walk your dog and rabbit at the same time.

When you will go out, leash your dog and place your rabbits in the rolling cage.

You might ask someone else’s help to move the rolling cage beside you while you walk the dog on a leash.

If you walk your dog and rabbits together often, the dog will start to believe that the rabbit is a member of the pack.

As you are the alpha for your dog, the dog follows you. As well as the rabbit walking alongside you, when the dog is walking, it will help create a positive image of the rabbit in the dog’s mind.

The dog will follow the alpha and will prevent itself from harming another member of the pack.

Do rabbits like to play with dogs?

Rabbits like to play with any creature they have a bond with. Suppose your rabbit has a friendship with a cat, then it will play with the cat.

If you succeed in building a friendship between a dog and a cat, they will enjoy each other’s companion.

However, unlike a dog, when a rabbit is happy, it will do bunny binkies. Rabbits like to groom other rabbits to show their affection.

Those are a few ways how rabbits prefer to play with their companions, which is different from dogs.

Now I do not think rabbits will groom dogs to show their affection.

Because dogs are predators, and dogs do not groom each other to show their affection.

Thus it is unlikely to see them playing with each other by grooming.

To our eyes, recognizing the signs of affection and playfulness between a dog and a rabbit might be unclear. Similarly, an over-friendly dog is dangerous to rabbits.

If a rabbit is very excited and likes to play often with the rabbit, that relationship needs observation from the guardian. A big friendly dog bonded with a small rabbit is dangerous.

A large dog that is playful and always excited might injure your pet rabbits only by showing affection. A dog’s way of devotion is different from rabbits and is not suitable for delicate pets.

Hence I do not suggest much about bonding rabbits and dogs.

If you fail to recognize their signs, whether they are playing or not, you will misunderstand their relationship too. Misunderstanding their relationship will result in more danger to the rabbits.

Rabbit friendly dogs.

There is nothing like rabbit friendly or unfriendly dogs. Everything comes down to how well their guardian raises a dog. We are speaking of bonding a prey with its predator.

Thus if the dog is not well trained or not well disciplined by its owner, it will probably kill the rabbit.

People may think larger breeds are unsafe around rabbits. However, even a smaller kind of dog can be dangerous for house rabbits. Unless the dog is smaller in size than your pet rabbits, I genuinely wonder how these two pets behave around each other.

It will be a lot easier to bond a mannered dog with a rabbit regardless of their size.

Dogs are unbelievable loyal pets, and rabbits are cuddly loving pets. They just require proper training to be each other’s friends.

Rabbit safety with dogs.

Ultimately I do not prefer bonding prey with its predator. However, some rabbit owners insist on raising dogs and rabbits together.

There might be many reasons why a family wants to adopt a dog.

Hence I have explained how much effort you must put into bond rabbits and dogs.

In many households today, these two animals live happily and without causing any trouble for their guardian.

Although, after you put a lot of effort into bonding rabbits and dogs, it is essential to follow safety measures forever.

I suggest always observing these two animals ensure safety.

I know a rabbit guardian can’t keep an eye on his/her pets twenty-four hours.

Therefore keep your rabbits most of the time separate from your dog. Let them have a good time together only when you are there.

When you are not there to observe, keep your bunnies in cages.

And indeed, this comes after you sincerely follow all the bonding steps I have mentioned above.

One other thing a rabbit guardian can do is to choose an older dog. Having older dogs around rabbits is safer than having a lively dog.

A lively dog may hurt a rabbit merely out of excitement.

On the contrary, older dogs are usually lazy and tired due to age. Thus they don’t show much interest in their surroundings. Keeping a rabbit in an older dog’s surroundings will not bother the dog much. An older dog has less predatory drive; likewise, it will not be very active around a rabbit out of mere excitement.

A rabbit guardian can follow these preparations to raise rabbits and dogs together by ensuring safety.

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do rabbits hibernate

Is winter deadly for rabbits not hibernating?

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Before winter arrives, you have to take all the extra measures to protect your pet rabbits.

Knowing rabbits’ typical mentality is crucial for keeping house rabbits protected.

House rabbits are not different from wild rabbits. Most of their characteristics and behavior are similar.

Pet rabbits are only different from wild rabbits, in straightforward ways, such as:

  • House rabbits do not know how to survive in the wild;
  • House rabbits have to rely on their parents.

Let us start by discussing hibernation first. What does a wild rabbit do during winter?

Surmising wild rabbits’ characteristics can aid us in caring for the house rabbits more straightforwardly.

What is hibernation?

Hibernation is a survival technique for wild warm-blooded animals during the winter season.

This way, wild animals conserve more energy and live throughout the winter.

Small animals such as:

  • ground squirrels,
  • chipmunk,
  • hedgehog,
  • skunks,
  • as well as wood frogs hibernate during the winter.

It means animals such as specified above will take long, deep sleep during the winter season.

During this time, hibernating animals will prevent them from going out hunting. Nature taught them that during the winter season, food is scarce out in the wild. Therefore such animals decide not to go out hunting and waste their energy.

As a better alternative, they store food as fat under their skin and use that during the winter season.

Due to the reason they do not go out hunting or better, they go to a deep sleep means they use as little energy as possible.

Thus it is common to see many wild animals gain weight during autumn. They are preparing for the winter ahead.

The more they will eat during the autumn season, the more energy they will store under their skin as fat, and the better their chances of survival until the winter ends.

Do rabbits hibernate?

No rabbits do not hibernate. They live their active lives throughout the winter. There are no changes in a rabbit’s lifestyle during the winter season except for a slight change in their diet.

How winter affects a rabbit’s lifestyle?

During the winter season, a layer of snow covers the land, and the condition gets harsh for anyone.

Regardless of wild animals or human beings, everyone has difficulty maintaining their healthy life.

When land gets covered with snow, all the greens and vegetation lies beneath the snow.

Such a condition makes it difficult for herbivores to sustain their life.

And when herbivores are struggling to sustain their life, many of them go hibernating, and there remain the carnivores.

With many animals hibernating, it becomes difficult for carnivores to find their meat.

Overall there is a deficit of food in the wild. With so much food scarcity during the winter season, only intelligent animals can survive.

Thus rabbits being a brilliant animal, knows where to find their food and hide from their prey.

Rabbits are crepuscular animals, and they are most active during dusk and dawn.

So they only go out to look for food during dawn and dusk. That is how to stay safe from predators.

Indeed, during winter, the land is covered in snow.

These cute animals have to forage under the snow, looking for vegetation.

Do you think wild rabbits look for green vegetables under the snow?

Well, they are ingenious animals. They are looking for something that will help them survive throughout the winter.

During the winter season, unlike hibernating animals, rabbits change their diet slightly.

Wild rabbit focuses more on a wood-based diet.

Rabbits in the cold season prefer to eat twigs and tree barks. This type of wood-based diet helps rabbits in two ways:

  • Twigs and tree barks do not digest as quickly as green vegetables and leaves and remain in the stomach for a more extended period.
  • Wood-based food is the only available diet for rabbits during the cold wintertime.

Changing their diet from having mostly hay and grasses to twigs and tree barks helps rabbits to live the long winter season.

Foraging is a natural behavior of a rabbit, and there is no less willingness to forage through the snow and find some twigs.

Are twigs and tree barks enough for rabbits?

I suppose it is the only available option for rabbits. However, rabbits tend to eat their wastes.

Rabbit’s digestive system is quite weak and fails to absorb all the nutrition from any food they consume.

Therefore rabbits eat their stools, which allow them to absorb all the nutrition from the food they have consumed.

Throughout the winter season, when their survival depends on wood-based food, which certainly does not have adequate nutrition, require rabbits to eat their waste several times to gain all the necessary nutrition.

A rabbit’s digestive system requires fiber. To live a healthier life, rabbits need to consume as much fiber as they can. Their diet does not depend on protein.

However, when food is scarce in the wild during cold times, a rabbit may eat certain kinds of insects.

That does not mean they like it. To live throughout the cold season, rabbits choose to feed insects when they do not have many available options.

Do pet rabbits hibernate?

Like I told you earlier that pet rabbits are no different from wild rabbits. They all have similar characteristics.

Therefore your pet rabbits will not hibernate, likewise, the wild rabbits.

But the safety of your pet rabbits through the cold times is in the rabbit guardian’s control.

You have to take all the precautions and provide them all the required nutrition during the winter season.

How do rabbits stay warm in the winter?

Rabbits in the wild know how to stay warm in the winter. Although rabbits have dense fur, that is not sufficient to prevent them from severe cold circumstances.

Rabbits’ dense fur is adequate to keep them warm in moderately cold weather.

When the weather gets very rough, wild rabbits prefer to stay in their burrows or may move to the locality within their territory.

They may temporarily live inside old houses or places that are abandoned by humans.

Wild rabbits live in large groups, and it is easy for them to share the body temperature of each other and keep warm.

Now trying to take care of wild rabbits is not a wise thing to do. You may even scare them away from the shelter they chose to live.

So it is better to leave the wild rabbit the way they are and accept the fact nature will take care of them.

On the contrary, if you have pet rabbits, you may do your best to take care of them.

I never suggest anyone have pet rabbits outdoors neither in cages.

Having pet rabbits indoor is safe and healthier to raise them in a free-range environment.

After all, they are your beloved pets, and you must take care of them.

Yet, I understand many of you do not have the opportunity to have pet rabbits indoors.

For them, I must say it is crucial to take proper measures if you and your pet rabbits live in a freezing climate.

How to take care of pets rabbits in winter?

Pet rabbits can’t stay warm by themselves in icy weather. Especially pet rabbits are not adopted to survival techniques like their wild counterparts.

Thus the guardians can help the rabbits keep warm by taking corrective measures. If it is possible, bring your rabbit hutch or cage indoor. Let them stay indoor.

It is advisable not to bring outdoor rabbits indoor abruptly. An unexpected change in the surrounding temperature can shock your rabbits.

Before you bring your pet rabbits indoors, if you deem necessary, first take the steps described below. That way, your rabbit will adapt to less cold temperatures.

Following these steps will keep your rabbits safe and sound outdoors, even in chilly weather.

If such is not possible and you have to leave your rabbits outdoor, then you must

  • Insulate the hutch on all sides, however, keep proper ventilation so that the rabbits can have fresh air.
  • Cover the hutch in all sides, so that chilly breeze cannot trespass;
  • Always check the floor of the cage, and keep it as dry as possible.
  • Clean the roof of your hutch so that snow will not form into ice and make the cage a freezer for your pet rabbits;
  • Keep extra hay than usual inside the pen which your rabbits can use to comfy themselves and keep themselves warm and tight;
  • Provide your pet rabbit enough food, as they will require energy and eat more often than average to keep themselves warmer;
  • If possible, provide them lukewarm drinking water. Check the water feeder regularly to ensure the water is not frozen;
  • Clean their litter box regularly for signs of pee that may freeze. Frozen pee will spread odor and is very unhealthy for rabbits;
  • Change the hay for rabbits frequently as hay can trap moisture during the winter season, and it will not help keep your rabbits warm as you may expect.

So your original question is, do rabbits hibernate? If they don’t, then how do they survive throughout the winter being a prey animal?

Do rabbits migrate in winter?

No rabbits do not migrate in winter. Wild rabbits remain in their territory during the months of winter. Indeed, they may like to shift their home somewhere they can warm themselves.

But they will shift their home within their territory. That way, they can keep themselves safe from cold weather and wind.

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Anticipate the unexpected and be a better rabbit owner.

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Perhaps you are questioning. It is not harmful to have some pet rabbits home. The truth is it is not the same; just because your neighbor got a few rabbits doesn’t mean he is a good rabbit keeper.

It is quite the opposite of these exotic small pets.

They are lovely pets, but adopting them for a temporary fascination is not best for rabbits.

If you do not consider keeping them for a long time, then you must not have them.

Regardless I am here to reveal everything you need to determine about buying a house rabbit and how good are they as pets?

As well as the problems, you have to suffer if you cannot take care of your pet rabbits.

Are rabbits good pets?

Rabbits are excellent pets, likewise any other domestic pets. Similar to cats and dogs, rabbits like an embrace, are affectionate and loving. Interestingly rabbits can be trained too.

Everything I say may sound strange to you. It is because, until now, the rabbit is not the most popular pet for houses.

It is because either people do not understand these animals or have no knowledge that rabbits can be cute pets for the home.

No one discusses having pet rabbits. People are fascinated by dogs and cats.

I don’t have anything against dogs and cats. Owning a fantastic dog myself, I never felt unsatisfied.

Both my rabbits and my dog are my dearest.

Now, you may be wondering how I can have a dog and own a pet rabbit too?

Well, it is not difficult at all. Assuming most people today either own a cat or a dog and are interested in adopting a bunny.

So the first question here I want to ask is how friendly your cat or dog is?

Can rabbits and other pets live together?

Yes, rabbits are calm and sweet animals. They go along very well with other animals.

If only both the species have appropriate training. The reason why I say this is because rabbits are prey animals.

On the other hand, cats, and dogs?

They are predators. Especially cats, they tend to play with any creature that is smaller in size than them.

So what would you expect if you introduced your cat to a rabbit?

Bring a rabbit home, and introducing your cat with this little new pet can be very dangerous.

It does not mean it is absurd — there are multiple families where cats, dogs, and rabbits live together.

They live in harmony because the pet keepers taught their pet animals to live together without bringing harm to each other.

It may sound unexpected to many people, but domestic rabbits are very innocent delicate animals. They are friendly and can remain quiet with their new friends.

Why are rabbits not ideal pets for a home with children?

As surprising as it may sound because you might only buy a pet rabbit for your children.

Did you ask yourself, why do you want a rabbit for your children?

It might be because you want your children to have a cuddly toy.

Nevertheless, rabbits are not a toy. It is easy to like them and consider them as a fluffy toy because of their round furry appearance.

But they are live mammals. They like to be loved and require careful handling.

What will happen if you give your child a rabbit?

Your child may enjoy playing with the rabbit. Assuming your child loves the rabbit. However, being such a fragile small animal, the rabbit needs to have precise care.

I believe a child will not learn by themselves how to exercise the care of a rabbit.

So before you bring home a pet rabbit, you have to read this full article.

In case you want a rabbit for your children better yet, let your children understand all the safety measures they need to practice in handling a rabbit.

I am not saying your children will bring harm to the rabbit intentionally. Children are innocent too.

But they do not understand correctly, which is right and wrong. And merely picking up the rabbit or dropping the rabbit while playing with these delicate pet animals might cause severe injuries.

Are rabbits dangerous pets?

People always have the weirdest of questions. The answer to this question is NO.

Rabbits are not dangerous pets. I believe they are endangered pets. They can easily be injured, and even the slightest change in their environment can shock them, which may lead to death.

Rabbits are abandoned by their owners more often than you can imagine.

Rabbits are often adopted simply because of temporary fascination, and eventually, when the rabbit guardian realizes that having pet rabbits comes with so much maintenance, they just set them free.

Setting them free is even worse for domestic rabbits.

Household rabbits haven’t mastered how to survive in the wild. They are prey animals. A car may hit them.

Contrary to wild rabbits, they grasp everything out in the wild.

Wild rabbits know how to sustain and when to avoid certain places to prevent themselves from predators.

Thus indoor rabbits are cute pets, and they are delicate. House rabbits must not be set free in the wild.

Another consideration is the rabbit’s diet. An indoor rabbit might swallow something in the wild, which is not suitable for their stomach.

Speaking of the digestive system has brought me to discuss my next subject on the rabbit digestive system and veterinary care.

Finding a rabbit vet can be troublesome, but how often do rabbits get sick?

You are visiting a vet for your rabbit. There may be very few times you have to visit a vet with your rabbit.

The most common reason to see a veterinary is to neuter/spay your rabbit. Neutering or spaying rabbits is essential.

An unneutered/unspayed rabbit is prone to several diseases and may also pass away earlier than average.

Another reason why you have to see a vet is that your rabbit has diarrhea.

Remember how I mentioned they have a delicate digestive system?

Food out of the ordinary in a rabbit’s diet or an introduction of fresh fruit can cause their digestive system to interrupt.

Regardless, that is not the only difficulty. The issue will be if you cannot locate a rabbit veterinary for all the necessities.

Rabbits are considered exotic animals, and a general veterinary cannot treat them.

So if you do not have a rabbit vet or a specialist in exotic animals near you, you may have to travel far to visit one. As a result, you will count extra money.

If your local vet tries to treat the rabbit, the vet may aid in the deterioration of the rabbit’s health instead of making it better.

The deteriorating health of a rabbit brings me to my next concern.

Recognizing a rabbit’s diet and maintaining the excellent shape of your bunnies.

Rabbits have a digestive system that needs a lot of fiber. Any food with too much sugar can get them sick. Rabbits are herbivores. So they love having hay and grass. Hay and grass give rabbits all the fiber they need in their diet.

However, they cant have enough nutrition from the hay and grass.

So owners must feed their domestic rabbits adequate vegetables and greens. If not possible, then they must feed their rabbits with pellets.

Pellets are an alternative to vegetables and greens.

Pellets contain all the essential supplements for a rabbit’s well being.

And rabbits need to have fresh water all day. That way, you can ensure your house rabbit’s well being.

How long do rabbits live as a pet?

If you ensure your rabbit’s safety and take proper care of them, they will stay for a pretty long time beside you.

Typically, pet rabbits live for 10 to 12 years. That is possible only if the rabbit is in good hands.

Also, it is crucial for them to be spayed/neutered for prolonged life.

Unspayed or unneutered rabbits do not live for a long time.

Thus rabbits in the wild only live for two to three years.

However, for rabbits in the wild, life is tough. They have survived from predators. Predators are another understanding of why rabbits in the wild do not have a long life.

In case you are committed to having a pet rabbit, then you must be ready to have that house rabbit with you for the next ten to twelve years.

Rabbits are gentle, loving pets, but you have to be a better owner.

Do rabbits like to be cuddled?

Indeed rabbits like cuddling. I mentioned they are as loving as dogs and cats and enjoy cuddling. Nevertheless, before everything, you have to know how to handle rabbits with care.

Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits are a small prey animal. Holding them and raising them above ground is not a joy for rabbits.

Grabbing them and raising them high can result in a shock for them.

Being prey animals, they will feel that they have been attacked by their predator when held high. The bit you were simply trying to be affectionate with your bunny.

So there are several techniques to pet a rabbit. So if you intend to pet a rabbit the right way without stressing them, you may read this article here >>> How to pet a rabbit?

Learn how to love your rabbit back before you bring a rabbit home. Recognizing when your rabbit is trying to play with you and looking for your attention is noticeable.

And you must remember not to disturb your bunnies when they are sleeping.

This article here explains everything to recognize when and how your rabbits are sleeping.

Do rabbits recognize their owners?

Rabbits are brilliant animals and can recognize their owners. If they did not identify their owners, they wouldn’t expect your cuddle.

I remember how my rabbit always loves to sleep next to my feet.

The purpose of that is, she always recognized me and loved sleeping next to me.

Rabbit guardians tell me how their rabbits like to lick them. There are numerous articles online on the topic the rabbit likes to lick their guardian.

One reason for that is your rabbit can recognize you and loves you dearly.

A rabbit’s way of showing affection is by only licking you.

Licking you may seem odd to you. But for a rabbit when s/he touches you, it means the rabbit is grooming you.

Rabbits are self-grooming animals, and they like to groom each other to show their love. Similar to that, when your rabbit recognizes his/her owner and appreciates how much you love them, they will show their love towards you by licking you.

It means the rabbit intends to groom you. If you google it online, you can read about people’s stories on how their rabbits can understand when they call them by their name.

So rabbits are intelligent animals, and they identify their guardians and love them.

Do pet rabbits bite?

Rabbits are active animals. They like hopping around during their energetic hours, which is normal.

Also, rabbits are prey animals, so biting someone is abnormal behavior for a rabbit.

In the case of a rabbit bites their guardian, I believe it is a way of showing their stress.

A lonely rabbit can be very stressed and show aggression towards someone trying to handle them.

I have written somewhere in this blog about my cute bunny biting my finger once.

It was not her fault. What I did for some reason while working, I forgot to let her out of her cage.

Going out from her cage and playing around my living room is her daily routine.

She goes inside the cage during her sleeping hours only.

Mistakenly I let her stay inside her cage for more than 24 hours.

Once I remembered she has been inside the cage longer than usual, I immediately tried to let her out.

When I opened the cage, she was acting grumpy because she was lonely by then.

Having inadequate familiarity with pet rabbits at the time, I tried to seize her and carry her outside the cage, and she revealed aggression towards me by biting my finger.

And fortunately, the rabbit is a cute animal, and nothing serious happened from the bite.

I explained all this just to let you know rabbits can be very bored easily. One way of showing their loneliness can be aggression.

But biting their guardian is not typical for them.

Buy toys for rabbits to prevent their boredom.

Rabbits get bored so quickly; therefore, they need a companion. If the rabbit guardian cannot manage time for their pet rabbit, then it is better to buy your rabbits some toys.

Rabbit toys are inexpensive. They are available online and in any pet store.

Luckily a simple chew toy is acceptable for your bunny to keep him/her busy.

A bunny can play for hours with a chew toy.

Buying several toys for rabbits, and watching them playing with toys is fun.

Only before you buy any rabbit toy, just be sure whether the toy is harmless or not, for your pet rabbits.

Many toys are not safe at all for rabbits.

You may think your rabbit can play with a toy for cats. This notion is incorrect.

Rabbits tend to chew on toys. So it is normal for rabbits to swallow parts of their toys.

And most rabbit toys are edible for rabbits. Therefore any toy that is not edible and your rabbit chewing on them can cause their demise.

Bunny proofing the house.

Notice how I have stated that rabbits tend to chew on toys?

In reality, they like to chew on stuff that they fancy.

A common obstacle of having free range indoor rabbits is they love chewing on carpets and most wire and cables inside the house.

It is not only going to generate problems for your rabbits, but this type of behavior can also be deadly for the rabbits too.

A rabbit may die from ingesting fibers from the carpet. Your rabbit may continue chewing on a cable and die of shock.

Hence bunny proofing the house before getting a pet rabbit is essential.

I have an article on how to bunny proof your house here.

Bunny proofing your house is hassle-free. The tell of it may sound pricey to you, but thanks to technology.

There are tons of products available online and have a very affordable price. There are even convenient tools to prevent bunnies from acting destructively.

Bunny proofing is another vital aspect to consider before buying a pet rabbit. Once your house is bunny proved, you will keep your rabbits safe, and your rabbits will grow as disciplined, excellent pets.

Can they be potty trained?

Rabbits are intelligent animals, and they can be potty trained. Some stubborn bunnies may take longer to learn than the not stubborn ones. Training rabbits at a young age to use the potty is more natural.

I will tell you these rabbits are perfect pets, and they can be potty trained.

And rabbit dropping is dry. So unless you train your rabbits to use the potty, they will poop where they find comfortable. And you will have to clean that. As I said, their droppings are dry, and cleaning is not troublesome.

Occasionally, a potty-trained rabbit may drop their poop here and there. Therefore cleaning is hassle-free. As well as rabbit poop does not have any odor. And the most notable relief is rabbits can be potty trained in a couple of weeks, there will be limited trouble of cleaning their droppings.

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All you have to do is clean their litter box often to maintain hygiene.

Do pet rabbits smell?

No, rabbits do not smell bad. They are odorless animals and continuously brush themselves. Rabbits have thick fur, which feels fresh to touch because rabbits are self-grooming animals.

Some rabbit guardians might think they have to bathe their rabbits to keep them clean.

Bathing your rabbits must be strictly prevented because rabbits clean themselves by grooming.

As a result, a rabbit guardian doesn’t have to take the trouble of cleaning their pets.

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However, there is one subject I need to focus on here is the odor of rabbits’ urine is terrible.

Rabbit urine stinks if the rabbit guardian does not clean the litter box often.

Thus the role depends on the house rabbit guardian. Because if a house rabbit guardian does not have the rabbit’s living area clean, it will diffuse odor.

Grounded urine will smell bad, which is likewise unhealthy for a rabbit to live.

It is essential to maintain hygiene and cleanliness in a rabbit habitat.

Bunny housing and cleanliness.

Bunnies can be raised either in a free-range environment or in hutches.

They can grow indoors or outdoors.

It is the new bunny owner who must decide how they want to keep these small pets.

However, I am a rabbit lover. And I believe the best way to keep house rabbits is indoors and let them hop around in a free-range environment.

I have my pet rabbit, and she has a cage. But the cage’s door is always open, since after my experience of not letting her out and seeing her grumpy.

So she is free to roam around within her running space. Did I tell you that my living room is her moving space?

She only goes inside the cage once she wants to sleep or hide. My rabbit is happy and healthy because she gets enough exercise every day and rests in peace later.

She is litter trained, and I don’t have to worry about her pooping around the house.

On the contrary, why I am telling you not to keep rabbits outdoors and even in a cage because rabbits are sensitive pets. Being so small, they are vulnerable to different kinds of things out there.

There might be predators out there, and if they have your whole patio as their running space, it will be no good if attacked by the predator.

What if you keep them in a cage outdoors?

Keeping your rabbits in a cage outdoors will prevent them from predator attacks. Nevertheless, the weather can become deadly for them.

Rabbits cannot survive in extreme heat. A sunny day is going to kill them. Same with winter and rain.

Rabbits cannot tolerate any kind of extreme condition. So it is best to keep them indoors and with ample running space.

They will remain healthy and happy by your side for a long time.

Can you leave your bunnies home alone due to business?

If you are a frequent traveler and have to stay far from your house often due to work, then rabbits are not the ideal pets for you.

Yet if you decide to get a pet rabbit considering such conditions, you have to find someone who can look after your pet while you are gone. Because like all animals, rabbits can’t be left alone with extra food.

Even if you leave your rabbits alone and with abundant food and water, your rabbit will probably be lonely without a companion.

Once you return from your journey, you may find your rabbit is grumpy.

At this stage, showing aggression is reasonable too.

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Conclusion:

Rabbit is a low maintenance starter pet compared to all other pets. But if you want your bunny to be safe and happy around you for a long time, then you have to be committed to taking responsibility.

Rabbits are excellent house pets, and they are less costly than having other pets.

But there is a small investment of money and time which you have to put in initially.

Similarly, a little research on how to raise pet rabbits in the house I deem necessary.

In this article, I have listed all the considerations before getting a pet rabbit.

I have also linked to other relevant materials for a detailed understanding of new pet rabbit owners.

Once you do the research, I believe there will be no more difficulties for you to have a pet rabbit.

In a short time, you will realize how pet rabbits are not just the right pet; they are a fantastic companion too.

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