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Rabbit-taming tips

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Midge25 · 20/06/2012 21:27

We've recently adopted a gorgeous male bunny from a friend. He's about 18m old. At the moment he seems quite nervy and jumpy-he also isn't at all keen on being lifted out of his hutch to go in his run/in the house, although seems to relax afterward. We've got some stamping/thumping going on, too. Any tips for taming him a bit? The other query I had was about castration-I've heard this can have a positive impact on temperament? Finally (sorry) we are hoping to get him a friend - is this possible after this amount of time as a lone bunny ranger?

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BonkeyMollocks · 20/06/2012 22:01

Yes please please get him a friend. He will love you for it! There are lots of bunny rescues who will be happy to help you bond him with another. they are social animals and will be so much happier and content with a mate.

Rabbits don't generally like being held/lifted. Best thing to do is sit with him on the floor and cover yourself with yummy veg and let him come to you. they aren't really cuddly animals but most like a stroke and fuss :)

Not sure on castration with Rabbits but I know its recommended for health reasons. Have no idea if it will affect temperament.

BonkeyMollocks · 20/06/2012 22:07

Suggestion for moving him to run, hutch, house etc.

Have you got a basket, or a cardboard box?

I use to let mine hop into a box and then carry them that way. Once they have done it a few times they learn quickly whats happening and will know what to do.
It will make them feel more secure.

whereismywine · 21/06/2012 17:30

Rabbits can be trained really well with treats (not too many!) especially to go back to the hutch. They generally don't like to be lifted at all. I imagine it's like being prey? But mine loves me sitting on the floor with him. I had him castrated at 6 months and it made him stop shagging my leg and spraying me with wee Smile. it made him lots calmer too.

rogersmellyonthetelly · 21/06/2012 19:51

I agree with getting him done and getting him a friend. Once he is done you will find he is not as smelly and less likely to spray. Also means he will be more likely to bond with another rabbit.
Bonding them isn't always easy and straight forward, go to a rescue and they will be able to help. Sounds like he hasn't been handled much, time and patience will bring rewards, also, they don't like being lifted or carried, but gentle stroking just under and behind the ears is usually well received! If you get nudged out of the way, take it as a hint and try again later! Always approach with treats (dandelions are a great ice breaker and are readily available in most gardens!) But don't feed too many at once.

Midge25 · 21/06/2012 21:20

Thanks all ... Bonkey, good idea about the box!

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70isaLimitNotaTarget · 21/06/2012 21:54

Don't let them watch that scene in Fatal Attraction.

DD hides all the pictures of spatchcocked guinea-pigs for sale in Peruvian markets. Our boys would have their Shock faces on and judgey pants a-hoist.

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