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Why Doesn't My Bunny Like Me? - A Guide To The Bunny

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What many people don't realize when they are contemplating getting a rabbit is the sheer amount of time it can take to bond with a bunny. Unlike dogs, who will be licking your face within a day or two, or cats that soon warm up, a rabbit can take, quite literally months to even be on 'speaking' terms with its new owner.

For this reason, rabbits, especially young ones, are generally not suitable pets for children, unless your child happens to have a particularly patient and understanding temperament.

Rabbits will also often strongly object to being handled. Initially you will probably have the most success scratching around the head, between the ears, and on the nose. This simulates the grooming act of a submissive bunny, and even the grumpiest bunny will sometimes allow, nay demand, that their owner pet them there for extended periods of time. Don't be surprised if you get a little warning nip because you stopped too soon, many bunnies are huge fans of this kind of touch, and it can be an excellent way to bond with your little fuzzy bundle of furry joy.

You may even be rewarded for all your hard efforts with a little bunny lick or two. If your bunny considers itself to be dominant or in charge, it may simply groom the areas near you. This is his or her way of saying that you have done well, they quite like you, but you will of course understand that to go any further with this mutual grooming would be to break all bounds of propriety.

The bright side of all this is that when a rabbit does bond with you, it bonds strongly. Depending on the rabbit's temperament it may become a snuggler, or it may always remain slightly aloof. Aloofness does not mean that the rabbit is not happy however. A happy rabbit will often run and jump, and perform little rabbit dances known as 'binkies', where they leap and twist in the air, shake their ears and generally seem quite pleased with life.

There is a strange quiet companionship that comes with owning a bunny. If you wish to have a tongue lolling excited companion, pick a dog. If you wish to have a wheedling purring mass on your lap by the fire, pick a cat (not that bunnies are above begging when they want something, oh no, the soulful stare of a bunny who wishes to have that which you have can be quite hard to refuse.)

A rabbit is a quiet, sometimes playful creature that will take time to get to know. The rewards are great however, and the relative few who discover the delights of the bunny world are generally entranced forever.


Now a Rabbit Hater on June 02, 2013:

Rabbits are very ungrateful creatures. Every attempt I have made to warm up and comfort/love my bunny has been a waste of time. It will not stop attacking me. It bit through my finger nail deep into my skin and took a chunk out of my finger when I attempted to feed it treats. It came out of nowhere and shocked me. It'll be the last time. Rabbits really are terrible pets. Messy, smelly, expensive, time consuming and not too loving. That kind of wild creature should be left in the wild.

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chrissy on April 05, 2013:

how to clean my rabbit coco cage if she don't like me wont even let me pick her i just got her

heyx on August 10, 2012:

I adopted a rabbit AGES ago (bout 7 months) and I don't know whether he likes me or not... He doesn't mind me stroking him as long as he doesn't think I'm going to pick him up, then he goes all moody. He doesn't bite or scratch but glares at me when he's moody and goes near to the back of his cage. Sometimes he won't start eating til I'm gone :-(

Bridgette on July 12, 2012:

I don't know what to rabbit loves me but hates me! He/she keeps biting me on my chest and it hurts.....when i let her out to play she won't really let me pet her unless she thinks I'm giving her food.......and that's another thing she eats everything so that means she bites everything and I don't get her because I feed her 3 times aday vegetables,pellets, and then a little bit more pellets at night. Please help?,

Stormy's Mom on June 23, 2012:

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@Bunny lover - I don't think a 9 year old should get a pet bunny if you are expecting the child to take care of it by him/her self. I have a 9 year old and I got rabbits as a pet for the family. My 9 year old isn't capable of properly caring for our rabbits on his own. They require a lot of care and patience. My 3 bunnies take up quite a but of my time each day, not to mention they need enrichment time out of their cage for at least an hour a day. (I prefer to give my bunnies a lot more time out than that) Also, most children get bored of pets fairly quickly and bunnies will be miserable if they get ignored and left in a cage when someone gets bored with them. If you have a child that really loves animals and is mature for their age, then you might consider getting them a bunny but don't be surprised if you end up taking care of the bunny yourself.

Bunny lover on June 23, 2012:

Do you think a NINE year old should get a pet bunny?

Stormy's Mom on June 05, 2012:

I have done quite a bit of reading about bunnies in the last couple of months but I haven't seen much on having multiple sibling rabbits. I went to the pet store and a bunny (that I later named Stormy) picked me and started our bond. I took him home and fell in love. My boyfriend came up with the bright idea that Stormy needed companionship so we went back to the pet store and Stormy's 2 sisters were still there. Needless to say, I went from never having a bunny before to being the mommy of 3 buns overnight. Stormy immediately began his domination of the other 2. The humping still hasn't stopped and I will be getting him fixed soon so he doesn't accidentally impregnate the girls. My issue is now one of the girls has started to become aggressive at times. She has started trying to hump both the male and the other female and she is my only bun that growls. She seems very unhappy lately and I'm wondering if she is just fed up with her over-zealous brother. Any advice on having multiple buns would be great. I actually feel blessed after reading this thread. My bunnies don't bite me or particularly hate me but they each have their own unique personalities. Being a bunny momma means time, patience and lots of love but I wouldn't trade it.

Bunnies on May 26, 2012:

Hi there, I recently got a 4-5 months old angora rabbit, and he's really sweet :) he is very curious and always sniff at me and my family ^.^ I placed toys and pellets, and unlimited hay which I replenish every night. The only problem I have with him is that he keeps moving his litter box around D: should I get him sprayed? My parents are reluctant but I'm sure I'll get them to agree.. And is there any important things I have to know? I've done lots of research and know almost everything said around here~

Rich on May 08, 2012:

My roomate got a holland lop had him a week and hes so friendly lets us pet him licks us binkies all the time guess we got luck :)

claire on April 03, 2012:

i do eveything i can to help my bunny but she is always scratching me and at a dramatic state when i am holding her. i now need to use a net to catch her but she doent mind the net. and louise28 if your bunny is doing that she might be hot my mom says bunnies get hot really easliy.

Louise28 on April 03, 2012:

because of the nice weather and she has turned super aggressive she bitme she always launches for me and just hides in the corner grunting i don't know what to do.i.just want her to be happy again any comments would be appreciated :-)

choclate on March 28, 2012:

My bunny jumps out my hand when i hold him what do i do ... what does it mean ??

jeff on March 21, 2012:

A rabbits Brain is to small. That's why they make bad pets. Get a cat or a dog.

Tjc on March 10, 2012:

My bunnie won't listen. If I pet it it's frightened. What can I do.

sinead kennedy on March 06, 2012:

my rabbit is older and is starting to let me pick it up but it is still not very co-operative so i don't know what to do really :-(

Molly and Paul the Bunny on February 28, 2012:

I just saved a bunny from being butchered for food, he is very adorable and I named him Paul. I was inspired to save him because one of my former teachers had a bunny that would hop right up to you and sit on it's two back feet and just beg to be pet and loved. So far, Paul has been nothing like this and it's becoming very hard on me, I'm not exactly sure what I am doing wrong, he won't even come near me. He has only let me hold him once for a short period of time and then scratched me and ran under my bed. I have been up since 1:00 AM since this and it is now 5:18 AM and I just now got him to run back into his home. :( PLEASE HELP.

Sarah 3 on February 26, 2012:

Hey my bunny is very curios and loves to explore, but she is jumping out of my arms when I carry har. I'm afraid she is going to hurt herself. IS it because she doesn't like me? She also hate being in a small space with me because she has to place to go. I love her. But her behavior is getting out of hand and it’s getting frustrating.

Anything I can do?

Is it just my rabbit?


Luna and Pixie on February 25, 2012:

I am 11 and my bunnys hate the guts out of me, they were 8 weeks when I got them and I hav tried everything to mak them like me but it dosent work, what do I do?

laura on February 24, 2012:

hi a few things here firstly a rabbit squeeks and bangs because its warning you, could be there is a noise/other animal smell it doesn't like rabbits can be aggressive but can also make lovely pets given time. remember rabbits are in essence just like any other animal and although they don't attack because they smell fear the natural smells you give off can have an effect on them,as said before in the post rabbits love anywhere on there head touched and if you can get to that point the battle is half won, i would advise for those of you with scratchign biting bunnies gget a padded jacket and maybe some strong gardening gloves because contact with your rabbit in whatever form is essential, get a brush rabbits love to be groomed - let them nore on ur glove while you brush them with teh other hadn and before long you will find the biting turns to licking, also you could try putting a tiny bit of mild hand lotion on the brush and then use the same lotion on yourself this sometimes fools the animal into believing you are familiar to them

samantha on February 23, 2012:

evey body shut up

kyra on February 21, 2012:

i got a bunny in december every time i go to pick her up she runs away but when i do pick her up she scratches me. i don't know what to do to get her to get used to me she has another bunny that's in her cage and its actually is her sister. she even has bitten me one time. do you have any advice on what i can do?

Tesso on February 19, 2012:

I got my bunny at thee months and she i put her in my room next to my bed but then I moved her out of the little cage in my room and I put her down in the basment with some blankets her cage and some toys. I put a two and a half foot pen and put in on the other died of the basement room so she couldn't get to the wires. That worked out very well until she was six months. She actually jumped two and a half feet and got out of the pen. So then we got her a pen that is five feet and is taller than me.PS I'm eleven. Btw bunnys are Awsome for calm mature patient children,any way now she is still in the basement she binkeys frequently she Lies down in to a bunny flop she let's us pet her when ever she got spayed at six months we r also getting her a brother in a week

miyyo on February 07, 2012:

I just adopted a bunny and my bunny seems like he didn't like me. I reached out my hand and he turned his head away. He won't even get out of the cage. I just left the cage door opened but he wont even come out.Can you help me ?

Brianna on February 05, 2012:

I love this bunny advise!!!:D

Kiera-lee-lee on January 21, 2012:

I just got a dwarf bunny and omg he is sooooo cute!! He already let's me pick him up!! :D

Carissa on January 16, 2012:

My rabbit is amazing. He and my cat are my brothers children and best friends. sadly they are both quite old (cat is 16 and a half pedigree and rabbit is nearly 8) and have age related illnesses. not life threatening yet but you know like humans general decline slowly but still both living happy lives.

My rabbit is an intact buck male with a very strong dominant personality. The friendliest but bossiest in the world. He is the perfect combo of loving yet in charge. I think because he is intact he knows mum and i especially me are females. He demands grooming a lot, head butts us, climbs on us and puts his hands on top of our heads to push them lower then him if we leen over. but he loves to be cuddled sang to, gromed, kissed etc. he has never bitten but does not like his mouth looked in. he will smash objects around him like bowls if we displease him. he loves to chase the cats tail. unfortunately in spring he pees a lot us but he thinks its a good thinks. he runs and spins around us a lot and does bunny leaps. I worry that he feels he has to be in charge and protect us because he never sleeps. bunnies are meant to lie down and sleep. I never knew this. i saw another womans rabbit do this and i freaked out thinking it to be dead. Takhisis never fully sleeps he is always watching his territory. he dozes with eyes half open but sat up on his all fours resting on his dulap. when hes mega tired from playing or too hot or has a belly ache or sick he will lay down but never lays his head down to the side ever and i have never seen his eyes shut! in nearly 8 years and we spend all day with him! he can also survive without food for many days which apparantly is meant to kill a rabbit straight away. He has teeth problems which mean regular operations now. he gave the vet a scare. she though if he hadn't eaten in 3 days he would be weak but he attacted her because she tried to look in his mouth. mum had to cuddle and sing to him so he calmed. i love takhisis hes our protector. he sure does like to chase cats. It did take us a while to get him friendly as a baby. depending on what relationship you want. I suggest mimic behaviour of a submissive subordinate rabbit. with dogs you have to be leader of the pack to make them comfy but i think its ok to let a rabbit own you and your house. he is still toilet trained and a well behaved happy boy. when he was a baby i would lie in his pen (he has massive pen a human can stand and walk around in and hutch within that and two indoors pens. I would lay on my back still and he would get curious and come over to me and eventually climb or me. it does take time to be able to stroke and cuddle them bacl. offer food and maybe act a little nervous of them yourself so they feel powerful. of course if you keep them intact and spend time with them once they hit sexual maturity fear of you will not be a problem. some people have biters though if you let them be too dominant. we never had that with takhisis. he likes to bite objects to people. he can take the tiniest grain of food from between your fingers without hurting u. a true gentleman. i say if they bite whimper like you are sad. i kno I'm bragging but i thought he was going to die recently but he survived his op so I'm so happy

kelly on January 15, 2012:

I brought my female mini lop rabbit at 11 weeks old and decided to keep her as an in door rabbit. At first she was very shy and distant, she didn't like being handled or touched but in time she became very friendly even jumping up on to the sofa to lay with me. She loves my 6yer old daughter and has started to lick her face, i have read this is a sign that the rabbit is very happy. She is 25 weeks old now and overall and a loved member of our family and im so glad we keeped her as an indoor pet.

answerer on January 14, 2012:

To Please Help,

The licking means your bunny loves you, the nipping is just your bunny saying he/she can't get enough of you!

Hope this helps!

Melz on December 19, 2011:

How do i get my rabbits trust fast? And what do they LOVE to eat as a treat, Right now, im giving my rabbit Sunflower seeds. My rabbit wont it bannana ;o; WHY? I didn't give him some food for 1 min and i showed him some bannana but it WILL NOT EAT IT ! -(Sorry if im off topic)

Hollybunny on December 18, 2011:

I got my rabbit Holly 2 weeks ago, she was initially called Nigel but when we sexed her, he was a she. She really is amazing, but when i let her out of her cage she thumps her legs but then runs around and binkies,i thought thumping their legs was a sign of annoyance? But she seems so happy less than a second later. She just loves attention and adores being scratched behind her ears and having cuddles and licks me like crazy! Although the early morning wake up calls are a little annoying! but she's worth it, i think the key to bonding well with a rabbit is to understand his/hers boundaries and not to push them. I agree with what some people are saying about rabbits not being good pets for children, my auntie bought a rabbit as a pet for her kids, and they were both completely different with her, one was very calm and sensitive towards her but his sister was loud and screamed when the rabbit moved, in the end they had to rehome her because the rabbit was getting very stressed, also my aunt didn't have the time to care for the rabbit as well as if she hadn't of had the children, so i guess it depends on the child/household :)

CharlieBunny on December 08, 2011:

For those of you who are saying your bunny has become aggressive: Consider spaying or neutering it. Not only is it much healthier for your bunny and can prevent cancer, but it will also calm those raging hormones down!!

pancackes on November 25, 2011:

Greetings, my dwarf bunny is a good bunny until its time to clean his cage! he freaks out starts making angry noises, biting, scratching and all sorts. i never lock him inside the cage he's got access to my room 24/7, he only goes in the cage to eat, drink and do his business. so over all he's a happy fella. why does he attack me when i clean =/

Meggy on November 19, 2011:

hey, the same thing happened with my rabbit, the only thing you can do to get him to trust you is to put him say in your room and then lay down on the floor and just let him sniff you and hop on you. this way he gets to know, and if you do a few times he should let you pick him up.

Alexis on November 12, 2011:

MY bunny i got like 5 months ago and he don't like me picking him up and i have to and he hurts me from scratching me and i am 11

abbyxo on November 12, 2011:

I have read a few comments and some say that rabbits are not suitable for young children. My sister was eight when she got her bunny Squiggles in April. She was amazing with him, she was calm when she went to see him because she was worried she would scare him and everyday after school she would race in to go and clean his hutch out and play with him. Squiggles is her first rabbit but she's read dozens of books on rabbits and really seems commited. Squiggles got his hutch cleaned out everyday up until october (his hutch was moved into the shed so that he wasn't cold) and the garden was all boarded up so that he couldn't escape and Ellie spent all her savings on his jags and his toys and treats ect. He really is spoiled and we all love him so much. But i thought that he would be a very loving bunny, but if you open his hutch he tries to leap out, and sometimes pretends to be using his litter tray so that when you look away he can dive out his huch. He just wants to play, and when no ones in the garden with him, he'll hop up the stairs and sit at the patio doors and look inside or claw at the doors on hit his nose against the glass until someone notices him so that we will go out and play with him. One day, when my sister was at her friends house for the day, i cleaned out Squggles hutch ect, and played with him for hours just running about the garden and when i went inside for lunch, he sat at the door like usual and waited for me. Then when i went outside i sat down and he jumped on top of me and ran around like crazy like i was the best thing that ever happened to him. He's such a poser and we all have thousands of photos of him. But one of the worrying things is that Squggles eats anything and everything, from his food, to the the laces on our shoes, from our door, to my grans cigeretes lying in an ashtray, from his hutch, to his shed and many more things. When we pick up our shoes, there's always little teeth marks from where Squiggles has had his little cheeky snack. He's NEVER full and eats everything in his food bull, tips all his treats out and eats them, then chews all his toys then munches on our furnature. But we all still love him loads, even if he has eat half our fence. At least he keeps the weeds down. He also digs in the plant pots, where he is strictly forbiden, and leaves little dirt piles behind. When he's hot, he lies underneath the outdoor tap or just sprawls out in the shade. xooxoox

Marcus on September 08, 2011:

My step mom dosent like animals but I have a bunny that is about a year old. I can't let her out much, is that why she hates everything. What should i do from now on?

Casey on September 05, 2011:

jenn 2 weeks ago

I have a dwarf bunny, and everytime i let him out of his cage he'll play and play as if he's happy. but if i go anywhere near him, he runs away. sometimes i make him sit with me, just so i can pet him, and he'll get use to me. but then he scratches trying to get a way. I'm trying to let him have his space so that he won't end up completely hating me and turn evil on me. lol but everytime i try to catch him to put him in the cage, he freaks and it takes me days to get him in the cage. i have to wait til he wanders upstairs and on my bed til i can get him. i've tried putting him in a playpen, with a blanket over the top, but if he's in their for a while, he ends up taking the blanket down. and if i put him in the small rabbit playpens he jumps right out. i want to be able to bond with him, but it's taking forever for him to get use to me. i had my other rabbit, a giant. she was okay with me holding her if i was sitting down, and she ran all over the house, and i had no trouble getting her back in the cage. i just want some help. thankyou!

I had the same problem with my rabbit too! but then I put her in my room and laid on the floor every day for abuot a week and just let her sniff me. after a while she would get used to this and would start to hop all over me. this is a really good way to let your bunny get used to you, even though you may have to lay on the floor and not move for at least a few minutes. you bunny will love you after this I'm sure :)

please answer on August 31, 2011:

question. I do what you say to make it happy. After i do them, it comes licks my hand for a while and bites! What does this mean?

Lovesmyskipper on August 23, 2011:

I got a bunny from my boyfriend on my birthday. She is three months old. she used to never bite but latley shes growlin and bitin me. i have no idea what to do. Any ideas?

ClaLouBakX on August 18, 2011:

I have a male Netherland Dewarf and I have had him for nearly 3 years now. He doesn't seem to like me, he's always grumpy and usually quivering/shaking. I don't know what's wrong and I get him out and spend time with him a lot. Any ideas on excersizes or stuff that'll help? Do you know why he's acting like this?

jenn on August 17, 2011:

I have a dwarf bunny, and everytime i let him out of his cage he'll play and play as if he's happy. but if i go anywhere near him, he runs away. sometimes i make him sit with me, just so i can pet him, and he'll get use to me. but then he scratches trying to get a way. I'm trying to let him have his space so that he won't end up completely hating me and turn evil on me. lol but everytime i try to catch him to put him in the cage, he freaks and it takes me days to get him in the cage. i have to wait til he wanders upstairs and on my bed til i can get him. i've tried putting him in a playpen, with a blanket over the top, but if he's in their for a while, he ends up taking the blanket down. and if i put him in the small rabbit playpens he jumps right out. i want to be able to bond with him, but it's taking forever for him to get use to me. i had my other rabbit, a giant. she was okay with me holding her if i was sitting down, and she ran all over the house, and i had no trouble getting her back in the cage. i just want some help. thankyou!

:) on August 16, 2011:

Do you think rabbits are okay for a fourteen year old to keep as a pet..? o-o

Because I'm fourteen, and I've really been wanting to get a rabbit.

It's not like I run around screaming...

I just noticed you said rabbit aren't good for 11 year olds and I was 11 only a couple years ago. Lol.

Zelda&Becca on August 15, 2011:

Zelda is my pet rabbit. I adopted her from a rabbit breeder in Wisconsin. She chose me actually, I didn't choose her. We bonded from day one, so I consider myself one of those "very lucky bunny owners". Since day one she has let me hold her, we've cuddled, and she licks me all the time. We're at that point now where I will come home from work and open the door to her cage and she hops out and stands on her two back feet staring up at me, waiting for me to pick her up. Zelda is actually sitting on my lap right now, staring at my computer screen while I type this. I often wonder, can bunnies see images on computers and televisions? I let her out into the living room area all the time (which is carpeted), and I bring out her litter box for her. Zelda always goes "potty" in the litterbox, no matter where I put it! She will jump around, do zig zag dashes, and do little twists in the air. It is very fun to watch! I love my bunny, and to everyone (not necessarily on this page, but everywhere) who says that bunnies do not make great pets need to get one and realize how much love and affection you can get from a little furry bundle of joy.

sam on July 30, 2011:

i have to rabbits at first i thought they were both boys because that's what the pet store told me... well later on i noticed one of them was getting really fat very quickly and eating a lot.. we cheaked the rabbit and found it was a girl...and now i think she is pregnet she dosent want picked up and only petted once in a while shes always digging but she hasn't nested yet so i have no idea if shes pregnant or not! :(

Kelly on July 18, 2011:

So I bought this bunny for my daughter five years ago.

She was 11 and the bunny is strickly her job (of course I paid for the supplies) and I was wondering how long do bunnies live because her bunny is still alive and I thought that they only lived for three to four years.

Should I get her another bunny?

I don't want to have to take care of him because I really don't have time. I thought so if she took care of one by herself she can take care of two right?

Claire on July 15, 2011:

Bunnies lik to b alone and I got my first bunny wen I was 11 and it was fine but u mite wanna wait cause sometimes wen ur holding a bunny and the bunny want to b put down he'll squirm and I dropped my bunny once:( so u mite wanna wait!!!!:D

Britney on June 26, 2011:

My bunny, George, absolutely adores me. He loves rubbing his chin on things especially toes it's really cute.

maggie on June 06, 2011:

I've had my rabbit for about a year now, and she has never liked being picked up, but it seems to be getting a whole lot worse! she won't even come out of her cage, never mind anywhere near me! I try to take her out to my garden every day so she can eat some green stuff and hop around, but she seems more interested in digging then any thing else, I'm not really sure what to do, i don't want to be a bad pet owner, I just want her to be happy! My friends rabbit just had kits, and my niece wants one but she's only eleven so i'm not sure if that's a good idea either. HELP PLEASE!


Ally on June 03, 2011:

Ihave a bunny named Oreo, he's very friend;y and he loves people, but latrly he has been running in his cage evry time I try to pick him up. I was just playing with him and he scrached me when I picked him up! and when I'm holding him he wants to get down really bad, should I be worried? I really love my bunny and I don't want anything bad to happen to him what should I do?

Meggy on May 06, 2011:

I have a two story hutch for my bunny also, when I first got the hutch, she didn't really like it and she never came out, but when I just left the door open for a while, she hopped right out of the top of the hutch. so I would just give him some time and see what he does

Brittany on April 29, 2011:


I got a rabbit a couple of days ago and its a male. I have a two story hutch, and hes never been down the ramp since, I find it very strange and also my bunny will run away from me, thump at me and all! ???

Meggy on April 29, 2011:

My bunny is about 1 years old. i got her last spring, so for the winter I put there in her cage in my basement. I went to feed her every day, but she would never come out of her cage, even when I left the door open. I brought her cage out side and on my porch a few days ago. but she doesn't come out of her cage unless I take her out, and when I try to take her out she runs away to the little 'den', and every time I pick her up, she scratches me a lot. she has given me some really bad cuts on my arms and hands. I'm not sure what to do.

please help.

what on April 16, 2011:

my bunny hates me when i pet it the thing broke a joint in my finger bla bla bla he hats me

calliope on April 15, 2011:

My bunny bites me every day!What do I do.

Breanna on April 09, 2011:

Hello, I need serious help. I have a bunny named Jack. I rescued him from the pound but i feel really bad now. See, my mother is a little bit allergic to rabbits. The bunny lives outside in a hutch at my grandmas house where he almost never gets played with. I need to convince my mom to let Jack stay in my room but I don't know how.... PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Mandy on April 01, 2011:

Never mind! After lying in the floor for hours trying to get the bunny curious it worked! :D She's a lot more social and very funny to play with. She just needed some more 'me' time :) she also loves playing with the birds I own... although they may beg to differ haha. Re-reading and studying up on bunnies before I got them was worth the time! Thank you again for your help, and I will continue to read up on any extra things I should know!

Mandy on April 01, 2011:

I just adopted two 3 month old bunnies from the humane society, and brought them home the day they were fixed. Luckly they were an already bonded pair from the same litter so they didn't have to be alone after getting chopped up. The male is very friendly already and already starting to use his litterbox. The girl on the other hand is very... well scared. She runs and hides in a corner (DEPRESSING) and wont move. She's to scared to use her litterbox as well. Only thing is when I let them out to play she is the most aggressive to running around. Any tips to get her to like people a bit more? (After hand feeding her a baby carrot she was less shy around me but still super super scared)

Alex on March 28, 2011:

I bought a bunny, and it became very dominant and territorial... It hates my squirrel! I just recently bought another bunny, hoping he could make a friend. He does not like the new bunny at all... WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!????

A Person on March 26, 2011:

Wow. Reading the comments here is depressing me. I feel bad for all of the bunnies with whiney, impatient and irresponsible humans posting demands for help after describing doing things that are clearly the very reason their rabbit dislikes them in the first place. My favorite was the person claiming there was too much to read in the article and demanding a quick fix instead. How very typical and appalling. If you can't be bothered to read a few short paragraphs, you have no business being responsible for another creature's life, you lazy, ignorant sod.

Clearly, the majority of you haven't bothered to take any time to read up on how to care for rabbits BEFORE bringing one home. Now you are surprised that the adorable little friend you brought home dislikes you. I can't blame them; I dislike quite a few of you based on your comments. Meanwhile, you have responsible and clearly loving rabbit owners patiently trying to offer you advice, which likely is being ignored. I hope at least a small percentage of you recognize the responsibility you've taken on and actually care about your pet enough to take some time to educate yourself while also taking the time to allow your rabbit to become comfortable being around a strange smelling, large, loud human.

Paula on March 24, 2011:

my parents bought abunny when i was 10! I had to clean it, feed it and stuff. And guess what? he si happy! I am happy. I understand him. He never kick me, or bites me. U don't understand how we are perfect to each other. i love him

Nicola on February 12, 2011:

I have a mini lop she is 14 weeks and absolutely fantastic. It has been not hard work but time consuming.

My tip is let your bunny come out their cage by themselves lie on the floor always come down their level. Lie there don't move and let your bunny investigate themselves. Next day lie there again but when they come upto you talk to them softly and gently tell them they are good, clever and lovely. Don't attempt to touch them. Then so on and so on introduce one thing at a time. Please be patient my bunny is so gentle now she will even take her treat when i hold it with my lips and a lick on the cheek too. I took her to the vet two weeks ago for her jags and the vet complimented me on how well behaved she was.

binky on February 09, 2011:

i had my bunny for 5 months now...i tried potty training him..but it just didn't work for him...but his temperaments have been very good lately..whenever i come home and let him out...he's always running like crazy...binking everywhere...i don't really like him going on the sofa's so i usually sit away from them and he usually comes lay down by me...there's also this stuff animal that he likes and he's always laying down by it...sometimes he's pretty naughty like chewing things up but he'll stop whenever he hears the yogurt chip bag, and come running towards me. so whenever i want him to stop something or get off the sofa...i grab his yogurt chip bag and he'll come looking for it and stop whatever he's doing. the only time that he hated me for two days was when he accidently stepped on a mouse trap (the sticky ones)that my friend set up in behind the heater, and he panicked, screamed, and was running all over the room. he was so freaked out that he began attacking me everytime i went near him. But then i finally got him to calm down and approached him slowly, petting him on the head and he became friendly again. Nail clipping, ugghh, he used to not let me clip his nails, but now he's somewhat getting use to it. He won't let me pick him up, so i can only do it when he's laying down. so whenever he's laying down, i slowly go over, pet his head with couple strokes and hold his front paws out and clip them. my first time doing it, i actually layed down with him, covered his head with my left hand and held his paws, but now he's used to his front paws getting clipped. Now i just need to do his back feet, he would not let me hold them for a long time. Overall, he's a very energetic bunny and seems to be very happy. He's the only bunny i have and is actually maturing, but he's not neutered yet. I've researched and it says that they may get very aggressive and harder to deal with if not neutered. But i feel bad if i do neuter him. i mean is it necessary since he's the only bunny? i'm having a hard time deciding.

i love smokey! on January 27, 2011:

this afternoon i was playing with smokey , and she wouldn't leave me alone!!!it's not like her....she was jumping all ova me!Plus my sister's rabbit theodoor was on the trampoline and was jumping off!and then run around and around the trampoline!should we be worried about this behavouir?it's not like them at all......


i love smokey!

Gesture on January 11, 2011:

I have a wild rabit and I'm not sure she likes me or not?? Pleas help

gurtrude3875 on December 22, 2010:

well i happen to have 27 rabbits currently, so i know a lot on the subject. one thing i found very helpful is dressing up in a bunny suit. this may seem stupid and/or embarassing to YOU, but this makes your bunny feel right at home and will make you become one of them. you can buy it at a haloween store. gurtrude.

gurtrude3875 on December 22, 2010:

well i happen to have 27 rabbits currently, so i know a lot on the subject. one thing i found very helpful is dressing up in a bunny suit. this may seem stupid and/or embarassing to YOU, but this makes your bunny feel right at home and will make you become one of them. you can buy it at a haloween store. gurtrude.

adrituna on December 16, 2010:

this iz soooooooo cute!



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Jemi on December 05, 2010:

Worked like a charm. I was very sad after my first bunny died- she was very affectionate and my new one was very scared of me. I tried the methods suggested and she sat there lapping it up!

peri on November 25, 2010:

I have 2 boy unneutered bunnies. When i got them they were 5 months old but now they are 8 months old. When i first got them; they were so friendly and looved me and played all the time. Now; i have a new puppy and cant spend as much time with them. They seem very bored and actually have nipped me! before; they NEVER bit me. im worried about them and i want them to be happy. I try playing with them as much as i can but they don't have as much fun as they used to. ANY HELP?! thanks. :(

X-X-LOTTE-X-X on November 09, 2010:

my bunny Tallulah is really moody. If I go to close, she will stap her foot and run to the bedroom and continuasly stamp her foot at me. I have tried being patient, giving her toys etc but her mood is starting to upset me. I can't stroke her as it makes her panic and I can't go neer her as she dosent want me there and I don't know what to do :( can anyone suggest what to do??

meeeeeeekaaaahpalinns on October 20, 2010:

I have a rabbit called Roy, I have got a new one called Ronnie. How do I introduce them?

Brooklynn on October 10, 2010:


Muffin on October 02, 2010:

Hi my names Zoe and muffin is my gorgous 2 month old bunny she is a house bunny only had her for a week she has settled in well her cage is open for most of the day she is very loved she comes and sniffs me and the last 2 days she has been binking I love this as I no she is happy she has not been a problem at all and enjoy spending time with her only question is I never really pick her up only done it twice she always runs away but let's me pet her just not pick her up why ?

shelly on September 26, 2010:

i have a 9 year old black bunny he is so friendly it amazes everyone.. when i first got him it took along time to even get him used to me. i honestly treated him like a little kid when i would pick him up and he would bite i would put him back into the cage and walk away for a few minutes then i would come back and try to pick him up if he bit i would say not nice and walk away.. eventually after a year or so he got very used to me. i call him my baby he is not in a cage he has the run of the house (yes it is bunny proofed) he sleeps with me he loves to be held and picked up. he also loves to play if im home and not paying attention to him he will start biting something. he picks in my garbage and gets into all sorts of mischief.. i love him though i wouldn't trade him for anything. the only issue im having is he will not eat his food i have had to feed him table food even though its not good fro him because he refuses instead if i dnt give it to him he will steel it anyways what should i do

Kristen on September 26, 2010:

I have a bunny, about 2 months old. I haven't named him/her yet because he/she isn't developed enough to tell if it is a he or a she. Anyway...

At the pet store, it was soooo loving and just held on to me and just loved me. Even that night, played on the bed with me and my bf, we petted him, etc.

Then, he just went star crazy. I have dressers that kind of sit up off the floor, well when I went to put him in his cage, he hides underneath it. Whenever I try to slowly reach down and pet him even, he runs back under there. There isn't anything under it, its just that, hes not fully potty trained yet and i cant reach under there.

He used to love me, and he still runs and does binkies and is so cute, but like the next second he runs under the dresser. I say no and clap my hands because I would never hit him or anything like that, but i feel like he doesn't care.

Eventually, he went back to his cage and got water, and i closed him back in there =[.

I am tryin to be a good mama.

Anna Claire on September 13, 2010:

I just got a new baby bunny he is so sweet, I bought him at a rabbit show & while I was there my older bunny Misty won best in show & 1st place ribbon!!!

Anna Claire on September 08, 2010:

I have a bunny Misty she is real sweet I love her, and

she loves me & my cat Nashville. Both of them are the

best of friends!!!

Brandon on September 03, 2010:

And also, my bunny,Alice died.I miss her as hell!:(

Brandon on September 03, 2010:

Hi,and i just got a bunny named Maya. When i got her,she sniffed me a bit and was a little bit nice but when we brought her home, she always shakes and tries to get away from me when i pick her up...Can someone tell me why and explain, i would love that.Also,I'm a big fan of rabbits!:)

pankakes and ozzy:) on August 21, 2010:

i just got a mini rex(i think) and she is so sweet to my bunny ozzy(mini lop) but he just isn't feeling the relashonship. hes not aggressive but not sweet. what should i do?

Bunny Lover on August 18, 2010:

My rabbit is 7-8 weeks now and is fine with me stroking him and he even eats treats out of my hand. But he hates being picked up. If it were upto me I would just eave him altogether but my vet said that he needs lots of attention including being picked up. She said that I also have to check his nails and the rest of his body for an signs of diseases or injuries. Please help, what am I supposed to do if he doesn't want to be picked up?

snuggles on July 31, 2010:

my rabbit is almost 5 months old and she's not eaiting!...I bought her this new brand of food because it was the only one they had in the pet store near me and she wont eat it..the food is called natures cafe bunnys buffet, and its a mixed of like bananas and the normal food i use to get her with carrots etc. The thing is that she's not eating all shes been eating is her bedding and grabbing my dads cover cds(which are made of paper). Im really worry about her its been a day since i seen her touch her food .. my parents think if we keep her in her cage that she will soon eat. but i think we should take her to a vet. what do you think is wrong with her?

Shayna C on July 22, 2010:

I read all of these and i'd have to say im glad i did pick my lop mix bunny over the dwarf. the dwarf was more.. antsy and scratching my babyyy bunny at first wasn't eatng for sleeping..or drinking when i first got him when he was a month old..he warmed up to the house 1 week after.. he instantly fell in love with me i assume. very affectionate. i potty trained him as well. he is very snuggly nd cuddly. i am pleased and i am sure he is too. lots of licking, binkying , and the soft purring noise he makes..hes getting used to baths actually likes them a lot.. hes so content he just plopps right over and falls asleep nearly killing me i think hes dead hahah but all said and done i love my bunny hes a great companion and i encourage any responsible caring and loving person with a lot of time on their hands to get one!! but i do have a question if i do hurt my bunny in some way will he let me know?? he will scream, bite, run , attack, if i hurt him right? i clip his claws nd im scared sometimes.. i don't go close enough to the quick i don't think. i just wondered if hed let me know hes in pain.

caseyandcali on July 19, 2010:

I found my bunny in my backyard and she will not let me do any thing with her and i had her for a month i always have to pik her and move her to her play area but she wont let me i have to force and i know that's bad but i don't know what to do i saw on of those bunny harness things are those good

BunnyRunsAway:'( on July 12, 2010:

Hey,my bunny used to like me.But now he doesn't.

He runs Away from me.And He let my sister pet him...

And don't let me...

Is there a chance he will like me?

if there is,can you tell me how??

sadbunneyz on July 12, 2010:

My bunny sometimes lets me pet it but it always makes a snorting noise and it comes out but it only run back in. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skye on July 07, 2010:

I have a 6 month old mini holland lop bunny. She's adorable, and in some ways, friendly. She will eat treats out of my hand, and jump on me, and allow me to pet her on her terms. She hates being picked up, which I am still trying to work around.

The odd thing that she does, is that she sniffs my legs! I don't have lotions or scented soaps on them, so I am not sure what the deal is. She'll walk around and around my legs, sniffing them, then she will jump up and rest her face against my leg, still sniffing, and scrabble at my legs with her paws. The scratches don't hurt much, and fade in a matter of minutes, but it's not pleasant. I'll push her down, and she'll jump right back to the other leg, and go on and on doing this. She'll follow me around the house trying to do this. Why? I know she isn't doing it for me to pick her up or pet her, as she runs when I try. I even bought a cat scratch post for her, but can't get her to use it. And she isn't scratching like a cat, where she drags her paws way down my legs. She's just scrabbling them a few inches. She isn't "humping" like a dog does with the lower body. She has lots of wood, plastic, rope and other chewable toys in her cages and in the house. She has a box with some packing paper to play in, though she hasn't really gone for that yet. So, why is she scratching my legs like she does?

Thanks for any help!

kristul on July 06, 2010:

this wasn't helpful

Aggie on June 10, 2010:

Hi everyone,

I have a bunny that was pretty much raised on his own in the wild. I've had him for 2 weeks and he is very loving towards me now. He lays on my lap and lets me pet him forever, snuggles up to my neck and can't wait for me to get him out of his cage.

I am sorry to hear about the people having aggression problems with their bunnies. Here are some suggestions:

Firstly, I am a firm believer that bunnies should be indoor animals (if possible). Even though they do not meow or bark to get our attention like cats and dogs, it is not fair to leave them in a box (cage) and expect them to be happy when we reach into their cage to give them a bit of attention. They are mad, and rightfully so...wouldn't you be if your existance was limited like this....?

You cannot make an animal like you. You have to understand what THEY want and try to meet their needs. Be patient with them, give them the space and time to explore and get confidence to trust you.


-find a room in the house that's big enough for him to explore and for you to sit with him in (best to have a computer or tv handy, as this could take a while..) Make sure to bunny proof so he can't get into trouble but don't overdo it (let him feel free)

Set up a litter box (with food in it, as bunnies like to poop where they eat..yes, even on their food) and have bowl of water out too. When you see them go pee or poo in their litter box, say yes, good job, and pet them if you can.

Once you have a relationship with them, begin potty training decipline, this should begin about day 2-3 (so life is easier for you an bunny...rabbits like to be clean too!)

If they pee on the floor, say 'no', and place them in their litter box (they are very smart and learn easily but do not understand punishment, like throwing something at them, so don't do that 'cause they will just learn to be afraid of you and get aggressive to protect themselves from you).

Now, get them out of the cage (even if you have to put a towel over them to hide their eyes and calm they won't bite you) Although you shouldn't have to do this with time, they will learn to love your play time.

Now let them roam in the room. Have plenty of treats handy (I use pellets as treats during training but feed him a lot during the day, I also use small pieces of carrot), use whatever is safe and works for your guy.

Now let them play. Go up to him slowly in about 15min once they've had a chance to sniff every corner of the room, give him treats when he's closer. He will eventually associate coming to you as getting a reward. This is how you teach them, reward when good instead of punish when bad. Let them hop on your lap, give them a treat. Pet them, give them a treat. And talk with a happy voice, 'good', 'yes', 'thank you'. And use his name often. Do this every day for as long as you can. Minimum 20 minutes. But they should get 3hrs of exercise per day). I'm at the point where mine hangs out with me all day when I'm at home. He stays on my sofa and jumps off and on, runs around and comes to me whenever he wants me to pet him. I am now working on training him to come to me when i call him ( give him a treat each time for now) so far so good!

You can built this relationship too! And it's so worth it. Just remember that every animal has a unique personality but they usually all need time to build trust with their loving owner.

Just make sure to handle him EVERY DAY but not just in a cage setting, let him feel free and you will have a new best friend before you know it!

And thank you all for opening your homes and hearts to owning a bunny!

Sidney on June 08, 2010:

Dear Ellen,

I wasn't sure how to bond with my bunny, Harline at first either. You can try picking her up and holding her, if he struggles stroke the top of his head or between his ears. Harline personaly likes her cheeks rubbed. After a minute or so he should settle down and maybe even close his eyes. You can also try hand feeding him if you don't already. Maybe even hold him while you feed him. Harlines not interested in toys either but she loves rabbit treats. This should help you bond with him. If he makes a purring noise while you scratch his head this means he is happy. Those are some things i did when harline was little and now i cant get her to stop licking me. I hope this helps some :)

Ellen on June 06, 2010:

I've had my rabbit for about 9 months and i don't know how to get her to bond with me :(. I feed her fresh veggies and limited fruit twice a day, she always has pellets and alfalfa, fresh water and litter box. ive bought her numerous kinds of toys and she has never been interested in them. sometimes she will go crazy at night when im studying and run around exploring and jump on me, but i will try not to pet her because when i do she seems very annoyed and runs away from me and i don't want to overwhelm her or make her uncomfortable. on occasion she will let me pet her head when i approach her, but that's very rarely as i try multiple times a day. I'm thinking about getting a male rabbit (my bunnies spayed) to try and get her to bond with him and maybe come out of her shell and be happier. i don't know what to do to help her warm up to me, i feel like ive tried everything and am trying to be as patient as i can :( any suggestions??

Abby on June 04, 2010:

excuse me many people say children cannot look after rabbits i have had a bunny since i was 10 and i can look after him very well.Rabbits are very loving and can take to anyone as long as they are treated nicely . My bunny even lets a 2 year old stroke him on his ears and he seems to relax. so if you have small children don't hesitate.By the way i am 12 years old

tsmmsrs on May 26, 2010:

i have had lots of rabbits in the past and thay were all good and kind and thay all let me pick them up. but i have had a rabbit for ova a year and she still doesn't like me if i come near her she runs away and when i have to pick her up to put her back in her cage (she is allways out free in my garden)she scrams me and i am sceard that she will brake her back but i don't no what els to do for her coz i cant leave her out ova night.:(

Debby on May 23, 2010:

I have a wonderful happy loving rabbit that will give me a face washing when ever I ask for kisses. He love me and has bonded well with JUST me. I love him to bits. I have been able to work with him on many things BUT ONE. He does not like me OR ANYONE for that matter to touch his things. We have 2 cats and he will even chase and nip them if they go anywhere near his STUFF. He is only penned up at night because he is litter trained. I have to tell ppl NOT TO TOUCH his toy if they don't want to be bit or charged at. He is not fond of new ppl but now that im getting ppl to pet him from the nose to his forhead. I just don't know how to treach him that its ok to play with me and that im NOT taking his toys away. He is happy playing with his toys all by himself and he loves to just snuggle, and groom me. Im just worried that by not playing with him he isn't getting stimulated enough. Just thought you might have some tips for me.

Tasha on May 16, 2010:

all right well i got this adorable little baby bunny and we have been very close. She is so people friendly and whenever one of my family members or I walks in she get on her hind legs and paws at her cage as if she wants to be held. Well anyway I wanted her to be even more happy so I got her another bunny to play with. I love this bunny too though she is VERY shy. So they love eachother and there always close (both baby femals) but my question is this. When I put there cage outside to get some fresh air they lay body to body beside eachother sprawled out like there enjoying themselves. But THEY KEEP SHAKING!! i don't know if there scared or if its some enjoyment thing but im worried. Should I bring them in?? thank you for you time..

becca on May 12, 2010:

well i think my rabbit may be bipolar. her name is matilda, and i don't know what breed she is. she looks like a wild rabbit. one day she wants tons of cuddles and will do anything to get to my face to give it a good licking, or "groom" my hair. she jumps on the couch to snuggle with me for hours, lie at my feet when on the computer etc etc. but then, sometimes as soon as i get near her she runs away. i dunno if shes scared or just grumpy or what. basically shes different every day. i got her for free because she had been abandoned but i think that whoever abandoned her must have handeled her cause she didn't mind being petted. i don't pick her up caus i know she doesn't like it (if i have to take her somewhere i just put this big wicker basket out and call her and she comes and jumps in) i dunno i just feel really sad on her "loner" days :( anyone know ANYTHING that sounds like this? i dunno maybe its just rabbits in general, doing what they want, when they want.

Amy on May 10, 2010:


My name is Amy, and a week ago I adopted a 5 week old lionhead rabbit, whom I named Decaf. I love her and she's very sweet, but I am at a loss for how to continue bonding with her. Within the second day I was getting kisses, and that lasted for four days, but now she won't. She also used to jump right into my lap to be petted, and fell asleep on me, which she also won't do now. I am concerned. She still zooms around her play pen and jumps in the air, so I know she's happy. But I also want her to be happy with her owener. So far shes been a wonderful pet who enjoys people and who can have fun and run around in many places besides her pen.

But if this is the sign of a problem, I want to adress it early- the last thing I want is a sad bunny. She is freindlier outside her play area, but I don't know if that's territorial or just that she's friendlier around other people. She is such a pretty and fun bunny, I just want to make sure I can bond with her as much as possible!

Tashs' mum on May 06, 2010:

Heather, you're more than welcome :) Any more questions just ask.

Starr - how strange...

I have heard of dogs before that will take to one sex owner months before the other, due to abuse in the past (something to do with the different smell in male/female hormones)... Maybeits the same for bunnys?

As for how quicky he trusts... Who knows? Maybe he can just sense he's in a good place now, maybe he's just crazy-happy to be out of his last home?

I think you have other rabbits? Do you still have it/them? Maybe the new bun has just been "talking" to them and they've told him he's in a good place :)

hope he works out well.

Starr on May 06, 2010:

So I did a bun rescuing operation last night and have now aquired a lionhead mix/male named "Destroyer" (hubby picked the name for a laugh). He's about a year old.

His first home was badly abusive I was told, and I can see knicks and scars on the poor things ears. I was told it was two young teenage girls that had him .He was rescued by another girl until she could find him a home. We where told he was very skittish and shy, however when he got home with us he instantly bonded with my fiancée and now will litterally not leave him alone. He tolerates me to pet him but no real like of me.

So the question is, how does such a shy, badly abused bun come out of his shell so quickly? Do you possibly think he's prejudice against women because of the teens? Certainly seems that way to me. I know other animals can come to dislike a gender, but I've never heard of rabbits doing this (picking out a fave gender)

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