Although fearlessly natural, your rabbit is a social animal par excellence. Gentle and affectionate, he is only very rarely aggressive. Like any animal, it will have to be tamed so that a harmonious relation settles between him and you. Find our advice.
The good behavior on arrival of your rabbit
Your rabbit, no matter what his breed, discovers your universe for the first time. You must let it get wet at first, keeping you away. If you have opted for an indoor rabbit, he will have to become familiar with his cage (semi-open preferably) or his park. Every noise or presence can disturb it. For one or two days, simply try to bring him something to eat. This place of life will have to be calm , remote from dangerous animals for the well-being of your rabbit.
Then, after this short period, you can start approaching his cage or park, calling him by name. He will become familiar with the sound your voice. Present him your hand , your fingers. He will smell them and discover your smell . He will then be more inclined to approach you.
The first caresses must take place on the forehead of the animal, not on his back. Your rabbit is easy preyfor birds in the wild. Although domestic, your rodent retains this feeling in him. Caressing him on his back will only increase this fear synonymous with vulnerability . Be delicate and soft. Above all, do not force your rabbit if it emerges. He is just not ready yet.
To facilitate the beginning of the relationship between your rabbit and you, you can encourage him to come to you with fruits , which he likens to treats. Be careful, too much fruit is not good for your rabbit because too sweet.
Adapt to your rabbit
Your rabbit knows 2 periods of notorious activity: early in the day and early evening. Between the two, he will take a long nap (the day) interspersed with a few meals and his toilet , and a night more or less long. Everything depends on his state of alert . If he feels safe at night, he will tend to sleep easily. If he watches the majority of the night, his nap will be longer.
In addition, your rabbit can successfully adapt to your lifestyle. It’s a sign that he feels good and that your relationship does not stress him at all.
Teach him cleanliness
To teach your rabbit how to do his litter , you can collect his poop and transfer it to the litter box. Your rabbit will understand as their place and here.
Initially, the perimeter around your rabbit’s litter will be small. Then, the more he understands that this is the proper place to make his droppings, the more you can extend the perimeter . Do not hesitate, if your rabbit moves in an enclosed space, to install several litter boxes outside his cage or his park.
To facilitate the cleanliness of your rabbit, do not forget to sterilize it between 4 and 6 months. Otherwise, a male rabbit will tend to mark his territory by jets of urine .
Understanding a shy bunny
The rabbit is naturally anxious . Its character is so made because in nature, it is a prey for other species, such as birds. That’s why, among other things, avoid stroking your rabbit on the back.
It is difficult to predict the degree of fear of your rabbit. This can vary from one animal to another, from one species to another.
- If your rabbit has not been in contact with a human when you collect it (shelter, pet shop), it could be more refractory. In contrast to a rabbit raised by a professional or an individual constantly taking care of him.
- Your rabbit may have been abused in his youth, hence this reaction of fear.
You must gain confidence by gradually affirming your presence. Do not rush him and listen to him.
Understand the possible aggressiveness of your rabbit
Your rabbit shows signs of aggression for several reasons:
- The fear . You have just adopted a rabbit that has not used to contact with humans. You will have to be patient to tame it . You can install several hiding places in your home to make him feel safe. He will learn that these places do not want him any harm. He will become familiar with his new environment faster.
- The annoyance . You have forced your rabbit to a hug or a hug. But he was not ready or did not want to. Leave him alone.
- The marking of the territory . The solution is to sterilize your rabbit. Otherwise, try to enlarge the territory of your rabbit and do not leave him locked in his cage. Otherwise, you will have to deal with his aggression every time you try to change his bedding or feed him.
To tame your rabbit properly, you will need to:
- Be patient
- Do not rush your rabbit
- Show you gentle and gentle when you stroke it
- Avoid shouting at him
- Reassure him