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"Discover Everything You Need To Know About Your Pet Rabbit!"
by Andrea Austin
Above all, never pick up a rabbit by its ears. If you do pick up your rabbit, it should be done by carefully lifting from the scruff of the neck, then supporting the rest of the body with your other hand.
How to Pet a Rabbit
Since rabbits do not like to be picked up as much as other animals, you may not be able to pick up your bunny and pet him in your lap as you may want to. Respect your rabbits wish to stay closer to the ground. Instead of lifting him up, let him sit beside you, then pet him gently.
If your rabbit seems nervous, use one hand to gently cover his eyes, then stroke his back soothingly and calmly. This will help ease him back to a peaceful state.
Also, it is important to supervise children while they are learning to pet their rabbits. Make sure they do not use too much pressure or try to pick up the animals, for the reasons described above. Set a good example by showing them how to treat the rabbit, then ask them to follow your lead.
How Rabbits Interact with Humans
Just because rabbits do not like to be held ... do not be fooled! They really are loving and sociable creatures, and they need your attention. In fact, one of the best reasons to keep your pet bunny housed inside your home is that he will feel like he is becoming a part of the family. Being around humans gives rabbits the idea that they are part of a group; they dislike being lonely and enjoy companionship.
As rabbits tend to be high-strung creatures, settling in with and getting to know a familiar and loving group of humans can really set their minds at ease and make them healthier and happier.
Rabbits and Children
As I have already discussed, rabbits do best in households with older, more responsible children. This is mainly because the older children will treat the animals more gently than toddlers, who can get quite aggressive. Older children will also be able to understand a rabbits needs and emotional temperament better. That said, the relationship between a rabbit and a child can be strong and very fulfilling if the child is taught to treat his pet correctly.
Rabbits and Other Animals
Rabbits also tend to like other animals, particularly companion rabbits. Many people choose to bring home a second rabbit to keep the first pet company, and this can be a good idea in many cases. It tends to work best if the two animals are adults, and are introduced in a neutral area, so that the first rabbit does not feel territorial. Its also a good idea to pair your first rabbit with a neutered adult rabbit of the opposite gender, as this combination tends to work well.
Domestic cats, well-trained dogs, and domestic rabbits can all coexist peacefully provided that you set up some ground rules by supervising their playtime, especially in the beginning.
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