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How To Be Your Bunny's Best Friend

Updated on December 15, 2009

If you have a new bunny rabbit, or even an old one that you've had for a while, but the bunny doesn't seem to like you, then this hub is for you. Some bunnies are cuddly and friendly and love to be petted, and other bunnies just want to be left alone all the time. If your bunny doesn't like to be cuddled and petted, then you have some work to do to become friends with it, but don't worry, you can do it!

Quiet Time

Spend quiet time with your bunny. Good quiet times to spend with your bunny are when you are reading, or watching tv, if your bunny is an indoor bunny. Just being around you without you trying to touch it will teach your bunny that you can be trusted. If your rabbit is not in a cage, you might even find that he or she hops up to you and nuzzles you during quiet time. The first few times he or she does this, don't touch them, just let the bunny explore. Later on, you can reward the bunny and yourself by giving the bunny head rubs.

Head Rubs

Even the meanest, angriest bunny loves head rubs. To give your bunny head rubs, very gently rub your fingers from its nose up to between its ears. You will probably find that your bunny relaxes and lowers its head for you to give it more rubs. Rabbits often don't like to be petted too much, but all rabbits need to be groomed sometimes, so make the times you give head rubs separate from the times you groom him or her. If your rabbit gets angry during grooming, don't let it get away, but make sure that it is safe and that it cannot kick its back legs out in the air. This is very dangerous for rabbits, who can kick too hard and break their backs. If you're a child, getting an adult to help you is a very good idea.


You should not give your rabbit too many treats as they can make its poo messy, but a little piece of carrot, apple, or dandelion leaf will go a long way towards making friends with your rabbit. It helps if your rabbit associates you with good things.

These three things will all help you to become good friends with your bunny. Remember, being patient and being quiet will make your bunny love you much more than running around and yelling near the bunny and trying to pick it up all the time. Rabbits are gentle little creatures that need quiet, gentle attention.


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      Ally 16 months ago

      My bunny drinks out of a bowl instead of a water bottle? Is that ok? Or do I need to teach her to drink from a water bottle?

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      NIKHIL SINGH 3 years ago



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      samantha 3 years ago

      Thank you Jennifer! Some of these questions are rediculous! Like you said, its all about the bonding you have with your rabbit! My Netherlands dwarf adores me and follows me around like my shadow. I've spent endless hours with her, petting her, laying on the floor with her...rabbits need that bond and trust from their owners.

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      Bunny lover 4 years ago

      hi my rabbit won't let me go near him at all he grunts and sprays me with urine and bites me what should I do he wont even let me feed him

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      Jennifer 4 years ago

      To all who are asking stupid things about picking bun up by the ears or legs, please surrender your rabbit. If this is not an option, the best way to pick up bun is with one hand under the torso and one hand under the bum. This could take a lot of practice before bun is going to be comfortable, but be patient, it's about the bunny trusting you, not you getting your way.

      Start practice by just getting bunny used to having your hand touch his bum and tummy. Best time for this is to incorporate it into petting. Once they are used to the touch there, start by only lifting the front paws off the ground a little bit, then set bun down and reward him/her with healthy treats or pets.

      It's a process, and can take days, weeks, or even months, but that trusting bond is worth it.

      OH! And rabbits are supposed to eat their poops. They pass soft pellets called cecal pellets, which are supposed to be re-ingested. It's a crucial part of their digestive system. Don't punish them for this.

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      sara 5 years ago

      i pick my bunny up by the legs and it bites me so what should i do


      i am tired of it biteting me

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      TJM2001mer 5 years ago

      heyyy! i had a question. i got a bunny at a pet store yesterday and was wondering. My bunny likes to be on her back with all fours up. why???

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      jordan 5 years ago

      Hi i have had four rabbits in a lifetime you should just stroke them play with them and they sometimes nibble your clothes and sniff them just ignore them there investigating you and clip there nails at least once a month and disinfect your bunnies hutch at least twice a year hope this helped

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      Gwen 5 years ago

      I just adopted a rabbit from someone. They gave him away because they were allergic to hay. Anyway, it's been 1.5 weeks now and my rabbit won't let me pick him up out of his cage. I know they're supposed to get "play time" out of their cage but how do I get them out without picking him up? Also, I heard that we're not supposed to pet our rabbits when they're in their cage because it's their territory but then how do you get any interaction with them at all if that's the case?

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      Emily :) 6 years ago

      I just got a new bunny from pet depot. She's still not an adult. I feed her a healthy diet and give her treats sparingly. I want to become friends with her really well so we can be close. I've petted her a lot. She only thumps now and then and I don't want her to see me as danger. She's a calm rabbit. She's binkied once. How do I get her to be more playful and loving?

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      Bunnylover 6 years ago

      rabbits don't like to leave contact with the ground. Putting it in a box is a good idea

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      Samantha 6 years ago

      My bunny always freaks out when i mave her to her play pin.What should i do to stop this???!!!

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      AA Rabbits 6 years ago

      I love raising rabbits and I belief that my rabbits appreciate the care too1!

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      maisbunny 6 years ago

      i have two bunnys who r sisters . One of my rabbits Stomie is really shy and doesn't like me picking it up at all the other one Skittles comes over and sniffs me an nudges me all the time. Stormie comes over and nudges me and sniffs me but he runs away when i try to pet him. What sould i do i have had them since august last year.

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      Bunnylove 7 years ago

      I pet my bun all the time and feed him. He is not shy at all when he's running around and he always comes up to me and sniffs and nudges me. However, he doesen't sit still! He constantly is moving which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to thoroughly brush him or try to out on this new leash I bought him. Any ideas?

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      Little toadette 7 years ago

      Hi. My rabbit is really shy and he won't let me ever interact with him. My other one is fine and he loves people but this one is so scared. What can i do to become his best friend?

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      Kate 7 years ago

      Hi. I have had my bunny for about 8-9 years. I don't know how old she was when we got her. We got Miss Loppy from a petting zoo kind of thing. She was still very young then (She looked about 6 months. But hey! She's our first rabbit.) All of the time we have had her, she lived down the back of our home in a giant, hand-made hutch with an ensuite (blocked from eyes by wood.)She never had any friends besides our three labs (who she adores, even though one of them wants to eat her at times!)I was the one who fed Miss Loppy and gave her toys. She was deffiantly not the best looked after pet we have owned. But I am a kid. (12 years)Still no reason.

      We have just moved home, and Miss Loppy has just gotten a new one as well! It is a smaller, two story outside hutch and is in the same yard as the dogs. We just mooved her in a few days ago and kind of helped her up to the top floor. She didn't stay there for long though, but she did have a little to eat. We tried once more with the same result before we went bck into the house to care for our cat who has never moved house before, just like th rest of us. (us I mean me and the animals.)

      I have just come back into the house to get Ideas on how to be Miss Loppy's friend. I have dicied that I wanted to make the rest of her life the best it can be after helping her find her drink bottle, give her a full body pat,(that she now loves) pluck a bit of grass for her to eat, whatching her play with a toilet paper roll (first time for me watching that) and what I think is most important of all.....Miss Loppy sat on her hind legs and groomed her face!!! (Again, another first for me!)

      Her cage is about three feet high, three feet long two feet wide (Approx) so I don't have much room to put many toys. Can I please have some Ideas on how to become more of a friend to Miss Loppy??? (I can't take her inside becaust of our cat)

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      Tarin 7 years ago

      I have tried every thhing to get my bunny to let me pick her up. What should I do!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

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      lyly 7 years ago

      My bunny dose not let me pick her up and gets scared when i carry her!:( She also dose not let me touch her and i have hade her for 1 mounth. I also have three dog does make a difference

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      sophie 7 years ago

      My bunny is an out door bunny and hates my two other doges and hides when they bark what should i do.

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      stephanie 7 years ago

      My bunny does not let me pick her up at all!!!!!! how should I pick her up and how should i feed her.Also she nibbles on my clothes when i see her.

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      Jess 7 years ago

      Um, Is Sue actually serious? It is extremely dangerous to pick up a bunny by the ears, as they could break and seriously harm your bunny!

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      Juliane 7 years ago

      @Anita: I suggest to find another way to transport your rabbit from place to place. Probably put the rabbit in a box and carry it where you need to go. Rabbits don't like being carried so try limiting yourself from carrying it. Read the article, it takes lots of time and patience.

      @Yvette: Read what I said to Anita.

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      Juliane 7 years ago

      @Sue: How would you like to be picked up by the ears, sprayed by water, and slapped as well? Don't punish the rabbit for doing what he feels like doing. It's like punishing a child for watching television. Imagine yourself in the rabbits perspective.

      @Gwyneth: This really must be a joke. You don't force the rabbit to eat it's own poop, it does that naturally. I STRONGLY suggest you feed him rabbit grains.

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      bunny lover 7 years ago

      We live in a sad,sad world if people are joking about abusing their pets or really doing it. SAD!

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      Hm.. 7 years ago

      I think that "Sue" and "Gwyneth" are just trying to cause trouble...

      just so no one freaks out to much and calls animal service on Sue

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      rebecca 7 years ago

      Ok @Gwyneth that is just wrong,

      And @Sue NEVER PICK THE BUNNY UP BY THE EARS, Are you guys stupid

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      anita  8 years ago

      whenever i try to carry my bunny it gets scared and whenever i get near it it always hides so can anyone tell me what to do


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      yvette 8 years ago


      I hope this is a joke!

      I have a question ^^ My bunny love's me and likes it when i cuddle with her but isn't happy when I carry her to her play room. Is there a way I can get her there without caring her?

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      Leighroy 8 years ago

      Am I the only one that finds something greatly wrong with Sue's comment?

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      Gwyneth 8 years ago

      Help! My bunny just won't eat its own droppings. I've tried to demonstrate how to do this by eating some of her droppings and even by relieving myself and eating some of my own in front of it, but the stupid rabbit just won't learn. Please give some advice.

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      Nicole 8 years ago

      Sue, Please DO NOT pick up your rabbit by the ears. This is extremely painful to the bunny and that is why he is screaming. You should use two hands to pick up your rabbit supporting behind the front paws and the bottom. Also, please do not slap your rabbit as disicpline. They do not understand that behavior. The water bottle is okay, but please note that they are supposed to eat their own droppings and you do not need to stop them from doing so. Hope this helps.

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      Nishacee97 8 years ago from Wales.

      Heyy x

      This Has Really Helped.

      Sue Dont Tell Your Bunny Off For Eating His Poo. Rabbits Are Supposed to eat their own poo as it helps their digestive system!

      Thanxsss x

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      Sue 8 years ago

      My bunny screams whenever I pick him up by the ears. What should I do so he doesn't do this?

      Also, my bunny keeps eating his poo. We spray him with water when he does, or give him a little slap. No he's not eating his poo, but he doesn't look so good.