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How Can I Make My Bunny More Friendly?

Updated on June 25, 2008
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When you first got a pet bunny you dreamed of having a sweet, snuggly little creature that would play with you and cuddle up with you. Now you have an angry little ball of fluff that refuses to come out of its cage and might even bite you sometimes. What do you do? Do you just have a bad bunny?

No. There are things you can do to make your bunny more friendly. Here are three easy things you can do to make your bunny more friendly.

  • Move Bunny Indoors

Bunnies that live indoors are much friendlier than rabbits that are stuck in cages outside, because they see you all the time, and there are more chances to play with them. Bunnies are very easily house broken, all you need to do is figure out where your bunny wants to toilet, and put a litter tray there. It is usually either its cage, which is convenient, or a corner of the room that is the bunny's choice, so to be safe, putting litter trays in all the corners of the room is a good idea. Once your bunny is an indoor bunny, you can let it out to run and play by itself. It might not be completely friendly at first, but bunnies sometimes take a while to get used to people, so don't worry if your bunny still runs away from you, just being inside will help make it more friendly in time.

  • Get Down With Your Bunny

Rabbits are small ground dwelling animals. To them, even a child looks large and scary. If you are having no luck at all being able to touch your bunny, try laying down on the floor when they are out of their cage. Chances are that they will get curious and eventually hop over to sniff you and see what you are doing. Don't try to grab the bunny when it does this, just let it sniff. This builds trust between you and the bunny, as the bunny learns that it can be close to you without bad things happening.

  • Relax, Take Your Time

Bunnies can take a long time to be friendly, sometimes months, but it is worth the patience and the wait. Most bunnies are suckers for gentle head rubs, so gently rubbing the top of your rabbit's head with your fingers is sure to be a treat that your bunny will want again and again. Many bunny owners report that even standoffish unfriendly bunnies soon start to run up and demand their head rubs when they want them!

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      Rabbit Owner 

      6 years ago

      I have just got my rabbit today and I have red all the imformation I can. It a very unsall bunny it's a 1 loped eared bunny and loves a paticular corner. I've named him Arfie and he's only 10 weeks old he's very cute! It's my first pet and I've researched since yesturday when I went to the pet shop. It's an apricot colour and very fluffy.

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      Andrea 

      7 years ago

      I'll definitely try this because I have one rabbit that's super friendly and cuddly and my new one is a horrid little mean thing that almost has a heart attack every time you walk in the room!

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      ashalilly 

      7 years ago

      I REALLY want a rabbit but everyone's telling me i wont be able to play with it. I really want to interact with it a lot, and let in wander round the house while i'm home, kinda like a dog haha. so if i get a baby, reccon i can tame it?!

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      Ilovemybunny 

      7 years ago

      Kayla Harrower. Just try lying on the floor and let him just be curious, after a while it will come over and investigate. While it is your reach (while lying on the floor) pet it. It will soon snuggle in with you (hopefully!)my bunny took a while to get used to me because we rescued him from the street. But don't worry in time he will be close to you!

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      Kayla Harrower 

      7 years ago

      I just got a full grown Netherlands Dwarf funny that is ten months old. We bought her from a lady that kept her for her whole life in a garage with no human contact. I got her so I could fix her, make her fearless. (and caz i wanted a bunny :)) I bought her last night, which I know isn't long enough. But I sat all night by her cage. I am devoting my whole weekend to be with her. Yesterday she was fine with me petting her and before I went to bed, I actually picked her up. She seemed perfectly fine. But today, I sat by her cage again. I tried just sticking my hand in the cage she quickly jumped away from it. So I tried petting her just once and she turned around and snapped on my finger. It hurt so bad! Any advice? I just got her last night, I know but she was fine then!

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      shayna 

      7 years ago

      thank you so much, my friend gave me one of her bunnies and it wont let me even touch it! hopefully this works!

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      Lauraaaa 

      8 years ago

      My bunny is EVIL. Whenever i put it in the run( big wide open space for it to run about) and aftera while going to put it back in the hutch it wil go up in a corner and whenever i try to shoe it out it will lift up its head and threaten to bite! im defintely going to ask my mum if they can stay inside!

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      B.U.N.N.Y 

      8 years ago

      thanks for the help ill try this

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      lara 

      8 years ago

      thanks 4 tips ur great help my bunnie growls at me, so i`ll defaintly try that

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      Ciara 

      8 years ago

      You see the problem with me is i breed rabbits i have 2 adult girl rabbits and 1 adult boy rabbit.At the moment i have 4 big babie rabbits [they are ready to go to the pet shop in a week]and i have 6 small babbie rabbits.They are outside but we have used our big shedfor them and we have separate cgesin there for them but the problem for me is i want that child that gets my bunny to be happy because they are not playful and friendly and i wish they were.

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      melinda 

      8 years ago

      i have 2 male rabbits , had them fixed and they get along great and snuggle together , what does it mean when the jump 2-3 ft in the air while running around the room and they shake their butt and back feet while jumping around like bucking broncos?

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      StaceyFlNative 

      8 years ago

      baddest bunny of all, lives in home, is toliet trained then slings the potty box across room, runs like the wind if you go near him while kicking and squirting pee, although he loves his head rubbed and you can put you fingers in his mouth to check his teeth he does NOT bite at all, he gets the best of food 15 dollars a bag and picks only what he wants to eat, also eats timothy hay and organic fresh greens, carrots,apples of course those in moderation, he is the baddest bunny in all the land..oh and has a $169.99 cage that he hates! yup! baddest bunny of all!

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      Ali 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

      my bunny is 3 months old and doesn't go to the toilet in a particular area or corner, its just goes everywhere including my lap. What can i do to teac her not to do that? x

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      Jenny xx 

      8 years ago

      thanks for these tips i just got a new bunny yesterday and it's very timid so i will deffinily try these

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      gemma 

      8 years ago

      thanks for all of that

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      Msq 

      8 years ago

      Thank u it rlly help :D. Thank u idk how much :p.

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      FLORA [BUNNY] 

      8 years ago

      I JUST GOT A CUTE AND SUNNGLY BUNNY. she is all white with

      red eys. it took only tow days for her to get use to

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      timna 

      8 years ago

      Shamrock37:

      the tatoos mean it was once a show rabbit or something - it's a marking to show it's different.

      Male bunnies don't get along together - hardly ever. I know it's hard to say good bye, but you shoud instead:

      supervise them when together

      introduce them freshly

      The one with the tatoos probably had bad experience. Be gentle, and maybe even slightly kinder to it.

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      shamrocks37 

      8 years ago

      I have two male mini rex bunnies one sometimes will chase the other around and bites him most recently near the eye the other one is so sweet it doesn't happen all the time but it is happening and i am nervouse it has been to close to his eye. please what can i do they are about 5 months old. the one that bites has numbers and letters tatood in his ear what does that mean ?

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      Suloo 

      8 years ago

      hope this helps..cause iam never able to get em in ma hands...and u r ryt..they use corners of the rooms as toilets!!! lol ..and its ma duty to clean...so this idea really helps me...

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      Stephanie 

      8 years ago

      I hope this this thing works. My rabbit really annoys me sometimes when she always runs away when I want to put her in her cage!

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      Dahlia 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the great information! I hope it will help!

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      Kayla McGill 

      9 years ago

      WOW!! This sounds like something i will definetly try well at least the last two b.c my dad will not let me have it in the house!!

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      Rita 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the information, it really does help.

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      Lexi Sanchez 

      9 years ago

      One off my rabbits is a meanie, so I will DEFINITELY try this!

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      Heidi 

      9 years ago

      Thanks I'll try this! Sounds good!

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