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The Angry Bunny Solution

Updated on October 7, 2007

At some point in your bunny ownership, you're going to anger your bunny. It's almost unavoidable. At some point you're going to have to pick him or her up, put him or her in a bunny cage, cut play-time short, or commit some other such sin that is going to result in an unhappy bunny.

A large part of understanding your rabbit is coming to the realization that it is really a lot more like a cat than you might imagine. Rabbits go their own way, do their own thing, and while they may occasionally enjoy affection or games (how much or little depends on the individual bunny), they will essentially always please themselves rather than you. Thus, the imposition of your will upon theirs will never be greeted with much joy. There are exceptions to this rule of course, but in general, a bunny wants what a bunny wants.

Once your bunny is offended, there are a few things you can do to soothe its ruffled feelings.

Give bunny time. Bunny may forgive you in his or her own time, well, I misspeak, bunny will definitely forgive you at some point. How long that takes can be anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

Coax bunny into a fun game. A game where things are ripped, tossed, and generally flung around can be an excellent way to work out some of your rabbit's anger issues. Some rabbits will pounce upon items tossed gently in their direction and attack them with all the ferocity of a prey animal

Bribery and corruption are also excellent ways to make up with your bunny. A little piece of carrot, apple, or some other favored treat may completely erase all memory of your offense from the bunny's mind. That, or the bunny may grab the treat, run away and eat it, and continue to sulk.

At the end of the day, there is no sure fire way to soothe your bunny, other than ongoing good treatment and care. As with any relationship, disputes will occasionally arise. Bunny may not understand why leaping onto the table from the chair and hacking at the cords to your laptop with its sharp bunny teeth is a bad thing at all, just as you might not understand why bunny insists on thrashing around in his/her cage at 3am. It's just a style thing, one you will come to understand and appreciate as you spend more time with your furry, bouncy bundle of joy.



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      Dawn 6 years ago

      HAHAHA! noooo sir my bunny is just plain evil...but oh so adorable :)

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      bre 8 years ago

      my bunny is so kind now

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      ellen lawson 8 years ago

      I have a 4 month old bunny who attacked me repetedly if I put my hand into her cage as a 13 week old, until she realized that I would put my hand over her and gently stroke her head before I removed my hand. Also, I changed cages and put her into one where I would put my hand in from above her and stroke her before i picked her up. This was apparently a good way to go about things because she loves to be handeled now at 4 months.

      I have a puppy fence that I use to keep her in the kitchen for her play time and when it's time to pick her up I just move the pen around until she is in a small space and pick her up rather quickly without a lot of notice. She gets a cuddle and is put back in her cage where a treat awaits her. I don't think she has time to become ticked off!

      I aso say her name before I give her a treat, so she is starting to come when she is called. I also say her name as I put her into her cage and she sees the treat. Pavlov.

      Bunnies are smart, because they have to be as survivors. We must respect them and treat them as the clever little beings they are. It's much more fun that way!