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I just got a one year old bunny and she'll let me pet and rub her but she wont l

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    jenniferreneeposted 8 years ago

    I just got a one year old bunny and she'll let me pet and rub her but she wont let me pick her up?

    I picked her up twice the first two days we had her easily, but now she runs away from me and scratches the floor of her cage after my attempts.  I've read the proper way to pick her up but it doesn't work b/c she freaks out.  What can I do I want to have a wonderful bond with her

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    Wally ownsposted 8 years ago

    I have a bunny too. It's 2 and a half months old.
    Bunnies usually like making strong bonds before attempting to build up trust.
    You can do so by scratching your bunny's head, they REALLY like that. Sometimes, bunny's can really adopt to you when you scratch it enough. They'll start to jump up when you walk by demanding you to scratch it.
    Also, that creates a bigger bond with you and your pet.
    Another way is to just take it slowly with your bunny.
    Start by picking her up once a day, or at least attempting to,
    and if she doesn't like that, try again the next day, and the next, until your bunny is used to handling.
    Bunny's are prey animals you know wink, so when they get picked up, they think they are near there death.
    Just make sure you take it slowly!
    Hope this helps, Good Luck!

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    jenni04usaposted 8 years ago

    One thing you could try, is corner her and pick her up anyway. But be extremely gentle and let her know that your not going to hurt her. Then hold her for alittle while and show her its ok. Do this every day for a week, and then every other day, and so on. She will get the hint that you only pick her up to cuddle, and won't freak out.

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    The Info-Bunnieposted 7 years ago

    It must have an injury in the under front leg area or in the stomach. Or, it is just shy.

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    Springboardposted 7 years ago

    Animals, much like humans do, have variances in their personalities,  and likes or dislikes. I would simply chalk it up as your particular bunny simply does not like to be picked up. Who knows why? Who knows why I loathe beets and my wife loves them?

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    callue32posted 7 years ago

    she is probaly just not used to it yet I have an 8 month old guinea pig he was 2 months old when I got him and he did the same thing try rapping her in a blanket or towel anything soft and comfort her to make her calm.