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How to Handle a Misbehaving Bunny

April 1, 2015

Do you have a pet bunny? Rabbits are very cute. In fact, they are so adorable that many people are a bit surprised to find that bunnies don’t always act as sweet as they look. In fact, our fuzzy little friends can be a bit temperamental, and quite stubborn! In this article, your local San Antonio vet discusses how to handle a misbehaving bunny.

Exercise

Living in a cage can get pretty dull! Rabbits are actually very intelligent, curious animals, and need plenty of stimulation to truly thrive. Bunnies that don’t get enough time outside their cages can become grumpy, and end up misbehaving. Be sure your pet gets at least three hours of free playtime outside her home!

Chewing

Bunnies have an inherent need to chew, to keep their teeth from overgrowing. Therefore, it’s crucial to provide your pet with proper chew toys. Wood, wicker, straw, and cardboard are a few good options for things you can give your little furball. Provide your furball with plenty of toys, and change them out frequently. You’ll also need to carefully bunny-proof all areas that your little pet has access to.

Litter Box Issues

Bunnies can be trained to use a litter box, but this more or less needs to happen on their terms. If your bunny prefers one corner of her cage as the bathroom, putting a litterbox elsewhere probably won’t work. It can take time and patience, but stick with it!

Punishment

Punishing your bunny can result in a scared furball that fears or dislikes you. Negative reinforcement doesn’t work on animals, and often backfires. Use positive reinforcement to teach your furry friend proper manners.

If you see your rabbit being naughty, or considering being naughty, say ‘No’ in a firm voice, but never yell at or frighten the little one.

Socialization

Bunnies must be properly socialized to become happy and friendly pets. Spend time with your bunny every day, but don’t force your attention on her. Pet your furball gently, and use treats and toys to gain trust and affection.

Spraying

Bunnies that are intact are much more likely to spray or act aggressive. Be sure to get your little furball fixed!

Do you have any questions about your pet bunny’s health, care or behavior? Please contact us any time! As your local San Antonio vet clinic, we are always happy to help!

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