The Dos and Don’ts of Bonding with Your Bunny
- Create a space where your pet will feel comfortable and safe. Some people set aside special rooms for their pet, but if you’re limited on space, this may not be possible. It’s also an excellent idea to keep their cage where they can watch your family go through the motions. Interaction is very important, so your bunny won’t be afraid of people in the long run. Just make sure the area you pick won’t cause stress. Sticking them in the middle of the kitchen, for example, could make problems if your mealtimes are usually chaotic. If you have any other animals in the house, take precautions.
- Hold your friend the right way. Gently snuggling with them is the best way. If you’re not sure how to do it, ask an expert for help.
- Give them something tasty to eat. When you want your pet to like you, a proper diet is a must. Never give them dog or cat food to save time and money – stick with leafy greens, fresh water, grass hay, etc. For specific diet help, talk to your vet. They’ll know what works.
- Take some time to play. These guys love things they can burrow into or chew on. You don’t need anything fancy or elaborate. Find something affordable at the store or make something at home.
- Be patient. Your pet may not want to interact with you for a while. They may be too afraid to get near you, especially if they were a rescue. Don’t panic, don’t assume the worst. You’re not going to turn into best buddies right away. Sit back, relax, and wait for the good things to happen on their own.
- Try to force interaction. Would you like it if somebody bugged you all the time? If somebody picked you up when you wanted to be left alone, how would you feel? Scared? Annoyed? Pushing for the results you want makes it harder to bond with your bunny. Instead of trying to force something, let them come to you. Make sure they’re ready. Be patient.
- Let young children play with them – unless you know they’re responsible and will treat your bunny respectfully. They might pull their ears or feet or even throw things at them, scaring them and making things worse. These creatures should be treated like a living thing, not a toy.