Rabbits need time to get used to their surroundings, so don’t try to pick your new rabbits up for the first few days.
Instead, talk to your pets softly and try gentle stroking so you get to know each other. After a while, your rabbits should feel confident and comfortable enough in your company to let themselves be handled. It takes two hands to pick your rabbits up properly, one taking the majority of the weight under the bottom.
Rabbits are happy to be held, but can get jumpy if they don’t feel secure, so keep them close to your body and, especially for the first few times, not too far off the floor, in case they try to jump. It’s good to have a non-slip surface to handle them on, a towel or carpet for example.
Never pick your rabbits up by the ears or the scruff of the neck – it is extremely stressful and can be painful.
Rabbits have complex digestive systems. Food is passed through their gut and this is how caecotrophs are produced, rabbits then eat the caecotrophs and the food is re-ingested.
Rabbits express their happiness through what is called a 'binky'.
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