Rabbits need time to get used to their surroundings, so don’t try to pick your new rabbits up for the first few days.
Offer your rabbits plenty of hiding spaces in their home. Open spaces with no hide-outs could leave them feeling threatened.
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.
Rabbit’s teeth can grow at a rate of 3mm per week and this is why eating lots of grass and hay helps to wear their teeth down.
Rabbits are incredibly sociable animals and if they don’t have the right company and lots of fun things to do they can suffer.
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