In addition to rescuing rabbits, we operate an e-mail for owners to seek support for their pets. Recently, we heard from an owner who felt she was causing harm to her rabbit because she can’t give him a friend. She contemplated giving her rabbit to a family with rabbits instead.
While it is true that rabbits do thrive with friends, not all owners are ready to have more than one pet. It is absolutely possible for a solo rabbit to be happy as long as you provide them with sufficient love and care. Here’s some tips to share with you on how to bond with your single rabbit:
UNDERSTAND THEIR NATURE
As prey animals, rabbits take time to trust their surroundings and caregivers. Respect their boundaries and give them time to come closer before you reach out to sayang their head.
BE SENSITIVE TO THEIR FEARS
Some rabbits are afraid of noise while others are sensitive to lights. Rescued rabbits may also have abusive past and is fearful of touch. Be sensitive to their needs and do not rush them into accepting you.
STAY ON THEIR LEVEL
Rabbits prefer to be on their fours and close to the ground. Sitting near their home or placing your head on the ground will put you on the same level and get them interested to ‘check you out’.
If your rabbit comes near to you, praise him with your ‘happy’ voice. Offer a treat as he gradually get used to your hand. Overtime, you will find your rabbit more accepting of your touch and voice.
BE ON TIME
Rabbits are very routine animals and it’s important to be on time in feeding, cleaning and even loving them. This helps to build their sense of security and feel loved. This is especially important for a once-neglected animal that has low confidence.
Patience is a virtue when making friends with rabbits. It’s never instant gratification so do be very patient when bonding with them. We are sure your hard work will be heavily rewarded!