Avoid Doing This to Your Rabbit
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Many things should be avoided when caring for rabbits. Some things are subtle and we feel like they will not affect your rabbit's health, but they do. Many have discussed different things that bunnies hate, but today, we are discussing two things that can harm your bunny.
We are familiar with things like not picking the bunny by the armpits, giving them brown hay is terrible, or rough brushing that will hurt their skin. Now, we will discuss two terrifying and harmful things for bunnies if you are not careful and not hundred percent focused on your bunny.
Two Harmful and Terrifying Things for Bunnies
1. Playing with bunnies on a higher place or ground.
2. Trapping or cornering your bunnies.
If you have seen one video that shows a human trying to catch a wild baby bunny and lifting it in the air, that is highly incorrect. You might see the bunny screaming because of terror; screaming and crying are all it can do.
Playing With Bunnies on Higher Places
Most bunnies are agoraphobic; they have an extreme fear of heights. Even when you safely lift them, these bunnies don't enjoy it. If you want to play actively with your bunny, do not go to high places in your house. Only go upstairs to play with your bunny if the place has a barricade to protect it from falling.
If bunnies are in the mood for running and zoomies, it might injure them if taken to a higher surface, and the impact can be severe because of how fast they are.
Another reminder is that you only groom your bunny in higher places if they're used to this. Some owners can manage their bunnies on countertops for routines like grooming or medication. If you lack focus, your bunny might fall if it moves or tries to run. It is safer to put a towel on the ground for routines like the ones mentioned.
Always remember that interaction with a bunny must occur on the ground. Do most routines on their level for safety and to avoid getting injured.
Trapping or Cornering a Bunny
This is extremely stressful and frightening to bunnies. Not only will they lose their trust in you but they will also get scared and depressed. Depression can kill bunnies. If you are a new bunny owner trying to figure out how to hold your bunny, but it keeps on running away, do not try to corner it so that you can pet and carry it.
Bunnies panic and can cause their heart to beat fast if they are trapped. It is advised to give your bunnies a space where they can hide because of this reason (being trapped). Dark and secure places keep them from getting cornered by humans or other animals in the house.
If you don't want your bunny to suffer from injuries or distress, let it free-roam in the house without being scared or trapped.
Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, extensive pet product research, and experienced peers. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.
Final Thoughts on Things to Avoid When Caring for Bunnies
We hope this blog clears up the things needed to avoid when caring for bunnies, like trapping or playing in higher places. Ensure your bunny feels safe with you and in every corner of your home.
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