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Most rabbit owners are curious about this topic (Do rabbits miss their owners?) because we all know it makes a difference whenever owners find out their bunnies feel the same. Some pets have their own way of telling their owners they miss them, like a dog wagging its tail and a cat purring.
Does your bunny miss you? How do you know your bunny misses you and what are the things you should do so it can cope with the feeling? Every bunny's body language needs to be watched out to avoid rabbits getting depressed and stressed because they feel neglected.
Do Rabbits Recognize Human Faces?
Your bunny recognizes not only your face but also your scent and voice. You and your bunny have a strong bond because it identifies you as its owner or human companion.
Let's perceive it like this; your bunny wouldn't be playing with you if every day it thought you were a different person or an enemy. Although, there are bunnies that find it hard to bond with their owners, so it takes time.
Ways to Know Your Rabbit Misses You
There are two ways to know if your rabbit misses you. The first is when you are not home for too long or for a few days. The second one is when you have a 9-5 job and you're only gone for hours.
Quiet or Destructive
Suppose you're on vacation without your rabbit or another situation involving you being away for a few days. In that case, there will be changes in your rabbit's behavior and diet. You can see that it's more aloof when you're around.
There are also changes in its diet, like it won't eat food because it can't cope on the days you're not home or can also become more destructive. This situation gets worse and might become a depression.
Running Toward You
After working 9-5, you know your rabbit misses you if it runs toward you. It smells your scent and is very needy of your attention by being close to you. Get down, pet your bunny, and make it feel like you miss it too.
Do These Things Before Leaving for Work
There are things you can do so your bunny will not get sad and depressed while you're away.
Have a bonding time
Before you go to work, make sure you bond with your bunny first. It will help if your bunny exercises so it can get physically and mentally stimulated before you leave for work. Puzzles or obstacles will do.
Toys and Treats
Leave toys and give your bunny a treat because we all know treats can make every bunny's day great!
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 Rabbits Missing Their Owners
If you have no choice and you have to leave home for a couple of days, ask a friend or whoever is close to you to look over your bunny to ensure it is safe, well-fed, and getting the exercise it needs.
Rabbits know how to miss their owners. Your bunny misses you when you're away and you have to do something if this happens to avoid rabbit depression.
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