|How To Make Rabbit Not Afraid of You|
Prepare to Bring your Rabbit to Home
1. Prepare all inventory.
Do not let you get confused to find a bed or a bowl to eat when bringing rabbits to the house. Rabbits will become stressed after traveling and want to rest in a dark and lonely place. Make sure you have a cage that is big enough for adult rabbits. The width should be about two jumps, the length of three jumps, and high enough for the rabbit to stand. Prepare meals, snacks, water dispensers, toys, and straw.
2. Prepare the cage.
Store the cage in a quiet room without any noisy equipment like a clothes dryer. Use hay or dry grass as a bedding. Inside the cage, creating a secluded bed of sturdy wooden box that has been filled with straw.
Make sure other pets (cats and dogs) can not sniff your rabbit's cage. This can make the rabbit scared because dogs and cats are predators.
3. Create a hiding place.
Your rabbit will be happy to have another hiding place around the house. Spread a number of shoe boxes or tubes made of cardboard. That way, your rabbit has a number of places to hide and run away in case he's scared while exploring.
Giving a hiding place does not mean teaching your rabbit to hide. With a hiding place, a rabbit can do what he thinks is natural (like hiding). After all, there is the possibility that your rabbit will explore if he knows there are enough safe places.
4. Save your rabbit in the cage.
Raise the rabbit slowly from the person who delivered it, then save in the cage. Talk slowly to your rabbit and hold him gently but also tightly. If your rabbit looks nervous or anxious when carried by the deliverer, blanket him with a towel before lifting it. Darkness in the towel (like feeling safe in a hole) has a natural effect that can make your rabbit feel safe and calm.
Make sure you support your rabbit's abdomen and hind legs when moving it to the cage. Do not hit your rabbit.
5. Give your rabbit space.
Do not hold or hold your rabbit for the first three days after taking it home. Let your rabbit become accustomed and comfortable in his cage. Your rabbit may spend his first day in hiding, but do not worry because it is a natural thing. Your rabbit will start exploring if you are familiar with the sound and smell around him. When you first hear a sound, your rabbit may run away and hide. But he will be bolder when he knows that it is not a threat.
Young rabbits have greater curiosity than adult rabbits so this process may be faster for young rabbits.
Approaching your Rabbit
1. Wash your hands.
Rabbits will feel threatened by other pets, even if only from the smell. So wash your hands after holding other animals and before touching the rabbit.
2. Start feeding your rabbits by hand.
You can start feeding by hand if a few days have passed and your rabbit is used. Start by sitting next to the cage and talking to your rabbit in a low voice. If the rabbit goes away, keep talking to him in a low voice and wait for him to approach you. Open the door and give him a good snack, like a dandelion. If your rabbit does not dare to approach the dandelion, put the flower between you and the rabbit.
3. Let the rabbit be comfortable with you.
Keep your hands on the straw near the door while feeding or talking to the rabbit. That way, he will get used to eating while accompanied by you. Talk to your rabbit while filling his food bowl. Because the rabbit learns from experience, he will connect you with food (a good thing). This will help calm your rabbit.
4. Go to the rabbit after he or she starts getting attracted to you.
Touch the rabbit if he's used to eating while accompanied by you. Do not overdo things like trying to carry him. Your rabbit can be stressed and try to fight back. Instead, you can put your hands slowly into the cage and touch your rabbit's back or pelvis.
Do not put your hand on the head of a rabbit. For rabbits, objects passing overhead are a sign of danger (like a hawk flying over a rabbit). This is likely to make your rabbit terrified. Make sure you approach your rabbit from the side or back.
5. Carry your rabbit.
You can try picking up your rabbit if he's used to being touched in the cage. Sit on the floor, then lift and keep the rabbit in your lap. Always provide dandelion flowers to distract your rabbit with a good snack. Do this for a short time, starting from one minute. That way, he will not panic. You can increase your time holding a rabbit by continuing to practice.
You should also always provide a towel in case your rabbit is frightened. If that happens, you can envelop the rabbit with a towel so she will be calm. You can also carry a rabbit with a towel so you do not get hurt when it is flawed by it
6. Let your rabbits roam.
Do this step if the rabbit is used to being picked up and accustomed to your presence. Always keep an eye on your rabbit, and start from a small room to keep him from exhaustion. Check first the room and make sure there is no gap for your rabbit to hide or get stuck in it. Make sure there is no power cord because your rabbit can just chew it.
Rabbits will chew on anything, so beware and keep dangerous or valuable objects out of the reach of rabbits.
Lie on the floor while the rabbit is exploring.
You have to lie on the floor while the rabbit is checking out his new environment. That way, your rabbit can sniff and inspect the room without feeling threatened by your height. Another suggestion is to keep a snack in your pocket or in your hand and give him a gift of snack for his courage.
For starters, do this step sweetly and in no time, less than 10 - 15 minutes. That way, your rabbit will not be exhausted.
- Never let your rabbit outside when the weather is hot! Some rabbits are susceptible to heat strokes, especially small rabbits. Big rabbits can live outside the cage, but not with small rabbits.
- Rabbits kept outside the cage should be protected from the hot, cold, rainy, and windy weather. Rabbits that are kept outside must also be protected from other animals.
- If you are the only person who takes care of your rabbit, he may be just comfortably touched by you.
- Do not bathe your rabbit. He can be shocked and dead. Instead, gently wipe your rabbit's hair using a wet towel. Another way to clean your rabbit is to brush it. A rabbit is a self-cleaning animal, so do not bathe your rabbit unless it is required as if he had a particular disease.
- Rabbits are fragile animals that must be treated with care. The rabbit's bone is so weak that the muscles on its hind legs can be stronger than the rabbit's skull itself. As a result, if not controlled, an active playing rabbit could break his own backbone.
- Rabbits are easily startled and do not like the noise or sudden movement. Therefore, you should talk and move slowly.
- Be careful. Your rabbit may urinate or defecate inside the house when left to roam. But rabbit droppings are not a problem. You can clean it with toilet paper. To clean the urine, spray with stain removal and rub using toilet paper.
- If the rabbit does not eat his food for several days, do not give him the same food because that means he does not like it. Try other foods that your rabbit might like.
- Do not let your rabbits outdoors. Keep the confinement in the room (yours for example) and set everything up so she gets used to it.
- Rabbits need a lot of attention. When playing, a rabbit must be accompanied by you or a toy.
- Make sure you support the rear and rear legs of your rabbit as you carry it so that it is not flawed.
Rabbits can get lost while you're hanging around, so you should watch him.