It is becoming increasingly popular to start a decorative rabbit as a pet. There are some peculiarities in teaching a rabbit to hands, and especially how to fix it correctly, for example, at an appointment with a veterinarian.
A photo. Each animal has the characteristics of training, finding contact with him. Animals can hurt if done hurt. Therefore, you need to be able to fix it correctly. even a rabbit.
What can not be done when fixing rabbits of any breeds
- Come back and take it suddenly. The rabbit is a sensitive, cowardly animal. Quick response and running away from danger are the main “weapons” of the victim.
- Pick up, with your hind legs pointing towards the catch. Rodents do not have teeth but hind legs are weapons of defense. Hitting can tear clothes and even cut the skin of a careless person.
- Long fix on the back. This pose is deadly for the rabbit; fixation is used when the rabbit’s claws are sheared.
- Take the rabbit by the ears. It is painful and dangerous for the animal.
This animal is quite charming and affectionate, if handled properly. It is worth noting that any breed of rabbit is very shy, such is the nature of the animal. To avoid stress and discomfort, you need to know how to accustom a rabbit to his hands, as contact with the animal is inevitable, even if he lives in a cage or aviary.
How to tame a rabbit in your hands: is there a need
Whatever breed of rabbit you have acquired, it is necessary to accustom it to your own society. In any case, you will need to contact the animal (bathe, comb, vaccinate, etc.). Therefore, the rabbit must be adapted to human wards. Since these animals are rather timid, the approach to them should be special.
It is important that the rabbit is not afraid of you, do not create a stressful situation for the rabbit
What breeds of rabbits can be tamed
In fact, you can "raise" any rabbit, both decorative and ordinary. It is quite difficult to get hold of hands, since for him such a habitat is not natural. It should be noted that decorative rabbits are more contact than their usual (farm) counterparts. Affectionate rabbits, and most importantly, they perfectly understand who their owner will be easy to accustom to their hands and even the voice of the owner over time.
How to handle a pet rabbit
When you bring the rabbit home, do not let it out of the cage for several days. The protected zone will be the best assistant in the adaptation of the animal. Then you can open the cage and give various goodies. But do not rush to the process of feeding from the hands. Just put the rabbit in a cage. After 3-4 days, you can release a rabbit for the first time to inspect the home. No need to go after him, laugh out loud and be touched. Any dynamic movement can frighten away an eared one.
Try not to get to the full length of the rabbit, especially if the cage of the animal is on the floor, it may regard you as a threat.
Everything living that is larger than it is estimated as a potential predator. It is best that your eyes are at the eye level of the baby. When you will "drive" the rabbit back into the cage, grab it neatly by the withers, then support its hind legs. This is how you need to fix the position of the rabbit when you pick it up in your hands. Many are mistaken in that regard, thinking that rabbits need to be taken by the ears. This is a gross mistake. Such an option with a decorative rabbit will not work. He will always perceive such treatment as a threat. Therefore, even when buying, do not take the rabbit by the ears.
The correct actions to tame a rabbit
Bringing the animal home, let it be alone with itself. One can observe the following picture: a rabbit usually begins to sniff a cage, a new litter, etc. Feed your pet. Wait while the baby adapts to the new environment. You will see how it is washed, combed out. After the bunny has slept, one can proceed with actions.
- Go to his cage. Start quietly and gently with him. Tactile contact exclude for this time.
- Let the animal get used to your presence. Say his nickname as often as possible, talk to him;
If you see that the baby reacts calmly to your presence, you can try letting your hand sniff through the cage. Take any treat, put it next to it. When the rabbit eats, he himself will stretch to sniff your fingers. If the bunny has bitten your finger, do not make sudden movements. The rabbit bites painfully. However, if nothing threatens him, he may bite you slightly for review. This is a good sign. When the rabbit gets used to your hand, you can stroke it. Do it slowly so as not to frighten away the animal. The best place to stroke is forehead. Never touch your nose. This is the most vulnerable and delicate part of the rabbit’s body. The movements of the nose in rabbits are quite charming, but if you touch this organ, you can be injured. A rabbit can bite even to the point of blood.
How to tame a decorative rabbit out of the cage
The process of taming a rabbit can last from a couple of days to several months. Much depends on the owner himself and his proper handling of the eared. In fact, rabbits are very curious animals. If you already see his readiness for a walk, just open the door of the cage, he will come out of it. When the baby is walking on the floor, it is advisable for the owner to sit on the floor and not move until he wants to come up to you. Give the opportunity to sniff yourself. And keep any delicacy next to you (a piece of cracker, carrot). If the bunny does not see a threat in you, he will go into your arms. Keep your palms on the floor and attract it with a variety of goodies. When the rabbit sits on the palm of your hand, raise your hand; you need to do this slowly. Allow yourself to touch the baby. But if you see that the rabbit is agitated, it means that this is not the time for tactile caresses.
How to take a rabbit in your arms when examined
how to keep rabbits right should always be remembered when visiting a veterinarian, groomer, at an exhibition. Rabbits are quite vulnerable animals for health. Therefore, you need to constantly be monitored by a veterinarian and get vaccinated.
- Give the rabbit time to get used to you, then you can freely lead him to the examinations.
- Always take the baby by the withers, if you came to the veterinarian, always stay with him alone.
A photo. So you can fix the rabbit, but only in a state of anesthesia. Otherwise, the rabbit is able to hit the young veterinarian with its hind legs in the chest and even in the face. This is very painful.
The specialist himself knows how to handle such fearful animals, and an inexperienced owner should understand that if you do the inspection yourself, then your eyes should always be visible to the little rabbit.
Can a rabbit be laid on its back
Try not to put the rabbit on your back unnecessarily. The rabbit has a weak spine, with a sharp movement you can fatally damage the vertebrae. In addition, in the position on the back of the rabbit, breathing may stop.
To inspect the fur and abdomen, you need to put the fluffy carefully on your back. Note that it’s uncomfortable for the rabbits to lie on their backs, so you need to quickly perform the necessary manipulations, for example, how to cut the claws of a rabbit on its feet. However, be careful. The rabbit does not like sudden movements, especially when laying it on his back, as a result, he can damage his spine or injure his master. Read how to do it as correctly as possible.
A photo. This can also be fixed. Please note that the veterinarian fixes the rabbit in the lumbar region, preventing it from hitting its hind legs. The latch carefully holds it by the withers, limiting mobility.
If you see that the rabbit runs into your arms and responds to your voice, then you can be sure that this eared one is used to you and, perhaps, even loved.