Providing a Stimulating Environment
1. Provide space to run around.
- Generally rabbits are most active in the early morning, late afternoon and overnight.
- These are the times when rabbits typically forage for food and socialise with other rabbits.
2. Give rabbits places to dig.
- Just get a reasonably sized cardboard box, big enough for her to jump into, and half fill it with shredded paper. She will dive in and dig through the paper.
3. Give your rabbit places to hide.
- You should provide at least one hiding space per rabbit, as well as one that is large enough for them all to get into together.
- The space should have two entrances and exits, and have enough clearance for them to run underneath when spooked.
- You can make a hiding place from a wooden box, a drain pipe, or some shelves. Be sure to fill it with suitable bedding, such as hay or shredded paper.
4. Have lots of toys and chewable things.
- There are many ways to make homemade toys for your rabbit.
- Make sure you don’t give your rabbit any toys which could be swallowed, or has any sharp edges.
- Regularly check toys to make sure that no sharp corners have developed, and remove them if they have.
- If you have any doubts about the safety of a toy, it is better to be safe and remove it.
Handling and Playing With Your Rabbit
1. Learn how to handle your rabbit.
- Before you pick up your rabbit, move very slowly and sit down on the floor so you are closer to her level.
- Carefully slide one of your hands under her ribs and lift her up while you lift her rear with your other hand.
- Hold her gently but firmly against your chest, and always keep one hand under her rear to support her.
- If you hold all four of her feet against your chest, she may feel more secure being held.
2. Spend time with your rabbit every day.
- Once you have gotten to know your rabbit a bit more you will learn more about her personality.
- Pay attention to how she acts and respond accordingly. If she likes being handled, handle her, if not, don’t.
- The more attentive you are the more you’ll learn about how she likes to play and when you can join in. If your rabbit seems bored, provide more toys and stimulation.