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Understanding Bunny Behavior

April 1, 2017

Have you recently adopted a bunny? Rabbits are very charming and delightful little pets. These adorable furballs are very different from dogs and cats, however. If you’ve never had a bunny before, you may want to do some research on Floppy’s behavior and body language. Read on as a local Thorold, ON vet discusses bunny behavior.

Training and Petiquette

Bunnies are quite smart, and are completely capable of learning basic petiquette. With time and patience, you can teach your furball what she can and can’t chew on. Floppy can also learn to use a litterbox. When training your bunny, it’s important to use positive reinforcement. Always focus on rewarding your furry pal for doing something right, instead of reprimanding bad behavior. Never hit or yell at your bunny. This may just scare your furry pal, or make her anxious. Just say ‘No’ in a firm tone of voice. You can also clap your hands or stamp your foot to show disapproval.

Bunny Body Language

Bunnies can be both stubborn and temperamental. Some rabbits can get quite mad at their humans for rearranging their cages, or cutting their playtime short. If Floppy is annoyed with you, she may turn her back on you, or kick her back leg at you. But if she is feeling cheerful, you may be rewarded with a cute little happy dance, which is officially (okay, semi-officially) known as a binky. Floppy can also be super lovable, and may want nothing more than to snuggle up with you for some cuddle time. Spend lots of time with your rabbit. The more you watch your pet, and pay attention to her, the easier it will be for you to read her body language.


Chewing is a major complaint among people with bunnies. It’s important to understand that Floppy isn’t purposefully trying to ruin your things. Bunnies actually have an inherent need to chew. In fact, if they don’t chew enough to wear their teeth down, they can develop painful dental issues. You’ll need to do some bunnyproofing to keep your pet and your belongings safe. You’ll also need to provide your little nibbling machine with plenty of safe, suitable toys to munch on. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about bunny care? Contact us! As your Thorold, ON animal hospital, we are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care.