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Q: How do you help your female rabit be less tempermental?

February 13, 2011 | By Dani T. | 4 answers | Expired: 1240 days ago

Dani T.

My bunny Cutie is very tempermental (usually only in the winter) and when i go to her cage and want to take her out she makes distress noises and trys to claw at me and get away. what do i do?

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daryl b.
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Feb 26, 2011

well i sure learned something from all these answers i hope they answered your question

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Anonymous
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Feb 25, 2011

As a general rule rabbits don't usually like to be picked up and may squeal, wiggle, kick, or even bite. They're prey animals so being picked up can be a scary experience for them. Rabbits aren't really made to be picked up and carried around so Michele's suggestion is a good one. There are times of course that you must pick up your rabbit. At those times never leave her feet dangling as this can damage her spine and shoulders. Use both hands and always support her bottom. Don't pick her up by the scruff or the ears. Cradling her close to your body with her facing you will be more comforting to her.


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Michele Z.
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Feb 17, 2011

You might unintentionally be hurting her stomach when you take her out of the cage (if you are, in fact, picking her up to do so). I'd suggest opening the cage door and allowing the rabbit to come out on her own. If the cage is elevated, you can improvise somehow and make "steps" for her to safely exit on her own terms.

I had a female Dutch rabbit, and she wasn't temperamental at all--but I didn't actually hold or carry her unless necessary.

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Ches21
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Feb 15, 2011

I don't know my dad had a rabbit named Carrot but Carrot was a male rabbit and really sweet. But rabbit's and hamsters are both rodents and I have had female hamsters before and Visous bit everyone she was a very mean hamster I was always told they should not end up being that way as long as they get plenty of attention and the proper care.

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