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Q: My rabbit doesn't like to come out of his cage. What's happening?

March 17, 2008 | By Jordina9 | 4 answers | Expired: 2364 days ago

My rabbit doesn't like to come out of his cage. What's happening?

I just want to take him out to let him roam free in my house for a little and he stays in his cage and hides in the corner where I cannot reach him.

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Michele Z.
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Mar 18, 2008

For whatever reason(s), your bunny is scared. Perhaps you (or someone else) accidentally hurt him when handling him in the past and he is trying to avoid the same pain and/or he needs more time to develop a trust toward you. Your bunny is adorable (but his photo shows he is in a defensive position) and I'm sure you want to play with him, but you can't force yourself on him. He will need time to gradually overcome his fear, and you can help him by not forcing yourself on him; let him come to you when he is ready. Your patience and understanding should pay off since most bunnies--with proper handling--are quite social.

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SuzzieQ
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Mar 22, 2008

i agree with michele, your bun is probaly scared. mabye if you open his cage and move where he cant see you but you can see him he might come out.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mar 17, 2008

Other pets in the home? How long have you had your bunny?

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Angela L.
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Mar 17, 2008

Do you pick him up to take him out? This makes most rabbits very uncomfortable. Put the cage on the floor or put some steps in for him so he can go in and out on his own. This makes a huge difference for rabbits because it makes them feel more safe, and will also help them litter train easier as they usually prefer to go back in their cage to use the litter box.

If the floor is slippery, which spooks many rabbits, put a blanket or some towels down for him. Also, are there many hiding spots for him? If it's too open it might be scary at first. Cut two doors in a cardboard box and put it on the floor within sight of the cage. It's a great bunny toy too!

Hope that helps!

Angela

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