No animal is more suited for massage than your house rabbit. Bunnies are prone to stress related illness and can be difficult to handle during grooming sessions and Veterinary visits.Their innate fear of being lifted and confined can be lessened with regular massages. Here are some quiet-time touch tips to help you turn a devilishly grumpy Thumper into Thumper the purring lil' Angel.
consider your bunnies' natural activity schedule. Most rabbits are more
alert and thus more receptive to massage advances in the morning or
evening hours. Wait at least 30 minutes after your rabbit's main meal
and, because rabbits are very sensitive to smells, thoroughly wash your
hands with fragrance free soap. Experiment until you find the most
comforting place for the massage session. I find that for the
unaccustomed bunny a tabletop with a towel placed over a non-slip mat
works best. You may prefer a rug on the floor. More than likely, "Bunny
with Rabbitude" will choose the spot for you. Tune into your rabbit's
unique body language. Relax your arms and shoulders, calm your mind, and
breathe! Massage should be fun for both of you.
2. Mutual trust develops
slowly. Your bunny WILL notice the difference between intentioned touch
and simple petting. Start with a few minutes and work up to longer
3. Next, stroke gently between the nose, around
the eyes and down the back of the head. Softly stroke the ears from the
base to the tips holding the ear very lightly between your thumb and
4. Once bunny has settled in, begin making
dime-sized circles down the left side of the spine. Use your thumb to
create clockwise circles in the soft area just beside the spine. Work
gradually from shoulder to hip being careful to use light pressure only.
5. If Bun-Bun is enjoying your touch time,
progress to light stroking around and down the legs, across each side of
the chest, and farther back on the hip area.
Best way To Detect Health Issues
One of the best things you can do for your bunny is pet him or her from the tip of the ears to the tip of the toes on a regular basis. These full body scans are important elements of comprehensive home care and empower you, as bun mom or dad, to work in partnership with your rabbit-savvy vet by identifying unusual lumps, growths or abnormalities. Oftentimes we will pet our buns along their head, neck and perhaps their back but rarely do we do whole body scans to feel for anything unusual or abnormal. Providing your bun with a regular check once a week (although many humans will check their buns daily) will help keep him or her healthier longer because you will come to know the idiosyncrasies of your bun's physical body and be better able to find that "strange lump" should it develop. While many abscesses can take weeks to develop, others can pop up overnight, and tumors can go unnoticed for long periods of time. We all know the quicker your bun can get in to the vet for diagnosis and treatment, the better the outcome. So...pet a bunny daily to ensure his or her health and well-being! You'll both be so glad you did!
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Welcome to our page! We do our best to provide to-be and current bunny owners up-to-date info on the best care for their house rabbits. When we adopted our first bunny in 2005, there was almost nothing on the internet to tell us how to care for him. Just in the past few years, information has exploded online, and now it can be confusing! We try to simplify it by posting weekly articles on current issues, daily care, concerns, proper feeding, and other info so you can enjoy your house-bun! If you are just finding us, feel free to look through the older posts also. Please email us if you have any questions! Happy bunnies make happy hearts!