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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!
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Friday, March 4, 2016

How to Pick up a Rabbit

Many rabbits do not like to be picked up, but there are times you will need to pick up your rabbit. Unfortunately, a rabbit can seriously injure themselves if they struggle too much when being picked up, so it is important to lift them carefully, supporting both their front and hind ends so that they do not twist around or kick out with their back legs and hurt their backs.

Picking Up Your Rabbit

 It is often easier to pick rabbits up from behind. Get behind your rabbit and place one hand under the chest and one hand under the rump. You'll want to make sure you have the hind end well-supported. Once you have lifted your rabbit, you might find they feel more secure held sideways against your body, but try holding the head slightly higher up than the back end.

Putting Your Rabbit Down
Care is needed when putting your rabbit down, as the anticipation of being back on firm footing can make a rabbit try to wiggle out of your arms. If this happens, try to keep you bunny from kicking out and squat down close the ground as quickly as possible, so if your bunny does jump it won't be from much of a height.

  Tip: Practice Makes Perfect
As mentioned earlier, rabbits often do not like being picked up, even if they are cuddly. Since there will come a time you need to pick up your rabbit (a trip to the vet, for example) it is good to practice picking up your rabbit. If your rabbit tends to kick, practice close to the floor and don't try standing with him. If he struggles, he could get loose and fall.
 If you can teach your rabbit that being picked up is a pleasant experience, it will make picking up your rabbit that much easier. Try picking up your rabbit once or twice a day; lift your rabbit up, hold him or her very briefly, and then set him or her back down again, and follow up with a little treat. Your rabbit will come to learn that being picked up is not a threat; instead, being picked up will be a positive thing since it is followed by a yummy treat!