playing with your pet rabbit

United States
November 24, 2008 12:25pm CST
okay so i just got a pet rabbit and I don't really know how to play with it. I sit there with her and spend time with her and let her eat veggies out of my hand so that she can get used to me, but I don't really know if there are any games I can play with her or how to really spend quality time with her. All she seems to do is eat, sleep, poop, and stare. Even so she's absolutely adorable and I love her to death already. So is that what rabbits do? Just sit there? or are there games i can play wiht her or toys I cna buy for her. Don't get me wrong and think i'm a bad pet owner because I don't know these things, I'm actually a veterinary student and I know how much space she requires, proper diet requirements, grooming requirements, etc. i just don't know how to play wiht her becasue I've only ever owned cats and dogs.
4 responses
30 Nov 08
I agree rabbits are not like dogs or cats. Rabbits are for petting and cuddling more. Of course our neighbors did manage to house train hers with a litter box. I doubt rabbits are easily trainable in the game of fetch or role over.They do pretty much just sit there looking cute in my opinion.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Neither of my rabbits are cuddly. They are more like independent cats. Both use the litterbox too, although the 13 year old isn't as good about it anymore (but thankfully he still pees in the box, he only misses with the poop).
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Rabbits aren't as playful as cats and dogs. How much space do you have for her? Most rabbits either love on of two types of toys (or both)... chew toys or fling toys. I have one rabbit who will chew up anything, wooden blocks on ropes, baskets, wreathes, anything! And then another rabbit who won't play with chew toys but she loves to fling baby rattles, bell balls, and anything else she can grab and throw. My 13 year old rabbit (the chewer) used to also love running from rug to rug in our house and doing "bunny dances" (jumping in the air like crazy and doing wild turns). But now that he has arthritis he doesn't really do that anymore. The other rabbit just likes to flop out and lay around mostly, she's so lazy. I have noticed that some rabbits enjoy playing a sort of tag, but it's not something you can train them to do. I used to foster rabbits for a rescue though and quite a few would come up to me, tap my leg, and then try to get me to follow them.
• Bahrain
30 Dec 08
awwww! I'd love to see that wabbit of urs jumping around like that w
@waysouth (25)
• United States
12 Dec 08
We had a rabbit, and although she didn't really communicate well (like most dogs and cats can interract with their human), she did start to show affection and playful behaviors. We have a fenced yard, so she could come and go as she pleased, and she was instantly trained to go out to the bathroom. She would hop up to us, which I thought was cute, she was obviously friendly to us. But no real playing. She was very patient with my daughter, who would hold her on her lap or carry her like a baby for hours. I always thought the bunny would resist that, but she would never try to get away, and would hop up to my daughter and crawl into her lap. She loved to do crazy bunny dances outside to let off steam. Other than that, just scratch their ears :)
@cher8558 (425)
• Canada
25 Nov 08
Hi friends, I also have a rabbit. I have had him for about 5 or 6 years. Yes, rabbits don't do much. My rabbit seems to be a cuddler. He loves to snuggle into my neck. It is so sweet. But other than that, thats about all he does. He throws his dish around his cage if he doesn't get fed when he wants. So he is very demanding. His name is Ozzie and in Ozzie Osbourne. He suits his name when he does this. Good luck. Cheryl