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Correcting Bad Bunny Behavior

Do you have a bunny? If so, you have a super cute pet! These lovable furballs have been charming us for centuries with their adorable faces and funny antics. Floppy isn’t perfect, however. In fact, bunnies can be quite naughty! Below, a Niwot, CO vet offers discusses misbehaving bunnies.

Chewing

Chewing is one of the most common complaints from bunny owners. It’s important to understand that Floppy isn’t maliciously trying to ruin your belongings. Bunnies actually must chew to keep their teeth from growing too long. Therefore, bunnyproofing is a must. You’ll need to protect or secure wires and cords, baseboards, furniture legs, carpet, and other possible targets. Also, be sure to remove toxic plants, small items, chemicals, and medicine. It’s equally important to provide your furry little nibbling machine with plenty of safe and suitable chew toys. Wood, cardboard, and paper items are fine, as long as they are clean, free of varnishes and dyes, and don’t have sharp edges or small parts. Last but not least, make sure Floppy always has plenty of fresh grass hay. Ask your vet for more information.

Misbehaving Bunny

If you catch Floppy misbehaving, don’t punish her. Bunnies don’t really understand punishment. Your adorable pet may not even associate her behavior with your reaction, and could feel scared, anxious, or angry. When your furball does something she shouldn’t, just clap your hands or thump your feet, and tell her No in a firm, disapproving tone of voice. Otherwise, focus on rewarding good behavior with toys, treats, and compliments.

TLC

Don’t just pay attention to your bunny when she’s being naughty. Take time every day to pet your furry pal and play with her. Offer Floppy treats and toys, so she feels loved, safe, and secure. Get to know your furball’s personality: despite those cute, innocent faces, bunnies can be quite stubborn, and are sometimes even bossy!

Aggression

Just like people, bunnies can get pretty grumpy if they don’t feel well. If your furry friend is acting aggressive, have your vet examine her to rule out any possible medical conditions. If Floppy gets the all-clear, you’ll need to figure out what’s causing her behavior. Fear, boredom, and restlessness are a few possible causes. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have any questions or concerns about bunny care? We can help! Call us, your Niwot, CO animal hospital, anytime.

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