Rejection

Jul 10, 2010 by

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“I had such good relationship with my bunny until I got a second rabbit. Now they’re together, and neither wants much to do with me!”Feeling rejected by one or both members of a newly bonded rabbit couple is not uncommon, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Often, it turns out, the person just isn’t spending as much time with the pair as was given the one bunny. (They take such good care of each other.) Also, in the excitement of introducing two rabbits, a person may rush through the introductory period between him/herself and the new bunny, so the new rabbit has little idea who that two-legged animal really is and may express that confusion by acting jealous. The amount of time you spend on the floor with each of your buns can determine how much attention they’ll let you give them. While some rabbits are naturally affectionate and love to be petted for hours, others require that you first cultivate a relationship of trust and expectation. Quality time for these rabbits must be given on a regular basis, so that they come to expect a certain level of interaction. (Picking the right time to pet or play is important too; some only like to be touched when relaxed.) Though it may seem like two bunnies who have each other need less attention from their person than one alone, rabbits are social animals who will accept as much attention as feels good.
Beth Woolbright
House Rabbit Journal Volume I 1989

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