BEHAVIOR | CARE
Rabbits can be anxious pets. You probably noticed how they startle at the slightest noise and get spooked at sudden movements.
That’s not surprising. Being prey animals, they’re hardwired to run at the first sign of danger so the tiniest commotion can send their anxiety levels soaring.
However, being constantly stressed can take its toll on your pet’s health.
Because they’re prey animals, rabbits are constantly on the lookout for predators who might eat them. That makes them jumpier than, say, cats or dogs.
A lot of things can arouse fear in rabbits. Knowing what those are goes a long way in lowering your fur baby’s anxiety level.
For the sake of your rabbit’s health, you’ll need to calm him down, especially when he feels extreme fear, to prevent dire consequences.
If you house your rabbit outdoors, consider bringing him inside when there’s too much noise, such as during a thunderstorm or when the neighbors are having a loud party.
Because rabbits are social animals, your fur baby may want to stay close to you when he’s scared. Petting is an excellent way to relieve his fear.