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Rabbits are naturally wary creatures because of their status as prey animals. Being alert is helpful when you’re constantly being hunted in the wild, but it can stand in the way of happiness in a domestic setting. Therefore, the best way to keep a rabbit happy is to give it a secure environment as well as plenty of food and exercise.
Rabbits tend to suss out new environments for good places to hide in case of predators. If your rabbit knows of an easy-to-reach hiding place it will become more relaxed. Cardboard boxes with two exits are a good example of a rabbit-friendly environment.
A bunny left in an indoor rabbit cage or a hutch will quickly become frustrated. For a happier rabbit, allow it time outside of the hutch to run around and play. One sign of a happy rabbit is ‘binkying’. A binky is a playful leap that looks a lot like dancing. A binkying bunny will often kick, flip and gyrate in mid-air.
Rabbits are grazing animals and should have a constant supply of food within reach. Take a look at our Rabbit Diet page for more information about rabbit feeding.
The content of these pages is for general information only. It does not constitute advice and must not be acted or relied on as being so. Veterinary advice should always be sought before applying this or any other information to any facts and circumstances concerning each individual pet.
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