I just purchased a rabbit(Mini Lops) and would like to know how to tell if my bunny is relaxed or tensed?


Hi Helana

A relaxed bunny will be curious, nosey, going on adventures, and will be happy to lie down for a snooze. A nervous and tensed bunny will hide, or huddle in a corner looking wide eyed and anxious, they may also stomp their foot if they hear noises or smell smells they don't like.

Good luck with your bunny! This forum is good to help you http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk



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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue. If your rabbit is in distress, has any blood, isn't moving, has breathing issues or isn't eating, my answer will be, go to the vet!


I have two 10 year old rescue rabbits and have volunteered in rabbit rescue.

I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and have volunteered for a rabbit rescue.

I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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