How To Hold A Rabbit


Hi guys, I’m Jessi, we’re back at Animal Wonders. A few weeks ago we did a “What, Where, How” on rabbits, and I didn’t talk about how to handle them. I think that’s a really important thing to know when you have a rabbit as a companion so I’d like to share that with you now. So you’re going to create kind of like a seat for them. You’re not going to hold their feet at all. What you want to do is support their hips. What this position does is it gives them support— —it supports their back end— —without allowing them to have anything to push off of with their back legs. So if they do get spooked or they just want to be put down, when they kick, they’re kicking against air, and they’re not able to get any sort of force to throw their vertebrae out. Instead, you can just open your hands out, and they can kick like this, and their back is going to stay supported. So, if you don’t want to just hold your rabbit out like this all the time… you want to snuggle him a little bit, right? So what you’re going to do is instead of using a hand to support their hips, you’re going to use your arms. So, you’re going to swing them down and see how his legs are freely moving like that? But I have his hips supported with my arm like that. Now you can also – if you have a longer rabbit – what you can do is instead of supporting their chest with your hand, you support their chest with right here. Right? So you’re going to let them be there, resting, and then you put your hand right on their hips down here. Again- feet are dangling, so they don’t push off of anything with their feet. And then this hand can go right over the top like that. Some things that you really don’t want to do is never drop your hand from their back in there, never hold them from one hand, or dangling at all. Always support this back end. And don’t turn them toward you and hug them— —have their feet against your body and hug them— —they’re going to scratch you up, and again you’re not going to be able to support that back end like you need to. Look how easy this is! I know he’s small. But you can do it with a larger rabbit, too. Alright guys, that’s my tips on how to hold a rabbit properly. If you guys have any more questions, hit me up on Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook. Links are below. Rabbits! We all know, and love the little… or sometimes ridiculously huge fluffheads. Rabbits can’t turn their eyeballs. [Caitlin] They can just see ahead. They’re straight. But their eyes are on the side, so they can see everything. [Caitlin] I know! [laughs] All seeing eyes. All seeing eyes.

92 thoughts on “How To Hold A Rabbit

  1. Is scruffing a rabbit okay to do when catching them? (my lady is really hard to catch and pick up) I always support her bottom like you showed when I pull her up by the scruff and it's only until I can pick her up out of her pen and then hold her against my body. She goes stiff but doesn't struggle or make any noise. You just never mentioned anything about their scruff and I was curious.

  2. Hi Jesse can you please answer me

    What do you do if your guinea pigs don't eat what if they just got adopted

  3. My rabbit was way too聽ticklish to for me to hold my hand under his belly, so even thought he wasn't very big I had to hold him resting on my arm 馃檪

  4. how do you pick up or get a larger rabbit to allow you to pick them up like this? like with a rabbit the size of a small cat…..

  5. Rabbits are too cute… which is probably a problem for them. I hope this easter season very few rabbits get abandoned!

  6. Fun rabbit story: I work in a lab that sometimes has rabbits, and we had one rabbit who acted so mean and tough that no one but I could handle her without hand protection. She just thought that she was the boss, though. She wasn't actually mean.

  7. Who is cuter rabbit or you , tie I think but it is coming up to Easter so I'm going to go with rabbit . Thanks for your wonderful show and you and all your staff for the care and love of and knowledge you bring to US and about our earthy companion's. PEACE

  8. Another great video idea would be how to pick up and hold a dog. Since many people have dogs but don't necessarily know how to do these things properly, this would be a useful video.

    I love your videos and look forward to the next one!

  9. Cheeks looks either super bored or full of Timothy hay and too sleepy to care. Completely chill rabbit.

    (Or, he is a Netherland dwarf. You know how those Dutch people get down)

  10. I have a rabbit who went inside my house. I try to get it to come closer but then it runs away too whenever I touch it. Do rabbits bite?

  11. I have 2 rabbits one I recently gave away to a good home the problem is that one of the rabbits hates being handled but I have to in order to take her to her run or other cage what could I do to prevent her from injuring me or herself and also my other rabbit loves to scratch ALOT and move/click ALOT what can I do to prevent this from happening thanks – Morgan xxxx

  12. I put my bunny up near my shoulder so his head is up by mine and he licks my face and he doesn't kick or scratch me unless he wants down so is that okay?

  13. my bunnys dont like it when ther legs are down like thet end one of them always bites my

  14. Can you do a video on how to remove a large rabbit from a cage? I'm struggling getting a fat silver fox rabbit from its cage.

  15. I can't believe people need to know how to handle f rabbit hahahahahahahahahhahahahahajaaajajajajjajajahaj what is this world coming to

  16. Jesus if I even try to get close to my rabbit it will run like I'm talking about flee. Not sure if I can ever do what ur doing there but good chat lol

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