do rabbits like to be held

Do Rabbits Like to Be Held?

Rabbits have long been a popular pet and part of that is thanks to how affectionate and cuddly they can be. If your rabbit is relaxed and enjoys your presence, chances are that holding them is something they may enjoy in moderation.

Are Rabbits Good Pets?

Rabbits can be excellent pets in the right home, as they are intelligent, social, and can form strong bonds with their owners. Additionally, they require less space to live than other small mammals, such as cats and dogs.

How to Hold Your Rabbit

If your rabbit appears calm, you can hold them for a few minutes at a time. It is important to do this slowly, as rabbits do not like sudden movement or loud noises. Place your hand on the rabbit, gently scooping the rabbit from the hips, and support their hind legs, bunny burrito style.

Signs that Your Rabbit May Not Enjoy Being Held

Rabbits will usually let you know if they don’t like being held. Some signs to look out for include:

  • Struggling to Escape: If your rabbit is struggling or trying to jump out of your arms, it’s best to put them down and give them some space.
  • Flattened Ears: If a rabbit is feeling scared or stressed, their ears may be pinned back against their head.
  • Showing Teeth: Rabbits can get defensive and may open their mouth to show their teeth as a warning.


If you give your rabbit the time and space to get comfortable with you and approach them in a gentle manner then they can learn to accept and even enjoy being held in moderation. However, it is important to remember that rabbits are still prey animals and they need to trust their owners in order to be comfortable and relaxed in their presence.

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