Why Do Rabbits Get Mean?
Reasons for Rabbit Anger
Every rabbit is a little different, so it's hard to say why one rabbit may be feeling angry at any given time. Luckily though, anger usually stems from a few very basic problems. Some of these include:
Similar to teenagers, rabbits are raging with hormones. Their transition into sexual maturity can happen anywhere from 3 to 8 months of age. These hormones can make a rabbit extremely aggressive and irritable, causing them to box, bite, and engage in other destructive behaviors. Also, rabbits may display unusual behaviors like spraying urine, abandoning litter box habits, and even growling.
Rabbits are famous for their fear and their nervous behavior. Like with all animals (including humans), fear can lead to lashing out and aggressive behavior. Some of the most common fears amongst rabbits are: quick movements, loud sounds (like thunder and pots and pans slamming), and BEING PICKED UP. Many rabbits hate being picked up. It's not that they don't like the affection; it's that they don't like being held up so high, and they don't like not being in control when they are out of their cage. Instead, pet owners should get on the same plane as their rabbit if they want to play.
In order to deflect the aggression that stems from fear, pet owners need to be sensitive and aware of what bothers their pet. At that point, you can start to develop trust and love with your rabbit. Pet owners should never hit or spank their rabbits. Because rabbits are so skittish and need to trust their owners, hitting will only damage the relationship beyond repair. If your rabbit does something inappropriate (like bite or scratch) make a loud screeching sound instead. These loud screeches are how rabbits communicate and are the best way for you to get through to your pet, so you can develop a strong relationship.