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Recognising depression in rabbits (and what to do about it)

Every pet deserves a loving and respectful home: please only consider acquiring a pet if you will be able to take care of its long-term needs. Also, consider choosing your animal companion from a shelter, where there are so many wonderful furry friends who need a forever home.

In this video, Amy the Bunny Lady teaches us the signs and appropriate responses to rabbit depression.

Unfortunately, depression is common among rabbits kept as pets. Ordinarily, these loveable creatures have a friendly, happy and sociable nature. But bunnies can also experience sadness and negative emotions, becoming depressed if their environment isn’t right, or if they’re sick or stressed.

Unhappy rabbits often seem lethargic and unmotivated. They may sleep more than usual, or hide for hours on end. They may seem reluctant to eat, even when offered their favourite foods. They may show no interest in socialisation or exercise. You should also look out for destructive behaviours, such as fur pulling and excessive biting.

View the original video here.

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