My Bunny was neglected and only on pellets for about 5 years (before I got him). When I pat him he often lays down (legs underneath him), is that good? Also, how do I get him happier? He is free roamed, gets vegetables, lots of love but doesn't play with any toys.

  • if he is 5 years old, he is a senior and not this playful like young rabbits. you could give him some tasks to earn his food. I ve got a 3 year old rabbit that lived before in a little cage and she needed almost one year to get enough muscles to find fun in playing (running, climbing, jumping) Aug 7, 2020 at 15:12
  • @Allerleirauh I would not say 5 years is an absolute senior, it depends on the rabbit and the breed. At 5 many rabbits still have 8 or 10 years to live. There is a good summary here rabbit.org/signs-of-aging Aug 10, 2020 at 17:23
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    @JamesJenkins okay, I used the false word. I like to say that with 5 years the rabbit is not a junior any more and less playfull. The senior status is lesser playful and less moving in general then :) Aug 11, 2020 at 13:02

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Bunnies laying down to pancake are a great sign, it means they are comfortable.

Rabbits do need enrichment items (toys), but not all rabbits like the same toys. My former rabbit loved fling toys--things like baby toy keys that he could throw with his mouth. My current rabbit doesn't really like those; she prefers chew toys such as willow balls and loves running around her tunnel.

Here is a great resource on how to win over a shy rabbit if that is something you are still concerned about.

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    Hi Rosie, the link you provided is to unsecure website, and I found very similar article from same author here which is secure and also has a design. Which is more correct and/or up-to-date? If the later, can you please change the link in the answer? Thanks! :) Feb 25, 2021 at 12:00
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    Done. Thank you for the tip. :)
    – Rosie
    Feb 25, 2021 at 14:40

Bunny lays down (like a pancake) when I pat him

I am not sure what you mean by 'pat', if you mean the verb 'touch quickly and gently with the flat of the hand' then you are doing it wrong.

Bunnies like to be stroked. Soft pets that glide easily over the fur. I go into some detail in this answer.

As for playing with toys:

Cats and dogs like to chase things (think catch and eat prey).

Rabbits don't chase things, they will occasionally toss things. But they play different than cats and dogs. They like things to chew on and dig in.

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