Rabbits, in general, are some of the most docile and perfect indoor pets an animal lover can have. Each cuddly hare possesses a pleasant personality, and they love to be stroked and petted and possess a strong need for social interaction and exercise.
If you notice that his testicles seem to have deflated and disappeared during one of your interactive sessions with your bunny, don’t panic, your furry companion is most likely okay. It’s common for a buck to retract their testicles when they’re startled, afraid, or find themselves in an unpleasant situation.
Like when you decide to cuddle your male pet too far above the ground and, in most cases, attempt to wrap your arms around it for a big old squeeze, Mr. Bunny is going to grow frightened, and his testis will disappear in the blink of an eye.
A rabbit with deflated testicles could also be a temperature indicator. Just as the human scrotum contracts to bring the testicles closer to the body for warmth, a male rabbit can withdraw its testicles into its body to gain the same effect.
A rabbit with deflated testicles or testicles also means your fuzzy little friend hasn’t been neutered yet.
Do rabbits balls drop?
The short answer is yes. At around four to six months of age, a male rabbit’s testicles will have dropped, and you and your bunny should get ready for a trip to the vet.
Aside from the most apparent procreation issues if you have a host of females hopping about, there are several reasons for neutering your male rabbit.
- Neutering reduces the risk of cancer and helps them live longer
- It vastly reduces an aggressive behavior
- It makes your pet rabbit more calm and loving
- It dramatically reduces pellet and urine odor
Why are my rabbit’s balls hanging?
If your male rabbit’s balls are hanging, it’s not because something’s wrong. It’s perfectly normal for a male non-neutered rabbit to have low-hanging testis. What creates the low-hung effect with Mr. Bunny is merely loose skin on the body or your hare’s scrotum, allowing the testicles to drop and hang.
If your rabbit’s balls are hanging it’s merely a telling example that your male rabbit has a perfectly normal reproductive capacity and has normal fertility. Perfect for breeding if you’re in the business of producing these little bundles of joy on a large scale.
Do rabbits like to be petted?
Yes, these furry little creatures adore being petted, but they have their likes and dislikes, just like all pets. Anything that touches them they can’t see will cause your bunny to grow apprehensive.
Most of us have probably never thought about it, but the fact is rabbits don’t have a 360-degree field of vision. There’s a spot directly in front of their nose where they can’t see at all.
An important thing to know during those bonding moments. When you decide to give your fuzzy companion gentle stroking, here’s a tip. Make sure you slowly move your hand from the side so they can see what’s coming.
Another thing Mr. or Mrs. Bunny won’t tolerate well is being touched on their butt close to their tail, belly, chins, and most of their legs. While It may be necessary to hold your pet rabbit from time to time, try not to make it a general practice of interacting with your bunny.
Most rabbits don’t like to be held. It makes them feel trapped and unable to flee in case of danger or predators. Don’t swoop your hare up in your arms and put them in a stranglehold each time you see them, or you’re probably not going to see them very often.
How long do pet rabbits live?
Given proper attention and care, most house breeds of rabbits live on average from eight to twelve years. That’s certainly enough time for you and your rabbit to get to know each other’s habits, likes, and dislikes.
As a pet rabbit owner, you need to understand your Mr. or Mrs. Bunny is not a low-maintenance pet. They are very sensitive to any changes around the house, including the addition of another pet. You will need to clean their quarters daily, and they require fresh water and food every day along with a healthy snack of freshly washed leafy vegetables.
Remember, rabbits experience moments of shyness, loneliness and possess many emotional attributes we humans share. They love to bond, but they also need alone time, just like we do.
When they need attention, which they will, they’ll more than likely search the house looking for you and a back rub. Just treat them as they want and need to be treated, and you and your fuzzy companion will enjoy many days on the couch together.