12. Hypnotising a rabbit is actually really traumatic for them. Sometimes called ‘trancing’, the action of placing a rabbit on their back and stroking their back legs was thought for a long time to make them happy and relaxed, and recommended to help develop a bond between pet and owner. Sadly, the total opposite is true. When a rabbit is held in this position they go into ‘tonic immobility’. They are trying to convince the predator (in this case the person ‘hypnotising’ them) that they are dead, so they will be let go. Recent studies have found hypnotised, or tranced, rabbits show physiological responses similar to those who have experienced a traumatic event.
13. When rabbits grab their ears and bring them down across their faces to give them a wash, you are officially watching one of the cutest animal behaviours in existence. (Blue Cross cannot back this statement up with any scientific fact, but we defy you watch a rabbit doing this and disagree…!)
14. Bugs Bunny has a lot to answer for. Root vegetables aren’t a natural part of a rabbit’s diet, and carrots are high in sugar so should only be fed occasionally and in small amounts.
15. Rabbits and guinea pigs don’t make good pals. These sweet small pets are similar in size and used to be touted as a perfect match, but experts now agree that the species should generally be kept apart. Both animals use different methods of communication, so they can’t understand each other and they need different diets. Plus, rabbits can and do injure guinea pigs.