Thursday, April 13, 2017

What Is My Rabbit Thinking?: Understanding Your Rabbit's Behaviour

What Is My Rabbit Thinking?: Understanding Your Rabbit's Behaviour

Among all types of domestic pets, we've got to inevitably admit that small animals are the toughest to read, especially for a novice. Explaining why understanding Rabbit's behaviour requires a little more time and effort can be stemmed from this theory— In the wild, Rabbits are preyed on by predatory animals. To be wary and alert of their surroundings is crucial for survival. Some of these instincts can still be observed in the domesticated Bun companions today.
Rabbit Behaviour
Are Rabbits Non Expressive?

Though Rabbits are slightly less vocal than as compared to Dogs or Cats, a comfortable Bun can be caught expressing their joy and/or unhappiness in many actions, even sounds. To better understand these behaviours, the following post is split into 2 segments:

Happiness and Content

Anger and Displeasure

Happiness And Content

1. Binky — Number one on the list has got to be the Binky. This movement involves a series of quick dance moves— hops + twists + mid-air jumps. An intricate dance so intense, sighting it for the first time might just leave you in awe, admiring your Bun's happiness.
Rabbit behaviour for beginners

2. Flop
— We've all done this at one point or another. Coming home from a hard day’s work and flopping onto the couch just to rest. Only for this instance, Rabbits flop to their sides exposing their underbellies as a sign of  content.
Bunny Flop

3. Zen Mode — An incredibly calm and relaxed Rabbit isn’t tough to spot. Two main actions can be observed here. Sitting down with legs tucked under their bodies (similar to a Cat or Dog)— A hovering-furball. The second will be evident from the way they lay flat on their bellies, legs sprawled out like a sun-basking Bun.

4. Rabbit Purr — Can Rabbits purr? Apparently so! Keep your ears peeled for this sound fondly referred to as a Rabbit's purr. Emitted by Bunnies clicking their teeth together— You just know some-bunny is enjoying all the attention, including your pats and strokes.
 Listen in close for this!

5. Grooming — Being as fastidious as Rabbits are, grooming one another is a universal sign for displaying acceptance. If you have experienced some nipping or licking while holding your Rabbit pal, congratulations are in order— you are hereby accepted as a family member or close confidante, according to your Bun.

6. Mark Of Love — The scent gland of a Rabbit can be located underneath their chins, and acceptance can be observed in this other behaviour— Resting or rubbing of their chins on top of another Bun's head, or even your hand. Now you've been marked with love.
Rabbit personality

7. Nudges — A rather subjective behaviour but nonetheless not to be ignored. This can be a rather subjective behaviour, either your Bunny is yearning for some human attention, or you're in their way of something. Dole out those pats and strokes, or simply move ☺

Anger & Displeasure

1. Thump! — Frustration often leads to one having the urge to kick objects, even more so for our dear Rabbit companions, just how much strength do those hind legs behold? It is almost impossible to miss this auditory display—  loud and strong enough to act as a warning to surrounding Buns of eminent danger lurking nearby.

2. Munchers — Powerful hind legs and speed aren’t the only defense mechanisms of a Rabbit. A nip or nibble is nothing compared to a full on bite when they are upset. The daily munching of those ever-growing teeth packs a strong set of jaws and teeth. Give an angry Bun some space, to muster up some courage to feel safe and secure again.

3. Screaming — When a Rabbit is terrified or in extreme pain, there is a high chance you’ll hear them scream. We hope no Bunny parent ever has to hear this cry from their Rabbits, for this auditory behaviour can only mean one thing— your Bun is in agony and excruciating pain.

4. Grunting — A milder form of noise Rabbits might make when they are displeased can be described as a low growl/grunt, sometimes be accompanied by short lunges. This could happen while you are shifting their things, or cleaning their space when they are around. To try calming them down, place your hand gently on their heads and proceed to stroke. Otherwise, provide a safe and separate space for them to roam about whenever you are cleaning their area!

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