Rabbit’s and Their Habits

Rabbit’s and Their Habits

In this world, there are many creatures, all with their own characteristics. Some more like others, while particular ones are very unique, or weird and act extremely strange and unfriendly.  The mammal in this report is the bunny, rabbit, or one of the animals on the bottom of the food chain which makes them very paranoid animals. Here you will learn some of their unique habits and actions that rabbit will behave toward their owners.

1800 Hoppner Mädchen mit Kaninchen anagoria from the public domain

1800 Hoppner Mädchen mit Kaninchen anagoria
from the public domain

In a happy situation, rabbits act extremely friendly, but in a bad one, they will kick and try to run. Always lower your voice around bunnies or rabbits if you want to be friends and try to earn their trust. Although they are paranoid, they do become comfortable, and even sweet toward their owners once they have settled down and adapted to the new environment. Careful not to do anything harsh, like hitting your rabbit, smacking, or roughly punishing it. Rabbit’s are not as smart as your every day dog or cat, and they don’t know right from wrong, but with time they can be trained.

When happy and content, a pet rabbit in someone’s lap may start to purr. Like a cat, they like to purr, even hum, but the difference is that the purr is not made in the throat, it is made in the teeth. Rabbits will also cluck like a chicken! They do this after eating something yummy. Although this is a very faint noise, it is distinct from all other sound that the rabbit might make.

Rabbit may also circle your feet, or do other interesting things, which is their sign “I want attention!” If extremely happy, these little critters will start jumping in the air and kicking their legs out for no reason. Twisting while in their air is their sign of “I’m so happy, I’ll die of happiness!” They will run, race anything, hop, and leap, doing anything that they can do in short of knocking themselves out.  One of their most unusual habits which is usually only reserved for fellow rabbits, they will affectionately start to lick your hand or face. They save this for the moments when they love you most.

Rabbits also have a tendency to try to blend in the background if you are doing something they don’t like, such as yelling. In this situation, they will flatten themselves. They don’t want you to see them. The rabbit will tightly hold his ears against his head, while his eyes will start to bulge out. When your rabbit starts to do this, remove him from anything that might be frightening him.  Sometimes rabbits will also shake their ears, which means “I didn’t like that”, which they usually do after tasting something that they don’t like, or after something that you did that they don’t appreciate.

(WARNING: If your rabbit does not stop his ear shaking, that means something is wrong. Medical problems should be dealt by an experienced person.)

When squatting, that mean the rabbit is comfortable and feeling secure. Flattening and squatting are very opposite. One is done out of extreme fear, while the other is done naturally in a good situation. Another good reaction rabbits have to a good life is stretching out on an area. The rabbit will lay on his stomach with his legs stretched out behind him. Or, he will be laying on his side with his legs extended. This all means  “Ah, what a life….”

One of the strangest and terrible thing that a rabbit may do is something that they do out of nothing but complete fear. Fear that comes before death or great torture. They will scream a human-like scream that sounds dreadful. Remove anything that might be scaring the animal and try to reassure it. If you pick it up and it growls, immediately put it back down and leave it alone. Growling and snorting are signs of “Leave me alone or I’ll bite!”

Rabbits will also hiss in the presence of another rabbit which means “Back of or your dead meat!” Bunnies will also whimper, which means that they don’t want to be picked up. They want to be left alone, and if you want a happy rabbit, then give it some space.

Another thing that rabbits will do is tooth grinding. There are two kinds of tooth grinding. If it is loud, that means your rabbit needs to see a vet right away. He is in pain and needs help fast. If it is soft and calm tooth grinding, then it is happy and content, much like purring.

Stomping is another thing your rabbit may do when they are rather irritated. They will thump their back feet to warn others to back off. When rabbit sit up tall, that means they are curious to see if something is afoot. Don’t try throwing a rabbit a birthday party. They will right away know that something is amiss. They can tell if tension is in the air, or happiness, or excitement.

The last reaction that you might find happening to your pet might be that he is head butting you. Although this may seem annoying, he is just actually trying to tell you that he wants attention. This is his way of saying “I’m bored, let’s play!”

I hope you enjoyed my first report on rabbits. Rabbits are not animals always on the run. They can actually become quiet sweet and affectionate toward their owners. Care for your rabbit and try to understand him, and it all be worthwhile. And in the end, you will end up with an overly happy and totally relaxed rabbit who will always want to be around you…

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