Reasons for Every Behavior in Rabbits

15 Rabbit Behaviors Explained

Pet rabbits have larger personalities than most people realize. People who have never had a pet rabbit may be unaware that each bunny has a distinct personality. Every rabbit does things to convey whether they are pleased, sad, or terrified, and while each rabbit is unique, certain actions signify the same thing to the majority of rabbits.

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1. Binkying

Binkying rabbits resemble happily jumping into the air and clicking their heels together. While they do not perform the Fred Astaire heel click, they do leap into the air and twist their bodies to express happiness or excitement.

Someone who is unfamiliar with the appearance of a binky may believe that their rabbit is terrified and fleeing or that something else is wrong with them, but a binky is a completely normal, natural thing for a happy bunny to do. Every rabbit owner should have theirs who are cheerful enough to binky.

2. Flopping

Some people are concerned when their rabbits flip over onto their sides, yet this is a sign of a content rabbit. Your bunny will usually be relaxing, sitting up, and then rolling onto their side to lie down. This flopping action is not the same as a seizure because it will be very peaceful, with their eyes closed and their legs not moving.

Flopping is a normal behavior and it means your rabbit is relaxed.

3. Digging

Rabbits are natural diggers. Our bunnies dig burrows for amusement, while their wild cousins dig holes for nesting and making homes. This is a natural activity, yet it can be unpleasant and damaging to the humans who care for them. They will dig on your feet or hands to attract your attention. Digging is quite typical!

4. Running or Sprinting

Your rabbit will finally sprint around the room as fast as they can, as if they are being pursued. This is a cheerful habit, and your bunny is zooming around out of pure delight. Perhaps they are interacting with you or a furry companion, or they are anticipating a favorite treat.

Regardless of the cause, it is not only entertaining to watch, but you can be confident that yours is content.


5. Screaming

Rabbits are ‘extroverted’ animal, and while most people who have never owned a bunny have never heard one make a noise, you can be sure that they have their own lexicon to communicate with us and each other. Screaming is an example of a loud noise. A bunny will only scream if it is worried, anxious, or terrified. Hopefully, you will never hear a rabbit scream.

6. Teeth Grinding

Other less frightening noises include teeth grinding and a buzz or honk noise, which can indicate excitement and is regularly made while circling and smelling another one. Teeth grinding can indicate that your bunny is unhappy or in pain, but it can also indicate that they are content.

If you hear your rabbit’s teeth grinding while they are sitting upright, hunched, and not moving, it is most likely because they are in agony. If it’s heard very faintly while yours is relaxing, like as after flopping, it signifies they’re at ease.

7. Growling

If you hear growling you should separate the rabbits because a growl is an indication that a fight or other type of aggressive behavior may occur. Growling is another sound you could hear if you have a territorial one, or if they are furious or stressed. Although neutering or spaying your bunny may help to alleviate any territorial instincts, you may still hear growling if you try to introduce a new rabbit to your bunny.

8. Kicking

Rabbits have the ability to unleash a powerful kick if they so desire. They have strong rear legs, and if they are unhappy, they may kick to try to get away or show that they want to be let down if they are being held. If your bunny looks to kick as they hop away from you, they are attempting to kick up dirt to express their displeasure.

If it kicks while being held, carefully set them down since they can injure or paralyze their back if they kick hard enough while being held.


9. Nose Nudging

If your bunny is nudging his nose against its toys or against you, it is because this is how they explore and investigate things. They have highly sensitive small noses that let them discover what makes up their habitats, just way sharks bonk and nudge to get a sense of what they are looking at. A bonk or nudge may be followed by a nip to test it further or to suggest that the bunny wants you to move or pay attention to you.

10. Nipping or Biting

A rabbit nip is less aggressive than a bite. Bunnies will nip to attract your attention or to ask you to move out of their way. They rarely bite, but if one does, it does not necessarily imply that he despises you. A bunny may bite for a variety of reasons, such as if you grasp at him or surprise him. A rabbit may also bite you unintentionally while tugging on your pants.

To stop the bites, give out a piercing shout as soon as you are bitten. When they are harmed, they will do this. They will be astonished that you have cried out because they normally do not want to injure you and will usually discontinue the activity after a few times.

11. Licking

Rabbits tongue are the sweetest thing ever, and their lick are no exception. They may not be kissers like dogs, but their lovely little pink tongues are frequently seen grooming themselves or their bunny buddies. This is perfectly typical habit, but if a bunny consumes too much hair, it might lead to problems. Make sure to assist yours grooming procedure by combing.

12. Chinning

Rabbits wipe their chins (which have smell glands) on objects to impart their scent. This behavior signals that the things are theirs, as well as defining their area. Humans are unable to notice the aroma.


13. Stomping

When a bunny stomps or thumps, it means he or she is scared, agitated, or senses danger (real or imagined).

14. Circling Your Feet

When a bunny circles a person’s feet or legs, this is typically an indication of sexual or mating behavior (even when your bunny is neutered). It essentially implies “I adore you.”

15. Spraying

What causes male and female bunnies to spray? They’re staking out their claim. Unneutered male rabbits will shower female rabbits and their territory with urine to indicate their territory. Females that have not been spayed can likewise engage in this behavior. It’s just another reason to have your rabbits spayed or neutered.

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