Throughout your life, your rabbit will tell you about his concerns, his stress, his happiness, his feelings, his sensitivity, his well-being and his blooming (or not) through a body language that you will have to learn to decipher. We help you do it in an accelerated course.
The communication, by voice and posture, of your rabbit is much less than that of a dog or a cat. Does this mean that your rabbit communicates less? Not at all. On the contrary, your rodent has a plethora of information to share. It is still advisable to know how to recognize them and to understand them. He needs space and time to express himself. After which you will have to answer to its requirements, needs.
Sounds to hear
No, your rabbit is not voiceless. Yes, he sometimes expresses his moods through his voice.
- The grunt is quite noticeable even if the noise is quite dull. Your rabbit is not necessarily very happy and lets you know. He will take a posture rather of attack , while advancing his head towards his “adversary”. This is the step that precedes the bite.
- Your rabbit (preferably unsterilized) can also make a noise: the ” honk honk “. In short, it is to signify to the congener in front of him that he would like to mate with him / her. Or at least he / she likes it. This noise is accompanied by an emission of hormones with a very strong odor. In parallel, your rodent will raise the tail , sign of excitement (can also be the sign of aggressiveness).
- If your rabbit gets bored or is not happy, he could express it through sighs , like human beings.
- Your rabbit can also scream , make a shrill sound. It’s a sign of fear, like when chased by a predator.
Gestures and attitudes to understand
- He cringes his teeth . This can have a double meaning . In the first case, your rabbit will show his well-being . This can be the occasion of a caress. We then compare this squeak with the purring of a cat. However, if he cringes at the same time as taking an expressionless look or a tired look, then your rabbit is more in pain .
- Your rabbit can paw . He will express his discontent with a situation that does not suit him.
- When your rabbit is relaxed and he goes to sleep (or sleeps), he will lie on his side with his paws extended .
- Well awake, your rabbit can also “make the beautiful”. In this case, he will stand on his hind legs . Your rodent invites you to interact with him. He also likes to give importance.
- Sometimes, too, your rabbit does not want to communicate or even be disturbed. He will make you understand it by pushing your hand away from his muzzle . Therefore, you must leave him alone. He can also have his moments to himself.
- Conversely, your rabbit can lick you . In this case, it is a sign of affection . Just like when your rabbit licks the face of a congener.
A language that can mean illness
This is not always the case, fortunately, but if your rabbit comes to shake his head , it can be a sign of a pathology. You must be careful and attentive. Usually, this behavior results from a discontent with your rodent. However, it can also be the meaning that something is bothering him, such as otitis or the presence of parasites . In this case, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian.
Another disease, more psychological: boredom. Your rabbit will manifest it to you when he gnaws his bars . No, your protege does not make his teeth. He would like more stimulation and find time in his cage. This is the right moment to bring it out.
The language of the tail
Like the dog and the cat, the tail of your rabbit can give some indications on its psychological state, its desires and its frustrations.
- At rest, the tail will be horizontal . Moreover, in many rabbits, we do not always notice. She marries perfectly with the back.
- When he is aggressive or wants to impress a congener or someone, your rabbit will tend to lift his tail and put it almost vertical . Better try to calm him down before a bite.
- The wiggle tail when your rabbit is excited .
- His tail can also serve as a pendulum . Suddenly, he will lower it before jumping, and will go back to the reception of the jump.
- The lowered tail is the case when your rabbit approaches an unknown object. It is a mark of fear. He is not reassured if we add to that lying ears .
The language of the ears
Normally, your rabbit will have very straight ears. They are turned on each side of the head and give it a normal air. The curiosity will manifest by tours ears to a subject that intrigues, who questions him. We will notice the pavilions orient themselves and face the object. When your rabbit is at rest, or when sleeping, he tends to lie down . It is also a sign of serenity . This position is also taken when cleaning and washing.
In case of aggression , the ears will be lying down and the muzzle advanced and the hindquarters raised. His ears are slightly raised, but not too much if he is nervous and stressed .
In any case, the position of the ear alone does not mean much without having a complement (position of the hindquarters and muzzle).
There are plenty of ways for your rabbit to communicate with you. You must be attentive to all the signals that he can send you. This will be the sign of his mood, of his form of the moment. It may also give you vital information, such as being mentally ill or ill, or even being aggressive or stressed .