Ever wondered where the phrase “rabbiting on” comes from? It’s actually from the Cockney rhyming slang “rabbit & pork “– talk – but your bunny has plenty to say, even if it can’t speak out loud.
From non-verbal cues to honking and grunting, these ever-sociable pets have a complex and fascinating vocabulary which the team in London have studied to bring you an insight into what they are trying to tell you.
But the rabbit’s communication skills are so broad there’s plenty we don’t have room to tell you here, so if you want to explore further, contact us for more detailed advice.
Your rabbit’s saying good stuff when it:
- Clicks its teeth
This indicates pleasure and contentment and happens while a rabbit is being petted or when it’s totally relaxed and comfortable.
This soft sound is a courting behaviour, usually accompanied by circling.
- Nudges with its nose
This could mean it wants to be stroked, have attention paid to it, or it wants something out of the way.
If your rabbit suddenly falls or flips over on their side to expose their belly, it means it is totally relaxed and comfortable.
When your rabbit rushes around, jumping up and doing mid-air turns, it’s a happy bunny indeed.
- Lies spatchcock
When your rabbit’s hind feet are stretched out fully behind, it’s relaxed and comfortable but ready to move quickly if necessary.
This means “I love you, I trust you.”
Your rabbit’s saying bad stuff when it:
This means severe pain, discomfort, or stress and you should get to Hyde Park Veterinary Centre immediately.
Rabbits thump to get attention, express displeasure, fear, or as a warning to others.
- Wags its tail
This is an indication of defiance.
This may happen when you reach into your rabbit’s cage and is a sign of disapproval.
- Tenses its body with upright tail and laid back ears
Your rabbit is on the offensive and is ready to lunge and maybe bite.
Indicates mortal terror or excruciating pain.
These are just a few of the rabbit’s many and varied communication cues. Remember, to find out more call us on 0207 723 0453 and we’ll be happy to help.