A rabbit who wants you to scratch him will slightly nudge your hand or push his nose under the palm of his hand; then he will press against the floor and stretch his head. Ears can be slightly squeezed to the back. But in this case, it does not mean fear (a frightened rabbit, on the contrary, draws in his head) or anger (an angry person is, rather than being flattened).
If you didn’t pay attention to these gestures, the offended rabbit may bite you slightly or try to draw attention to yourself somehow, for example, it will eat the carpet or chair leg, etc. It’s better to prevent his behaviour than to correct the consequences. Respond to the invitation of the rabbit, stroke him, to support his confidence in your love and kindness to him.
Of course, not all rabbits are concerned with showing a dominant position. Each animal is individual, has its own, inherent traits of character, which can be studied only by carefully watching him.
As a rule, a rabbit likes it when he is stroked on the head. You can scratch his forehead against the coat, the base of the ears and the back corner of the jaws (not the bottom only!), Lightly sip the ears (only very gently). Some rabbits are pleased when they pull out wool that falls during the shedding period, which is better to do with a brush. They love it when they rub their eyes, especially the inner corners.
Expressing his sympathy, the rabbit can lick any items or clothes that belong to you. The smell that remains on things plays the primary role.
Having stroked the rabbit, slip a hand under his head to show that you are waiting for him to answer you the same. Sometimes the animal can lick your hand to show its right attitude towards you. But most often rabbits react negatively to such a proposal, apparently considering it too saucy. If your pet likes it when it is combed with a brush, then it is better than the movements of the brushes go through the wool and be continuous rather than staccato.
A rabbit can gnash its teeth slightly from pleasure; this sound is sometimes called “tooth purr.” Some rabbits also “mumble,” showing how they like when they are stroked or scratched.
Some rabbits may show aggressive behaviour, seeking affection. Such a bad habit should be eradicated, and the sooner, the better.
Usually, the rabbits themselves somehow make it clear where to stroke them. They can substitute parts of your body for you, reach out, or snuggle against the hand that strokes them. Sometimes they even turn a positive side.
You can scratch your rabbit even without initiative on his part. To do this, place your hand next to its front paws or rub the floor with your fingers. If your pet is in the mood, he will come up to you, will come closer to your hand and will press his ears to the back. If the rabbit raised his ears or turned sideways to you, it means that weasel is not accepted. Rabbits, like most animals, do not like to do something with them against their will.
By allowing himself to be stroked, the rabbit shows the highest degree of trust and disposition. If the rabbit is still not used to you, he may inadequately respond to stroking and even bite. The best way out of you will be to maintain a calm and friendly attitude towards the rabbit. Try to scratch his forehead gently. Sooner or later, the rabbit will understand that you offer him your friendship, and not infringe on his independence.
There are several poses that a rabbit takes depending on how comfortable it feels. It is believed that the harder the animal to rise from any position, the more calm and relaxed it is.
If your pet is lying on its stomach, having picked up its hind and front paws, the ears are up; the muzzle is lowered – this means that he is calm, but does not lose sight of the surrounding situation.
The more relaxed the rabbit, the lower it lowers the back (the upper contour of the back can be aligned parallel to the floor). A well-fed or very fluffy rabbit in this position resembles a pillow.
A rabbit that feels completely safe lies on it’s back and front legs, sometimes on its side. Another sign of a good mood – the rabbit rolls from side to bottom with a characteristic slap, stretches or fidgets on its side. Two friendly rabbits can also play in this way, rolling on the floor next to each other.
Often the rabbit freezes without moving for a while, rolling its eyes so that the squirrels are visible. Inexperienced owners, seeing this for the first time, are often intimidated, because the rabbit very much resembles the dead at this moment.
An important “indicator” of the rabbit’s mood and well-being is its nose. The more often the nose moves, the more interested your animal is.
You can try to “talk” with your pet in this way. Since the nose of the person is not as mobile as the nose of the rabbit, imitate the movements of the trunk with the changes of the upper lip.
Position yourself so that the rabbit is approximately at the level of your face. The rabbit will begin to show interest to you, and you will notice this by the fact that his nose will start to move. Try to move your lip at the same pace, and then slow down or speed up the pace. The rabbit will also transfer your nose faster or slower after you.
The degree of relaxation of the rabbit can be judged by the position of the body. The degree of interest in the subject can be assessed by the position of the ears and the movements of the nose. All these three factors are interrelated, but not always manifest simultaneously.
A rabbit can show its discontent in many ways. Sometimes he can insist on something that you cannot allow him: for example, the animal wanted to nibble your weekend shoes, and you had no choice but to punish him. Or maybe you gave him too little time, and the animal was offended and bored. Anyway, the rabbit will be unhappy and will show it with his whole appearance.
Of course, in the case of a severe breach of the order, the first thing to do is to shout, “You Can’t!” Or “Fu!” To stop unwanted behaviour.
Sometimes rabbits, to show their negative attitude towards a person, cope with the fundamental needs of the wrong places.
Rabbits are territorial animals. Usually, they distinguish three types of territory: personal, familiar and alien.
Some rabbits treat their territory very reverently. Therefore, they are dissatisfied with the invasion of their cell, especially when they are inside it. The intruder will be bitten. If your pet has such a character, it is better to clean the cage when the rabbit is outside of it, so as not to anger the animal once again and avoid bites.
Animals correctly recognize foreign territory and places where they can not be. You can determine the area in the room where the rabbit is denied access and scare him away if he violates your boundaries.
Rabbits mark the territory, leaving heaps of feces in various places. If there are still animals in your house that violate the area of the rabbit, it will leave more marks in the corners. To stop this behaviour, you can sprinkle vinegar in places where it usually goes a label.
Also, a rabbit sometimes marks objects with his chin, where he has a special gland. He rubs his chin on sharp corners, protruding parts of objects that fall into his path. The secret of this gland does not smell and leaves no traces. A rabbit can tag you like this.
Uncased rabbits often mark items that are within their territory. This behaviour can only be stopped by castration.
From time to time, the rabbit may, for various reasons, show discontent with something. One of the reasons for such behaviour may be some of your actions, which he did not like. In this case, the animal begins to gnaw everything.
One should learn to distinguish in advance the emotional states and their degree to mitigate unpleasant consequences.
You can judge the aggressive mood by the position of the ears, body and tail. Listeners have the most excellent value. In a pleased rabbit, the ears protrude upward and are directed forward inwardly. When mood deteriorates, they first turn to the sides, and then back. A raised and laid back tail indicates the degree of arousal.
The maximum manifestation of discontent – ears pressed to the back. Do not confuse this position with a request to stroke. The petting rabbit has his chin pressed to the floor. If the rabbit is angry, then his ears are pressed, his head is raised, his front paws are extended for more excellent stability. This means you can be attacked. A less aggressive posture is characterized by front legs being squeezed together. If the rabbit turned sideways at the same time, it means that he is rather frightened and offended than angry. An angry rabbit, intending to bite, will always be turned to the offender with a snout.
A very angry rabbit can cling to any part of the abuser’s body. The fierce animal can even growl. In general, the state of anger in a rabbit is expressed so vividly that it is difficult to confuse it with anything.
There are three degrees of the aggressive rabbit. Ears turned to the side and slightly down towards the back – a warning: the position of the ears up and the inner surface back – the readiness to attack. Ears, maximum pressed to the end – the highest degree of irritation, the rabbit will go on the offensive at the first careless movement on your part.
An effective way to calm the animal is to start smoothing your hair. Thus, you show him that the conflict is not so, and it is better for each of you to calm down. Very often the rabbit also starts to wash, accepting an invitation to reconciliation. Rabbits are very diplomatic.
An upset bunny holds his ears back, the inside down. At the same time, he stands sideways to you. The lower the ears are lowered, the more unhappy the rabbit. This posture should be distinguished from anger, when the muzzle is directed at you, and from fear – in a frightened rabbit, the ears are turned to the sides.
The average degree of rabbit distress (or even some resentment) – one ear is directed back, the other is forward, or one ear is standing, the other lies (do not forget that in lop-eared rabbits, ears are almost not a means of gesticulation). Sometimes the cause of this condition is difficult to determine. Give the rabbit some delicacy that he loves, or stroke him. Usually, his mood improves quickly. A stronger degree of depression – the rabbit’s ears are turned back, even worse when they are lowered. The rabbit lies face to you. This position suggests that your pet feels terrible. You will have to figure out the reason. Perhaps this condition is caused by the onset of the disease.
Many rabbits sleep with their ears lowered, which is easily confused with a sad pose. The eyes of the animal sleeping in this way are half closed.
In a nervous or frightened rabbit, the ears are directed inwards, the tips of the ears look to the sides. If you stretched out your hand to the rabbit, and he lowered his head and ears, they leaned to the parties (not pressed back), which means he was scared of you and ready to flee at any moment. Some very nervous rabbits sometimes take this pose for no apparent reason. At the same time, they knock their hind legs on the floor.
Frightened animal, if he can not escape, knocks his teeth for fear. Also, beating or gnashing of teeth can be a sign of pain, so you need to make sure your pet is healthy.
Nervous rabbits sometimes quietly mumble. This sound is somewhat louder than the rabbit makes when it is pleasant or scary. A similar sound is made by the rabbit when it feeds the rabbit. Some rabbits purr their entire lives like this, without any reason for concern. Therefore, it is impossible to understand the meaning of muttering outside the context of the situation.
The rabbit, dissatisfied with the fact that he was put in a cage, can express his attitude towards this by throwing objects. This is done to attract the attention of the owners, to demand their immediate release.
Rabbits shout only from muscular pain or extreme fear.
Like all mammals, especially rodents, the rabbits are inquisitive. When they are in a good mood, they start exploring everything. In a very interested rabbit, the neck is extended, the ears protrude upwards and slightly forward, so as not to miss a single new sound. This formulation of the ears resembles a visor cap. It is conditionally possible to call it “the pose of the detective.”
< secure>When the rabbit is nervous, he also keeps his ears on the crown, but at the same time he does not stretch his neck and stands sideways to the frightening object.
Studying any object, the rabbit sniffs it, tastes it on a tooth or throws it into the air. The rabbit is always interested in what you are doing. He will gladly take part with you in the preparation of the dinner, not forgetting to inspect the bin where you put the potato peel, carefully watch how his cage is cleaned so that the owners do not throw anything out of it. The rabbit interested in something rises on its hind legs and looks around.
Rabbits have a habit of asking for food from their owners or demanding attention to themselves. First, the rabbit comes closer and looks at you. Then he pushes his nose slightly to attract attention. An aggressive animal may bite. So he usually begs for a treat. Food preferences for each animal are individual. As a delicacy, of course, only that which does not harm its health should be given, for example, fresh fruits or vegetables, dried fruits without sugar (raisins, dried apricots or cherries). If you offer pet food that he does not like, he may be offended by you.
If your pet is in a playful mood, take advantage of the opportunity and be sure to play with it, scratch it after the games, as if expressing gratitude, the rabbit will likely start to lick you back, indicating that he also liked to play with you. An aggressive animal will be circling you, nibbling on your ankles. In this case, bites and tweaks are signs of arousal and talk about rabbit attachment. But since it is rather unpleasant, you should cry out and say, “No!” Or “Ugh!” Or depict the insult by turning your back to the rabbit.
If the animal wants you to run after him, he sits a little distance from you, turning sideways, leaving ahead of free space for running. Ears are raised, the rabbit looks at you. Having run a few steps, he stops and looks around again. Rabbits usually run away in zigzags, without developing a top speed. The playing rabbit runs away, holding his ears up; if the rabbit runs from fear, his ears are pressed back. Having run up, the rabbit settles in some comfortable place for him and usually allows himself to be stroked. If in pursuit of him, the threat was perceived and he was frightened, then the animal takes a pose of fear or aggression in response to the hand extended to him. If he wants you to go somewhere behind him, he comes up and immediately abruptly jumps to the side. If you’re going to call a rabbit anywhere, try the same tricks.
Author: Neroda Margarita, Rabbits love affection – rabbits, Series: Your beasts, Genre: Pets