The nature and behavior of the rabbit

Curious, sociable, affectionate, easily tamed and trained… The rabbit is not without qualities and proves to be a good companion for young and old alike. However, if you are planning on bringing a rabbit into your home, it is important to understand its needs, know its temperament, and be able to decipher its behavior and body language. Discover these characteristics in this complete file.

Rabbit, a sociable and gentle animal

The rabbit is a sweet, affectionate and cuddly pet. Outgoing and relatively easy to tame, he must learn to trust before he is completely at ease, and this can take a while. It is extremely important to pay attention to him, be vigilant to his needs and always show kindness and patience.

Rabbits generally do not show aggression towards those who care for them. However, it will occasionally bite, but only if it feels threatened or stressed. This small animal gets along well with other animal species. He can live alone or with other relatives on the only condition: do not keep two males in one place, because they risk fighting.

A rabbit can be quite suitable for a home with young children if you teach them very early on to respect this little companion and avoid any harsh gestures. The rabbit is indeed more active during the day than some rodents such as the hamster, which is more suited to satisfy the little ones. However, he is at his best at the end of the day or at the beginning of the evening, before preparing for rest.

The rabbit is an animal that can suffer from stress very quickly. Therefore, he needs to live in a calm and serene environment, and also be able to go outside every day to express himself outside of his cage. Early evening is the ideal time; he will enjoy exploring his environment because he is a particularly curious animal. Of course, take care in advance to avoid any source of noise or any sudden action so as not to panic and put any source of danger out of his reach. Going out, frolicking, having fun, playing are all ways to relieve stress.

Rabbit, a small companion with unusual behavior

The rabbit is an intelligent animal that can learn a few instructions. Like a dog, he recognizes intonations of voice and knows how to react or act accordingly. However, you should know that the success of his training will be directly related to the time you devote to him and the quality of your relationship.

The rabbit is a great communicator… through your body! Indeed, if he cannot speak, he knows how to make himself understood, thanks to relatively well-coded behavior. Thus, it is not difficult to understand the rabbit’s language and state of mind at the moment; it is enough to observe his actions, his reactions, his attitude and the slightest gestures to understand what he means.

Here are the main body language signs of a rabbit and what they mean.

Positive Signs

  • He lies down, his legs are relaxed : the rabbit is so resting and relaxing. Don’t disturb him and let him sleep or bask in peace so as not to strain him unnecessarily.
  • He sniffs : with this gentle gesture, the rabbit shows you his desire to play and cuddle. He needs you and he seeks your presence for a moment of affection and exchange. Enjoy it.
  • He jumps and jumps : the rabbit thus expresses his joy. It’s also a good way to let off steam.
  • He rubs his chin on coasters or objects : With this gesture, he deposits his scent to mark his territory. Indeed, the rabbit has glands that secrete a substance that is perceived only by other rabbits.

Negative signs

  • Rabbit flattened on the ground : in this situation, the rabbit feels fear, even horror. It is important to immediately calm him down by gently stroking him and talking to him gently.
  • rabbit arches : In this case, he experiences significant stress. It is very important to calm him down very quickly, even put him back in his cage immediately if he is walking outside.
  • He gnaws on the bars of his cage : it’s a sign that he wants to get out! Let him stretch his legs as soon as possible to avoid this behavior.
  • His ears are down : a rabbit with ears lying down is usually tense. This is a sign of aggression and may result in him biting to protect himself. Let him calm down and, if necessary, give him a gentle hug.
  • He taps the ground with his paws : when the rabbit knocks on the ground with his paws, he shows his displeasure. In this way, he can show that he does not want to be approached. Leave him alone if possible. If this behavior happens when it’s time to cage him again, be careful when grabbing him so he doesn’t show aggression.
  • He grinds his teeth : the rabbit shows pain or suffering by grinding its teeth. Therefore, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian without delay.

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