bunny will not bark or meow, but she will be able
to communicate her moods and intentions quite clearly.
Communication between two species takes time and
patience as both parties learn to speak a new language.
The following sounds and actions will aid you in
learning "rabbit talk" and consistency on your part
will aid your rabbit in learning "human talk."
Growling - may indicate an aggressive
mood usually provoked by an assumed attack. It may
also be followed by a lunge, scratch or bite so
it's important to pay attention when you hear this
Low Squealing - most rabbits use
this when they want to be put down and allowed to
Gnashing the Teeth - means the
rabbit is completely relaxed. It usually occurs
when the rabbit is being petted.
Purring - indicates a willingness
on the part of the buck to court and mate.
Thumping or Tapping - occurs when
the rabbit is very frightened or very excited. In
the world of rabbits, thumping is used in burrows
to announce danger to the other rabbits.
Tense Body and an Upright Tail
- indicates excitement.
Tense Sitting Position with Ears Laid Back
- the rabbit is ready to defend herself.
Rubbing with underside of chin and all kinds
of objects - indicates that these things
are part of his territory. Both male and female
rabbits mark their territory this way.
Nudging with Muzzle - your rabbit wants
Rolling Over on His/Her Side or Back
- a sign of pure delight and total comfort with