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How to Tell If Your Bunny Loves You

Updated on March 8, 2017

Do you love your bunny? Does he/she love you? Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your bunny loves you because rabbits do not communicate with words, wag their tails, or meow at you and lift their tails in your face. In order to know whether or not your rabbit loves you, you need to learn bunny language.

Once you understand this language, you will see that there are some subtle signs that rabbits give when they like you. Five of these signs are listed below. Read on to find out how your bunny feels about you.

1. Licks and Nibbles

Bunnies show affection by grooming, so if your rabbits gently nuzzle and lick you, and perhaps even try to nibble you gently, they are showing you that they love and care for you. This is also a sign of submission.

Sometimes your bunny won't actually lick and nibble you, but will do it to your clothing or a piece of fabric near you. This allows your rabbit to show you that he/she loves you without lowering themselves to the act of grooming you. This behavior may also be caused by confusion. If this happens, your bunny is not entirely sure where you end and where your clothes/the furniture begins.

2. Demanding Head Rubs

If your bunny nudges you and then sits there expectantly, that is a sign that he/she wants a head rub. It is also a sign that the bunny is in charge and you should do what it says. But unlike other species, such as dogs, it doesn't much matter if your bunny is deluded into thinking that it is in charge.

3. Running Around Your Feet in Circles

Sometimes bunnies will greet their owners by happily running around their feet in circles. This movement can also be combined with the next item on the list.

4. Binkying

When a rabbit binkies, it leaps in the air and flips its ears around. Binkies mean that your bunny is happy and content.

5. Lying Down, Chilling Out

Does your bunny flop down and stretch out near you? This shows that your bunny feels safe enough with you to relax. A bunny on its back or side, with its legs out and tummy exposed, is very vulnerable, so it shows a great deal of trust if your rabbit takes this sort of action near you.

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      Danielle 2 days ago

      My 8 week old male bunny pees in me all the time.....why

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      SummerBunny21 6 days ago

      my bun does all of these... the feeling is mutual :3

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      zoey moore 8 days ago

      i had a white/gray rabbit and she was named ocean i loved her so much and the bad news is she passed away

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      Allison 2 weeks ago

      I've had my bunny for three years and he likes me to scratch his belly and we snuggle in bed with each other.

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      AlexisAndBuggs 4 weeks ago

      I'm raising a 4 week old kit that was abandoned. You really can tell if they trust you by how they act. I have bred/raised rabbits for over a year now. My 4 week old kit is asleep on my bed, because he wouldn't fall asleep in his box tonight.

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      Layla 5 weeks ago

      My bunny is always happy and zooming around the room doing little flips and jumping in the air. I know he is happy and likes me but when he try's to show affection by liking and nibbling sometimes he bites to hard and makes me bleed.ive tryed the eking and small screams to let him know it hurts but he doesn't seem to understand do you have any suggestions?

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      Anonymous Walrus Guy 7 weeks ago

      I was grooming my bunny with a soft brush, and he just flopped over while I was brushing him. Now I now its a good sign

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      Watson 2 months ago

      I've had my bunny for 2 months now and he still won't let me pick him up. I'm wondering if he is lonely. He is alone quite a bit but is quite active at night. He has the run of my apartment but I'm wondering if I should get another rabbit for him. Please help

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      grolardos 2 months ago

      My bunny seems to be fond of me, or at least very confident. He is currently lying against my foot for a quick nap. I also know the "running in circles around legs", the nibbling and so... The funny fact is that Bunny loves when I play the guitar and directly run into me then lie on his side near my chair. It's almost like a dog (but my dog didn't like music hahaha).

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      angry mother of one rabbit 3 months ago

      wow i guess my rabbit hates me thanks guys

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      Liza Bianca 3 months ago

      Yup! my bunny loves me. It's really cute when he lays flat out in front of me!

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      Valorie 3 months ago

      Welp my bunnies hate me lol we dont spend much time with them though, they're breeding rabbits and eventually we'll use their offspring for 4H. We just make sure they have clean pens, food , water, hay, and little bunny salt blocks. :3

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      Bunny mama101 4 months ago

      My bunny, Toby, is my baby... he scratches at me... it's cute lol I love him

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      Hoppy 5 months ago

      Ahhww now I know my Rabbit Hoppy loves me! I got him 1 week ago from owners that didn't know how to take care of a rabbit ( He didn't even have hay! ) I was worried he wouldn't like me but he cuddles and licks :3 and everything else on this list

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      Erin 5 months ago

      Should my rabbit run away from me

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      Brooke 5 months ago

      Now I know that my bunny loves me and I love it too

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      ella 5 months ago

      my bunny loves me and i love her too

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      Jennie 5 months ago

      My bunnies likes to eat my hair is that bad for him?

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      Alana 10 months ago

      This Is awesome I know that my little baby bunny likes me, Thanks You

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      Aaliyah 18 months ago

      I have a bunny and I love her. This helped me understand how much she loves me to.

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      Wendy 20 months ago

      Is it a requirement of posting on this website that you have to be completely illiterate? I can barely read some of the comments above.

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      Amylovesherbunny 22 months ago

      I love my bunny and she loves me too! Thanku for the helpful info!

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      me&fiver&hazel 2 years ago

      just got a ne w litter of baby bunnies born named fiver junior bigears silver & s andy socute!

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      Ellieplusbunny 2 years ago

      Thanks this helped so much

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      2 years ago

      Hi Hayley just convince her how easy they are to keep or show her how well you can look after something else. You hopefully, probably will get one in the end, I did for my 12th birthday. My Mum likes after a bunny and her baby bunny litter for a friend and grew to love them. She later purchased two from the litter, which are now my little sisters bunnies, Harry and Jasper, and noticed how well i looked after them while my Mums friend was on holiday and knew I really missed them. My birthday was coming up, and she bought me darling Bangel, and fell in love with her, bought herself one, bred them, bought two more for breeding purposes and while she was buying Harry and Jasper of her friend, was told about a adult bunny who she had sold a year ago but had come back to her because the owner was sadly badly allergic. She bought the rabbit, and we names her Sally. At the end of the year, before we knew it, we had 21 rabbits and counting! My mum wasn't a animal hoarder, but Harry and Jasper had babies with Bangel when they were very young accidentally, and at the same time Sally and Blossom had very very large litters. It was an amazing summer..... Hope you best Hayley, though you probably did not find this interesting.. :)

      Oh, and an update on my last comment... I found out that my mum had bred Bangel one final litter before we spayed her. She had been , they thought, unhappy since her first and the last litter, and thought her being pregnant would make her happy. Three weeks into pregnancy, she is now a very happy bunny, I guess it's because rabbits can be grumpy and hormonal to begin with. :) I'm very excited, and will have some 'grandchildren ' just before the end of the summer!!!

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      Hayley 2 years ago

      I am trying to convinxe my mom to leting me have a bunny and these facts are hopefully going to let me have a bunny

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      2 years ago

      thanks, this was really useful. My bunny Bangel always nibbles me, but some day ago she was nibbling me, and at the same time ruining my clothes, (poor little girl!) and the next thing I knew I had a stinging chest and found tiny tooth mark there. It hurt and when I told my family, they said I had to get rid of sweet little Bangel. Bangel is an unusual rabbit, she can be quite grumpy with everyone and rips up her hutch but is still friendly with me, yet Im still nervous about picking her up. When I open her hutch and sit on the floor with door open next to it, she hops onto my lap, puts her paws up on me and hops away around the garage. She litters everywhere and wondering if that is marking her territory or if she feels nervous around me. She will some times lie stretched out in the middle of the garage floor and she started a month or two ago to almost seem to like, or at least, not be bothered with me stroking her head while she eats. She used to do Binkies in the run all the time, but she doesnt now, maybe its the dramatic change in weather, since moving up to the west coast. I hope she loves me and is enjoying life, but I still have doubts. Any help anyone?

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      Abby 2 years ago

      My bunny Cocoa LOVES to lick and nuzzle me. I love it when she binkies or snuggles!

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      Lindsay 2 years ago

      Hi! I was wondering if it's possible for a bunny to smile? My husband said our pet bunny appeared to smile at him when he saw him come into the room. Thank you!

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      home sar 123 2 years ago

      this is so cool! my two bunnies coco and nyo do all of those things!

      liking, nibbles, joy lepes

      but not running anound my feet. thank u!

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      sarah 2 years ago

      this info is cool!

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      jeremy 2 years ago

      My daughters bunny will run up to the cage and poke its nose out whenever i walk by, does this mean it likes me or wants something?

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      Guest47 3 years ago

      Silly people!! Of course your bunny loves you! If you are kind to them, they will love you back.

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      Ali 3 years ago

      I'm the adopted mommy of a cottontail rabbit. His name is Waffle. I've never owned rabbits so I thought waffle was nibbling and licking me and bouncing around all crazy like cause he was missing the outside. He's got about a week of rehab left. My dear Waffle loves me apparently. This excites me because I'm trying to be the best mommy I can since my neighbor's pit ate the rest of his family. :/

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      kat 3 years ago

      my kitties wov me

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      lizzi 3 years ago

      My bunny is light gray and white and her name is Oreo :)

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      Marissa 3 years ago

      I think me and my bunnies are off to a good start!!!!!

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      Madison 4 years ago

      I have a bunny named silver his name is silver cause he is silver I tot him trick so when I say play dead he acts liks he is dead it is so funny u shoud really see it

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      dave197001 4 years ago

      Hi rabbit girl....just be carefull when your rabbit nibbles your hair, rabbits have a habit of eating hair and it can cause furballs in their stomach which can lead to ill health..the best way to combat this is to groom your rabbit in order to limit the hair it can swallow when grooming itself and try and keep an eye on whether it is eating your hair when grooming you..you seem to have a very happy bunny who clearly loves you...but a furball does not make for a happy bunny or a healthy bunny.

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      rabbitgirl 4 years ago

      I was wondering why my 1 month old bunny is always nibbling on my shirt. Does it count with hair? My bunny seems to nibble my hair a lot. Also my bunny lets me hold it like a baby when his tummy is facing me. At first I thought my bunny was mad at me when he softly nibbles me but he trusts/likes me!! Sweet! Thanks.

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      Rabbit Lover XOX 4 years ago

      This helped so much, at first when my bunny kept nibbling me I was worried he was mad at me, know I know he is just being nice.But I still like the licks the best. :) Thanks!

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      Shreya 4 years ago

      Thank you for this info.. :-)

      It helped me greatly..

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      breakfasttea 5 years ago

      this was so helpful! I recently adopted a dwarf bunny and he kept "poking" me with his nose and nibbling my fingers. For a while I thought he missed his original home and hated me.

      Thank you for letting me know that he actually feels comfortable around me.

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      These are excellent tips 5 years ago

      There isn't much more satisfying then having a rabbit that loves you. http://www.omgbunnies.com

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      amaya 5 years ago

      thanks this so use full to me

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      meesusfeesh 5 years ago

      Thank you for this - we have a lionhead rabbit which is a buck (4 months old) and he is doing all these things after three weeks with us. The laying out is really funny because he lies like a dog on his side, feet apart and head on its side!! He nudges us and has started to allow us to stroke his head and nose, but not always but we are getting there.

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      bunny-lover55 5 years ago

      i just got my bunny yesterday and its licking me and gently nibbling me and my clothes and it falls asleep on me in less then 2 mins

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      KAT 5 years ago

      this helped so thanks!!????

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      jack 5 years ago

      UR THE BESTMY BUNIES DO WUV ME

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      Me 5 years ago

      I love the Bunny Girl & the Bunny Girl loves me & we love each other...

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      richie 5 years ago

      My rabbit died was so beautiful we thought he were a girl , we got told.. only 1yr. Fine then lying in run on side on Sunday.. miss him loads.. had new hutch with stairs and run..

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      Victoria 5 years ago

      I love this site. I rescued a wild brown baby bunny (she's 2 months old now) & she's doing great. I got really lucky because only 10% of wild bunnies survive in captivity. Her name's Justine & she's the sweetest, most affectionate bunny. She's thinks she's a dog, Lol! Thanks for posting this site. :)

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      Mandy 5 years ago

      My bunny is 4 this year and does all of the things on this list she loves it when I rub my nose against hers, she sits on my chest and waits for me to do it;) she's such a cutie!

      Thank u for this info it's really helpful:) :D

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      claire 5 years ago

      i have a yellow continental giant, she is sooo pretty. She does all these things, I too found it extremly useful. We are going to breed off Florence as she is a rare breed, they make fantastic house rabbits. I cant wait to see her sons/daughters.

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      Leigh 5 years ago

      This is really great information! my bunny always licks me like, non stop! He is the cutest thing in the world!!!

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      Pam 5 years ago

      Please help convince my parents

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      jas 5 years ago

      Thanx that really helped i thout my bunny didn't love me he is only 8 weeks old and called snuggles snow.

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      Pam 5 years ago

      I really want a bunny how do I convince my parents they say they don't want to care for anymore things we have never had any real pets i've only had a few fish my brother used to have a small aqarim,gecouis and an iguana . It's so unfair I no I'm responsible and they say it's because they don't want to take it to are vaction house but evey year my dad drives up with the luggig please help:/

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      Saeeda 5 years ago

      this is so useful because my rabbit always did these stuff and i did not know what it meant . THANKS A LOT!! My rabbit is a brown lionhead . she is 6 months and her name is poiy. (po-ey)

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      tyrra 5 years ago

      i like the idea but i don't have a bunny or a rabbit

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      Tjm 5 years ago

      Yeah i had my bunny for 4 months now and she does all this, she actually licks me WAY to much, and when i stop petting her that's when she licks me the most.

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      bunny lover 5 years ago

      cool now i know my rabbit loves me

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      jc 5 years ago

      my bunny is different he Donst like to get out of his cage

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      brodie 5 years ago

      i have a bunny and i just learned a lot more about bunnies! THANK YOU!!!

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      amy 5 years ago

      is they any back signs for if your 3 month old rabbit keep randomly streches out close to you .

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      Alex Courtman 5 years ago

      What does it mean when it bites you're mouse wire?It doesn't want you on the computer?

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      Gloria Z 5 years ago

      Thanks so much! We got out dwarf rabbit Pearl two days ago and she is already licking me and gently nibbling! Sooo cute! Luv my bunny :)))

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      Chloe B 5 years ago

      I really love my rabbit but im worried that she doesn't love me coz she doesn't lick me or anything, but she does lie down next to me a lot x thanx x

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      Ethan lee 5 years ago

      Thankyou for this, sadly my rabbit daisy died last year after breaking her back,i can be happy knowing that she loved me as she was always binkying and licking me. Dad saved a 2 week old rabbit yesterday as the breeder was going to put it down as it only has one ear.she has already started licking us.

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      Anna 5 years ago

      I have a black dwarf rabbit with cream paws and tummy and a patch of brown behind his ears. He is sooo pretty! He follows me wherever I go and when I'm in bed he sit silently under the bed keeping me company. In the mornings he nudges until i stroke him and is greedy As soon as i stop he nudges me some more. Then we swap roles and he grooms me by licking me. he flops out and rolls around next to me, it's so cute. When I have annoyed him he turns his back to me but he can never sulk for long coz he loves attention!

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      Morgo zilla 5 years ago

      My rabbit is always protecting me i put him on the floor and my dog came to me he scrached him

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      Bunnygal 5 years ago

      This was very interesting insightful information I love rabbits and having one myself I know the information above is accurate it simply made me smile and I can't wait to kiss my rabbit on the head :)

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      Someone! :D 5 years ago

      This, was great im so happy! i read it my bunny does a lot of things like it sayed and i think bunny love is awesome rabbits are awesomw to. :D have fun with your Rabbits.!!

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      elie :) 5 years ago

      Thankyoou, my rabbit mishka always does all of them things, the only thing is that she poops everywere and iv tried everything (she is a house rabbit) glad she loves me tho x

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      SOME PERSON 5 years ago

      i thote my bunny loved me......... but naw......... I KNOW SHE DO'S

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      Happy feet 5 years ago

      This helps a lot my rabbit does all of this ... But should I leave him in a cage at night

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      Lauren Todd 5 years ago

      I've only had my 8 week old rabbit for 4 days and it jumps onto the sofa and licks our faces ^.^ So glad she's happy. Not to mention she follows me everywhere and I almost trip over her *sigh*

      Great page! Thanks! x x

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      nerissa cardoa 5 years ago

      this REALLY helps i always wondered why my bunny did some things thank u

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      Nikole 5 years ago

      Thank you very much...This information helped me out a lot. I now know I have a Very Happy Bunny that Loves me

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      Brittany 5 years ago

      This information has helped me so much! I've read a lot about rabbits an I hear this stuff so much but this is definitely the most simple but most perfect way of telling me how much my rabbit loves me! I've only had him for about 3 months now since a little baby but he has been great an I've taught him how to spin an do awesome different tricks! I kno he enjoys me an my boyfriends love so much! I never thought a rabbit could be such an enjoyable pet but he is the absolute love of my life! Ill never have another rabbit after this one tho cuz he's so special to me an I feel like ill never find another one out there like my bebe :)

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      zoie hawker 5 years ago

      now i no that my bunny loves me

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      jodi shepherd 5 years ago

      i am not a youngster but a fully grown adult and care more than my daughter of eight lol,i am so great full for the web pages that i have explored of your it was the most informative thankyou.this is the first time that i have had the corrage to use a dame computor and for the two i must thank you

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      Renee 5 years ago

      If I lie on my back, my bunny will hop on top of me & get cozy on my tummy.

      He licks me, nudges, and runs around me in circles. He's the best bunny

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      caitlin hirjee 5 years ago

      thanks for the info it really helped me to know truly if my rabbit actualy loves me and i found out it does.

      :)

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      rabbit 5 years ago

      love him to

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      Rose 5 years ago

      Hikari chan. Your bunny icon looks like my little sisters bunny. Where did you get that bunny? Or its icon. And thank you. This information is very helpful. My bunny nibbles on me, binkey , begs, licks me , etc. She is so sweet

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      Luna 5 years ago

      I've found this website really helpful!!!!

      I can't wait till i get my bunny

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      Flurry 5 years ago

      thx so much now i can understand my bunny better !!! He loves mee ! :D

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      savannah 5 years ago

      my bunny does all of those things!!! i thought when she ran up to me and nudged me with her head and nibbled my foot/leg she was angry with me, now i know she loves me! :)

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      Sydney 6 years ago

      Awww! My bunnies love me! :)

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      ILoveMyBunny 6 years ago

      Your bunny is always teaching you new things. They are so lovable! My bunny ( A seal point Holland Lop) lies down next to me and demands to be petted for hours, until he falls asleep and then when I stop he wakes up a nudges me to pet him again :3 When I bought him he was very shy and had not had much human interaction but after a lot of hard work he has become extremely affectionate and trusting. It surprises me how easily trained and food motivated rabbits are. They are so smart and I can teach my bunny tricks within minutes!

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      jaimie 6 years ago

      my bunny is about 6 weeks old and he just licked me and is laying on its side almost like a lion...like a strech. this info really helped me out!

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      humayra 6 years ago

      my rabbit loves this i didn't like me

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      sooma 6 years ago

      i love my rabbit n so do my rabbit.it lyck on my hands and feets.n she circle me around.she rolls too.she sometimes lays on my bed wid me n sleeps.my rabbit is so different i love my rabbit.it was just a baby when i got it bt now it is fully grown n it v beautiful.

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      jodie 6 years ago

      This has helped because I now know that all the love I have given to my rabbit has payed off because he in fact loves me... Recently there has been this cat and he constantly looks at my rabbit as if he is food. Whenever the cat comes into our garden my rabbit runs up and sits between my legs for protection! I think it is so cute. So yeh if your rabbit does that he really does love you!

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      large rabbit hutch 6 years ago

      I love this Bunny Love: How To Tell If Your Bunny Loves You post of yours. Indeed I really was able to learn a lot. keep up the good work!

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      rabbit cages 6 years ago

      This is such a very sweet and awesome Bunny Love post! I now have an idea on How To Tell If Your Bunny Loves You. keep posting!

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      large rabbit hutches 6 years ago

      This is so sweet! I love this Bunny Love post of yours on How To Tell If Your Bunny Loves You! I really enjoyed reading it. keep up the good work!

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      Jessica 6 years ago

      Thank you. This helped me so much. ^^ My bunny is comfortable around me and she loves me. She grooms me and my clothes and lays close to me and stuff. She doesn't circle around my feet yet. lol

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      indoor rabbit hutch 6 years ago

      wow! this is so sweet! thanks for sharing this Bunny Love: How To Tell If Your Bunny Loves You! keep posting!