How to Tell If Your Bunny Loves You
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.
Signs of Affection From Rabbits:
- Licks and nibbles
- Demanding head rubs
- Running around your feet in circles
- Lying down and chilling out
Does Your Rabbit Love You?
If you're taking good care of your pet rabbit, there's a high chance that your rabbit loves you and likes to be around you. That being said, there are some body language queues that rabbits give out when they're happy. Here are a few:
1. Licks and Nibbles
Bunnies show affection by grooming, so if your rabbits gently nuzzle, lick, 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 instead 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 around 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. However, 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 binkying. It means that they're happy, but it also might mean that they want something from you—it can also be a form of begging! The latter will especially be true if you happen to be holding a treat that they love, such as a banana or carrot.
When a rabbit binkies, it leaps in the air and flips its ears around. Binkies mean that your bunny is happy and content and is not afraid to show you! If you like, you can mimic this motion by flipping your hair around to show your bunny that you're happy too.
5. Lying Down and Chilling Out
Does your bunny flop down and stretch out near you? This shows that your bunny feels safe enough to relax around you. A bunny on its back or side, with its legs out and tummy exposed, is very vulnerable, so if your rabbit does this around you it means that they trust you wholeheartedly.
A rabbit's version of purring is done by rubbing its teeth together, also called tooth-clicking. It's a very soft sound that can be hard to hear if you're not paying attention. However, if your rabbit does this, it means that it's very happy! Bunnies are especially likely to do this if they're being petted or stroked gently.
Video: Bunny Behavior
How to Make Your Pet Rabbit Like You
You can ensure that your rabbit loves and cares for you by doing everything you can to keep it happy. A bunny that is groomed, well-fed, and kept in a comfortable home will have every reason to show you affection and demand your attention. Taking good care of a rabbit is not too difficult—it just includes a few simple steps, such as:
1. Set Up a Comfortable Home
Rabbits can live indoors, but they do need space to hop around and explore. You can do this by letting them have free-reign in bunny-proofed rooms, or you can keep them in a puppy pen or rabbit cage—however, do keep in mind that you will have to let the rabbit out every day so that it has a chance to exercise.
2. Feed It the Right Foods
Make sure that your rabbit has plenty of fresh hay to munch on! It's more nutritious than the rabbit pellets that are found most pet stores. You can also give your rabbits leafy green vegetables, such as lettuce and spinach, and carrots or other root vegetables sparingly as a treat.
3. Give Them a Place to Do Their Business
Some indoor rabbits can be trained, and you can give them medium-sized cat litter box to use. If that's too difficult, however, just make sure to change your rabbit's bedding every couple of days so that they have a clean and hygienic space. Rabbits can poop a lot!
4. Let Them Exercise Their Mind and Body
Bunnies aren't meant to stay in one spot all day! Rabbits get bored easily, which makes them prone to stress. Make sure your rabbit has plenty of space to stay active and hop around. Rabbits are also quite intelligent and need mental stimulation as well, so you can give them a cardboard castle to play in and explore.
5. Check Their Health Regularly
Rabbits will usually try to hide the fact that they're in pain or sick, so it's important to check your rabbit's health regularly. Keep an eye on its regular bodily functions (such as eating, exercise, pooping, and peeing habits) and take your bunny to the vet if you notice anything out of ordinary. You should also take your pet rabbit to regular checkups.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.