Bunny Language

Communication Translation-What your rabbit is trying to tell you.

Rabbits are highly social creatures and the original "party animals." Normally, rabbits do not make any noise when they are hungry, thirsty, hurt or scared. They instead become quiet and still. Once you live closely with a rabbit, you will see how much they communicate.

Head Flat on Floor - pet me now! Or it can mean fearful if the entire body is lowered to the floor. Kicking - upset or disgusted with you. They will flip out their back legs when they hop away from you, too.

Growling grunt/bark - upset and aggressive.

Licking - grooming you... affection and bonding with you.

Soft Teeth Grinding - this is the rabbit equivalent of purring- very happy! If the grinding is very loud, the  rabbit can be in pain or have a dental issue.

Buzzing or humming sound - visitors told me about this, but I heard when I adopted Bumble. He buzzes when he is feeling romantic toward my female rabbit even though he has been neutered. She runs when she hears him do this since he will display mounting behavior.

Thump with back feet - alarmed or angry

Chinning objects - marking territory like cats do. If you move the furniture, they will do it all over again.

Back turned to you - ignoring you Ears forward - alert or alarmed Ears back - stressed

Scream - hurt or dying

Whistle - some rabbits can whistle and it is a sound of distress.

Jumping for Joy - known as a "binky" a rabbit will hop up and turn sideways with its body and continue running. Rabbits have poor vision up close. When they cock their heads to the side they are trying to get a better look at you.

Rabbits will also stand up on their hind legs to get a better look at what's going on around them.

They are as curious as cats and will get into everything. They also do this when they are begging for treats. If rabbits have free range of the house, they will run to the refrigerator every time you open  the door once they associate the sound with a treat.