Rabbit communicate to use in ways they know how. Sometimes we can be forgiven for not understanding exactly what they are trying to tell us. But there is always a reason for their behavior, and things we should be doing to answer them.
A lot of people ask, why do rabbits grunt and stomp? These are two very distinctive ways of communicating, and I will explain them in more detail here.
Why Do Rabbits Grunt and Stomp?
This is a rabbit’s way of communicating discomfort or displeasure with something you are doing. If you ignore this early warning sign they will escalate to biting or boxing you.
So as soon as you hear a grunt, stop what you are doing and consider your actions. Is there something you’re doing to cause this? Has the rabbit been spayed or neutered?
This can often stop a lot of seemingly random acts of aggression. Always take your pet to a vet to be spayed or neutered, if you’re taking in a bunny from someone else, take them for a check up to see if they have been done previously.
If your bunny has an health issue that is causing it some pain this can also be a cause. Although it is not your problem, the rabbit will not necessarily know this and turn on you with aggression.
Rabbits Stomping Their Feet and Legs
You will nave noticed, or at least heard if your rabbit has been stomping its feet. It can be very loud, and annoying, There are reasons why they do this, and you should be able to figure it out by looking into your bunny’s behavior.
If they are continually stomping their feet, they may be trying to get your attention. They often want to alert others to something that is going on. Maybe something they think is a threat, or there is something spooking them.
It’s also a sign of frustrating or a display of irritable feelings. If you over-fuss your pet, or stroke it in a way that it is not appreciating it will give the floor a thump.
This is time to back off, and give them some space. You know what it feels like to be fussed over too much, sometimes you just want to be left alone. This is their way of communicating this.
It can also be a sign that they are very, very angry. They may start thumping the ground more vigorously to show this, thumping harder and faster as they become more angry.
Know Your Rabbits Behavior
It’s important that you get to know and understand your rabbit over the time you own it. I am not talking about Dr. Doolittle type stuff here, I don’t expect you to find a deep level of understanding. But you should know why do rabbits grunt and stomp now.
But with some time and patience you will begin to understand their moods. You’ll know when they are excited to see you, or when they are angry or annoyed.
Being a rabbit owner is a fun and enjoyable experience. Building up a friendship with your bunnies is the best part, especially for children looking for a special friend.