One of your house rabbits makes noise lately, and you fail to interpret what it is trying to say. This post is all about understanding rabbit noises and eventually have a better bonding with your rabbits.
If you understand the rabbits’ noises and why do they make them, you can help them with their specific needs at the right time.
That way, the rabbits will have a better bonding with you, and you will be an excellent rabbit guardian.
I divided the noises into three different sections:
- Happy noises;
- Warning noises;
- Distress noises.
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- Rabbit Honking.
- Rabbit clucking.
- Rabbit purring noise.
- Sighing sound of rabbits.
- Rabbit growling noise.
- Rabbit hissing sound.
- Rabbit teeth are grinding.
- Rabbit foot-stomping or thumping.
- Rabbit screaming or squealing.
- Rabbit wheezing noise.
- Rabbits can sneeze and cough.
Rabbit honking or rabbit grunting is a lot similar to a rabbit oinking sound. If you don’t pay close attention to this, you will find it challenging to identify the noise.
Another way to determine whether your pet rabbit is honking or oinking is by looking at its behavior while making the sound.
A male rabbit typically honks or grunts to get female rabbits’ attention.
Both female and male rabbits will grunt and circle your feet to get your attention.
Rabbits may grunt while urinating and marking territory.
What should you do when a rabbit is grunting?
If your male rabbit is grunting and showing aggression, the best thing to do is to neuter your male rabbit.
Rabbits are very territorial animals, and unneutered males can show aggression towards a new rabbit.
Likewise, unneutered males will honk around females to mate.
Regardless, you have to understand this rabbits of both genders will often grunt when they are excited.
Pay attention to your rabbits; you can be a better pet rabbit owner.
Rabbits cluck when they are happy or relaxed. It is not a very common sound, but you will notice your rabbits clucking often.
To understand that your rabbit is clucking, have a close look at your rabbit.
Your rabbit will probably cluck when it’s nibbling on something or sitting relaxed.
This sound is similar to a chicken clucking but is low.
What to do when your rabbit is clucking?
Every time you see your rabbit is relaxing, it is best not to disturb them. Similarly, your rabbit will cluck when it’s contented. Therefore, let your pet rabbits have their space, and don’t interrupt.
Rabbit purring noise.
Rabbits purring is an overall sound you will hear if you are an excellent rabbit guardian.
A rabbit guardian understands her pet rabbit and does everything to keep her happy.
Rabbit purring is a noise your rabbit will make when it is happy and pleased. I believe this is the sound you want to hear more often.
Commonly you will hear your rabbit purring when you pet your rabbit.
Once you hear your rabbit purring, you will know how it sounds.
But the closest thing I can tell is rabbit purring is similar to a cat purring. But instead of making noise from the throat, rabbits make slow purring sounds by rubbing their teeth.
Sighing sound of rabbits.
Without close attention, you cannot understand when your rabbit is sighing.
Rabbit sighing is generally listening to someone breathing in and out while they are sleeping.
Of course, your rabbit’s sighing won’t be so loud. So you can only notice that when your rabbit is contented and very close to you.
Your rabbits will take a deep breath and breath out slowly.
I guess you understood what I mean.
What to do when your rabbit sighing?
Unlike human beings, rabbits sigh when they are relaxing. Thus don’t think that your rabbit is upset, and therefore it’s sighing.
Your rabbit makes sighing noise as it’s relaxed and likely doesn’t want to be disturbed by anyone.
Rabbit growling noise.
Rabbits growling is a warning from your rabbit! Like most other animals, rabbits also growl to tell about something that they dislike.
For example, if you invade your rabbit’s territory, then it may growl.
Other noises typically follow rabbits growling noise. Also, your pet rabbit may growl and lunge at the same time to warn you.
It’s a defensive move by rabbits.
How do you prevent rabbits from growling?
When you hear your rabbits growl, then understand whatever you did or doing in your rabbit’s territory, they don’t like it.
So immediately stop doing that so that your rabbit won’t be angry or stressed.
To become a good rabbit parent, understand the few things when your rabbits growl:
Your rabbit will growl if you get close to their food;
Rabbits growl when they think someone is invading their territory;
If you hold your pet rabbit for a long time, and they don’t wish to be like that. they will growl;
Your rabbit will growl if they feel any threat from any other animal or even you.
Rabbit hissing sound.
Rabbits are prey animals. So they have different techniques to keep themselves safe from their predator.
When a rabbit feels in danger, it will first growl. If the growl doesn’t scare off the predator, the pet rabbit will hiss.
A hissing noise is what you expect. Rabbits make a hissing sound by blowing air between teeth and tongue.
Typically a rabbit makes a hissing noise when it is angry.
What to do when you hear your rabbit hissing?
If your rabbit feels unsafe around you and makes a hissing sound, you must give your rabbit all the privacy it wants.
If you are holding your rabbit’s hand, you hear a hissing sound; you should let your rabbit stay alone.
Because it means somehow you made your pet rabbit angry.
Leave your rabbit alone and give time for the rabbit to calm down.
It will eventually come back to you when it feels safe around you.
Rabbit teeth are grinding.
Many people say that rabbit purring and rabbit teeth grinding are similar. But I find rabbit teeth grinding and purring is noticeably different.
Purring is slow and low rubbing of teeth. However, teeth grinding is quite loud.
Also, rabbit teeth grinding is more frequent than a rabbit purring.
What should you do when you hear your rabbit teeth grinding?
If your rabbit is grinding teeth, it means your rabbit is in pain. Remember, these rabbits are good at hiding their emotions. A sick rabbit will never express how it feels. They avoid any weakness because they are prey animals.
Nevertheless, they will grind their teeth. So once you hear your pet rabbit grinding teeth yet no signs of weakness, you have to understand that your rabbit is sick or in some distress.
The only thing you can do when you hear your rabbit grinding teeth is to visit a vet. Only a vet can identify the reason for your rabbit’s pain and cure it.
Rabbit foot-stomping or thumping.
A rabbit also uses their rear legs to stomp on the ground to make noise.
This technique of communicating is unique to rabbits.
Rabbits do this when they are nervous. If you raise pet rabbits in a cage-free environment, you can occasionally see them stomping their rear foot.
Onc a pet rabbit sense danger or a nearby predator, they stomp their foot to signal other rabbits nearby.
Free-roaming pet rabbits can similarly sense danger and send awareness signals by making noise with their foot.
If you notice your cage-free rabbit is thumping, bring it back inside your house or someplace where your rabbit will feel safe.
Rabbit screaming or squealing.
A rabbit screaming is the sound you don’t want to hear from your pet rabbit.
A rabbit screams when it is terrified or when they feel they are about to die. A rabbit scream or squeals when they are truly uncomfortable.
It sounds similar to a baby screaming, and you will notice if your pet rabbit calls.
A rabbit screams when they feel they are in fatal danger.
As a rabbit guardian, you will keep rabbits safe from dangers. Thus, you will likely never hear your rabbits scream or squeal.
A house rabbit is rarely in danger from predators, and there is no need for them to scream or squeal.
However, if you are squeezing your rabbit and your rabbit is exceptionally uncomfortable and thinks of you as a threat, it will undoubtedly scream.
If that happens, leave your rabbit alone.
If you hear your house rabbit is screaming for any other reason, your rabbit might be in extreme pain. It can be due to health conditions.
If a rabbit is very sick, can’t tolerate the pain, it requires attention.
To save your rabbit from the pain, you must visit the vet as soon as possible.
Rabbit wheezing noise.
Rabbit wheezing noise is a sign that your rabbit has respiratory problems.
Rabbits make wheezing sounds when they have a partially blocked nose and trouble breathing.
The sound is similar to any other animal having a cold.
A rabbit guardian also can identify a wheezing sound by looking closely at the rabbit. If a rabbit is making wheezing noise, you can look at the rabbit’s nose, and it will likely have discharge.
Another reason for rabbits to make a wheezing sound is when they are stressed. Stressed rabbits have trouble with their immune system.
Likewise, an overweight rabbit makes a wheezing sound because fatty tissues block the airways of a rabbit.
Regardless of the reason behind a rabbit’s wheezing sound, you must always visit a vet if your pet shows any symptoms.
A good rabbit guardian knows how to take care of their furry friends.
Rabbits can sneeze and cough.
Rabbits sneezing and coughing noise is evident. You will know when your rabbit sneezes or cough.
They sound like any other animal sneezing or coughing.
There is no reason to be worried about your pet rabbits if you hear them sneezing or coughing once in a while.
All animals sneeze or cough to get rid of unwanted dust inside their airway.
If you hear your rabbit sneezing or coughing frequently, then it’s time to see a vet. Take your pet rabbits to the veterinary and identify why your pet rabbits sneeze or cough frequently.
Most likely, the reason is due to some respiratory issues.