Why do rabbits eat their poop, or thump, or flop? Bunnies’ weird habits confuse and concern many pet owners, so let’s delve into these and find some solutions.
Rabbits Eat Their Own Poop for a Very Good Reason
Rabbits eat their feces, for a very simple, albeit weird, reason. According to Science Direct, your pet’s digestive system does not extract certain nutrients the first time it digests its food. Therefore, smaller-sized poops are produced for another chance to get those missed nutrients (via San Diego House Rabbit Society).
Thumping: Your Bunny Is Trying to Tell You Something Important
Rabbits don’t make noises like a dog’s bark or cat’s hiss, but a thump from a bunny means the same thing. It can mean fear, anger, or annoyance (via RSPCA). For more thumping information, head over to Vet Help Direct.
An Unsettled Rabbit: Cause for Concern
While most of the things your rabbit does are adorable, some should cause worry. An uncomfortable bunny — lying down, getting up, lying down again, etc. — likely means gas or stasis (via My House Rabbit). Sadly, this is very dangerous. What did they eat? How does their poop look? If you think your rabbit is experiencing this, click here.
Flopping: Cause for Celebration
When a rabbit throws themselves onto the floor to sleep or groom, you should be thrilled. This is “flopping.” Since rabbits are prey animals, this vulnerable position signifies trust and contentment in your bunny (via the Spruce Pets).
Biting, Chewing, Destroying: Bored Bunny
Wires, table legs, cardboard, you name it; your bunny is likely chewing through all of these and causing headaches for you. When your rabbit is biting and destroying, they’re bored (via the Spruce Pets)! Make sure your pet has plenty of toys or other distractions that will keep them from destruction.
Your rabbit will bump or nudge you with their nose to get your attention, ask for pets, or tell you to move out of the way. If they’re exploring an area, they might nudge your foot out of the way (via Pet Central). React quickly, though, because an ignored nudge could lead to some scratching or even nipping!
Run, Jump, Binky!
When your rabbit runs and jumps, kicking and twisting in the air, this is a “binky.” Your rabbit can’t control its happiness and expresses it in this cute way (via Wide Open Pets). Do yourself a favor and research this on social media.
Your rabbit’s habits can vary from weird to cute to concerning, but they all represent something else going on with your bunny. Keep them happy, entertained, and healthy and these habits should cause you no concern — even if they’re eating their poop.