A sick, ill or injured rabbit will rarely show any signs of stress or pain.
This is because they are a prey species, many predators are out to get them round every corner, and showing any sign of weakness usually marks them as an easy target.
Understanding YOUR Rabbit
Rabbits have different personality traits so it's important to know what you understand to be 'normal' behavior for your rabbits and what rabbit behavior you may consider 'strange' for them.
Observe them for at least an hour a day, spend 'quality' time with them, you'll learn lots and they'll love you for it!
As far as showing emotion, rabbits don't show the negative, only the positive! Domestic rabbits still have the natural traits of their wild counterparts and hiding their vulnerable 'feelings' is something they are very good at.
You - The Mind-reader
The responsibility of their health and well-being falls upon you, their main carer.
With this in mind, it is important to understand a rabbit's normal behaviour and natural habits in order to recognise the 'abnormal' or irregular behaviour.
Fear, pain, stress, boredom and sickness will generally be indicated with changes in behaviour and habits.
Changes in routine, personality, sounds and actions should all be carefully monitored on a daily basis.
Signs that a rabbit may be suffering from stress or fear can be fairly obvious sometimes but some rabbit behavior related to illness or injury, is difficult to spot.
Here are some basic signs to watch out for, possible causes and actions to aid and speed recovery:
Irregular Rabbit Behavior, Causes & Solutions
|Altered Feeding Habits - excessive or low (eating or drinking)||
|Chewing - excessive (as in cage bars etc)||
|Dribbling - moderate to excessive||
|Circling - repeated (not during mating)||
|Lethargy - constant (hiding or rarely coming out even to eat, reluctance to move or sitting haunched)||
|Over-Grooming - excessive (tugging at fur & face cleaning)||
|Panting - moderate to excessive||
|Screaming - at any time!||
|Toilet Habit Changes - excessive or low (colour changes, bad consistancy, smelly, wet tail, diarrhoea )||
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