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Danny Diamond
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Does anyone else's bunny growl? My rabbit will make a slight growl-type noise if she is cornered and doesn't want to be put back in her cage. I think it's a bluff growl, because she has never bitten me yet. Is this a normal thing, I mean, for a bunny to growl? She also does it occasionally in the mornings when I go to feed her, when I reach into her cage to grab her food bowl to fill it, or to drop in some Timothy Hay. Again, she is a good bunny and never bites, but I am wondering what exactly the growling is about.
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Hi,
bunnys do growl, probably it is being teratorial if bunny sences you are scared then he may well bite, if he growls agian try slpping your hand on the floor of the hutch to let him/her no that it is unaceptable and you are boss ... do it now, once bunny realises you are scared it will think it has the upper hand and the habit will be harder to break.. PS when you pick bunny up do not be tempted to let it sniff your hand first like you would a dog, just pick up. Bunnies do not see very well really close up and tend to lunge and possibly bite any unidentified onject that moves in front of their face
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Good to know, thanks PB.

Like I said, she hasn't bitten me yet, and for the most part she's a friendly bunny. I usually pet her on her forehead once or twice before I pick her up. It seems to relax her.
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Yes, they do growl and if killed they squeal like a baby, very sad. Something you don't want to heard so keep them away from dogs. Wild dogs killed mine many year ago. I now keep the "high and dry"!

The growling is their expression that you are bothering them when they want to be left alone. Or if they are cornered if you moving thing in their cage.

They have never bit me but their nails are sharp. So when I want the kids to pet the rabbit, I place him in a top hat and they are content there.
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Yes they growl and ChinChilla's "Chuuff". I've also stopped letting the kids hold the animals. I've found traval cages that have a top opening that the kids can reach down through to pet.
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Have her fixed...that will teach her. Smile

Just kidding, but really spayed/neutered pets, including rabbits, are less territorial, and have fewer health problems. Get a good bunny vet or ferret specialist to do it right, but shop around since the first vet I saw wanted over $200 he is a rabbit specialist, while another who does ferrets charged under $50.
Also, handle her more. Don't just let her out but play with her and give her small treats so when she is approached she is less reactive. I would not be able to work with a bunny that growls a lot when kids reach out to pet it.
You can put the bunny in a hat to allow a child to hold it on his/her lap for pictures. They make a harness or Velcro strap that you can wrap around the bunny's chest and attach a light leash to and hold it through a hole in the hat. Just be sure to warn everyone that a real live Lapin has real claws and real sharp teeth.

Or have her watch this Smile and repeat Happy Hare, Happy Hare, Happy Hare.
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