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    • auntie
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        I can’t tell if my male rabbit is grunting or growling.

        my 6 year old pats him on his head but the last couple of days she has very gently tapped him on the head.

        today she was just patting him and he made that noise again.

         

        im thinking he is telling her to stop but I’m not sure because he doesn’t do that to me.

        he did it once a while ago when I went to clean his litter box I woke him up.

         

        any ideas?


      • DanaNM
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          I think you should supervise closely to see if you can get a better read on the situation. It sounds like your bun is telling your 6 year old that he feels threatened and to “back off”, so you should teach your child that when bun makes that noise, it means to stop petting. This is usually more likely to happen if the petting is happening within the bun’s cage or pen, as they can feel more trapped and territorial, so petting when the bun is out in a open space (and has room to leave if they want to) usually helps the bun feel safer.

          There are also “clucking” or “oinking” noises that are happy noises, but those usually go along with more relaxed body language, and don’t really sound like a grunt or growl.

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        • auntie
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            Okay that’s what I was thinking 😊 I did explain to my daughter that he is telling her to stop.

            usually I’m right there but I stepped out of the room and she told me the bunny was making a weird noise and she said it sounded like he was tooting. So I had her show me what she was doing with the bunny when he did that and he did it again and that’s when I told her she can’t do that.

            usually my daughter is really good with the bunnies and it didn’t look like she was doing it hard. She hasn’t done it since I told her not too


          • DanaNM
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              Haha totally get it! Bunnies can be very funny about what bothers them. :p

               

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              • auntie
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                  So I just looked up bunny noises and it was him grunting not growling 😊

                   

                   

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