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Forum BEHAVIOR Nipping?

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    • Starlightbunny
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        Hi everyone, recently I have bonded my two bunnies Starlight and Sandy. They get a long no issue but recently Sandy seems to almost seem like he wants to nip my husband when he pets him. It’s not actual biting but Sandy  puts his teeth lightly on my husband’s arm, only my husband though not me. Can anyone explain why he would do this? He seems like an otherwise friendly and goofy rabbit.


      • Bam
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          If it’s just a gentle “nip” it could be a polite bunny way to say “please move away, Sir, if you’d be so kind”. A rabbit that bites out of anger or fear tends to draw blood.

          I dont think it’s anything to worry about. Rabbits are not bred to not bite humans, the way dogs are. So if a rabbit actually bites the human, it doesnt mean its a “bad” rabbit.


        • DanaNM
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            Myra does exactly this sometimes! I interpret it exactly as Bam described, that she’s saying “excuse me, please move”.

            If a bun actually does nip you, you can communicate that they hurt you by making a loud “EEEEK” noise. Since they nip each other through fur, a nip that would not hurt another bunny could still pinch a bit for a human.

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          • Ellie from The Netherlands
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              Both of our young binksters do this to me as well, although they did hit skin a few times. Ouch! It may not break skin but it does hurt. I always make the EEP! sound too, and they do it less and less.

              It’s mostly a “get out of the way” thing too here, although they have nipped me once or twice because I smelled funny to them (during the monthly blessings) 🙄

              Rabbits can also nip to demand attention: I’ve heard people on the forum here who had a bun who nipped if they wanted to be petted.

              That’s what our girl Molly does to Owen. They’re separated by a pen because Molly has some medical issues that give her mood swings. When she’s in her “queen bee” mood she tries to demand grooming by nipping him to get his attention.

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