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Forum BEHAVIOR Rabbit greeting me with tail up?

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    • Muffin
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      Curious about my intact females (soon to be spayed) behaviour. I have had her for a number of months now, she is definitely sexually mature and I’m wondering if she is showing aggression towards me? if call her to me or she runs up to greet me entering the room she greets me with her tail veryy high. It does not bob up and usually goes down soon after she comes up to me so it doesnt look like the uhh…amorous tail flicking kind.

      This is not usually accompanied by her typically aggressive behaviour so I’m not sure if its aggressive. (I’ve seen her mean streak!)

      I’ve never seen this question asked before nor anything about female rabbits tail position like this. Any help? Is she being as rude as usual,  is it attitude that I should discourage or just is she just excited?

       

      Thank you!


    • Bam
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      I think shes just excited. Much like when the fur on a dog’s back raises (piloerection). Many people think the dog is showing aggression, but it is actually only about excitement, of any type. It’s involuntary and cant be discouraged.

      Rabbits tend to show aggression when they feel cornered. Their first instinct is to flee when a situation feels threatening. If they cant flee, they can either fight or freeze.

      Sometimes a rabbit, same as a cat, has conflicting emotions about a situation. A typical example is a rabbit that knows it’s nice to be pet, at the same time as its instincts tell them it might not be 100% safe. So the animal is very wary, but it still presents itself to be pet. This is not something to punish, it’s a trust issue.

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Forum BEHAVIOR Rabbit greeting me with tail up?