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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Strange noises!??

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    • Gingerxmistyxo
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      Hi guys,

      up until a couple of months ago the only noise I’ve ever heard my rabbits make were tooth purring and the occasional thump if scared. However a couple of months ago I heard a cooing kind of sound. At first I didn’t even realise it was one of the rabbits until it’s become more frequent. I’ve checked them over and can’t see anything health wise and it’s definitely not wheezing/ something to do with their breathing. Can anyone give me any idea to what it could be? I’m not sure if it’s my boy or my girl but they’re both neutered so I don’t think it’s hormone related. I was quite worried at first and searched everywhere but I can’t seem to find anything on the noise they’re making.

      PLEASE HELP!
      thanks in advance guys! X


    • Bam
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      Some rabbits are more vocal than other. My rabbit has a rather wide repertoire of communicative sounds. He honks or buzzes rather like a bee when he is excited. He grunts when he isnt pleased.

      Cooing is regarded as a happy, content vocalization. Here is a list of some sounds buns can make: http://www.animalbehavior.net/LIBRARY/Rabbit/EFRR/Rabbit_Vocalization.htm

      I’ve never heard what they describe as “barking” though.


    • Gingerxmistyxo
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      Hi,

      thankyou so much. I just found it rather strange she or he I really can’t decide which one it is ha! tends to make the noise when they’re stood still.


    • Bam
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      The important thing is to rule out if it is a sound of discomfort. A congested nose can make a slightly squeaky sound. If your rabbit is doing this while the couple seem to be blissfully relaxed, it could very well be just a sound of contentment. Is there any chance you could record it so we could listen?

      Even neutered rabbits can make “hormonal” sounds, for example honking. Some neutered rabbits honk at the prospect of getting a treat. They can also circle the person who has the treat.


    • Gingerxmistyxo
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      Hi, I can try but the noises seem to be at random times. Normally when they are led down and from nowhere they coo


    • Bam
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      It doesnt seem like sth bad. If it were congested-nose-sounds, it would increase when the bun is excited. I had a bun with a congested nose, it was more audible when he was eating a favorite treat or if if he was upset for some reason, f ex when being handled.


    • kanin
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      If it happens while they’re laying down and resting/sleeping, it could be snoring. When one of mine snores I could see the noise being mistaken for a cooing sound as well.

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