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Home Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Tooth grinding while being pet?

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    • snowbunbun
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      Sorry if this is kind of an obvious question, but I haven’t found anything else on this type of thing really. So, I know that bunnies do grind their teeth while they are being pet and it is the kind that shows they’re comfortable, but it makes more of a ‘purring’ sound. Snow HAS been grinding his teeth when he’s being pet, but its not making the quick, chattering noise that people mistake for purring. It sounds like he’s just grinding his teeth together, kind of what you’d expect if a bunny was in pain, but he ONLY does it when he’s being pet? He doesn’t seem to be in any pain and is eating perfectly fine as well as going to the bathroom normally, seems completely healthy. No hunched positions either. He also does really enjoy being pet.

      So, is it that some bunnies just don’t make the exact ‘purring’ noise with their teeth? Or maybe something is hurting him that I’m just not seeing? If that’s the case, does anyone have any idea as to why he’d only do it when being pet?


    • easter
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      I’d say he is just a weird purrer, but check his back for bruises or cuts, and check for diluted pupils (white edge around the eye) when you pet him
      Best of wishes
      Easter


    • Bam
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      The “purring” can have different intensity and frequence. Sometimes it’s audible from metres away and sometimes it’s so soft it can only be felt with your fingers on the bun’s head. It can depend on who is petting the bun, my bun Bam tooth-purred more audibly when his granny pet him. He always sought her out for pets, she was his favorite person.


    • Hattrick
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      Ours does this too. It just means he’s *really* happy.

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