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Forum BEHAVIOR Unusual? Backwards crawling

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    • New2Rabbits63
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        Hi everyone.

        I am the first time owner of a rabbit

        All my experiences have been with cats and dogs.

        I am completely astounded at the mental and emotional intelligence of rabbits.

        I am enthralled by the sweet , quirky, expressive personality of Peaty.

         

        He is a 2 year old neutered male.

        I think a Mini rex X Netherland Dwarf.

         

        I have had him.only 4 weeks now.

        Twice I have witnessed him lay flat down, stretched out and proceed to push himself backwards on the carpet.

         

        Normal behavior,  sign of discomfort?

         

        Anyone seen this before?

         

        Thanks

        Donna

         


      • Bam
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          I’m not quite sure how you mean. But:

          1. Rabbits can stretch their back by pressing their lower belly afainst the floor. They often yawn at the same time. If this occurs after the bun has been resting and the bun otherwise has a good energy level, good appetite and normal poop, it’s just stretching and nothing to worry about.

          2. Rabbits that have a stomach problem, f ex gas, sometimes press their belly against the floor. It looks a bit like when a human tries to do push ups but fails to keep the core rigid. The rabbits also tends to shift position often, like they cant find a comfy position. Or they lie or sit still in one spot and are very reluctant to move. They might try to hide away. They are not interested in food, might take a treat but not enthusiastically. This is not good and you should take action.

          So you have to interpret this behaviour in context.


        • LBJ10
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            The only time I have seen a bunny crawl backwards is when they crawl into a tight space and realize there’s nowhere to go, so they crawl backwards to get out.


          • skunkyboop
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              can you post a video?

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