How To Tell If A Bunny Is Happy?

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Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

To tell if your bunny is happy, you need to look at your bunny’s action. Bunnies who are happy and content would start doing the following:

  1. Your bunny is licking you.
  2. Your bunny is nudging you.
  3. Your bunny is jumping on your lap and letting you pet them.
  4. Your bunny has happy ears or ears upward.
  5. Your bunny is relaxed when sleeping.
  6. Running around in circles around you.
  7. Your bunny is playing/running on its own.
  8. Your bunny would “Binky”

Bunnies are social creatures and they need constant social interactions to be truly happy with either you, their owner or preferably another bunny.

I highly encourage anyone reading this to get a companion for your bunnies.

Your bunny is licking you.

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Bunny licking other bunnies is a sign of trust and love. They only lick those who are close to them or bunnies that they consider family to groom them.

So, if your bunny starts to lick you, most of the time your feet, it’s a sign that your bunny is starting to trust and love you and considers you a part of their family.

Bunnies are social creatures and they are happiest when they are in the wild surrounded by their social circle who they trust and love.

Your bunny is nudging you.

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When your bunny is nudging you, it means that they’re trying to get your attention. It’s like saying “Hey, Let’s play” or “Hey, I want pets”, whatever the reason is, it’s a sign that your bunny is happy and playful.

If your bunny is trying to get your attention by nudging, look if they have enough food because sometimes they’re trying to get your attention because they want something. And one thing bunny always want is more food.

Your bunny is jumping on your lap and letting you pet them.

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A bunny that’s happy and content is not scared or worried about its environment. Us, being the top of the food chain, and bunnies a prey animal, would only jump on our lap if they truly trust and loves us.

Letting you pet them is also a sign of trust and contentment in bunnies. In the wild, bunnies would often groom each other as a sign of affection and love.

So if your bunny is letting you touch and pet them, it means that they see you as “part of the pack” and they love you.

Your bunny has happy ears or ears upward.

Happy ears or ears upward.
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Bunnies that are stressed in their environment have tense body language with their ears down. If your bunny has their ears up, it means that they are either curious or relaxed.

A relaxed bunny is a happy bunny. In the wild, bunnies are always worried about predators so they’re only able to relax when hidden.

Your bunny is relaxed when sleeping.

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Bunnies in the wild would rarely sleep relaxed because of all the predators on all sides. Bunnies even develop a second eyelid that’s transparent so they can sleep without closing their eyes.

If your bunny is sleeping in a relaxed position and its eyes closed, it’s a sign that your bunny is content and happy in its current environment.

So pat yourself in the back because you’re a great bunny owner.

Running around in circles around you.

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Bunnies running around in circles or running around your feet is a sign of excitement and that they’re happy to see you. In the wild, bunnies running in circles is a courting behavior that’s usually an indicator that your bunny is now entering puberty and needs to be neutered.

When your bunny is running in circles around you, it could also mean that they want food or attention. Try to observe what behavior they’re excited about so that you’ll have a better understanding of your bunny’s behaviors.

Your bunny is playing/running on its own.

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A bunny playing on its own is also a sign of happiness. It means that they’re now comfortable in their environment to be carefree.

Try to join in if they allow you. Otherwise, let them play on their own and try again later. This is especially important if you’re in a new home or you just got your bunny.

Letting your bunnies play on their own and explore would give them the peace of mind they need and show them that the place is safe from danger.

Forcing your bunny to play with you on this stage of getting to know the place would just scare your bunny even more.

Your bunny would “Binky”

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And Lastly, the ultimate sign of your bunny’s happiness level, the infamous “Binky”. If your bunny is doing this behavior, pat yourself in the back for being an awesome bunny owner.

If there is one thing on this list that’s a guaranteed sign that a bunny is happy, it’s this behavior.

Conclusion

The sign of a happy bunny includes bunnies licking you, nudging you, jumping on your lap, letting you pet them, sleeping on their side, running around in circles, relaxed ears, playing on their own, and binkying.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 29, 2021) How To Tell If A Bunny Is Happy?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/how-to-tell-if-a-bunny-is-happy/.
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