Why Do Rabbits Run Around In Circles In Their Cage: 5 reasons (with proven solution)

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Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

My two rabbits, Tyr and Freya, would usually run around in circles in their cages whenever I’m close to them. Rabbits do this behavior whenever they’re excited which is called “binkies”.

But that’s not all the reason why a rabbit would run around in circles.

In this article, I’ll talk about the different reasons why your rabbit might be running around its cage in circles. I would also touch on the different solutions to this behavior.

So without further ado, let’s get started.

“Binkies”

rabbit jumping on dog

Your rabbit might be doing binkies. Binkies are a rabbit behavior where a rabbit jumps up and runs around in excitement.

This behavior usually means that your rabbit is happy and playful. It could also mean that they want to play and are trying to get your attention.

Whatever the case, if your rabbit is just doing binkies, then socialize with your rabbit because after a few minutes, they’re going back to “sleep mode””.

Your rabbit is excited

rabbit standing in fence

Another reason why your rabbit might be running around their cages is because of excitement.

Did you notice that your rabbits are doing this behavior whenever you’re around? Maybe when they smell the treats you’re holding?

My two rabbits, Tyr and Freya, would often do this running around the cage behavior whenever I’m close to them because they know that I’ll let them out and it’s playtime.

Your rabbit is bored

bored rabbit

Running around their cage could also mean that your rabbit is bored. Rabbits naturally have a lot of energy that needs to be expended somehow.

If your rabbit’s cage is small, and you seldom play/let your rabbit out, then it’s possible that your rabbit is bored. Rabbits are social creatures and need a lot of attention.

That’s why pet shop owners and vets recommend getting at least two rabbits so they can keep each other company. If it’s not possible for you to get two rabbits, then you have no choice but to give your rabbit enough time each day to avoid boredom.

Your rabbit needs exercise

playing rabbit

Another reason your rabbit is running around in circles in their cages is because of the lack of exercise. This is a very common problem when it comes to pet rabbits kept at small apartments where rabbits are kept in very small cages.

Rabbits in the wild have evolved to graze and run around the whole field all day long. That’s why rabbits that are kept in small cages tend to act out because they’re frustrated from all the unexpended energy.

I suggest giving your rabbit a few hours a day out of their cages to exercise. Exercise is especially important to rabbits that are not neutered because they are naturally more energetic due to hormones.

Your rabbit has reached sexual maturity

two rabbits sleeping together

Another possible reason your rabbit is running around in circles is that your rabbit has already reached sexual maturity.

Rabbits running around in circles is a common mating behavior that usually starts happening after a rabbit is sexually mature. You can tell if this is the case if your rabbit is not neutered.

Summary

Rabbits running around in their cages can mean a few things.

First, rabbits running around their cage could be what’s called “binkies”. It’s where rabbits would run around and jumps because they are excited.

Second, it could be that your rabbit is excited to see you. Rabbits would usually get excited whenever their owners are close to their pens/cages.

Third, it could be that your rabbit is bored and they’re just running around their pens/cage to entertain themselves. This behavior usually happens to rabbits that are alone.

Fourth, it could be that your rabbit has a lot of unused energy and they need to exercise. This typically happens to rabbits that are in their cages for long periods of time.

And finally, your rabbit has already reached sexual maturity. Running around in circles is a common mating/courting behavior to rabbits.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 14, 2021) Why Do Rabbits Run Around In Circles In Their Cage: 5 reasons (with proven solution). Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/rabbit-running-around-in-circles-in-cage/.
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Sources and Further reading

  • Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.