Why Do Rabbits Move Their Bedding: 4 reasons (with proven solution)

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Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

Rabbits, being energetic creatures, like to keep themselves busy and would easily get bored on sedentary life.

That’s why rabbit owners would often report some crazy stories about their rabbits be it jumping, dashing everywhere, or chewing everything in their home.

My two rabbits, Tyr and Freya, although don’t move their bedding, they do like to move things when I don’t give them enough attention or when they’re just bored.

In this article, I would be discussing the different reasons why rabbits move their beddings. I would also discuss the different proven solutions you can do to correct this behavior.

So without further ado, let’s get started.

Your rabbit is entertaining themselves.

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Rabbits, being naturally energetic has tons of energy that need to be expelled one way on another.

That’s why your rabbit would do all those random things like run around in circles, munch on their cage, and other crazy rabbit stuff out of nowhere.

Similarly, rabbits could also move things around when they’re bored. Other rabbits move their bowl, while others move their bedding or anything that’s inside their pen/cage.

Solution:

You can clip your rabbit’s bedding on their cage so that your rabbit can’t move their bedding.

Your rabbit might be pregnant.

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Pregnant rabbits are bound by instinct to build a nest. Usually, rabbits that are pregnant would remove any obstacles like bedding in order to make way for her to make a nest.

Female rabbits or doe’s pregnancy can last up to 31 days and they can produce up to 12 kits. During this time it’s best to remove any bedding and provide a nesting box.

A nesting box can be anything from a cardboard box or a wooden box. The nesting box should only have an opening at the top and must be lined with hay.

Your rabbit is bored.

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Bored rabbits would do all kinds of crazy things in order to entertain themselves. Some rabbits would run around in circles while others would move around the stuff in their pen/cage.

My rabbits rarely do this behavior because they have enough space and toys to entertain themselves. I suggest buying your rabbits toys or letting them out for a couple of hours a day to exercise if their cage is too small.

Here are the most common signs of a depressed rabbit:

  • Overgrooming
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Overeating
  • Loud noises
  • Chewing on things
  • Digging
  • Low energy

Solution:

Play with your rabbit more often and provide enough space for them to exercise. You could also provide toys so that your rabbit can entertain themselves.

Your rabbit wants to sleep on a flat surface.

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Some rabbits want to sleep on a flat surface instead of a soft bed. Rabbits much prefer flat surfaces during the warm season because it’s much cooler to lay on the floor compared to a bed.

If you live in a tropical country or any place that’s warm, you have to make sure that your rabbit has enough ventilation to prevent heatstroke.

You can try putting cold bottled water inside your rabbit’s cage to help them cool off. Wrap the bottle in towels because rabbits don’t like their fur to be wet.

Your rabbit wants some pets/cuddles.

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Your rabbit might be trying to get your attention by moving its beddings. Rabbits do this when they’re bored or your not giving them enough attention.

If your rabbits like getting pets then consider this to be the problem.

You can tell if your rabbit wants pets if they make any noises or any attention-seeking behavior and when you come close, they get excited.

Where should you place your rabbit’s bedding to prevent your rabbit from moving it?

You can place your rabbit’s bedding on the edges of their pen/cage and clip it in place. This way, your rabbit cannot move its bedding.

After some time trying to move their bedding, your rabbit will surrender and get bored because they can’t move it.

What are the alternative to rabbit’s bedding?

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An alternative to rabbit bedding is a towel or newspaper. Most rabbits actually prefer to sleep on the floor because it’s warmer.

But if you still want to put something between your rabbit and the floor, then a towel, a newspaper, or even hay can be a bed for your rabbits.

Should you just let your rabbit move their bedding?

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If your rabbit is bored, then it’s fine to let them move their bedding. Unless there damaging their bedding while moving it or anything destructive then it’s totally okay for rabbits to move their bed.

There is a lot of reason why your rabbit might want to move their bedding. It could be that they want to get somewhere and their bedding is on the way.

Whatever the reason is, unless destructive, I don’t see any reason to just let your rabbit do what they like.

Is it okay for rabbits to sleep on the floor with no bedding?

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Yes, rabbits can sleep on the floor without any bedding. Actually, most rabbits would prefer to sleep on the floor where it’s cooler.

Some bedding is too hot for rabbits that’s why they wont sleep in it.

In addition, be careful with cages that have wire surfaces. Your rabbit can have sore hocks when they sleep on it for an extended period of time.

Summary

Rabbits move their beddings when they are either bored, wanting attention, pregnant, or when they want to sleep on a flat surface.

If the reason why your rabbit moves their bedding is that they’re pregnant, you should remove their bed and prove a nesting box with hay as a lining so that they can start building their nest.

If the reason why your rabbit moves their bedding is that they want some attention, then consider giving your rabbit more cuddles and attention. You can also get your rabbit a friend if they are alone all the time.

If the reason why your rabbit moves their bedding is that they’re bored, then consider spending more time with your rabbits and provide some toys.

If the reason why your rabbit moves their bedding is that they want to sleep on the floor instead, check if it’s currently hot in your location, your rabbit might be seeking a cooler place to sleep.

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Bunny Horde (November 15, 2021) Why Do Rabbits Move Their Bedding: 4 reasons (with proven solution). Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/why-do-rabbits-move-their-bedding/.
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Sources and Further reading

  • Buseth, Marit Emilie., and Richard A. Saunders. Rabbit Behaviour, Health, and Care. CABI, 2014.
  • Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.