Why is your rabbit headbutting You: 3 reasons (with solution)

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Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

Unlike most pet animals where they make a sound whenever they want something, we, rabbit owners need to understand the body language of our babies.

Rabbits, being the quirky creatures, would often do the nudging or headbutting whenever they want something. It could also be a way of saying hello, I want to play.

My two rabbits, Tyr and Freya, would often do this behavior whenever they want something — which is play/cuddle time.

In this article, I would discuss the different meanings behind your rabbit headbutting or nudging you.

So without further ado, lets get started:

Your rabbit want more pets.

rabbit nudging owner

When your rabbit is nudging or headbutting you it could mean that they want more pets. Rabbits usually do this to get your attention.

So if your rabbit loves cuddling or getting pets, then it’s safe to assume that’s what they want. Sometimes rabbits would even softly bite their owners if they’re being ignored.

If your rabbit resort to biting without headbutting/nudging first, then you should not give them pets because it could encourage that bad behavior.

You should always ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior. To do this, once your rabbit nudges you, immediately give pets. Don’t wait for your rabbit to stop biting!

Your rabbit wants you to get out of the way.

rabbit wants you to get out of the way

Another reason why your rabbit might be headbutting you is that you’re on its way.

If you’re somehow blocking the way to something interesting, then your rabbit might slightly nudge you to tell you that you need to move now!

My rabbit, Tyr, would often do this when I’m sitting on the floor and I’m blocking a part of an area he wants to examine. Good thing my babies don’t bite but instead, annoy me until I move lol.

Your rabbit is saying hello, I love you!

rabbit is saying hello, I love you!

Nudging or headbutting is also a sign of trust and affection for rabbits. Rabbits are very cautious creatures, they won’t even attempt to get close to someone who they perceive as danger.

So it’s safe to assume that when your rabbit nudges you, they’re saying that they trust you.

Also, your rabbit might be saying hello to you or trying to get your attention. My rabbits Tyr and Freya would do this whenever they want to play and cuddle.

Conclusion

Rabbits headbutting their owners can means that they want something from you. Most of the time its pets, cuddles, or food.

It could also mean that your rabbit wants you to move because you’re on the way to where they want to go.

And finally, rabbits often nudge their owners to say hello, I love you so much. So give your babies a hug whenever they do this because they love and trust you!

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 14, 2021) Why is your rabbit headbutting You: 3 reasons (with solution). Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/why-does-my-rabbit-headbutt-me/.
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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.