Do Cats Growl?

Do cats growlThere is some debate as to whether or not cats growl. Some people believe that cats growl when they are angry or frustrated, while others believe that cats growl when they are trying to communicate with their owners.

Regardless of the reason, it is important to be aware that cats growl and that it can be a sign of aggression or frustration. If your cat growls at you, it is important to take the growling seriously and avoid provoking the cat. If you are in the middle of a fight between your cat and another animal, the safest course of action is to get out of the way.

Do you ever wonder why your silly bunny jumps and twists in the air? Or why she likes to rub her chin on everything? All animals have their own secret body language, and I'm here to help you crack the code so you can learn exactly what your little fluff-ball is trying to tell you.All we have to do is learn the behavioral signs and pay attention because they use their ears, tail, nose, and body position to tell us exactly what they mean.

Okay, it will take some time and observation to truly understand your rabbit's behavior, but luckily for you, I've put together this awesome A-Z list.A cheat sheet to help you learn everything your rabbit says.

Understanding rabbit body language is the first step toward bonding with your rabbit; once you understand what your rabbit is trying to tell you, you'll be able to spend time with them in a way that doesn't scare them.Find out more about how you can bond with your rabbit!

(This post discusses pet rabbit body language, but they also make noises that can tell you a little about how they feel; for more information, see my rabbit sound guide.)

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Alert

If your rabbit is standing on their hind legs or alert with all four feet on the ground, it means they are on high alert.This is usually easy to spot because rabbits exhibit the same behavior as cats and dogs.nbsp;

Going on alert is a way for your rabbit to listen intently when they suspect there is a danger. The rabbit may appear to go on alert at random, even when you don't hear anything.Rabbits have large ears for a reason: they can hear sounds from a long distance that humans cannot.

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Binky

Your rabbit's crazy jump and twist in the air is called a binky, and it means your rabbit is very happy!

A binky is literally a leap of joy; your rabbit is simply too happy to stand still.Binkies are frequently accompanied by high-speed zooming around the room, indicating that your rabbit is overjoyed and simply cannot contain all of their energy.nbsp;

When your rabbit isn't feeling quite as energetic, they may perform what I call a'mini binky.' This looks like the beginning of a binky, but the rabbit never gets all the way off the ground, and only their head does a happy twist at the end.

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Boxing

When a rabbit stands up on their hind legs and raises their front paws to swat at anyone who comes too close, they are exhibiting boxing behavior; their ears will be up, and their weight will be mostly on their toes rather than their heels.The rabbit may also growl.

This is aggressive rabbit behavior; most rabbits prefer to run and hide rather than fight, but you may come across a stubborn rabbit who chooses to stand their ground.I see this a lot in videos where people introduce their pet rabbit to their dog; the rabbit may appear to be cute, but they are actually very upset and ready to fight.

If you step inside your rabbit's enclosure, for example, they may want to protect their space and take a boxing stance to try to fight you away.

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Butt twitching

When you give a rabbit a tasty treat, you may notice that their buttocks begin to twitch, and it may even appear that their buttocks are vibrating.This indicates that your rabbit is content and enjoying the food you just gave them.

I've only seen butt twitching in one rabbit on a regular basis, a little guy whose butt twitched even when he was eating his daily pellets.However, I occasionally see it in other rabbits that I interact with at the animal shelter.

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Cautious

A cautious rabbit will slowly tip-toe around with their ears forward and tails down, pausing frequently to look and listen, or they may stretch out as far as they can while keeping their back feet in the same place.They'll be ready to back up and make a break for it if they get scared in this position.

This is a very common rabbit behavior, and you will most likely see it whenever the rabbit enters a new room, or if there is a new object for them to investigate, or if there are any new people around.

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Chewing

Rabbit teeth are constantly growing, so they have a natural desire to chew on anything they can get their teeth on, including wires, baseboards, furniture, clothing, and anything else they can get their teeth on.

This is one of the more annoying bunny behaviors because it can be very destructive, but they need to chew on things for their own health.To protect your home, rabbit-proof anything you don't want your rabbit to chew on, and provide your rabbit with other chew toys to help them keep their teeth trim without chewing on your furniture.(Here's a list of great chew toys for your rabbit.)

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Chin rubbing

This is your rabbit's way of claiming her territory; the rabbit will rub their chin against the leg of a table, the corner of a wall, or any other location they wish to claim as their own.Rabbits have scent glands under their chins, which spreads their scent around, alerting other rabbits that the space has already been claimed.

This behavior is most noticeable when your rabbit is exploring a new location; however, my rabbits also chin my clothing if I come home with the scent of another animal on me.

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Circling

When a rabbit runs circles around your feet (or figure eights between your legs), it is a sign of excitement and love, and they frequently make a cute oinking sound (some people call it honking) while doing so.

This behavior is most common when your rabbit expects a treat from you, and they may even smell the tasty treat in your hand.When it's the time of day when they usually get a treat, they get really excited, and my rabbit gets really excited to see me when I return from vacation.She'll start circling my feet and following me as soon as I get home.

  • Read More: 7 Signs Your Rabbit Loves You

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Cold shoulder

Some rabbits can be very stubborn; if you upset them by rearranging their cage or clipping their nails, they may refuse to interact with you for a short period of time.They usually express their dissatisfaction with you by sitting with their buttocks facing you and giving you the cold shoulder.

Tenshi, my old bunny, used to do this all the time, especially when I had to give her arthritis medication every day; she would grumpily put her back to me and hop away if I tried to pet her.She'd even refuse to take treats from me for a few hours to make sure I knew how upset she was.

But don't be too concerned if your rabbit gives you the cold shoulder; they'll eventually forgive you.Simply be patient and give them some space for a while.

  • More: Can your rabbit bear a grudge?Can your rabbit hold a grudge?

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Confident

A confident rabbit will be more relaxed in their surroundings, and if they have uppity ears, their ears will rest at a comfortable 45o angle.They will not be flat on their back or too far forward; their nose will twitch at a normal rate, and they will be sitting calmly.They won't appear to be about to flee.

If the rabbit has settled into their environment, this should be their default, normal body language, indicating that they are calm and at ease in their surroundings and are not afraid of being attacked or harassed.

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Curious

Curious rabbits' body language is often very similar to that of a cautious rabbit, and the two behaviors usually go hand in hand, because curious rabbits are also cautious about new objects in their environment.

When a rabbit is curious, he will approach the object of interest on tiptoe, ears forward, and his nose will be running faster than usual to sniff out anything new.

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Digging

Rabbits are natural burrowers, which means they dig tunnels for a living in the wild; domesticated rabbits haven't abandoned their digging habits because it's too ingrained in them as an instinct.So your rabbit, especially the females, may try digging into corners and under doors, as they are the primary nest diggers.

Put down plastic mats or area rugs in corners of the room to rabbit proof your house and keep your rabbit from destroying your rugs. This way, your rabbit can still engage in their natural behaviors without destroying your house.Learn more about rabbit digging habits.

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Flattening

This is when rabbits completely flatten themselves onto the ground, with their paws still on the ground and ready to run, and their tail extended and down behind them.nbsp;

A rabbit that flattens onto the ground is a submissive rabbit, and it may indicate that they are afraid.They may also be indicating that they understand their place in the social hierarchy, as submissive rabbits will "bow" to dominant rabbits.

This is not to be confused with how rabbits relax when they are petted.nbsp; You may notice your rabbit almost melting into the floor when you give them a back massage; this is simply because they are getting comfortable and has nothing to do with being scared or submissive.

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Flicking you off

Have you ever noticed that when you put your rabbit down after holding them, they flick their feet and hop away? This means that they are upset with you, and you may see it at other times when your rabbit is upset with you, such as after you trim their nails.And it is frequently followed by your rabbit giving you the cold shoulder and ignoring you for a short period of time.

This is one way rabbits will demonstrate their personalities; some will immediately return and forgive you if they hear the sound of a treat.Others will wait for you to come and massage them, and I even had one rabbit who would ignore me for hours after becoming upset with me, and would completely refuse any peace offering I tried to give her.

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Flopping

A rabbit flop may appear frightening to new rabbit owners, but it does not have to be. Flopping occurs when rabbits roll onto their side and sleep.They will occasionally roll all the way onto their back.nbsp;

This is actually very cute, and it indicates that the rabbit is completely safe; however, it can be startling if you're not used to it, because it appears that the rabbit is dead.However, if you look closely, you will notice that your rabbit is breathing.

If you're a new rabbit owner and see your rabbit laying on their side like this, don't worry; this is a sign that your rabbit completely trusts you.

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Gentle nudge

Your rabbit may softly nudge your hand while putting her head down, indicating that she wishes to be petted.The rabbit may nudge your arm or leg instead, but if she is putting her head down, a massage is in order.

Rabbits enjoy being petted, especially on their forehead and behind their ears (but not under their chin, as cats do), and you can massage them all the way down their back and watch them melt into the ground.Petting your rabbit is an excellent way to gain their trust; some rabbits prefer to be petted more than they do treats!

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Grooming

Rabbits groom themselves all over, and it is the cutest thing you will ever see.You'll notice them turning all the way around to groom their backside, as well as using their paws to clean their face and ears.nbsp;

Rabbit cleaning habits are fascinating to observe; they are actually very clean creatures who spend a lot of time grooming.nbsp;

Interestingly, I've noticed that many rabbits are modest, and they are less likely to begin grooming if they know someone is watching.This is most likely due to the fact that when rabbits clean themselves, they don't pay as much attention to their surroundings; as a safety precaution, they'll scan the area before beginning their grooming routine.

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Hard nudge

If your rabbit gives you a hard nudge with their nose, it's telling you to get out of the way; usually, your rabbit wants to go somewhere past you, and you're in the way.nbsp;

Some rabbits will nudge you and wait for you to move; if you don't, they'll try to find another way around.Most bunnies will give you a hard nudge, and if you don't move immediately, they'll try to force their way through.They'll even give you a nip to encourage you to move faster (how rude!).

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Hunched position

This one is serious: a hunched rabbit is similar to a loaf, but your rabbit will appear very uneasy.They will be slightly raised on their front paws to avoid pressing their belly into the ground, and their eyes may be squinted rather than the typical wide bunny eyes.If you see your rabbit hunched, it will appear that they want to settle into a loaf but don't want to put pressure on their stomach.

If you notice your rabbit sitting like this, it means something is wrong with their digestive tract, and you should closely monitor them to ensure they are eating and pooping.If their behavior does not change, you should take your rabbit to the vet right away because they may be suffering from GI stasis and require medical attention.

  • More: How to Tell if a Rabbit Is SickHow to know when a rabbit is sick

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Licking 

Rabbits will frequently lick people or objects in the room as a way of marking their territory.Licking is one way rabbits spread their scent and claim objects, but it is also how rabbits groom.

If you notice your rabbit licking the sofa or licking specific pillows, this is due to grooming habits rather than territorial instincts.Rabbits will groom each other by licking in groups, and the texture of some sofas, pillows, or clothing may be similar enough that your rabbit will groom them.

Rabbits will also lick people on occasion, sometimes because there are traces of treat on your fingers, but most of the time it is because they adore you and want to groom you.This is more often seen in submissive rabbits, as it would be their responsibility to do the majority of the grooming if they lived in a group.

  • More here: Pet rabbit licking habitsLicking behaviors of pet rabbits

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Loafing

Loafing is when your rabbit fluffs up into a ball that resembles a loaf of bread; this is a generally comfortable position for rabbits, and they'll often sleep in it, especially during the colder months.nbsp;

This is a neutral position for a rabbit; they are not in a ready-to-run stance, but it is also an easy position for a rabbit to dash out of and flee if they become scared.But don't be concerned if your rabbit prefers to sleep in a loaf rather than sprawling or flopping; many rabbits are simply more comfortable this way.

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Lunging

If a rabbit is territorial or scared, they will lunge or swat at you, pulling their ears back and raising their tail as they make a quick lunge forward with their front feet.It is usually accompanied by a growl or, in extreme cases, a bite.nbsp;

If a rabbit feels cornered with no way out, they may lunge at someone, or they may be very aggressive and lunge at people who enter their territory to try to get any intruders to leave.

Lunging is often a warning sign from rabbits; they don't want to hurt you, but they are letting you know they might if you don't back off.

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Mounting

If you have more than one rabbit, you may notice some mounting behavior, even if the rabbits are of the same gender, and even after the rabbits have been fixed (though it should decrease at that point).Mounting is a dominance behavior as well as a sexual behavior, and rabbits will use it to assert their dominance over others in the group.

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Nesting

If you have an unspayed female rabbit, she may begin to gather bedding and materials and attempt to dig into a corner to make a nest for her babies.She will almost certainly remove some of her own fur from her dewlap, chest, and forelegs to add to the bedding material.nbsp;

Sometimes the behavior is caused by the rabbit being pregnant, but in the case of pet rabbits that aren't being bred, it's usually a false pregnancy.If you have your rabbit spayed, this behavior should be completely eliminated.

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Nipping

Nipping, believe it or not, is not usually an aggressive behavior; nips are not hard bites.They are just little pinches with your rabbit's teeth that usually don't hurt much, but your rabbit may inadvertently get you in a more tender spot.A rabbit may give you a little nip to help you out or groom you, but most of the time, a rabbit will give you a little nip to either get your attention or tell you to move out of the way.

If your rabbit nips you frequently, you can discourage them by shouting "ouch!" loudly whenever they get you, which will help your rabbit understand that what they're doing is hurting you and eventually teach them to stop.

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Periscoping

When your rabbit stands on her hind legs, it means she is curious and attempting to gain a better vantage point; this is yet another of those adorable rabbit behaviors that are simply too irresistible.And your rabbit is well aware of it; this is how they beg for treats.

So, if your rabbit comes up to you and stands up with those adorable bunny-eyes and the little, wiggling nose, it's okay to give them a small snack; however, rabbits have sensitive stomachs, so don't overfeed them.You must learn to resist their cuteness!

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Scared

A scared rabbit will have their ears and tail down, and the whites of their eyes will be visible; they will also dash to find a place to hide, such as under a piece of furniture or in a hiding box.

If you notice your rabbit leaning away from you or another person as you reach for them, this is a sign that they are afraid, and you should back off for a while and let your rabbit approach you instead.

  • More information: How to Help Your Rabbit Overcome AnxietyHow to help your rabbit overcome anxiety

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Scattered poops

Rabbits will scatter their feces across an area to mark their territory; unaltered rabbits do this more frequently than spayed or neutered rabbits, but the behavior usually does not go away completely.

However, once a rabbit feels they own the territory, they will usually stop scattering poop around, so you may notice a lot of this behavior in the first few weeks after bringing your rabbit home, but it will gradually subside as your rabbit feels more at ease.The behavior will then resume whenever you let them into a new area of the house.

  • More here: 15 ways rabbits communicate with one another15 ways that rabbits communicate with each other

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Shaking ears

This is when a rabbit shakes their head to make their ears flop around a little. Rabbits may do this for three reasons:

  1. They are content. Sometimes this is a mini binky, and your rabbit is twitching their head to show it.A little shake of the ears usually indicates that your rabbit is happily running around and exploring.Sometimes this is a mini binky and your rabbit is twitching their head to show they are happy. If your rabbit is happily running around and exploring, that’s usually what a little shake of their ears means.
  2. If you reach for your rabbit and try to pet them, but they shake their ears as your hand approaches, they are probably trying to tell you that they are not interested in being pet right now. If you are reaching for your rabbit and trying to pet them, but they shake their ears as your hand gets close, they are probably trying to tell you they are not interested in being pet right now.
  3. They have itchy ears.If your rabbit shakes their head several times before scratching at their ears, this indicates that the ears are itchy.If your rabbit shakes their head a number of times and then starts scratching at their ears, it means the ears are itchy.

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Sniffing

Rabbits will sometimes wiggle their nose quickly and scan the ground with their nose, or they will spend a long time sniffing at a new object to identify it.

Rabbits will sniff around when they are curious and want to check things out, as well as when they are trying to find objects close up.Rabbits are farsighted and have a blind spot in front of their nose, so they must use their sniffer to locate objects.

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Sprawling

This is when a rabbit is laying on their side or belly but is not completely flopped over; it appears that your rabbit is getting comfortable.They'll even sleep with their heads on their paws and look adorable.nbsp;

Spawning, like flopping, indicates that your rabbit trusts you. Basically, any time your rabbit's back feet aren't solidly on the ground, it means your rabbit feels safe.When rabbits put themselves in a position where they have to get up before running away, it's a big indicator that they see you as a friend, not a threat.

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Spraying

Spraying is when rabbits mark their territory with their pee, which they usually (but not always) do in small spurts onto a vertical surface.Spraying is most common in male rabbits, but female rabbits are also known to spray. Spraying is almost always resolved by having your rabbit altered.

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Suddenly running away

Unlike zooming, which is more of a continuous dashing around the room, suddenly running away to hide somewhere means that something spooked your rabbit.For example, there was a loud crash in the room, but it sometimes appears more random.

Remember that rabbits have much better senses than humans, so your bunny may hear or smell something dangerous that you cannot detect.This behavior is frequently accompanied by a thump or two, and your rabbit will remain alert for a short period of time afterwards.

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Teeth grinding/purring

Did you know rabbits can purr? It's not quite like a cat's purring, but if you listen closely when you pet your rabbit, you might hear them softly grinding their teeth together.And if you place your hand on top of their head, you will notice a slight vibration, which is what rabbits do when they are happy and content.It has the same meaning as a cat purring.

  • What are normal teeth grinding behaviors in rabbits?What are normal teeth grinding behaviors for rabbits?

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Teeth loudly chattering

Not to be confused with the contented sound of teeth purring, loudly chattering teeth is a sign of pain in your rabbit, and it sounds like nails on a blackboard.It's not something you should hear all the time, and it's usually a sign that something is wrong and you should see a vet.

The loud teeth grating usually occurs when the rabbit is sitting hunched or otherwise appears uncomfortable.

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Territorial

Rabbits are generally gentle animals, especially if they have been spayed or neutered; if a rabbit is aggressive, they will pull their ears back and growl at you to warn you.However, it is extremely rare for a rabbit to attack someone out of nowhere.nbsp;

In general, a rabbit will bite you for one of two reasons:

  • The rabbit is completely cornered and terrified, and even in this situation, rabbits will usually try to swat at you before biting.
  • You are invading an aggressive rabbit's territory; rabbits are territorial by nature.Most of the time, they will only become aggressive toward other rabbits, but they will occasionally become defensive toward humans as well.

Most rabbits are gentle, but if you notice aggressive or territorial behavior, try to leave them alone for a few minutes to allow them to calm down.

  • More information: How to Calm Aggressive RabbitsHow to help aggressive rabbits calm down

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Throwing

Rabbits enjoy throwing their toys around and do so frequently while playing.They'll take the toy in their mouth and lift their head to throw it to the side, then go get the toy and repeat the process.

When rabbits are frustrated or bored, they may throw things around; for example, if they are kept in an enclosure that is too small, they may throw their food and water bowls around (some rabbits will do this even if they have plenty of space).

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Thumping

This is the most audible sound your rabbit will make (it sounds like dropping a heavy textbook on the floor), and it occurs when your rabbit thumps their strong hind legs against the ground.If you've seen the movie Bambi, you might think that thumping is a sign of a content rabbit, but it's actually the opposite.nbsp;

A thumping rabbit can indicate one of two things:

  • I sense danger and am attempting to warn you.
  • I am upset with you!

Sometimes your rabbit will thump once and then stop, indicating that either the danger has passed or they believe they have made their point.However, a rabbit may thump repeatedly if she is afraid of something.See if you can comfort or distract your rabbit with a treat, and learn more about why rabbits thump.

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Yawning

A rabbit, like humans and many other animals, will place their front feet forward, one at a time, and life their head for a big yawn before going to sleep and after waking up.

If you're familiar with dog body language, you might wonder if rabbits yawn when they're nervous or uncomfortable; however, this is not a common meaning of rabbit yawns; the body language is simply different in this case.

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Zooming

When your rabbit races in circles, or figure eights, around the room over and over, it means he or she is very happy and excited, and they are full of energy.You might even spot a few binkies zipping around the room.

This happens most often in the early morning with my buns, who are just waking up and getting excited because breakfast is just around the corner.

  • More information: How to Make Your Rabbit HappyHow to make your rabbit happy

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Do cats' stomachs rumble when they're hungry?

Yes, they can. Digestive chemistry, combined with the undulating actions of the stomach, can produce noise in any mammal and, I'm sure, some other animals.. Digestive chemistry coupled with the undulating actions of the stomach can make noise in any mammal to my knowledge and for sure some other animals.

Do animals stomachs rumble?

You should hear periods of silence with occasional soft gurgles, which is how our stomachs all sound.Dogs, like humans, experience bouts of loud gurgling.Sometimes just like us, dogs will have episodes of loud gurgling.