Why is my rabbit swaying back and forth?
He seems to have always done this, and he is definitely not shaking or frightened. But he just sits in his cage and sways at times. Why is that?
To my knowledge, this is quite normal. I've raised a few buns and seen this a lot. I have a bun who sits up and sways a bit before falling asleep. I would suggest letting him out of the cage, buns need lots and lots of exercise and can get really bored in cages.
Bunnies can really come to life outside of their cages, and when they feel safe are so affectionate, so if hes just sitting there most of the time, then he's probably very bored.
I'm not sure. Perhaps you can look up some books or articles that talk about bunnies. If you're really concerned, it might be worthwhile to take it to the vet.
Your rabbit is under stimulated. Do you ever take it outside on a leash? Let it play in the back yard? Studies have shown that caged animals will display unnatural behavior such as swaying or pacing when kept in a cage and not exercised enough.
I raised rabbits for 2 years. I love the babies, which they have tons of...they're SOOOO adorable.
Sounds to me like you should keep the liquor cabinet locked up!! LOL
No? OK, seriously then, this is a "self-soothing" activity, just like you and I might rock back & forth in a rocking chair....or a cat does the "kneading thing".......
Does he have pink eyes? Pink-eyed creatures (as well as others) often sway trying to get a fix on what they're looking at because their eyesight is so poor. It could be this, it could be he's really bored and showing signs of "zoonosis" (boredom in captivity) or he could have a medical issue like an ear infection. I would check out those ears either way, make sure there's nothing gushy or smelly or otherwise off inside them. Good luck.
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