Why Is My Rabbit Shaking?
Pet owners and rabbit breeders often have to deal with the many peculiar behavioral aspects of these cute and cuddly creatures. In the wild, rabbits are prey animals; their body language is totally instinct-based. As an owner, it will help to thoroughly know your pet to understand how it behaves, adapts and responds to its environment without getting worried.
A rabbit shaking or trembling is one of the most common behaviors that owners come across and leaves many nervous, because it seems unusual. Are you a new owner and wondering why is your rabbit shaking? Stay with us at oneHOWTO and we'll delve into it to find the causes.
Why does my rabbit shake when it's hot?
Rabbits do not take heat very well; they can endure cold, but heat really gets to them. A temperature of 26º C (80º F) or more will cause them distress, so if it's too hot your rabbit may start shaking.
Bring down the heat in the room and leave a frozen water bag or a damp sheet or pillow near the rabbit. If heat is the cause, the rabbit will come in contact with the cold surface and start feeling better.
Why does my rabbit shake when it's frightened?
When scared, it is quite normal for rabbits to start shaking. You will notice that your rabbit is frightened due to its body language; its nose will vibrate in such situations.
There are many different reasons why a rabbit could get frightened. It could be due to trauma or a change of surroundings. When you get a new rabbit home, it might miss its earlier environment at the pet store or the farm. It might even miss its mother or siblings. Sometimes, a rabbit that’s used to being alone may not respond well to another rabbit in close confines and may get frightened with new company.
Is my rabbit shaking or is it just hiccups?
With long-haired rabbits it can be difficult to decipher if the rabbit is really shaking its whole body or if it is just having a hiccup episode. Touch the rabbit all over on its stomach, nose, ears and back to diagnose the problem. Rabbits breathe fast, so you must be able to recognize their normal breathing pattern.
Is my rabbit's shaking an abnormal sign?
Shaking at all times is not normal and it’s a sign that something is not right. It is important to look for other signs along with shaking episodes. Is your rabbit eating well? Is it pooping fine? Are there any other behavioral changes that you have observed?
If there are other symptoms accompanying the shaking and the rabbit does not seem well overall, it is highly recommended that you get it checked with a vet as soon as possible.
Have you ever wondered why is your rabbit shaking? Did you discover the reason? Tell us in the comments section!
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to a vet if it has any type of condition or pain.
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