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Four Rabbit Fur Types found on a Rabbit’s Coat

The coat of a rabbit is made up of four types of hair. These guard hairs are also called ‘barbes’

Wool Hairs

Wool hairs are crimped hairs that a fine in character and tend to be the same across the rabbit’s hair. The rabbit’s coat is made up of most of these hairs. Indeed, there will be up 50 times more wool hairs to guard hairs on a rabbit’s coat.

Primary Guard hairs

Primary Guard hairs are bulky and strong and straight by nature, even in their width apart from when they increase in size close to the end before they taper to a thin end.

Straighter Secondary Guard Hairs

These secondary guard hairs are much straighter and have more definite pointed ends.

Crimped Secondary Guard Hairs

Crimped secondary guard hairs are much smaller in width and are much wavier in character

5 Reasons Why Your Rabbit Is Chattering Their Teeth

If ever you see your rabbit chattering their teeth, this can appear a little alarming at first.

It can be difficult to understand quite what this means when you see it.

Does it mean they are angry or maybe happy? However, if you can understand these patterns of behavior then it is all the more beneficial for your relationship with them.

There can be many different reasons for a rabbit chattering or be grinding their teeth.

Pain and discomfort

If you see your rabbit chattering their teeth it may mean that they are not happy. It could well be that they are in some sort of discomfort or pain.

If you see that their chattering is louder than you usually find it, then they may need your assistance.

If you see that they are crouched down and maybe their ears are pressed down along with chattering their teeth then this is very much a sign that all is not well with them.

In this situation, it would be worth seeking the opinion of a veterinary surgeon.

However, when your bunny chatters or grinds their teeth it isn’t always a sign that they may be in pain.


They can also be anxious, where something is worrying them. Is there something in their vicinity which needs dealing with which may be causing an increase in anxiety for them?

Nervousness is often a cause for rabbit’s to chatter their teeth and often this is something that the owner can help alleviate for them by finding the root cause.

It may be something worse as abject terror can also cause them to chatter their teeth. If they are scared and terrified by something around them this can often cause a rabbit to grind their teeth.
If this is the case you as the owner will probably be able to see what it is. Maybe another animal is stalking and preying upon them. Again, this is something you can intervene on and protect your bunny.
Your rabbit will go into a  panic and you will see their ears on end and eyes extremely prominent.
However, they maybe chattering their teeth for a completely different reason. Rabbit’s also chatter their teet when they are relaxed. It is a fast and smooth sound that they make with their teeth and is a bunny’s equivalent of a purr. They often do this when they are being stroked or petted. It is a sure sign that they feel relaxed and comfortable. If they do this in your presence then kudos to you for creating this scenario!
If your bunny’s grinding of their teeth has a smooth flow to it that stops and starts again, and you see that they aren’t in any kind of anxiety, terror, pain, and pleasure is not quite the word for it, then they may be excited about something. When your rabbit is chattering their teeth because they are excited then this is some serious excitement! They could be excited about the sight of a treat to eat or excited about your mere presence in their vicinity.
Do watch out for these signs and not jump to conclusions about what they mean.
Understanding about what different patterns of behavior of a bunny mean can only better your relationship with your rabbit and help to get to know them better.
Rabbit facts for kids

50 Great Rabbit Facts for Kids

Are you looking for some interesting and fun rabbit facts for kids to help with a homework project of maybe you are just interested in them or even a teacher planning for a class?

Then this post is for you.

Rabbits are one of the best pets that you could have, full of life and fun and have enraptured people for centuries. They remain today one of the most popular pets in the world.

We explore who they are, what they do, about their nature and character, where they live and what they eat, plus much more.

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50 Great Rabbit Facts for Kids

1. The average sleeping time for a pet rabbit is 8.4 hours.

2. Did you know that the world’s oldest rabbit lived for 18 years?

3. Did you know that a female rabbit can produce up to 30 young in a single season? They can even get pregnant again just after giving birth!

4. Rabbits have the ability to be litter trained.

5. The diet of a pet rabbit should consist of hay or timothy hay, rabbit pellets and fresh vegetables with a constant top up of fresh water.

6. As prey animals, Rabbits can get scared very easily as they are always looking out for predators.

7. When they are picked up, they need the support of one hand under their chest and one under their behind.

8. Rabbits need lots of grass and hay to help wear down their teeth which are constantly growing.

9. Rabbits have the ability to jump up to three meters long.

10. They also have the ability to jump one meter high.

11. Rabbits shouldn’t be kept alone and should preferably be kept in pairs. They get lonely and bored very easily and much prefer to be in the company of other rabbits.

12. Rabbits love to dig both in the wild and where they are kept as pets.

13. A ‘binky’ is a rabbits expression of joy . This is where they can run, jump up and twist their body and flick their feet up at the same time.

14. Rabbits love to groom each other. There is a term for this which is to ‘allogroom’ which means they will groom each other at the same time.

15. One of the ways that Rabbits can show affection is by running around a person.

16. A rabbit in the wild relies on a knowledge of their environment and surroundings so as to protect themselves from unwanted visitors.

17. As they love to eat, they need regular exercise to prevent them from becoming overweight.

18. A female rabbit is called a doe.

19. A male rabbit is called a buck

20. A young rabbit is called a kit or a kitten.

21. When they are born they have their eyes closed. Their eyes open after 2 weeks and will only leave the nest after they are opened.

22. The largest litter of rabbits ever reported produced 24 kits.

23. They have 28 teeth. These include four incisor teeth, two small peg-like teeth behind their top incisor teeth. They have six upper premolars, six upper molars, six lower molars and four lower premolars. These are their cheek teeth which they use to grind their food.

24. Rabbits that are born into captivity don’t tend to open their eyes until two weeks after they are born.

25. A baby rabbit is born without fur. The fur will start to grow after 3 days.

26. Did you know that rabbits live between 8-12 years if not longer?

27. Pet rabbits are related to the wild European rabbit who has the scientific name ‘Oryctolagus cuniculus’. This means ‘hare-like digger of underground passages’.

28. Rabbits are herbivores which means they love to feed on plants.

29. Rabbits are prey animals which means that they are always on the look out for predators who are out to get them. The most common every day predators are foxes, cats, and dogs. Howe ever, other predators are snakes, stoats, badgers, ferrets, snakes, owls, sparrow, hawks, falcons and kestrels.

30. They move around most during dawn and dusk and prefer to be underground during the daylight hours to avoid their predators.

31. Rabbits have eyes in the side of their heads which helps them have a wide field of vision. This helps them see around for them for unwanted visitors!

32. In fact, did you know that Rabbits can even see behind them?

33. They have large ears that move on their own, so they are really good at hearing things.

34. They have a really good sense of smell which lets them know when unwanted visitors are around.

35. They can stand up on their hind legs to help them scan the area for unwanted predators.

36. A rabbit’s hindlegs help them to move really fast and jump very high.

37. They can run up to 50 miles per hour which helps them get away from predators

38. When Rabbits are being chased, they use awkward movements to help them lose predators and confuse them.

39. The way they communicate with their rabbit friends is through scent, such as squirting urine and leaving faeces.

40. They also use vocalisations and body postures to talk to each other. However, these are really quiet so as to stop predators from hearing them.

41. Wild rabbits dig underground tunnels called ‘burrows’. When they are connected to each other they called ‘warrens.’

42. Did you know that a rabbit warren can have more than 50 rabbits living in it at any one time?

43. Rabbits are very social animals who enjoy living together and looking out for each other.

44. The common myth is that rabbits need lots of carrots and lettuce, in fact they actually need lots of hay every day. Too many carrots and lettuce is bad for them.

45. To eat, they have a digestive process called caecotrophy which means that food is passed through the gut and droppings called caecotrophs are produced which are then re-ingested by the rabbits. This means they eat their own poop

46. Did you know that their top front teeth grow really quickly at a rate of 3mm a week?

47. Rabbits often sleep with their eyes open so they can be aware of predators

48. When they become aggressive, rabbits can bite, lunge, grunt or scratch.

49. When in the wild, rabbits like to live in environments such as wetlands, deserts, grasslands, forests, woods and meadows.

50. Although they live in many countries throughout the world, more than half the world’s rabbit population resides in North America.

can rabbits kill humans

Can Rabbits Kill Humans?

Rabbits and humans have always had a close relationship.

Humans are the biggest hunters of rabbits and have hunted them for centuries for their fur, their meat and of course to have them as pets.

As they have a close relationship, there are many situations that they could serious affect humans.

can rabbits kill humans?

They are often known as passive animals and are good pets to have due to their passive nature.

The only way rabbits can kill humans if a human is caught unawares by a swift kick from a rabbits hind leg.

But this is very rare and unlikely to happen.

Rabbits are very passive animals who do not strike out often.

can rabbits eat other animals

Can Rabbits Eat Other Animals?

Some animals are predators and seek out other animals to attack, kill and eat them.

Many animals in the animal kingdom have this desire and rabbits themselves have their own fair share of predators who would love to eat them or they go their paws on them.

So can rabbits eat other animals?

When it comes to eating other animals, no they won’t.

This is because rabbits are herbivores.

This means that they only eat plant-based foods and vegetables.

They love fresh vegetables, grass hays, fruits and endless water.

The other reason is that rabbits are prey animals and are attacked more than they attack.

If they are were carnivores, then they would be eating other animals. Even smaller animals need not fear a rabbit as they are simply not interested in eating or attacking them.

Can Rabbits Jump From high places

Rabbits are well known for being able to leap around. they are very keen jumpers and love to leap from place to place.

So can rabbits jump from high places?

Yes they can jump from high places and will figure out how to do it if they find themselves in that situation.

They are clever animals and very agile as well.

They are well capable of jumping from high places and landing well too.

This makes letting them have free reign of an area such as a house a bit of a risk.

Their jumping skills need to be respected so as to protect them from themselves for risk of injury.

how long will my pet rabbit live

How Long Will My Pet Rabbit Live?

One of the more unsettling things about owning a rabbit is not knowing how long they are going to live.

Having a pet rabbit is one of the best pets you can have.

They are joyous creatures to have as a companion and a pet and can provide much pleasure to their owners.

So how long will my pet rabbit live?

The answer is…

You can really influence the length of time that your rabbit will live for.

The amount of time, money and love that you invest in your rabbit, will mean that they can live to achieve their full potential if you want them to.

As their owner, you can give them the food and nutrition that they need to eat to stay healthy, the water they need to drink, the health care they need to fight any afflictions and diseases that come their way.

You can really affect your rabbit’s life.

A well looked after rabbit who lives indoors for most of the time can live on average between 7-10 years.

Some rabbits have been known to even live into their teens.

The oldest in the world was a rabbit named Flopsy, who belonged to L.B. Walker of Longford, Tasmania, Australia. He was a wild rabbit who was caught on the 6th August 1964 and died 18 years and 10.75 months later.(source)

The oldest living rabbit to date is Hazel, a 16 year old miniature grey rabbit owned by Mike and Irene Womack, of Chapel Close, Pulham Market, in Norfolk, United Kingdom. (source)

So if you want your rabbit to live that bit longer there are some good things that you can do.

Here are some of the things that you could do help your rabbit live for longer;
  • Provide them with a good amount of space to live in.
  • Give them space inside your home as well as outside.
  • Provide your rabbit with a good diet
  • Give it plenty of time and attention.
  • Make sure your rabbit has plenty to chew on.
  • Find a rabbit-friendly veterinary surgeon and take them for regular checks.

Giving your rabbit the best home you can and the best care possible will give them the best possible chance of living a long life.

does my rabbit understand me

Does My Rabbit Understand me

Rabbits are intelligent creatures who have the ability to adapt to their environment and understand where they are.

They are quite intuitive and have a sense of what is going on.

Often owners have professed to having a bunny that seems to understand them.

This is often the result of spending a lot of time with them and building a relationship with them.

They can get to know your voice, your nature, your character, how you respond to them and treat them.

It all matters and counts in your relationship with them.

So the question is, ‘does my rabbit understand me?’

Rabbits can be sensitive to the emotions of humans.

It is often said that animals, particularly mammals can feel emotions that are similar to that of humans.

Animals such as mice and rats have been shown to show empathy.

They can also become sensitive to your words and can get to understand some of how you speak so that for example they come bounding up to you at feeding time.

The more time you spend with your bunny, the more attuned to you they will become.

Of course, rabbits have their limitations. They can’t talk like us, or understand the details of our language but they can certainly hear tone and sense feeling.

So they can develop a limited understanding of you but only how much you let them.

do rabbits yawn

Do Rabbits Yawn?

Yawning is a perculiar thing that we as humans do.

There have been many different theories as to why we do it.

But the common denominator is that we do it when we are feeling sleepy.

A recent article in the smithsonian magazine about yawning commented;

Yawning—a stretching of the jaw, gaping of the mouth and long deep inhalation, followed by a shallow exhalation—may serve as a thermoregulatory mechanism, says Andrew Gallup, a psychology professor at SUNY College at Oneonta. In other words, it’s kind of like a radiator. In a 2007 study, Gallup found that holding hot or cold packs to the forehead influenced how often people yawned when they saw videos of others doing it. When participants held a warm pack to their forehead, they yawned 41 percent of the time. When they held a cold pack, the incidence of yawning dropped to 9 percent.

This is the most recent theory as to why we do it.

So as we are interested in the behavior of bunnies, do rabbits yawn?

Yes they do yawn.

For a rabbit, the reason is just the same as for humans.

They yawn when they are feeling sleepy. It can also indicate that they are feeling lazy.

The problem is that they look rather weird and rather terrifying when they yawn.

They bear their teeth and stretch their face out and look like they are being aggressive. But the good news is that they are having a good old yawn, so don’t be afraid.


We have no information as to why rabbits yawn, but as it is very similar in reasoning compared to us, there is a good presumption to be made that they do it for the same reason that we do, to regulate the temperature in their brain.