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Do Rabbits Wag Their Tails When Happy?

If you want to form a close bond with your rabbit, observing and engaging with them is a must. However, wonderful and exciting rewards await you when you do so. Aside from gaining an amazing insight into the cute world of rabbits, it will also equip you better so you can give them a more fulfilling and comfortable life as you start to have a better understanding of the things that make them happy, angry, and stressed.

Do Rabbits Wag Their Tails When Happy?

One of the actions you may observe in rabbits is the tail wag. But do rabbits wag their tails when happy? Is tail wag a sign of happiness?

Unfortunately, a rabbit wagging its tail doesn’t mean that it is happy. Instead, rabbits wag their tails as a sign of defiance. If you put your pet back in the cage after enjoying a fun roaming session in the garden and it wags its tail, this is your bunny’s way of telling you that it doesn’t want to go in yet.

Why Do Rabbits Wag Their Tails?

It is often a sign of defiance if a rabbit wiggle or wags its tail. Similar to how kids huff out in a loud protest or stump their feet angrily if you cut their playtime short, rabbits express their displeasure by wagging their tails.

A tail wag in a rabbit is the animal’s way of saying that they don’t want to do something, and you cannot make them do so, either. Just like the behavior of a child when they don’t want to do a particular chore, rabbits also have their way of talking back and they do it by wagging their tails.

Rabbits also often show their sense of defiance every time their owner makes them do things that they are not happy with.

Why Do Rabbits Wag Their Tails When Interacting with Humans?

Rabbits generally don’t wag their tails to express how excited or happy they are for the attention you are showering them with.

As surprising as it is, the truth is that tail wagging is how rabbits talk back to their humans. For example, you took out your bunny to freely roam around the garden for several hours. However, when it is time for it to return to its cage, the bunny will protest.

In cases like this, the rabbit will wag its tail as a way of displaying disobedience. Your decision doesn’t make them happy, and they won’t hesitate to show it at all.

This behavior is just like the tantrum of children when their parents don’t let them stay awake past bedtime or play with their friends.

Tail wagging is your bunny’s way of being a baby right in front of you.

Why Do Rabbits Wag Their Tails When Interacting with Other Rabbits?

In connection with their childlike actions and behaviors, rabbits can also be very playful, and they even love to play tricks on fellow rabbits.

Famous for being pranksters, rabbits wagging their tails in front of other rabbits is often their way of lightly mocking them.

Their purpose is not to fight or begin an argument with other rabbits but to just irritate or annoy them a bit. Consider it similar to a child sticking out his tongue playfully when bragging about winning the game.

It is often a healthy reaction among rabbits and reveals how sociable the bunny is when interacting with other rabbits.

Do Rabbits Wag Their Tails in Rebellion?

This entire discourse essentially boils down to one undeniable fact: rabbits love to rebel.

If you don’t allow a bunny to enter a room, it might still sneak its way inside with its tail wagging in a joyous rebellion. They feel immensely proud of themselves and happy because of the trespassing.

Bunnies that are slier than others even come up with ways and plans to annoy you. They will disobey your orders on purpose and act liberally on their own instincts.

Should You Worry If Your Rabbit Wags Its Tail?

Most of the time, rabbits wag their tail to demand more playtime. This is probably because they don’t like to be away from you and return to their boring cage. Just like other animals, rabbits love to be out in nature.

Rabbits will try extending their time outdoors as much as possible with the use of their tail’s swift movements as a way to refuse your suggestion of returning inside.

However, there are also rare instances when tail wagging might be an early symptom of aggression. This is dependent on how strong the bond is between you and your bunny.

A rabbit will also often find it hard to adjust to a new environment which can make it lack faith in the owner. Rabbits that are new and unfamiliar to your house would not wag its tail at you. You need to monitor the behavior with care if the rabbit becomes visibly agitated.

Restless bunny will not even hesitate to give you a bite or two. This is why it is very important to spot these signs early on, so your new pet rabbit doesn’t become hostile.

Should You Be Careful When a Rabbit Wags Its Tail?

If you have been handling your pet rabbit for some time now and you already understand all the behavioral tendencies of your pet, then, there is no need for you to worry if your bunny is waggling its tail.

It may be only your rabbit’s way of telling you that they like to have more playtime outside the cage.

Although many pet or domesticated rabbits are quite innocent even if they feel defiant, it will be safer for you to stay alert and be vigilant around a rabbit that you don’t know that well wagging its tail.

This is because it might already be showing some symptoms of aggression along the way, which means that your pet biting you might no longer be that far off.

So, never assume that your rabbit is happy if it is wagging its tail. It is more of defiance instead of happiness.

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