Lapis ISSN 2398-2969

Stress in rabbits Owner Factsheet

Contributor(s): Claire Speight, Emma Purnell

Rabbits are prey animals. They’re not like dogs or cats; they don’t overly broadcast when they’re feeling ill or stressed in case there’s a predator nearby watching for signs of weakness. Therefore, it’s easy to miss the subtle body language signs they give off which may indicate your rabbit is feeling stressed or scared.

What is normal for rabbits?

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What is abnormal and indicates stress?

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What causes stress and fear?

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What about Tonic Immobility (TI) or Trancing?

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How can I help to keep my rabbit stress-free?

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