Rabbits and "wedging"

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  1. Oct 18, 2013 #1

    kep12091

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    Hello! I am a new rabbit owner, I have a 1 1/2 year old female Holland lop. I have noticed that she likes to "squeeze" or 'wedge" herself in small spaces ... like in between her box and litter pan, etc. It looks to me like its uncomfortable and I considered moving the box or pan, but she seems to enjoy it or be content. Here's a pix of what she's doing now wedging herself in there. Any advice OE knowledge on this behavior? Thanks!
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    Some rabbits do this for some reason. Some think they feel safer like nothing can swoop in and get them if they have their back against something. Monty is a very large flemish and will squash herself into all kinds of things. Wouldnt worry about it.
     
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    Thanks! :)

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    Ellie wedges herself next to the chicken feed container when something loud happens in the kitchen. Its like a 3 inch gap between the wall and the container. I have no idea how she gets out of it, she has to back out. But thats only when shes really frightened.
    Most of the time shes just in the middle of the floor bunloafed though.
    Like Kmaben said, sometimes they do that for security.

    Your bun looks pretty comfortable though, so maybe its just a comfort thing. Cats like to lay in weird positions too.
     
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    She has been squeezing herself in some tight spaces but she seems to like it! Thanks for the reply!

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    Rabbits would naturally live in warrens, in which the tunnels are about 20cm across. These provide safety from anything that might eat them and they bolt back to them at the first hint of danger. So bolting to a tight spot is very normal behaviour. It's very important they do always have a bolt hole as if they panic over something and don't have one they will often throw themselves around the room/cage in a full out panic trying to find somewhere to hide - and can injure themselves doing too.

    Cardboard boxes make good tunnels/bolt holes - they tend to like more than one potential exit to their bolt hole if possible.
     

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