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Q: Why do rabbits thump their back feet?

April 3, 2009 | By Sam | 8 answers | Expired: 2012 days ago

Sam

My rabbit Smush sometimes thumps his back foot on the ground repedetly...i can't figure out why?

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Ragdollkitties
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Apr 06, 2009

My rabbit will thump his back feet if he is startled by something. Sometimes he'll do it when I go to pick him up to put him back into his hutch and he isn't ready to go back in yet...LOL!

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Sheryl J.
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Apr 04, 2009

The other ladies are correct. It is a communication tool, just like the squirrels stomping and chattering, they are sending a warning or saying hey come here I need backup. But it does take on a different meaning for pet rabbits; they are letting you know they are excited or trying to get your attention. It is fun to watch though, isn't it ;)

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Midwestwoman
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Apr 04, 2009

It's a way of communicating with other rabbits. It may be done in excitement, frustration or in attempt to get attention.

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