Why Do Bunnies Nap a Lot?
Photo by Julián Gentilezza
Bunnies are fluffy and cute animals that love to lounge around all day. But why do bunnies nap so much? Some factors affect a bunny's sleeping routine. Normally, bunnies sleep 8-11 hours during the day or early evening but it's divided into naps because they don't sleep for straight hours.
You can see them loafing around the house, napping after you bond with them. But what are the reasons why bunnies nap a lot or sometimes more than usual?
Bunnies Are Crepuscular
The word crepuscular comes from Latin words meaning "twilight." Bunnies are crepuscular. That means they're active at dawn and dusk—and at night, which is why you sometimes see them napping during the day.
Some animals are crepuscular, including bunnies, because they are prey. Prey animals in the wild usually seek cover from predators, and being awake at twilight could mean they have more freedom to wander around because it's dark; there is a lower chance of them getting devoured by predators.
Some Reasons Why Bunnies Nap a Lot
Some factors can significantly affect a bunny's sleeping routine. Are you wondering why your bunny sleeps longer than it usually sleeps?
The first one is because of the high temperature. The average body temperature of a rabbit is 102F to 103F. Rabbits eat more during cold seasons to keep their body warm. Food stored in the body needs to be digested, so it requires energy that keeps the body warm.
This explains why rabbits eat less during the summer. The temperature is already high; if they eat more, they'll feel hot and may experience heat stroke. In the summer, bunnies eat less and nap a lot to not get tired and might cause heatstroke.
The next factor is age. Younger rabbits are more likely to show destructive behavior and are more active than adult rabbits. Adults rabbits become more relaxed and a little slower as they get older. They tend to care less about being destructive and care more about napping. Older rabbits are more interested in sleeping; getting the rest they need because they can quickly get tired of activities.
Not because adult or senior rabbits are napping a lot doesn't mean owners will not encourage them to exercise. They still need exercise for a healthier life, but we should understand that the activities are lessened and limited, unlike when they were young.
Sick and Depressed Bunnies
These are more complicated factors as to why bunnies nap a lot. The most common symptom of bunnies that are depressed or sick is lethargy. They're very uncomfortable with what's happening inside their bodies, so they choose to rest and sleep more. If a loss of appetite accompanies this symptom, it is best to visit a veterinarian immediately.
Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, extensive pet product research, and experienced peers. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.
Final Thoughts on Why Rabbits Nap a Lot
These are some reasons why rabbits nap a lot. They're cute when sleeping and look so peaceful that you wouldn't think these bunnies can chew anything when awake. Do not disturb a napping bunny or else you will be ignored for a week!