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Why Is My Bunny Staring At Me?

A bunny staring at the camera

Photo by Matt Pike

It's normal for bunnies to stare at you or something. It doesn't instantly mean it's going to attack you. There are many other reasons why a bunny does this, and it's more interesting when you understand the bunny's body language. Even though they don't make many sounds like other animals, they are expressive through their body language.

Staring is one of the most common ways rabbits use to show affection. Rabbits stare at each other for long periods while grooming or cleaning each other's fur. In addition, rabbits often gaze to show trust between two rabbits who have been raised together from birth. But what if your bunny stares at you?

4 Reasons Your Bunny Stares at You

1. Your bunny wants your attention.

Your rabbit stares at you when it wants to get closer but is unsure how to approach you. Try approaching your pet rabbit slowly and gently petting it. If your bunny does not bite or kick you, it probably wants more attention from you.

If your bunny bites or kicks when you reach out toward its face, it's likely that it doesn't want your attention right now and would prefer some space from you.

2. Your bunny is showing dominance.

Your bunny might want to show dominance over other pets or bunnies in your home. Someone might be in its territory. Or it can also be you. If your bunny seems dominant while staring at you, it could mean it wants its way — or at least some food or treats!

3. Your bunny feels threatened by an animal or person.

Rabbits also use staring to say they feel threatened by another animal or person. Staring can sometimes be seen as aggressive behavior, especially when accompanied by another body language, such as raising the ears or twitching the nose. (Understand other bunny body language.)

4, Your bunny is just napping.

Bunnies often sleep with their eyes open, so it looks like they are staring at you when they're not. Your bunny does this because it wants to rest while still being alert in the surrounding. A bunny closes its eyes when sleeping if it feels safe.

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 Is My Bunny Staring at Me

You don't have to worry when your bunny stares at you as long as it is eating, drinking water, and pooping regularly. That means nothing is wrong with your bunny inside. But if it is not eating or doing the usual routines, your bunny might be asking for help if it's staring at you for a long time.

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