Why are my baby rabbits squeaking?

I have a litter of 11 day old baby bunnies. The smallest I tend to give the most attention to (currently he’s climbing around me. lol) because he’s the one I’m keeping. The thing is, he keeps squeaking! All three do it when I go to check on them in the morning, but a couple of them do it at other times too. Most of the times I’ve heard it is after I’ve been petting them for a while, then pause for longer then 30 seconds.

A few times the little has stood up as high as possible, put his ears as far forward as possible (looked almost like an agressive stance) and squeaked. That one I can understand for annoyance. But why squeak the same way when I pause petting? Is it the same thing both times, or are they using the squeaks for different things?

BTW – I know they enjoy petting time because all 3 will do the ‘tooth purr’ for me.

5 answers by real people - Why are my baby rabbits squeaking?

  • 1 month ago

    The activity and noisy squeaking of healthy babies trigger the “maternal instincts.” Baby rabbits will sometimes squeak when they are afraid or hungry. Whimpering, squealing, and squeaks: are associated with pain and distress. Translation: “That hurt! I don’t feel well.” Some squeaking is done is close, intimate situations and is an indication of closeness. If a rabbit squeals when you touch it it may be telling you it does not wish to be touched or it may be displaying territorial behavior. Spaying and neutering can greatly reduce the risk of this behavior. Also a rabbit that has never been picked up by a human be4 can squeal in fear as it being picked up. Rabbits will squeek when they are frightened or upset. They also squeek when they get sexually frustrated and this is know as sex ‘honking’. If your rabbit isnt spayed yet chances are it is this. best of luck

    hope this helps 🙂

  • Hobey
    6 days ago

    RE:

    Why are my baby rabbits squeaking?

    I have a litter of 11 day old baby bunnies. The smallest I tend to give the most attention to (currently he's climbing around me. lol) because he's the one I'm keeping. The thing is, he keeps squeaking! All three do it when I go to check on them in the morning, but a couple of them do…

  • ?
    5 days ago

    Rabbit Squeal

  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    Omy , baby rabbits are really hard to take care of .. me and my friend have had a little two times.. but both of those times the mother had left them.. Anyways squeaking is normal .. when you feed them if they are not digesting then you might rub their tummies , thats what we had to do .. DO NOT , i repeat DO NOT feed them clovers.. thats how our last litter died : ‘( it was really sad.

  • I_Luv_Lions!
    1 month ago

    This is normal, maybe you’re giving them a bit too much attention, I know it’s hard but you shouldn’t even touch them for the first two weeks depending on the breed. If they do not have their mother with them than yes, you should keep up what you’re doing.

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