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    Sorry for the long post but I need advice because I don't think I read my rabbits very well and it is causing me a few problems. I was late for work again this morning because of strange behaviour and I worry they are sick. Quite often my rabbits don't eat if I give them pellets or greens and I immediately jump to conclusions and think they are sick as obviously if they don't eat it means trouble. I even took Norah to the vets a couple of times because of it and by the time we got back home she was fine. Jimmy has teeth problems but I know the signs with him because he grinds his teeth. Do they sometimes just not want to eat until they are ready too and it doesn't necessarily mean they are sick or starting statis?
    This morning at 4.00am I heard thumping in the shed, it went on and on and on, after an hour I got up for work and went straight in the shed to see what was happening and Jimmy was sitting on the top shelf thumping and what I can only discribe as grunting with each thump. I have never heard my rabbits make any sound. I stroked him but he still kept thumping. I went to feed them both before work and he picked the kale up and literally flung it at me. He wouldn't eat anything, so again I was worried and thought he was sick. I tried to give him all his favs but he looked at it in disgust. I tried for ages and I knew it was getting later and i hate going to work worrying. I was just about to give up and just go to work and I looked in the shed window and he was eating the kale, I have came home from work and he is perfect. What causes thumping and does it mean they are feeling unwell?
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    Perhaps he heard a fox or something else which scared him. My rabbits sometimes thump but when I check everywhere I can't see anything! That isn't to say they thump for no reason! About the food, rabbits always eat when you give them something and they very rarely leave any of it. Overweight rabbits might not be as eager to eat but if one of mine doesn't eat I get worried.

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    Thumping is primarily a warning. Maybe there was a garden visitor (fox, cat?) he wasn't keen on & needed to let everybun know to be on alert. If this was the case he was probably feeling a little anxious so didn't tuck in to breakfast til he was fully relaxed. Glad he is fine now

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    Thumping is primarily a warning. Maybe there was a garden visitor (fox, cat?) he wasn't keen on & needed to let everybun know to be on alert. If this was the case he was probably feeling a little anxious so didn't tuck in to breakfast til he was fully relaxed. Glad he is fine now
    Actually This sounds about right. His wife was looking at him as if he was stupid though, but she is deaf. So they thump because they are warning others of a possible predator.that makes sense to me now, in future I will know. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibun View Post
    Perhaps he heard a fox or something else which scared him. My rabbits sometimes thump but when I check everywhere I can't see anything! That isn't to say they thump for no reason! About the food, rabbits always eat when you give them something and they very rarely leave any of it. Overweight rabbits might not be as eager to eat but if one of mine doesn't eat I get worried.
    The food thing is bothering me. It is only since I opened the new bag of science selective they seem to be acting fussy but they love there kale and i do worry if they don't eat that. Norah is fussy and always has been, she doesn't like greens very much but she is a fantastic hay eater and prefers hay over everything.thanks for the reply at least I know now thumping is not a bad sign it is a normal sign.

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    Thumping can be a sign of impatience and annoyance too, our Willow used to thump every time I let her out of the run for free range time; I think it was a sign of "hurry up, I'm bored". And she produces quite a spectrum of grunts, whereas her mate Charlie is completely silent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lagomorphine View Post
    Thumping can be a sign of impatience and annoyance too, our Willow used to thump every time I let her out of the run for free range time; I think it was a sign of "hurry up, I'm bored". And she produces quite a spectrum of grunts, whereas her mate Charlie is completely silent.
    So grunting and thumping go together then and it's normal. I am very surprised at my Jimmy having an attitude, he is always so loving.i would expect that noise from his wife but not from him, at least I will know in future that it doesn't mean he is feeling unwell. Every day I learn something new about bunny's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glitterdust View Post
    The food thing is bothering me. It is only since I opened the new bag of science selective they seem to be acting fussy but they love there kale and i do worry if they don't eat that. Norah is fussy and always has been, she doesn't like greens very much but she is a fantastic hay eater and prefers hay over everything.thanks for the reply at least I know now thumping is not a bad sign it is a normal sign.

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    My Maple thumps when she is impatient for example when I am tending to tobys meds. She thumps looking at me followed by periscopes.

    She also thumps in the night if she is spooked by something. This is more her hunkered down loud thumps. It soon stops when I give her some noms. My maple is a house bunny so she can obviously still hear other animals outside.

    My bridge bunny bam used to thump from about half six in the morning until he got is food. He would do it in a rythm. I'd stumble out of bed and chuck him some noms which actually back fired as this confirmed he would get noms after thumping.

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