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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > How do your rabbits sleep?
Last Post by bunpooperpants at 2/03/2012 6:10 PM (12 Replies)
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User is Offline BunnyBites
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1/15/2012 9:23 AM

Ok so I've only ever had one rabbit (Pikachu) and we've had him around 10 months now, the thing is he never seems to sleep? Like I said I've never owned a rabbit before so I've never really known how they sleep, but Pikachu only ever seems to sit (not sitting up-right but sitting crouched down) with his ears back and eyes partly open. He does this in the mornings and throughout the day until about 7pm when he 'wakes up'. Is that him sleeping? Because his ears still move around to noises and eyes flicker and open again when things are going on around him.

The reason I ask now is because I think I've just seen him actually sleeping! He was running around for ages then he flopped in the corner he usually 'sleeps' in and laid his head flat against the floor and ears back with his hind legs out behind him and his eyes full closed. He only did it for about 15 minutes but its something I've never seen him do before. He's never complately relaxed and sleepy like that.

Can anyone shed any light on my confusion?


User is Offline Monkeybun
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1/15/2012 9:49 AM
Bunnies often sleep in a "loaf" position with eyes open. And yes, it really is sleep

User is Offline BunnyBites
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1/15/2012 9:51 AM
Ahh ok, thanks!

User is Offline Mandyyy
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1/15/2012 12:54 PM
Yeah, I agree with MB. Nava never sleeps with her eyes closed, I used to think she never slept. Haha.
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User is Offline LoveChaCha
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1/15/2012 3:18 PM
Yeeeep. My Chacha bun likes to sleep with her eyes open, all loafed up, ears pinned back. Or flopped out. It depends on her mood.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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1/16/2012 1:49 AM
I've never caught Stormy in a deep, eyes-closed sleep in 7 years. He's always in a quick-to-alert loaf position. Bindi and Olivia sometimes flop and totally pass out though. Maybe Stormy feels that, as the elderbunny, it's his job to keep an eye on the rabbit room.
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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1/16/2012 2:52 AM
Bunnies are crepuscular, which means they are the most awake during dawn and dusk. So the best time to catch them sleeping is mid to late afternoon or in the middle of the night. When you're most likely to see them is during the day, and they do what the others have described. But I have seen my bunnies flop out, close eyes and start dreaming - wiggling their mouths as if chewing in their sleep, rippling their tummies. It usually happens when I am hanging out in the same room, and Samantha gets so relaxed that she just takes her nap. With no sudden moves (like I'm reading a book) and quiet outside she goes to sleep, then I see it. But often something will wake them easily. (like if you try to catch a peek and appear in the door.)
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User is Offline Elrohwen
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1/16/2012 5:13 AM
Yep, bunnies often sleep with their eyes open. I find that they're more likely to sleep with eyes full closed when they're in a safe hidey place, rather than out in the open. I think it also has to do with how comfortable they are - I didn't see Hannah sleep with her eyes fully closed for over a year, but now I see it more often as she's more relaxed. Otto is so laid back that he'll be completely conked out, eyes closed, head nodding, right in the middle of the living room.
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User is Offline BunnyBites
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1/17/2012 4:26 AM
I guess it takes a while for a rabbit to be completely comfortable in the home then it would make sense how he doesn't sleep with his eyes shut because we've moved house 3 times since we've had him, so maybe he's still not completely settled yet.

User is Offline Rei
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1/23/2012 7:51 AM
A good way to tell your bun is asleep even if his eyes are still open...his nose will stop twitching

User is Offline snowbunny
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1/26/2012 12:59 PM
My Holland Lop Peter sleeps on his side so soundly that sometimes I have to walk over and check he is breathing; I might have been emptying the dishwasher...he doesn't move. He comes when I call so I know he hears. His girlfriend Patty is more like your bunny, always on the alert. She is new to us, just about 5 months worth, and a lot younger. And, oh, Peter snores.

User is Offline Micah
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1/27/2012 6:00 AM

   For Daisy my bunny- her nose will stop wiggling, her body will twitch, and she snores.


User is Offline bunpooperpants
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2/03/2012 6:10 PM
It took one of my rabbits, Missespants, about a year (maybe a little more) before I saw her sleeping with her eyes closed and on the side. Her ears perk up every once in a while still if there's a sudden loud noise (if I accidentally drop something). She has the cutest dream-paw-licks.

On the other end of the spectrum, my Bighead has been sleeping on his side, flopped-out, eyes closed since day one when I bought him home from the shelter. Nothing bothers him if it's nappy-time.
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