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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Help....why is Medusa thumping
Last Post by cookie627 at 4/09/2007 9:02 AM (32 Replies)
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User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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1/09/2007 6:30 AM
Um its 8:30 and I just woke up. I woke up to the sound of Medusa thumping. She is still doing it one THUMP in 1-3 min. intervals. She seems to have been doing this for 20 mins. She is just sitting on her rug looking pissed. She seems to relax when I pet her. I thought maybe she was thumping because she wanted her morning pellets. I gave them to her and she didn't eat them.

The only other times she has thumped with me is 1) when she couldn't have longer playtime in another room 2)when I startled her in the middle of the night because I woke up and had to go to the bathroom 3) when I was trying to get her to come out of the couch. I looked at the earthquake list in CA and there was a small one nearby like 5 HOURS AGO and I have to imagine there are really small ones everyday. What's going on?
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User is Offline poopy
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1/09/2007 6:42 AM
WEIRD- she stood still for another 10 mins and stopped thumping. Then she finally started eating the pellets. WEIRD!
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User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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1/09/2007 7:13 AM
We have three bunnies now, but our original pair is DJ and Curly Sue. Curly Sue is an incredibly active thumper. She must thump 10-15 times a day, usually if she is mad about something, or wants attention. It seems that for her, what most bunnies do "foot flicks" for ("You meanie, I did not want you to put me down!", she thumps for. DJ on the other hand never thumps.

One night before we got Curly Sue, we were all sitting in the family room and DJ was out playing. I was making dinner, when all of a sudden, DJ starts to run around in circles, crashing into the kids' art projects, chairs, books, whatever happened to be in his way. He would occasionally stop and thump, then take off again. He did this for about 5 minutes. It was really strange. I finally picked him up and held him trying to reassure him that everybody (and everybunny) was OK. He returned to normal, and never did it again. We think that he heard or smelled a predator in the back yard (most likely a raccoon or a cat) and it freaked him out. Medusa may have just been warning you that she smelled or heard something that she thought was dangerous.

User is Offline dmh426
Syracuse, New York
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1/09/2007 9:27 AM
Bunnies thumping is the same as little kids throwing themselves on the ground, kicking and screaming. She was mad about something. Maybe she just wanted her food... that's kinda funny though. Sophie thumps when I get home from work and i don't let her out right away. God FORBID I should open the mail, change into comfy clothes or turn the tv on without acknowledging the almight princess! All Hail to Princess Sophie in my house!

User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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1/09/2007 9:30 AM
Hah, DJ is a cage rattler.  If he wants out, and we are too slow or otherwise occupied, he grabs the pen wires between his teeth and shakes back and forth to let us know of his displeasure.  This makes quite a racket, it is pretty effective :=}

User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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1/09/2007 9:32 AM
Weird! If she wanted her food why didn't she eat it right away when I gave it to her? When she finally did eat it, she started thumping AGAIN afterwards! I thought something horribly dangerous must have been going on. Good thing it is normal from what you guys are saying. I think its so cute how bunnies can communicate so well with us by thumping and flicking!
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User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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1/10/2007 10:22 AM

This same thing happened with my foster bunny Raymond a few different times, he would get spooked by something, and his eyes would get very wide, and then he would hop into his litterbox, and i would hear : "THUMP.............................THUMP..................................THUMP................................"

and I would said "bebe, whats wrong?" and he would just look at me a resume thumping.  I still have no idea what happened, but he went back to normal after a little while.  I think he smelled & or heard something, and was on alert for awhile.

Its cute that she thumped to alert you! she doesn't want anything bad to happen


User is Offline poopy
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1/10/2007 3:54 PM
ya i guess she just got spooked about something. she looked kinda pissed though
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User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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1/11/2007 7:39 AM
Thats so funny!  maybe she just wanted some pets she and my foster boy should hang out some time, then they can alert each other to the "dangerous" things in the house, like a creaking step...or the wind...and leave us out of it! of course, then they might also have thump-fests together and see who can out-thump the other.

User is Offline bunnluff
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1/11/2007 9:32 AM
My bunny Pippin does all of the above. Thumps when shes unhappy, when shes happy and thumps for no reason at all. The girl just likes to thump i should have named her thumper.
Lately though, she is thumping a lot more and now my little bun does it too. Usually while playing with me on the couch or floor. They jump off the couch and thump, run around the floor and thump....you name it.
I just think they are naughty buns.

User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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1/11/2007 2:02 PM
bunluff- that's funny

moobunnay-perhaps we could trade bunnysitting if we ever need it. where/what do you work in finance?
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User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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1/11/2007 7:35 PM
Hi! That would be great! I work up in El Segundo, I'm in accounting (I saw you are as well!) If you want, send me an email sometime through Binky Bunny, and we can chat some more, maybe our bunnies can have a play date I mean, a Thump Fest!

User is Offline Arsenic army
Kamloops, B.C, Canada
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1/12/2007 7:09 AM
Weeiiirrrdddd we have like 12 cats on our house. Mom has a cattery not shure if you all know what that is but they are all Himilayans. Well my bunny Shadow never thumps although it would be a funny sight but i read up there something about a bunny smelling a cat. My cats are scared of shadow the only cat that will lay with him is a really fat Black Persian named Boo, lol
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User is Offline Faye Perry
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1/13/2007 6:21 AM
My two usually thump at night when we're in bed (usually 3am-ish), i can only amsume that they hear/see something outside.  We now close the curtains at night and this seems to of stopped them.  Bazaarly enough though the other night there was two cats outside on the fence howling and screaming (scared the living daylights out of me) but Mable and Booboo didn't seem bothered by this at all!!

User is Offline jacki fullerton
San Francisco
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1/15/2007 9:00 AM
Thumping is really interesting. I assumed it is because the bunny is warning you of danger!
Noble never thumps, but my daughter's bunny, Bobby likes to thump at night, when all is quiet and dark. I think he hears noises outside. His feet are huge, so the thump is loud enough to wake you up. Her downstairs neighbor complained that it sounds like someone dropping a book on the floor, (hardwood floors, no carpet). This wakes him up as well. ( at 3 am, 5 am...etc )
Does anyone have any ideas to help stop thumping?
Since the complaint, when Bobby starts thumping in the middle of the night, he goes into the bathroom where he hids under the toilet bowl. don't worry, water and litter box go in there as well as a piece of carpet. The floor is tile, therefore you can't hear thumping reverberate throughout the apartment. Bobby likes the bathroom, it may feel more secure!

User is Offline BridgetteBunny
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1/15/2007 10:20 AM
I would also be interested in advice on curbing thumping. A previous foster of mine was a huge thumper. Every night she would thump continuously and keep waking me up for hours. I tried covering her, shooshing her, turning the lights on so she could see, reprimanding her, all to no avail. This hasn't happened with Bridgette but I would love to know what has worked for others to stop it should it start. Thanks!

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1/15/2007 10:56 PM
Posted By arsenic army on 01/12/2007 9:09 AM
Weeiiirrrdddd we have like 12 cats on our house. Mom has a cattery not shure if you all know what that is but they are all Himilayans. Well my bunny Shadow never thumps although it would be a funny sight but i read up there something about a bunny smelling a cat. My cats are scared of shadow the only cat that will lay with him is a really fat Black Persian named Boo, lol


I'd love to see a pic of Boo and Shadow hanging out!

User is Offline BB
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1/15/2007 11:12 PM

Jacki & Bestlind - Regarding Curbing thumping.  Jack would thump at night sometimes, but I have found that there is less ruckus when I leave a radio on.  I choose relaxing classical station.  It's quiet at night, and they have awesome hearing, so I can put it on very low.

I think part of the reason, is that during the day, all the noises, even the ones we don't hear are meshed in with a bunch of other noises, but at night,  there could be a few that really seem to stand out  - could be anything from a heater/or air going on, snoring, noise outside etc, and so the radio may help with this.

I remember that Jack would thump and I couldn't figure it out.  It didn't seem to have a particular time of day.  But then I figure it out.  He doesn't like the sound of gum chewing or keys.   It's not like a chomp on gum all the time, and usually it's just a quick stick of mint before i head out the door.   I thought, is he really thumping at my gum chewing?  And it's not like I'm obnoxiously chewing, but I tested it out.  I'd go into their area, and chew gum, and he'd thump, I'd stop, and he'd be fine, alert, but fine, I'd start chewing again, and the thumping would start.   (I don't know what was in his past that made him despise that so much  -  maybe his previous owner snapped the gum and that startled him, so the chewing in his mind was related - who knows!

He did pretty much stop thumping at keys, but I helped him with that by letting him sniff them and slowly gently jingled them, and then would let him sniff the again. 

 

 


User is Offline poopy
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1/17/2007 10:08 AM
would jack thump continuously for like 20 minutes though?
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1/17/2007 10:39 PM

NOPE!  Five minutes would be the longest, unless there was some continual thing that bothered him - like an unsual box sitting in the middle of the room.

When Medusa is thumping - is it around the same time?

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