Rabbits are adorable little creatures and an amazing pet. Don’t be fooled when rabbits wiggle their tails, as it is not similar to when the reason a dog wiggle its tail when excited. Rabbits are definitely not happy when they wiggle their tails.
Why do rabbits wiggle their tails? Rabbits wiggle their tails as a sign of defiance or disobedience. If your rabbit’s wiggle tails, they are basically trying to tell, you are not the boss of me! or You can’t make me!
Similar to a child’s behavior when they do not want to do a certain chore, they talk back. Rabbits wiggling their tails are essentially talking back! Rabbits typically show this sense of defiance when their owner is making them do something that they are unhappy with.
For example, if you are taking your rabbit back into their hutch after their outdoor playtime, they would be wiggling their tails at you to indicate that they simply didn’t want playtime to be over yet!
The following part of the article addresses topics and questions related to a rabbit’s tail.
Why do rabbits wiggle their tails?
A rabbit tail is also known as a scut. A fascinating characteristic about a rabbit’s tail is that even if a rabbit’s coat varies in color such as brown or black, their tails are always white. Rabbit tails should be handled with care as it can be quite delicate.
With that, one may wonder why a rabbit’s coat can blend in its natural environment as its colors can act as camouflage, but its tail will visibly stand out due to its white color. Aside from it being used for mating purposes. The rabbit’s tail stands out to act as a focal point to larger animals.
A rabbit’s tail is said it offers an evolutionary advantage for the tiny mammals. The tail is intended to protect a rabbit when being chased like prey by a predator. This means that during a chase, a rabbit’s tail is the main focus of the predator from behind.
Hence, a rabbit would naturally make rapid movements, aiming to confuse its direction to the predator, increasing its possibility to successfully escape.
Are rabbits upset when they wiggle their tails?
Rabbits are not certainly upset when they wiggle their tails. Rather, they are communicating that they do not want to do a particular task that you desire. Other times, they wiggle tails when they commit actions that they know they aren’t supposed to.
For example, if they are not permitted in a specific room, but somehow managed to sneak in, they would be wiggling their tails to somehow communicate the rebelliousness they have done.
Should I cautious when a rabbit is wagging tail?
If you have handled your pet rabbit for a long time and understand its behavioral tendencies, then you do not have to be worried about its tail wiggling. Your rabbit is probably just trying to tell you that they want more playtime.
While most pet rabbits are pretty innocent even when feeling defiant. It is safer to be cautious around a rabbit you don’t know too well wagging its tail because it may be showing signs of aggression in the process, which means a bite might not be too far off.
Should I cut a rabbit tail off?
Unless suggested by a certified medical practitioner, it is not advisable to cut a rabbit’s tail off. Pet owners may be confusing this notion with dogs. As some dog owners believe cutting their dog’s tails can improve the overall health and speed of the dog.
This isn’t the case for rabbits. While a rabbit can survive if it had lost its tail by biting it off itself, or through a fight with another rabbit.
It is not a natural circumstance for a rabbit to lose its tail. In addition, because of the evolutionary advantage provided by the tail, a rabbit’s survival skills will be weakened due to the loss of a tail.
While this may not concern domesticated pets as much, it will surely harm wild rabbits. Also, a rabbit will profusely bleed as a result of this action and will be a painful experience for the innocent animal. Therefore, it is highly unadvisable for any reason.