They do this through their body language and by making a variety of sounds. The thing is, it’s not always easy to decipher what those sounds and gestures mean.
There are two types of tooth-grinding and what they mean depends on how they sound. You’ll also need to take note of other signs to determine how your bun feels.
Similar to a cat’s purr, this is a soft sound rabbits create when they grind their front teeth. They do this to wear down their pearly whites, and more often, to indicate pleasure or contentment.
While teeth-chattering usually indicates satisfaction, loud tooth-grinding is a classic sign that your rabbit is in pain, especially if other indications of discomfort accompany the sound.
Volume and frequency
Accompanying eye movements
Lack of appetite
Hiding or avoiding your touch
Changes in grooming habits
You first need to determine what’s causing the pain before you can provide relief for your pet. Infections will require vet-prescribed antibiotics.