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Do Rabbits Hate Loud Noises?

Rabbits are among the animals known to get scared easily and will escape when they sense perceived threats. For this reason, many first-time rabbit owners are often curious about other things that can frighten their fluffballs. Do rabbits hate loud noises, too?

Do Rabbits Hate Loud Noises?

Yes, rabbits are easily unsettled by loud noises because they can hear various sounds much more clearly compared to humans. These loud noises don’t even need to be sudden just to scare rabbits to death. A loud bang from a gun, the sound of fireworks, or even your vacuum is enough to terrify your rabbit.

Bunnies are highly tuned to their environments, especially sounds. Although getting rid of all loud noises from your pet’s surroundings may be impossible, you might need to do a few things to try to reduce them. A great place to start is to change the location of your rabbit’s cage, hutch, or enclosure.

Why Do Rabbits Hate Loud Noises?

When out in the wild, rabbits are found at the food chain’s bottom. For predators, rabbits are not just filling meals because they are also available in large numbers, which makes hunting them even more tempting.

Rabbits have been conditioned to sense dangers in different ways. Their hearing skills are powerful, and they can also move fast and dodge attacks. Although doing so can make them easily afraid and jittery, this can also come in handy for their survival.

This sense of fear of rabbits is a survival strategy. This means that rabbits are easily frightened and nervous, particularly during noisy conditions. Bunnies were originally domesticated to breed them as food for humans. But despite being bred to become tamer, it didn’t remove the ability of rabbits to get scared. This is why old instincts like fear still remain strong in pet rabbits.

Signs of Distress and Fear in Rabbits

Rabbits have high sensitivity to very noisy children, thunder, and loud bangs from fireworks. It is also likely for them to run away even if you just turn on your vacuum. The most common signs of distress and fear in bunnies include:

  • Aggression
  • Appetite changes
  • Change in litter box habits
  • Stamping their hind feet
  • Playing dead or staying motionless
  • Trying to escape

How to Help Calm Down a Scared Rabbit

It doesn’t matter if your rabbits are housed indoors or outdoors because loud noises can cause extreme anxiety in your pets. Rabbits may even be scared to death in some cases.

The good news is that as a rabbit owner, there are a few things you can do to soothe your pets and protect them when there are loud noises like thunderstorms and firework displays.

Block Out Loud Noises

Rabbits may feel jittery if they can hear fireworks, thunder, or lightning. You can close all the windows and draw the curtains to help cut down the amount of noise that enters your house.

You can also turn some white noise on, like the air conditioner, TV, radio, or fan to serve as distractions for your bunnies. It may also help to play some soothing music. Yes, bunnies like music, and playing some might keep their fear at bay.

Bring the Bunny’s Hutch Inside the House

Rabbits housed outside must be moved indoors during noisy conditions like loud parties in the neighborhood, construction work, fireworks, and thunderstorms.

If possible, try to bring the hutch of your rabbit inside the house. For large cages or hutches that are tricky to bring indoors, you can just leave the cage outside and then take your bunnies inside.

You can also build an enclosed area for your bunnies if bringing the hutch of your rabbit indoors. This enclosed area must include hiding places, favorite toys, and cozy bedding. Prepare the cage inside the house in the house if you know that there is an impending storm.

Don’t leave your bunny outside when the conditions are too loud. Although you can use a large blanket to cover your pet’s hutch to block out some of the sounds, it is still likely for your rabbit to feel distressed.

Check for Signs of Fear

Scared rabbits may scream and run back and forth inside their enclosure. When a rabbit is nervous, it will expose its teeth, flatten its ears, and widen its eyes.

The rabbit may also stay motionless with the fur puffed up. A scared rabbit can also walk in circles repeatedly inside the cage or sit in hunched position while gnawing at the hutch bars.

Cover the Bunny’s Eyes

Try to cover the eyes of your rabbit if it can tolerate being close to you. Covering the eyes of a scared rabbit can help lessen its stress in the meantime. Reach from behind and comfortably rest your fingers near the nose of your rabbit.

Just make sure you don’t do it if your bunny is also hiding. In such cases, it is best to leave your bunny alone. The last thing you want is to cause further stress on your rabbit if you force it to leave its hiding spot.

Interact with Your Pet

Your bunny might want to be near you to lessen its fear. It is known that rabbits are social creatures known to bond when situations become stressful. Allow your pet to approach you first. Bunnies are very affectionate, yet they only prefer showing their love if they only feel like it.

Don’t forget that rabbits are not big fans of cuddling or handling. If you have a stressed rabbit that doesn’t like you to hold it, you can just bond with your pet quietly with no touching involved. Sit beside your rabbit and allow your pet to bond with you in its own unique way.

If your rabbit’s hutch is already inside the house, just leave your pet in it until the noisy conditions are over. The familiar space may offer more comfort to your rabbit, which means you don’t need to interact with it or take it out.

Loud noises are a big no-no for rabbits so make sure you keep these cute fluffballs away from sounds that can scare them off.

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