Rabbits are actually some of the best pets you can have around since they are generally easy to take care of and are just as good as other household pets such as dogs and cats. Moreover, rabbits are usually mild-mannered and gentle in terms of their demeanor. That is why most rabbit owners do not face a lot of problems regarding the behavior of their rabbits.
However, what you need to consider here is that some rabbits may behave differently and act weirdly from time to time to the point that it might surprise you or even cause you to worry. One of these behaviors is screaming. Yes, rabbits do scream from time to time for one reason or another. And while some of the reasons are not too alarming, you still need to pay attention to your rabbit when it screams because of how it can lead to serious implications.
Here are the things you should know about a rabbit screaming:
What does a screaming bunny sound like?
A screaming rabbit is something that sounds a bit familiar to a lot of different owners. You can say that a rabbit’s scream is oddly familiar to a scream of a small child or even that of a baby’s. In that sense, it sounds like a sharp, long, and loud cry that can instantly fill a room. It can happen in an instant to the point that you would suddenly wonder why the rabbit is even screaming. Think of it as a child in the sense that its cries are similar to that of one and in how alarming the cause might be.
Check this video out if you want to find out what a rabbit’s scream sounds like.
Why does a rabbit scream?
Similar to how there are plenty of reasons why a child screams, there are also a lot of underlying causes to a rabbit’s scream. Some may not be too alarming, but you generally look at the rabbit when it screams because of how the reasons are actually quite serious to the point that the screaming is actually a precursor to something that can affect the bunny on a long-term basis or even cause fatality.
A rabbit’s scream is actually a sign that something is worrying your bunny. In some cases, it can even mean that your pet is experiencing some sort of discomfort that you should immediately look at because of how it can possibly more serious than you thought. Some would even say that screaming among rabbits is an indication of fear and how it is in some sort of psychological distress.
In terms of the discomfort that your rabbit is experiencing, the screams may be a sign that your rabbit is in extreme physical pain. It may have experienced some sort of injury while playing around, or it could have accidentally strained itself. This screaming may also be accompanied by teeth grinding due to the stress that it is feeling. In some cases, due to its natural instincts when it feels fear, the rabbit may retreat into hiding to try to feel some sort of comfort and safety. It can stay in one spot for an extended period of time and may even shake and tremble in the middle of all that.
Rabbits, even though they are naturally built to have strong muscles, have fragile bones that are prone to injuries. A rabbit can easily break a few of its bones if it figures itself into an accident or if it strains itself while moving too much. It may be difficult to detect the injury, but you may want to touch the rabbit gently and see if it recoils when you touch it in a certain limb. If it does, that is likely the affected or injured area.
A rabbit’s scream can also be caused by internal conditions instead of external ones such as injuries. One of the common things to look at is severe gas in its digestive tract. The buildup of gas caused by GI stasis can be very painful and can lead to bloating in rabbits. This may also end up becoming life-threatening if it is treated right away.
If severe gas is the reason for your rabbit’s screams, its screams will be associated with other movements such as shaking and tilting over to the side because of how it does not know how to properly manage the pain. As such, you may want to check for bloating if the rabbit is screaming but is not showing any signs of injuries, trauma, or broken limbs.
The one thing you need to consider in all of this is that rabbits normally do not scream. Some rabbits may spend a lifetime without ever screaming, and there are some that would only scream once. The reason for this is that rabbits are prey items in the wild. They have naturally evolved to be as discreet as possible in the wild to avoid getting detected by predators. As such, rabbits do not often scream when they feel pain or discomfort. It is only when the pain and discomfort are so extreme that they will actually scream. That is why it is necessary for you to check the rabbit immediately the moment it screams because of how it might be something too serious to the point that it can possibly lead to death.
Conclusion – What should you do when the rabbit is screaming?
When you hear your rabbit suddenly screaming, the first thing you need to do is to go to it and check things up. There are plenty of reasons why the rabbit is screaming, but the one thing you should first do is to offer it comfort and give it an assurance that everything is going to be fine. This can be done through a gentle stroke on its head. Even being there is enough comfort and assurance for it.
After that, you may want to check up on it physically and try to touch its limbs gently. If it recoils when you touch a certain part of its body, that could mean that it suffered an injury. If that is not the case, it could be something internal such as severe gas, that can be very uncomfortable for your rabbit.
In the mildest of cases, the screams can mean fear due to how it detected a potential danger or threat to its existence. If that is the case, the one thing you need to do is to offer it comfort and make sure that the room is free of any kind of threat that may have caused the rabbit to feel stressed and afraid. Other than that, the best decision you can do is to bring the rabbit to a veterinarian. The vet knows what to do in times like these. You may want to avoid at-home remedies and treatments because of how you can potentially worsen the condition. This should be the case when it comes to physical injuries and even severe gas in the rabbit’s GI tract. The vet should be the only one treating such conditions because of how they are trained to know what to do to lessen the pain and discomfort the rabbit is feeling.