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Home Page Forums HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Are rabbits sensitive to certain musical instruments? RE: Are rabbits sensitive to certain musical instruments?


Ellie from The Netherlands
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That’s a good one to think about, it’s great that you’re so considerate As a bunny owner(/slave) you know that rabbits have pretty strong opinions about things and they express them clearly by thumping, giving you “the butt”, biting or running away. Rabbits are all about self-preservation because they’re a prey species.
Short answer: if your rabbit would have a problem with it, he’d communicate that. Observe your bun, and if he doesn’t seem to mind it’s probably totally okay.

Rabbits are more sensitive to sounds than humans, they hear higher frequencies than we do and their ears are better in general. Rabbits generally dislike really high piercing sounds like sharp whistles and shrieking kids. Rabbits shriek when in extreme pain/terror, and if the sound resembles that their instinct kicks in. Low rumbles are also scary: thumping is their way of communicating danger. If the floor shakes they’ll get uneasy. When they dislike a sound you can see it easily: they will raise their ears, may thump, and then run away and hide somewhere.

I found that our dwarf bun Breintje gets bitey if the sound continues for a long time. We only recently found out that he dislikes the high frequencies produced by electronics on stand-by and phone chargers. He was misbehaving twice when a friend was around, and on both occasions my monitor was on stand-by. As soon as I unplugged it, Breintje calmed down.
We also take him with us when we travel by train, and there we found out that he dislikes shrieking kids and women who go “squee!” at the sight of him.
He also has a clear opinion about rythms in music: whenever I play something with a steady rythm like melodic death metal or folk metal he’s totally okay with it. As soon as thrash metal comes on, the bun is in his box giving me maximum bunny-butt.