One thing that stands out about rabbits is that they’re so quiet, especially if you compare them to other pets, such as dogs. The most noise a rabbit typically makes is a thumping noise with their feet when danger is near or a honking noise to show they’re happy or excited. Suddenly hearing your bun scream can be very alarming.
So why do rabbits scream, and do they have a death scream?
A rabbit will let out a death scream just before they die if they’re experiencing overwhelming and extreme pain or fear. A rabbit will also scream when provoked, injured, angry, or experiencing a seizure. Fear also causes rabbits to let out a death scream before being slaughtered.
A rabbit screaming in pain is a horrible sound to hear. If you want to learn more about why rabbits scream and how to handle it, this guide will provide all the necessary information.
What Noise Does a Rabbit Make When They Die?
Rabbits are quiet animals, and if death is approaching, you might notice a soft whimpering or grunting sound from your rabbit. Remember that your bun is a prey animal, and they generally make as little noise as possible to avoid attracting predators to their whereabouts.
The whimpering sound is a kind of snorting squeak, and your bun’s body will tense up and tremble slightly. Take note of your pet rabbit’s body language, as this will indicate if your bun is in pain or in the process of dying.
For example, if a rabbit is in severe pain or struggling to breathe during a seizure, they’re known to let out a very high-pitched death scream. This sound is heartbreaking and can traumatize you as a bunny owner.
A rabbit’s death scream is very different from any sound you’ve heard your floppy-eared friend make. Unfortunately, a scream like this is usually followed by death shortly afterward.
Do Rabbits Scream When They Die?
Rabbits don’t always scream when they die. If a rabbit is in extreme pain resulting from a disease or an attack from a predator, it’ll let out a scream as they die.
When a snake or fox attacks a rabbit in the wild, they are often unable to scream out as its windpipe might be obstructed or damaged.
Good to know: The two most common silent killers of rabbits (both wild and domestic) are due to digestive issues such as gastrointestinal stasis and dental issues such as periodontitis.
That’s why you must ensure your bun has a healthy and balanced diet, with regular checkups at the vet.
What Does It Mean When Rabbits Scream?
Rabbits are generally very quiet animals, so when you hear them scream, you must pay close attention.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the other reasons behind a rabbit scream:
Severe Gas Build-Up
Your bun has a very fragile digestive system, and blockages caused by GI stasis (gastrointestinal stasis) can be extremely painful and life-threatening if not treated in time.
If your bun lets out a scream, watch out for any of these accompanying symptoms:
- Severe bloating
- Lying on their side and trembling
- Grinding their teeth together
- Diarrhea or soft stool
- Obvious lethargy
Or, sometimes rabbits will turn their back on you and stare at the wall while slightly hunched over.
If your rabbit displays any of these symptoms, get them to the vet as soon as possible for treatment.
Suffers an Injury
If your rabbit experiences trauma, such as being accidentally dropped on their back or falling off a high object, it’ll scream in pain.
Unfortunately, rabbits have very fragile skeletons and suffer from broken bones easily.
A few symptoms to look out for are:
- Refusing to move around
- Grinding their teeth
- Growling if you come too close
- Uncontrollable trembling
If your bun allows you to touch them, gently press on areas to see if you can locate where the pain is coming from. Getting your bun to the vet for a thorough examination is a good idea.
Another reason rabbits might scream is due to extreme anger, although this isn’t common in all rabbits.
Usually, a rabbit will growl or hiss at you if they are upset.
If you have done something to anger them (such as picking them up when they didn’t want to be picked up), your bun will show their anger by letting out a high-pitched scream.
This can be sudden, so ensure you always hold your bun gently and securely when carrying them. You don’t want to accidentally drop your bunny because you got a fright.
Why Do Bunnies Scream Before Dying?
A bunny will scream before dying if they are experiencing overwhelming pain or fear. The ugly effects of diseases can also cause them to scream in pain.
Sadly, many rabbits also scream when they’re slaughtered for their meat. This is due to fear.
Do Rabbits Scream in Pain?
If the pain is extreme and debilitating, your rabbit will scream out in pain. This is their way of saying, “I am in pain, and I need help.”
The best thing to do is try to calm your bun down by petting them and looking for the source of the pain or discomfort.
It would be best to find the cause of the pain so you can treat your bun accordingly.
My Last Bunny Thoughts
Your bun doesn’t like to show its true feelings when it comes to pain. This is a defense mechanism as they are prey animals.
When your bun drops their defense and lets out a terrible scream, you must treat the situation as serious, as the pain or situation has clearly overwhelmed them.
Even if you discover no obvious signs of broken bones or hemorrhaging, you must get your rabbit to a vet as soon as possible.
If your bun is upset, and you don’t seek veterinary assistance within 24 to 48 hours, your bun can go into shock and die.
If your bun screams, you must treat the situation as urgent.