Are rabbits OK with fireworks?

Fireworks can be distressing and frightening for all our pets, not just dogs. Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, cats and birds can all be affected by the noise of fireworks. Some can get very scared and run off. In short, rabbits and fireworks do not mix.

Can rabbits die from fireworks?

Every autumn our emergency vets treat hundreds of pets who have been involved in road traffic accidents after being spooked by fireworks and running into the road.

Rabbits have even been known to die of fright when fireworks are set off near their home. Owners can really help by ensuring their pets are as calm and comfortable as possible on and around firework events.

How do you know when a rabbit is stressed?

Rabbits are highly sensitive to loud bangs from fireworks and their natural instinct is to run away. Signs that your rabbit is scared during fireworks may include:

  • Stamping hind feet
  • Staying motionless
  • Trying to escape
  • Aggression
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in toileting habits

Should I bring my rabbit inside on Bonfire Night?

Ideally, you should bring your rabbit inside while fireworks are going off, as you can drown out the bangs and flashes. This will help keep them safe and reduce their stress as much as possible.

My rabbit is scared of fireworks, what can I do?

If you’re really concerned about how scared your rabbits is of fireworks it’s worth chatting with your vet to see what options are available to help them. Your vet may also want to rule out other conditions that might be causing their behaviour.

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How to calm a scared rabbit during fireworks?

There are several steps rabbit owners can take to help protect their rabbit during fireworks. These include:

  • Bringing your rabbit hutch inside. If this isn’t possible, partly cover hutches and other outside cages with blankets so that they have some soundproofing (while making sure they have enough ventilation).
  • ‘Soundproof’ your house by closing windows and drawing curtains.
  • Providing background “white noise” such as the TV, radio or other music — well in advance of the fireworks starting.
  • Ensuring secure, safe places in hutches and cages with plenty of bedding — this will help keep noise out and provide a hiding place to help them feel safe.
  • Making sure they’re not alone — rabbits are social animals so try to make sure they’re with someone they’re familiar with.