Is a loud environment ok for a bunny?

by Arista

I want to get a pet rabbit, but my roommates are ALWAYS arguing/yelling (pretty much everyday) and I know rabbits are kinda skittish. Would it be ok to have a rabbit in such an environment? Would the rabbit get used to it? He/she would give warning thumps if they were getting scared right? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

***** Karen Sez *****
Hmmm, that sounds like a pretty unpleasant environment for both rabbits and people. I can see how a pet rabbit might be a soothing influence for you in the chaos. What are the chances your living arrangements could take a more peaceful turn??

I'm sure a rabbit could get used to loudness, especially if it did not feel personally threatened. Can you shield the rabbit from some of the loudness and yelling? Like, put the cage in some distant corner or provide it with a hiding place to which it can retreat?

Don't count on the rabbit to let you know it's terrified, but once you get to know the animal's methods of communication, you might learn how to tell. Do you really want to do this to a pet rabbit? Will it be safe with a couple out-of-control humans sharing the same space?

Had to ask....

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Dec 27, 2011
arguing and yelling humans
by: Anonymous

I would surely NOT want to live in that kind of a situation and I would think that any animals living there would probably become neurotic. I've seen dogs that were in loud music situations and they begin to run in circles and literally go nutty. Not good and since rabbits have such sensitive hearing it couldn't be good for them.

I'd get myself in a better environment before putting a rabbit or any other animal in there too. I wouldn't make a creature, especially one who's natural order is PREY, endure such chaos.

Think of YOUR OWN peace of mind too.

***** Karen Sez *****
Yeah, gotta say I concur, though I try very hard to recognize one's right to their own decisions. That's what freedom is about.

But Arista, I hope you will feel empowered to find other living arrangements for yourself. (Are you in a college dorm? Go tell someone, ask to be moved, something...!)

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