Do Rabbits Dream?

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Last Updated on November 8, 2021 by Rei

Since the 1950s, scientists have already studied whether or not non-human mammals can dream. While not conclusive, they did find some indirect evidence that almost all mammals do indeed dream.

What scientists found was the correlation between the REM sleep cycle and dreaming. In the case of rabbits, they too have REM sleep, which is what scientists on the study linked to dreaming.

What rabbits dream about is impossible to know but the more likely suspect is what they experienced throughout the day.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits dream:

Do rabbits dream when they sleep?

Yes, rabbits do dream while they are sleeping. According to a study in the 1950s, scientists have found that almost all mammals including rabbits have the capacity to dream because they are capable of REM sleep.

Another study in 2001 compared the brain patterns of rodents while awake and while asleep. What the scientist found is that rodents(which are closely related to rabbits), is that the brain pattern of the rats they studied running thru the maze closely resembled the pattern of their brain pattern while in REM sleep.

Which the scientist concludes that the rats are dreaming about running thru the maze.

How to know if your rabbit is dreaming?

While there’s no definitive study to know for sure that your rabbit is dreaming, sudden twitching of the legs, ears, mouth, eyelids, or tails could indicate that your rabbit is in REM sleep.

As I stated earlier, there’s a study done in rats where the scientist compared the brain pattern of them awake while running in mazes to their brain pattern while in REM sleep.

So if your rabbit is running all day, and they suddenly twitch their feet while sleeping, it could mean that they’re dreaming about running.

Here are some videos of rabbits possibly dreaming:

What do rabbits dream about?

While it’s impossible to know and ask rabbits what they dream about, several studies suggest that what animals dream about are past behaviors.

Just like the rats running around in mazes all day have a dream about it, later on, your rabbits could be dreaming of you playing with them all day.

Another study done on birds concludes that birds dream practicing their songs while sleeping. As for your rabbits, another possibility is their practicing their ability to dig! Anything is possible.

Summary

While there are no studies about dreaming done directly at rabbits, since the 1950s, scientists have been studying mammals on whether or not they dream. What they found is that mammals such as rabbits do have REM sleep, which has been linked to dreaming in humans.

There are also studies done on rats where scientist compare their brain pattern while running in a maze and while they’re sleeping, what they found is that rats have a similar brain pattern while running on a maze and on REM sleep.

Which makes the scientists believe that the rats are dreaming about running inside the maze.