Bunny and road trips? Nah! Road trips can be stressful to your bunny. The constant movement, sudden jerks, loud noises can stress him or her out. Rabbits getting exposed to new sights can also make them anxious. Parents usually prefer leaving their bunny under the care of a pet sitter. However, sometimes you might have no option left but to take your bunny along. If you are in a similar situation, worry not! We’ve got just the bunny travel guide you need!
Before you take your bunny on the National Highway it is important for you to make a few arrangements for him or her. Planning a trip with your pet is way too different than planning a road trip with your friends or family. Here are all the essentials you need to pack!
- Dry Pellets
- Grass or hay
- Eating and drinking bowls
- Pee pads
- Paper towels
- Trash bag
- Cleaning supplies
These are just a few things your bunny will need for the long haul. As a parent, it is your duty to make your furry baby feel comfortable during the travel. Make them feel at home in the comfort of your car.
Pick a good rabbit carrier:
When you choose a rabbit carrier, make sure it fits in well on your car. Not the seat, but the floor! If you leave your bunny’s carrier on the seat, there are higher chances of your bunny feeling the constant jerks. The carrier could fall off the seat due to a steep turn or a sudden break. Choose a carrier that has solid walls and opening on the top as well as on the sides. This type of carrier will make it easy for you to lift your bunny in and out from any side of the carrier. The solid walls will give your bunny his or her private space, not making him or feel anxious.
Let them explore their carrier before they travel:
Bring the carrier home at least a week or two before your trip. Let your bunny spend some time in there. To help them adjust, put your bunny in gently and secure the doors. Purchase some new toys and treats to decorate the carrier.
Before you embark on a long journey take your furry pal out for a couple of spins:
Put your bunny in his or her carrier and take them out for a short drive. You can start by going for a 10-minute drive and then increase the time eventually. Taking them for shorter trips will help them get used to the movement of the car. This will also reduce their chances of getting stressed or anxious.
Control the car’s temperature:
The heat inside a closed car is around 2 times more compared to the heat outside. Bringing your furry baby to such a temperature can lead him or her to suffer from a heat stroke. Therefore, it is advisable to leave the air conditioning on for a while before you hit the road. Ensure to not expose your bunny to direct sunlight. Keep him or her away from the air conditioning vent.
Place a blanket, towel, or trash bag under their carrier. It will help your clear the mess easily and keep your car clean. Do not forget to keep water and fresh grass for your bunny to sip on and nibble during the car journey.
Last but not least, do not forget to take a bunch of selfies and make memories on this trip.