How to Beat the Heat

So, it’s summertime for your buns and I thought I’d share some tips and tricks I’ve picked up from having rabbits in hot weather with no air conditioning!

Harvey LOVES his box fan. No matter where it gets set in the room, he’ll camp out in front of it.

When the temperature hits 90º you need to start paying close attention to your rabbit because temperatures this high and hotter can be exceptionally harmful for your bun. Rabbits cannot sweat, which means they have a hard time regulating their body temperature.

You can check the temperature of your bunny’s ears, this is a really good tell as to how hot/cold your rabbit is.

My first step is to make sure that my rabbits’ cage is in a shady place, and that they have plenty of access to fresh water. On extra hot days, your bun will blow through a water bottle much quicker than usual, so it might be helpful to supply multiple water bowls/bottles.

To keep your rabbit even happier, consider adding ice cubes to the water to keep it nice and cold. Next, a really great trick is to fill plastic bottles with water and freeze them, so your bun can use them as ice packs, if they choose. Your bun may seem very lethargic so try placing the icepack against them as they lay to see if they like it.

Figaro cools down with a frozen icepack on a hot summers day.

I would also suggest wetting your rabbit’s ears when temperatures reach unbearable. It’s important to make sure no other part of your rabbit gets wet. (Wet rabbits can start to display signs of pasteurella!)

Another helpful tip is to go to a hardware store and purchase a marble tile. I have bought multiple tiles and rotate them in and out of the refrigerator. This gives your rabbit something nice and cool to lie on and escape from the scratchy, warm carpet!

And finally, make sure there is a nice airflow in the room. My buns prefer a box fan on the floor, one in the window and a stand up oscillating fan. They enjoy camping out in front of the fan when it gets extra warm!

Figaro rests in front of the fan after a long day of cord chewing and poop eating.

 

Lastly, if your rabbit becomes unresponsive or seems much more lethargic than usual, wet the ears immediately and call your vet ASAP.

# 1 Buns

Having been obsessed with rabbits now for a while, I thought it might be interesting to share some of my knowledge that I have picked up over the years.

Let me start by introducing my rabbits.

I have two of them.

My first rabbit’s name is Figaro and he is a 3-year-old Dutch rabbit.

My other rabbit is Harvey. He is a 2-year-old Rex rabbit.

If you are considering purchasing a rabbit, let it be known that they are a lot of work. Some things to think about include: where you live, if you have small children, if you have other pets, if you will have enough time to give your rabbit all the attention he/she deserves.

Also, you should know that rabbits are curious and a bit destructive. If you have a cord lying on the floor, your bun will saw it in half in the blink of an eye. Here is a neat video of a guy who rabbit-proofed his entire home.

If you’re wondering what you might need to start your life with your bun, here’s a list of all the things I have for my rabbits.

A cage

– Food dish and a water bottle

Bedding

Litter and a few litter boxes

A large bag of Oxbow timothy hay (most important food source for rabbits)

Fresh vegetables (second most important food source for rabbits)

Oxbow Bunny-T basic pellets (third food source for rabbits. Some owners choose not to include pellets in rabbit diets)

A brush for when your rabbit sheds. (I highly recommend the FURminator, it is truly worth the money)

Nail clippers 

– And, of course, some treats! (I would suggest buying the Oxbow treats.)

For those of you who live in Lansing, Mich., a great place to check out is Preuss’ Pets. They carry all the above items and more to keep your rabbit a happy healthy boy or girl.