We may love to travel, to get away, to explore new places. Rabbits? No. They want to stay home. According to buns, nothing, NOTHING, should change. Ever.
Here are the reasons to give your rabbit a staycation rather than taking him along.
Rabbit have a very good sense of smell, and they rely on it heavily. That means they are suspicious and get all anxious about a new smells. Even if it is something we think they'll like. If it is new, it is suspicious and scary.
Rabbits like things exactly where they like them. They put things where they want them, and things should be just like that, all the time.
Rabbits aren't thrilled with car rides. They don't like the noises, the sense of motion, all the unexpectedness of it all. And usually, they are going to a vet appointment. So cars = bad.
Remember that rabbits are prey animals. This means just about anything, if it isn't very familiar and well known, is seen as threatening and a reason to be on high alert. You could get the penthouse at the best hotel on Central Park, and your rabbit would rather be at home.
Rabbits need constant hay. If they are in a crate, and are upset, they will not eat normally. This can disrupt and upset their GI system, and that means stasis, bloat, diarrhea, etc.
Rabbits also need a constant supply of clean fresh water. This is hard to do on the road.
Rabbits are quickly and badly effected by heat. They can get heatstroke very easily, and it can be so dangerous. Being in a warm car can be lethal.
It is hard to keep a carrier clean and dry. Your rabbit will urinate and poo in the carrier, of course, but because the quarters are so cramped they won't be able to get out of the mess. If your trip is long, you may end up with sore hocks or urine scald.
Find a great pet sitter for your rabbit's staycation!
Book now - pet sitter calendars fill up fast for the summer months. If you can't find a sitter available, the next best thing is to find a place for your rabbit to board. Although there is a bit of fuss and an adjustment period, your rabbit will have a rabbit savvy care giver and will have his own bowls, litter box, blankie - all the "right" smelling things.