How To Travel With A Rabbit
If you’re like the millions of people who love their pets, you probably want to take your rabbit with you when you travel. And that’s certainly possible! Rabbits are wonderful travel companions. They are intelligent and curious, and they enjoy being around humans. But as wonderful as rabbits are as pets, it can be challenging to keep them safe when traveling.
Here are some tips to help make your next trip a fun one!
Create a Home Away From Home
- Bring your rabbit’s bed, litter box, food and water bowls and hay.
- Bring a few toys—but not too many! Your rabbit will be traveling in an area with no room to play.
- Bring a blanket or towel to put on the floor of the carrier for extra comfort (this is where your bunny will be spending most of her time). You might also want to bring along a small pillow for her head support.
- Bring a carrier or crate that can lay flat under the seat in front of you on the airplane during take-off and landing—it’s safest for your bunny when she’s contained inside her own cage while flying through turbulence (and remember: if someone else wants to sit there instead, tell them they need at least one empty seat between themselves and any pets). If there isn’t room under your seat (or if you’re flying only with yourself), consider buying another airline-approved pet carrier that fits under your seat; these typically cost around $15-$25 each way ($30+ roundtrip).
Secure A Carrier
You must secure a carrier before you can travel with your rabbit. There are many different types of carriers available, and each has its own pros and cons. Some are small enough to fit in the overhead bin on an airplane, while others are better for road trips or long-term living arrangements.
Before purchasing a carrier, consider how large it needs to be for your rabbit’s comfort. If you plan on traveling by plane, check that the carrier meets TSA regulations; if not, you may need to buy a different one. Also make sure that the material is sturdy enough so that it won’t break under pressure from other items being carried around at the same time—in particular heavy suitcases! It should also have secure doors that latch securely shut so that no one can open it midflight (or else risk being attacked by an angry bunny). Finally—and most importantly—make sure there is adequate ventilation on all sides of the box so that air circulation isn’t cut off and overheating doesn’t occur during transit times longer than 30 minutes per hour 🙂
Consider a Rabbit Sling or Harness and Leash
The first step to traveling with a rabbit is to have a good carrier. Carriers can be as simple as cardboard boxes or as complex as airline-approved custom-fitted hard carriers. The type of carrier you choose should be based on the size and temperament of your rabbit, whether or not you plan to bring her outdoors (and if so, how often), and what kind of budget you have available.
- Live animal carriers: Live animal carriers are usually made out of metal bars and mesh fabric which allows ventilation while still providing protection from other animals and people who may want to bother them. These types of carriers are designed for taking your pet along on travel adventures like flights, road trips or camping trips where they’ll need their own bathroom break station! They also offer an added layer of security in case anyone gets too close without asking first!
- Soft-sided carriers: Soft-sided carriers also provide excellent ventilation but come at a lower price point than their hard counterparts since there isn’t any reinforcement around the perimeter edges (like metal bars) which makes them less durable over time but easier for storing when not being used by humans too! Just remember not try stuffing anything else inside because pigs aren’t always happy campers…
Bring Food and Water
The most important thing to remember when traveling with your rabbit is that you’ll need to make sure you have enough food and water for the trip. This means that if you’re driving, you’ll want to pack extra food and water just in case. And if you are flying, then your airline may have some strict regulations regarding how much food or water they will allow on board—so be sure to check these as well!
As a general rule of thumb: if your rabbit is small enough (under 4 pounds), then there’s no need to worry about having extra supplies since they can easily fit into a carrier bag while still having room left over for their food bowl and litter box. However, if your rabbit is large or pregnant then it’s best practice not only because it will be awkward carrying around two large bags but also because it could potentially cause them harm due too much strain placed upon their back legs from carrying such heavy objects around all day long without any rest periods between flights/trainings/etceteras…
Pack Extra Hay, Bedding and Litter
Your rabbit will need to eat hay and drink water every day. Be sure you pack enough for your trip, both for the car and plane. You may want to bring extra hay from home, in case you run out during your trip.
If you’re going on a long car trip with your pet bunny, it’s best if they have their own carrier so they can stretch their legs and get some exercise while traveling. The longer the journey is, the more time they should have spent exploring outside of their cage! Remember that rabbits like to hop around in an open area so make sure there are no objects or furniture nearby that could hurt them if they jump off too high up.
Include Some Toys
We recommend that you bring some toys for your rabbit. This is a great way to keep him entertained during long travel journeys, but we want to make sure that the toys you bring in the car are safe.
- Toys should be larger than the width of his mouth and smaller than his body. If the toy is too small, it could become lodged in his throat and cause choking or blockage of airways; if it’s too large, it could create a hazard for other passengers or damage equipment such as seat belts and headrests.
- Toys that make loud noises may bother other passengers around you, especially if they have sensitive hearing or are easily scared by sudden noises (like me).
Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time
It’s important to plan your trip ahead of time, so that you can make sure everything is going to run smoothly. Do some research on the airline’s pet policy and make sure that they allow rabbits on the flight. If not, you’ll have to find another way for your rabbit to travel with you—but don’t worry, there are many options available!
Once booking your flight has been taken care of, book a hotel and check their pet policy as well. If they don’t allow animals at all (which is very rare) then it might be best just to stay at home for this trip instead!
Carry Your Rabbit On Board When Possible. Make sure you can also fit him in an airline-approved carrier / crate under the seat in front of you.
Carrying your rabbit on board the plane is generally the best option, but you should also check with your airline to make sure that you can do so. Each airline has its own rules about allowing animals on board, and some have more lenient policies regarding rabbits than others. If you cannot carry your rabbit on board, then make sure that his carrier meets all of the airline’s requirements (usually similar to those required for cats).
In addition to checking if he can travel in-cabin with you or not, it’s important to also check what type of carrier his airline requires. While there are some standard requirements for most airlines such as having clear sides or a mesh top for ventilation, there might be other specifications which vary from one company to another (like having wheels). This will help ensure that he has everything necessary for traveling comfortably with him!
Always Have a Back Up Plan! Rental cars, hotels, airlines… they all have policies that can change at a moment’s notice. Find out what happens to your rabbit if plans change! Be sure you know where you can stop to let your rabbit eat, drink and use the litter box too.
When you are traveling with a rabbit, you will always want to have a backup plan. For example, check with your airline and rental car company to see if they allow pets; this way, if the airline says no or your rental car doesn’t fit an animal carrier, then you can make other arrangements before getting there. Also check with the hotel you are staying at before booking it; many hotels do not allow pets but some will because they want business from families who own rabbits!
In short: always have a back up plan!
The most important thing to remember when traveling with your rabbit is to plan ahead. You’ll want to make sure you have all the supplies you need and know the best way to get them there. But if anything goes wrong, it’s good to have a backup plan and an extra resource or two.
Having trouble with transportation? Consider contacting someone who might be able to help, like a friend or family member who lives near the airport (or wherever). If they can meet up with you at another airport, that could solve all of your problems at once! And if not, then at least now you have some extra options for getting around town on your trip and caring for your pet as needed.
Traveling with a pet is wonderful and fun, but does take some planning.
Traveling with a pet is wonderful and fun, but does take some planning. Planning ahead is key to ensuring your pet travels safely, comfortably and without too much hassle. You’ll want to be sure you know where you can stop to let your rabbit eat, drink and use the litter box.
Be sure that you have the proper carrier for your rabbit when traveling by car or plane – they should be large enough so that they can turn around in their enclosure, yet small enough that they are unlikely to escape in an accident or during turbulent weather conditions (rabbits have been known to chew through cardboard carriers).
We hope this article has been helpful as you prepare to take your trip with your rabbit. We wish you safe travels and have fun!