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Old 03-19-2017, 05:57 PM   #1
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Rabbits ?

We have 2 house rabbits that we would like to take with us on a week long excursion to Texas.
Has anyone had any experience with these type of pets on a trip ?
We don't really trust anyone to take the proper care of them while we are gone.
Been there before and it took 2 days to find one of them that got out when their pen was left open.
Also, they are very skittish around strangers.
Any info would def. be helpful.
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PS: We are not weird or eccentric, just love or house rabbits; Roger & Darby
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:43 PM   #2
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My daughter has a bunny, he travels in her car well. a few times she met up with us at a campground and they stayed the weekend. The bunny did great. We were worried because one campground had a "dog and cat" rule but they didn't care about a domesticated rabbit. I would put them in a cage wile moving, I would worry they would jump up on the furniture and fall.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:16 PM   #3
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My daughter has a bunny, he travels in her car well. a few times she met up with us at a campground and they stayed the weekend. The bunny did great. We were worried because one campground had a "dog and cat" rule but they didn't care about a domesticated rabbit. I would put them in a cage wile moving, I would worry they would jump up on the furniture and fall.
Thanks for the reply !
We were waiting to see if there were sincere rv'ers ( and dedicated pet owners ) out there that would comment on our concern.
Especially since I found a post from 2012, about the same subject. Some were hilarious but, not all were on the same boat ( RV ) with dedicated pet owners, no matter what their choice of pet(s) are.
Thanks again ! ��
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I also have a house rabbit. I have taken her on several 600 mile car trips between stays in a vacation home. Used a very large clear storage tub. 40" x 16" x 16" lined with several inches of fresh hay. Food and lettuce always available. A towel covered the top to avoid distracting sunlight, and make it a more comforting and safe feeling environment. Rabbits are very sensitive and easily stressed even if they don't show it outwardly. I made sure to stop for at least 20 minutes every 2 hours, as she would not eat while the vehicle was in motion. After the car was motionless for about 5 minutes, you could hear her munching on the hay or lettuce. It's important that rabbits continue to eat all through the day and evening for keeping their gut processes moving and healthy.

Lookup ahead of time to find vets with actual experience in rabbits.....they are not common. The house rabbit society website can help. Important to know your vet options, as if the rabbit shows signs of distress, or hasn't eaten or pooped in 8 hours, knowing where a good vet is could mean life or death for your rabbit.

Don't try to walk them on a leash, that is very stressful. Also I wouldn't try to pick them up or hold them upside of the RV, because if they become startled and jump from your arms they could be gone forever.

Keep an eye on the temperature inside the RV if you park for any reason....auto generator start, and other electronic means to keep a watchful eye on things.
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Been there before and it took 2 days to find one of them that got out when their pen was left open.

The pen is inside the house....right ? Where could he hide for 2 days inside the house?

My house rabbit has full run of the house 24x7. They are easy to litterbox train.
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Young rabbits do not do well when their environment is completely upended. Be aware of drafts and large temperature swings as well. Sometimes strangers can be a lot less stressful then a bumpy ride in a new surrounding. If your pet knows you well it will probably be OK wherever you take it.
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I also have a house rabbit. I have taken her on several 600 mile car trips between stays in a vacation home. Used a very large clear storage tub. 40" x 16" x 16" lined with several inches of fresh hay. Food and lettuce always available. A towel covered the top to avoid distracting sunlight, and make it a more comforting and safe feeling environment. Rabbits are very sensitive and easily stressed even if they don't show it outwardly. I made sure to stop for at least 20 minutes every 2 hours, as she would not eat while the vehicle was in motion. After the car was motionless for about 5 minutes, you could hear her munching on the hay or lettuce. It's important that rabbits continue to eat all through the day and evening for keeping their gut processes moving and healthy.

Lookup ahead of time to find vets with actual experience in rabbits.....they are not common. The house rabbit society website can help. Important to know your vet options, as if the rabbit shows signs of distress, or hasn't eaten or pooped in 8 hours, knowing where a good vet is could mean life or death for your rabbit.

Don't try to walk them on a leash, that is very stressful. Also I wouldn't try to pick them up or hold them upside of the RV, because if they become startled and jump from your arms they could be gone forever.

Keep an eye on the temperature inside the RV if you park for any reason....auto generator start, and other electronic means to keep a watchful eye on things.
Thank you for the information!
At home, our rabbits have free run of the house 24/7. They wake us up almost every morning " binking " down the hall, into the bedroom and back down the hall.
They are both neutered males, Darby is a dwarf approx. 2 lbs. and Roger is a Florida white approx. 8 lbs. both rescue rabbits and the best of buddies.
Checking on locations of exotic vets along our route, is a great and important idea. Better to have locations instead of turning off and trying to find one if the need arrises.
About the first time ( last and only time ) " rabbit sitters " that we left our pets with, after we left, they moved the pen into their garage/ shop in the back yard, which was full of nothing but junk, from floor to ceiling. Lots of hiding places !!!!
Thanks again for the valuable information !
Carroll. ��
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Young rabbits do not do well when their environment is completely upended. Be aware of drafts and large temperature swings as well. Sometimes strangers can be a lot less stressful then a bumpy ride in a new surrounding. If your pet knows you well it will probably be OK wherever you take it.
Thank you for your comments. We will def. go with your advice.
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