Here are the top 10 ways to keep your rabbits cool this summer
You can move your rabbits’ hutch to a cooler spot (this could even be inside).
You can use a fan to cool the air and create airflow. However, don’t blow directly onto your rabbits. Give them enough space to move around if necessary. To prevent your pet from chewing on electrics, cover wires with a rabbit-proof covering. To provide shade, you can place a cold, rung-out towel over the run. The fan can also be used to lower the temperature. You should not cover the entire run, as rabbits still require airflow. Also, ensure that the towel doesn’t get wet to prevent rabbits getting drenched.
Rabbits aren’t good swimmers, so don’t encourage them into jumping in a pool. The shock could even prove fatal. You can freeze a large container of water or ice pack and wrap it in a tea towel before putting it in the hutch. If your rabbits get too hot, you can place the bottle next to them to cool down.
You might consider purchasing a self-cooling mat that can be laid on the floor or run to lower temperatures, providing relief from heat.
It is easy to add marble tiles or slates to a rabbit run. Keep it cool so that your rabbits can lay on it. It is important to keep the tiles in shade as they can get very hot in direct sunlight.
Make sure your rabbits get plenty of cool, fresh water to keep them hydrated.
You might try soaking the leafy greens of your rabbits in icy water, or putting them in the refrigerator to keep them cool.
In the wild, rabbits live in underground warrens. Rabbits can cool themselves by digging soil and getting out in the sun. To keep your rabbit cool and happy, you might consider putting a man-made shelter in the run.
Brush your fur to remove any extra fur that may make them feel uncomfortable and hotter in the heat.
If your rabbit is comfortable, dampen their ears with a moist cloth or fine mist. This will help speed up their cooling process as they lose heat through their ears.
What are the signs and symptoms of heatstroke in rabbits
- Weakness and lethargy
- Reddening of the ears
What should I do if my bunny gets heatstroke?
Do not immerse your rabbit in cold water if you suspect they are suffering from heatstroke. The shock could prove fatal. Instead, cool your rabbit’s ears and fur with cool water. Seek immediate medical attention.