Barks & Bunnies are thrilled to have the RWAF writing for us about how to care for your bunnies this winter and during any cold weather.
Rae from RWAF says...
Keeping rabbits both warm and dry over the winter is important, because in the wild they would live in underground burrows where the temperature changes only slightly between summer and winter. By keeping them above ground we are subjecting them to extremes of temperature changes and we need to help them stay warm and dry.
Damp and draughts can be deadly to rabbits at this time of year. We always recommend that rabbits are kept in pairs, and there is no nicer way to keep warm than by snuggling up to your friend. Companionship is often overlooked, and can be even more important in the winter months. Naturally, because of the dark nights we are less inclined to spend time in the garden, so we see less of our rabbits who are kept outdoors.
You must make sure you check them regularly (at least 3 times a day, but more is always better) and check that the hutch or shed is not leaking, that their bed is dry, and that they always have hay and water.
Here are some tips, shared by our lovely Facebook community:
To stop water bottles or bowls freezing:
For keeping hutches and runs warm:
Remember, that even in bad weather rabbits will need to exercise every day. Plan ahead now so that you can attach a safe exercise area to the hutch and weatherproof everything.
This advice is for rabbits who are in good body condition. Those who are old, ill or thin may need even more care and we advise owners of such bunnies to bring them in for the winter.
The Hotties Heat Pad by PetLife gives your dogs, cats or rabbits & small animals some extra warmth during cold periods or when extra warmth is required.
This super soft plush bed for rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets is ideal for keeping pets warm in winter or just to offer them a comfy retreat whenever they want.