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clarebear
01-12-2016, 07:01 PM
How do you keep your housebuns warm at night, once the heating has gone off?
We give Bungee a heat pad, but I don't think she uses it and I'm worried she's cold.

doorkeeper
01-12-2016, 07:06 PM
they are wearing fur coats you know, don't worry about indoor rabbits getting cold

clarebear
01-12-2016, 07:10 PM
That's true! :) I just worry that the heating is on in the evening and then we turn it off when we go to bed. The radiator in her room is turned down very low, but she must feel the difference. Her ears were cold when I got up this morning too.

Casco
01-12-2016, 07:21 PM
I never bother, they have their fur coat and each other to snuggle with. I can't have my heating on overnight as the boiler is in the cupboard next to my bedroom and the noise would keep me awake.

MightyMax
01-12-2016, 07:24 PM
How do you keep your housebuns warm at night, once the heating has gone off?
We give Bungee a heat pad, but I don't think she uses it and I'm worried she's cold.



For young and middle aged buns I doubt this is a problem. However for elderlies it is a concern (or can be).

I use a 24/7 electric heated pad. Someone here said this wasn't safe, but it's the same heated bed my vet uses all the time for recuperating sick animals, and it's incredibly gentle and good on old bones.

I also put an electric heater on a thermostat very low, all night. It just takes the edge off the room, which can be very cold.

I guess it depends on how much meat there is on them there bones :D

doorkeeper
01-12-2016, 07:46 PM
we have about 30 rabbits over 8 living outside. their hutches are well insulated and they have plenty of hay but no heating. they do really well, even when there is ice on the water bowls. rabbit fur is really warm, especially next to another warm body. cold ears aren't a problem, the rabbit will actually constrict the blood vessels in the ears to keep most of the blood deeper in the body to conserve heat. to see if they are warm enough feel underneath a foreleg.

Not to say I don't worry about them out there in the cold at their ages, we have done lots of extra insulating this year to help them cope. Poor Caroline's fingers nearly froze off today while she draft proofed shed doors and bubble wrapped shed roofs! But indoors, with the heating off for just a few hours, there is no need to worry. Just give them a cozy place to sleep if they choose to, although as often as not they will sleep out in the open as they are fine in thier warm coats. Unlike guinea pigs who always use the warm boxes.

daphnephoebe
01-12-2016, 07:55 PM
They have their fur coats and each other to cuddle up to. Heating in the house automatically clicks on gently if it goes below 17/18degc so tend not to worry.

You could offer litter trays of hay to snuggle into :)

MightyMax
01-12-2016, 07:59 PM
They have their fur coats and each other to cuddle up to. Heating in the house automatically clicks on gently if it goes below 17/18degc so tend not to worry.

You could offer litter trays of hay to snuggle into :)


My home heating only comes on if it's below 16 degrees, and I never have it on overnight, just in the evenings :lol:

Ruthyjones89
01-12-2016, 07:59 PM
Hi,

I've also started a tread recently as I feel my house bunnies get cold too... But everyone has assured me that they must be warm. Mine also had freezing cold ears and were cold to touch! :( they have numerous beds, but my bun prefers to sleep on the carpet. We brought a cheap sofa throw last weekend, fold it up and he has started lieing on that.. And they also have plenty of space so they can run around to keep warm! Xx

joey&boo
01-12-2016, 08:17 PM
I've also done a thread about my cold inside bunnies ...house bunnies are wusses

http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo197/louisefoot/4ffaf50a-4053-4704-be6a-85a0986a2684_zpspljmelhi.jpg (http://s375.photobucket.com/user/louisefoot/media/4ffaf50a-4053-4704-be6a-85a0986a2684_zpspljmelhi.jpg.html) (little Joey is under there being kept warm by his wives)

When I put a blanket over them they just lie there, poor babies

Ruthyjones89
01-12-2016, 08:25 PM
Yes complete wusses!!! Mine literally lie under the radiator & when the heating knocks off, gives me the look to say 'erm... Why is the heating off... Did I say it could be turned off!!??' :lol: :lol:

TanzyPan
01-12-2016, 08:25 PM
Robins a house bunny but his home is in the conservatory which does still drop cold.
I have a cover over his water bottle .
he has a water bottle because he throws bowls around and gets soaked

He has blankets and a cat bed which he also just throws about and doesn't use

I was thinking to get him a waterbottle but no idea what type I need

roxyroller88
02-12-2016, 12:36 AM
We leave the heating on for them :oops: Needless to say that our winter gas bills are extortionate!

Fellie
02-12-2016, 09:51 AM
We only have the down stairs radiators on so it's always a bit colder upstairs - about 18 degrees. It gets colder at night as we have a window open at night in our bedroom (hubby and I LOVE cold :shock::lol:). The buns are absolutely fine - they have lovely thick coats and each other to snuggle with. Holly chooses to sleep on her tile which is even colder than the floor :shock:

joey&boo
02-12-2016, 08:31 PM
We leave the heating on for them :oops: Needless to say that our winter gas bills are extortionate!

My bunnies want to come & spend the winter with you

mini lop1
02-12-2016, 08:46 PM
My home heating only comes on if it's below 16 degrees, and I never have it on overnight, just in the evenings :lol:

Same here

roxyroller88
02-12-2016, 09:48 PM
My bunnies want to come & spend the winter with you

The more the better :D

newbabybuns
02-12-2016, 11:15 PM
Cookie in the conservatory has a plug in radiator always on and I just adjust the temp as and when it needs it (she can't get to the wires) it mostly just takes the chill out of the air, but she enjoys sitting near the heat coming from it so I don't let it get too warm (she is more like a cat than a bunny!) Our boiler broke years ago so Lola in the house is pretty used to it being cold, although I've started switching on plug in heaters and she has just started drinking more so I think I've made it too warm now rather than having problems with her being cold :oops:

Beau Belle
03-12-2016, 08:10 PM
Pepper is in a hutch (indoors) over night. In the bedroom compartment, she has two fleecy blankets (under a wooden arch for extra coziness) and a soft toy rabbit (occasionally gets chucked out).

Teddy is very well behaved and allowed to roam free. He has recently taken a liking to the treadmill (!), so we've put a soft blanket on it for him. This seems to be enough for him.

We have no heating on over night.

Once madam behaves, they'll be bonded and can snuggle together. :D

joey&boo
03-12-2016, 08:12 PM
Pepper is in a hutch (indoors) over night. In the bedroom compartment, she has two fleecy blankets (under a wooden arch for extra coziness) and a soft toy rabbit (occasionally gets chucked out).

Teddy is very well behaved and allowed to roam free. He has recently taken a liking to the treadmill (!), so we've put a soft blanket on it for him. This seems to be enough for him.

We have no heating on over night.

Once madam behaves, they'll be bonded and can snuggle together. :D

not gutted & beheaded like she did to your toy then :lol:

Tamsin
03-12-2016, 08:27 PM
I imagine bunnies are quite pleased when winter comes around and it's gets around 18-20oC indoors - much more comfortable for them! A house bunny shouldn't need anything extra unless you're living in a very cold house. Anything in double digits should be fine for the average healthy rabbit, and about 18oC minimum for ones with any health issues that could be exacerbated. If you're not sure, pop on your winter coat, gloves, hat and scarf - if you still feel a bit chilly sitting around doing nothing then turn up the heating a bit.

ravenmoore36
07-12-2016, 09:44 PM
Iv made our guys sorry only 1 now little jumpers out of fleece blankets from pound land

rm36

MimzMum
08-12-2016, 01:18 AM
I've just ordered some snugglesafes from Amazon that should help my three. They are used to the house having no drafts due to ice sealing the windows and doors in winter and the house heat being a toasty 75 F +, so this year I think they all are a bit cold, except maybe for Pip who seems to be loving the lower temps. (I think it must get to about 61 F in their room and there's no carpeting, just towels and blankets in their enclosures.
Thank God they're not outdoors like my ex wanted, it dropped to 32 F last night, first big freeze of the season. :shock: