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    Hello! So for anyone who saw my post a couple of months ago looking for rex rabbits, I am pleased to say that I am adopting a lovely rex pair this weekend from a rescue and am delighted

    But, we have to travel with them in the car for around 4hrs. I have a question about how to travel with them. Previously, if I have only been transporting one rabbit I've had a pet carrier which has been fine because it's only been maximum 15min journey and one bun had plenty of space. But I'm not sure what to use to transport the pair. I don't really want to put them in separate carriers because they are bonded and I reckon they would be a comfort to one another while travelling. But I also don't want them both cramped into the one carrier if their isn't enough space to move around.

    I am going to take a small pop up mini play pen thing I have with me and have stops maybe every hr or so and I can let them out into that if there is space to do so while we eat lunch etc for example but I don't know if this will be enough/too stressful for them?

    Any advice appreciated thanks.

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    Get a large, enclosed carrier for them to have enough room together. Lots of hay in there

    I wouldn’t do the play pen thing. Best to just put them in the carrier, do your drive as quickly as you can and then the stressful period is minimised.

    Don’t put a bottle on the carrier as it will leak but offer a bowl of water a few times during the journey.

    I’ve done a couple of long journeys with buns and they’ve been absolutely fine each time - a little stressed as you would expect but hopped out of the carrier happily at the other end and settled quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crinklewhiskers View Post
    Hello! So for anyone who saw my post a couple of months ago looking for rex rabbits, I am pleased to say that I am adopting a lovely rex pair this weekend from a rescue and am delighted

    But, we have to travel with them in the car for around 4hrs. I have a question about how to travel with them. Previously, if I have only been transporting one rabbit I've had a pet carrier which has been fine because it's only been maximum 15min journey and one bun had plenty of space. But I'm not sure what to use to transport the pair. I don't really want to put them in separate carriers because they are bonded and I reckon they would be a comfort to one another while travelling. But I also don't want them both cramped into the one carrier if their isn't enough space to move around.

    I am going to take a small pop up mini play pen thing I have with me and have stops maybe every hr or so and I can let them out into that if there is space to do so while we eat lunch etc for example but I don't know if this will be enough/too stressful for them?

    Any advice appreciated thanks.

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    Great news

    Personally I'd obtain a pet carrier big enough to accommodate both Rabbits. I think stopping and starting and moving them from carrier to play pen several times en route could be a lot more stressful for them than getting the journey over in one go. Especially if they are not keen on being handled a lot. Obviously they'd need constant access to hay and water whilst travelling and the vehicle/carrier would need good ventilation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crinklewhiskers View Post
    Hello! So for anyone who saw my post a couple of months ago looking for rex rabbits, I am pleased to say that I am adopting a lovely rex pair this weekend from a rescue and am delighted

    But, we have to travel with them in the car for around 4hrs. I have a question about how to travel with them. Previously, if I have only been transporting one rabbit I've had a pet carrier which has been fine because it's only been maximum 15min journey and one bun had plenty of space. But I'm not sure what to use to transport the pair. I don't really want to put them in separate carriers because they are bonded and I reckon they would be a comfort to one another while travelling. But I also don't want them both cramped into the one carrier if their isn't enough space to move around.

    I am going to take a small pop up mini play pen thing I have with me and have stops maybe every hr or so and I can let them out into that if there is space to do so while we eat lunch etc for example but I don't know if this will be enough/too stressful for them?

    Any advice appreciated thanks.

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    Congratulations on your rabbits!

    I have done many long journeys with multiple rabbits and I always use a carrier that's big enough to house them all. I pad it carefully and make sure it's very securely attached in the car.

    Along the way, I have one or perhaps two stops where I open the carrier into the boot and provide water, fresh herbs, fresh grass and forage. The reason for providing fresh food is that it contains moisture, so in addition to any water they may or may not drink, they will get additional moisture from the green food.

    The carrier doesn't need to be enormous as they will cling to one another during the stress of a journey. But you will need one for future vet visits, so useful to have

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    Same as what everyone else has said

    I've done a few hours, just put vet bed in the carrier, or a towel and lots of hay. Stopped once and offered a bowl of water, and some herbs. Wouldn't separate them and I wouldn't bother with play pen they'll be too freaked out probably and prefer to just huddle up in their safe space

    Congrats and good luck xx

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    I've done long car journeys and have done the same as others have advised. I would definitely not get them out and put them in a play pen as I think they would be very scared.

    One other tip to prevent too much stress is to ask the rescue for some of their litter and put in the the carrier with them. It will reassure them a little.

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    Thanks for everyone's quick responses! I'm so excited!! .

    I haven't been able to find a carrier that I felt was sufficiently big enough for two rabbits? I had previously had a cat carrier that opened at the front and the top but I felt 2 would be too cramped in that for a long journey.

    Would something like a small dog cage work? I just worried that there would be too much space for them to be moved about with the movement of the car in that and because generally it's quite open I thought they might not feel that safe?

    Here are some of my options:

    http://www.petsathome.com/shop/Searc...=&viewMode=m20

    http://www.petsathome.com/shop/Produ...&storeId=10151

    http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pe...-carrier-small

    Any/none of these any good. I've had rabbits all my life but never had to go any distance with them so really unsure and a bit nervous

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    Once they’re travelling mine have always hunkered down and tried to ignore the world anyway (apart from Mischa, he would flop and then have a nap) so I don’t worry too much about them having space. I have a Catit Cabrio which is just brilliant, I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crinklewhiskers View Post
    Thanks for everyone's quick responses! I'm so excited!! .

    I haven't been able to find a carrier that I felt was sufficiently big enough for two rabbits? I had previously had a cat carrier that opened at the front and the top but I felt 2 would be too cramped in that for a long journey.

    Would something like a small dog cage work? I just worried that there would be too much space for them to be moved about with the movement of the car in that and because generally it's quite open I thought they might not feel that safe?

    Here are some of my options:

    http://www.petsathome.com/shop/Searc...=&viewMode=m20

    http://www.petsathome.com/shop/Produ...&storeId=10151

    http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pe...-carrier-small

    Any/none of these any good. I've had rabbits all my life but never had to go any distance with them so really unsure and a bit nervous

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    Do you mean the catit one?

    I have that, and two full size rexes, works perfectly

    I'd prefer them to have less space that's dark tbh x

    Oh also! Had a look at your links, the one that hinges on the side and lid opens is tiny, seen it in store and there's not a lot of height, not sure mine would be able to have their ears up.

    I don't know about the wire one, if its large enough with a towel over the top it may work but the normal carry cage isn't very large either, have one of them can only fit one bun in hope that's helpful xx
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    Yes, I used 2 Catit ones to transport my 4 Rexes on a long journey, 2 in each and they had plenty of room for travelling. It's better that they don't move around too much.
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