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advice on how to travel with my bunny

mayapaz

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Hi all! i just joined this forum because im in desperate need of advice
i adopted a bunny a couple months ago in italy but now have to transport her from florence to barcelona in about 10 days.
i’ve been looking at flixbus and flights but they both don’t allow any animals other than service dogs. does anyone have any tips on how i could travel with her? does anyone have any experience taking their bunny on trains or any other transport?
thank you all in advance!
 
I have taken rabbits by train within the uk on many occasions. Also by car and bus, sometimes a combination of all three. I put them in a good sized cat carrier lined with newspaper and hay and give them cucumber to snack on which they generally ignore but makes me feel better.

I offer water when practical but they rarely seem interested. In all cases the rabbits swiftly get used to the train, bus or car and settle down and cuddle up to their friend (have only ever travelled with pairs).

Hope you find a solution that works.
 
I've taken a rabbit on a ferry, via a long car journey (3 hours plus). I used the usual hard plastic cat carrier with a thick layer of newspaper on the base and loads of hay as cushioning against being thrown around during transit. Fresh greens are useful for moisture. Water was offered in a clip on bowl when we stopped, but he didn't really touch it. Leaving water in the carrier during transit inevitbly means it will spill and the rabbit ends up sitting on wet bedding, even with a bottle rather than a bowl, although it's easier to keep offering a bottle more frequently if the carrier is within reach. If you use a bottle, I would clip a plastic bowl under it to catch the drips and keep the bottle on the outside so it can be removed easily.

Opening the carrier for anything is a risk (escape) and potentially messy (hay, poo). Once the rabbit has settled, they are usually fine and just check on them regularly without disturbing them.

Puppy pads are useful as a base layer in the carrier. You can stack them so you just remove the top used layer, leaving a fresh one already in place from underneath it. It saves a lot of messing around in public spaces while keeping the carrier dry for the rabbit, and there's less risk of escape if the carrier is only open briefly. Take something like nappy bags to dispose of the used puppy pads.

I never use heavy bowls, etc in a carrier during transit due the risk of them injuring the animal if they move. I tend to use plastic bowls that clip on to the door mesh, or something like a small, clean margarine tub for food.
 
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