Caring for Rabbits While on Vacation

Pet Sitters, Boarding, and Vacationing with Pet Rabbits

Bunny Jean Young - Rabbit
Bunny Jean Young - Rabbit. Photo reprinted with permission of Bonny J. Young

Vacation should be about fun and relaxation, not responsibility. But that doesn't mean you don't need to think about your pets while taking a break from the real world. Pet rabbits need regular care and shouldn't slip your mind while you are taking a much-needed rest.

Pet Sitters to Care for Rabbits

Rabbits need daily care, playtime, and food and water. An overnight trip may not require a pet sitter but anything longer than a 24-hour getaway should deem a sitter necessary.

You may not feel comfortable or trust your sitter 100% to watch your rabbits closely during their out of cage time, so unless you have a dedicated rabbit room you may just want to have your pet sitter handle your bunny without letting them run around a room too much. Your sitter will feel really bad if your rabbit eats or gets into something they shouldn't have or gets lost!

A detailed instruction list can be left for the sitter to reference and also contain emergency contact numbers, including your exotics vet.

If you don't have any close friends or family that are willing to stop by and care for your rabbit, consider asking them if you can bring them to their house for them to watch. If you don't know anyone personally who is comfortable caring for your rabbit in your absence, check out for an experienced pet sitter near you, call your local exotics vet to see if any employees would like to make a little extra cash, contact a local rabbit rescue group, or check with your local trusted pet store to see if they know of anyone.

Boarding Facilities

Some dog and cat boarding facilities will board exotic pets, including rabbits, for a nominal fee per day. Daily feedings, medication administration, play times and other needs can be delivered by trained staff but you'll probably need to transport your own enclosure and supplies to the facility.

A simple phone call to ask the center if they will be willing to board your rabbit is all it takes. Many facilities may be willing to board a rabbit even if they've never boarded rabbits before.

If you plan on boarding your pet you may feel more comfortable writing out instructions for the facility if you don't know them well. You'll need to provide food, treats, toys, and contacts for your exotics vet (find an exotics vet near you) in case there are any issues while you are out of town.

Vacationing With Your Rabbit

If you are driving to your temporary destination you may want to consider bringing your pet rabbit along with you. Depending on how many rabbits you have and how large the enclosure is, this may or may not be very practical. One rabbit can be easily transported in a small carrier (but make sure they don't get too warm or cold while in transport) and then set back up in their enclosure at the place where you are staying. Campsites and other places that don't have access to electricity are not good options for vacationing with rabbits as you wouldn't want your ferret to overheat or freeze. But if you are staying in pet-friendly hotels (find a pet-friendly hotel) or with friends or family that don't mind a rabbit or two as company, you may be able to take your pet along with you on vacation!

Regardless of what you do with your pet while you are out of town, you should get a pre-trip check-up by your vet to make sure your rabbit is in good health.