Rabbits and rodents
Keeping your rabbits or rodents happy and healthy in summer is easy and your furry friends are sure to thank you for it! Here are our top tips to keep your rabbits or rodent pets cool in the warmer seasons.
- Avoid leaving cages, runs or hutches in direct sunlight.
- Remember to keep rabbits and other pets in a safe environment. Don¿t house animals in greenhouses, conservatories and other glass buildings as they can heat up very quickly and become dangerous.
- Always make sure your pets have plenty of shade in their enclosures - remember the sun moves across during the day so areas that were shaded in the morning could be in full sun in the afternoon!
- Regularly groom pets to get rid of dead hairs helping keep them cool (while offering bonding time as well!).
- You can freeze a semi-full plastic bottle of water and wrap it in a towel so pets can lie against it. For rabbits and guinea pigs, this can be left in their exercise areas. For small rodents place it on the outside of their enclosure. It¿s safest not to put it into rabbits or guinea pigs shelter or directly in small rodents¿ enclosures (in case it leaks!).
- If you suspect your rabbit, guinea pig or other pet may be suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded place; wrap them in a cool, damp towel and phone your vet immediately.
Make sure you provide extra water during warmer weather as pets will drink more.
In summer you should also check your pets twice daily for signs of flystrike.
For pets that live indoors, opening a window can allow for a breeze and help keep them cool. Just make sure your pets aren¿t in any draughts first!
- Summer is a great time for rabbits and guinea pigs to have supervised access outside their usual exercise area to the wider garden (just make sure there are no hazards around first!). This can be fun for everyone... Just check out our happy bunnies video!)