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Do Rabbits Like Warmth?

To care for your rabbits properly, it is important to know and be familiar with the things they like and those that they hate the most. Despite being pretty hardy animals, rabbits also have limitations. What about temperatures, then? Do rabbits like warmth or is cold a better option for them?

Do Rabbits Like Warmth?

Rabbits can withstand just a fair amount of warmth and heat. However, they prefer temperatures of around 50 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also comfortable enough in lower temperatures provided that they are properly housed.

When temperatures get too high, such as more than 85 degrees, rabbits might start showing symptoms of overheating that can put their life at risk. Keeping a close eye on your rabbits during warmer weather is important to prevent serious problems.

What is the Best Temperature for Rabbits?

Even though rabbits are quite resilient creatures, they also have an ideal range of temperatures that they like and feel most comfortable at, allowing them to continue thriving and living their lives.

Pet rabbits tend to be most comfortable when temperatures range from 50 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you need to remember that there is no such thing as absolutes in nature. This means that your pet rabbit will not overheat right away at 78 degrees.

Domesticated rabbits can tolerate maximum temperatures of 85 degrees. When the numbers go beyond this range, pet rabbits may start suffering the dangerous consequences of overheating.

Signs of Overheating in Rabbits

When the months are hotter, your bunnies might exhibit some strange behaviors as if the heat affects them. To protect the overall health of your bunny, it is imperative to be familiar with what overheating looks like in rabbits. Your bunny might require your assistance to stay cool.

Below are the most common symptoms of overheating you need to watch out for:

Convulsions

Rabbits that experience heat exhaustion may suffer from seizures. Convulsions can take place if the muscles of your bunny relax and contract involuntarily. This experience may be very scary, but you need to keep your calm and avoid panicking.

Hot Ears

Once the weather starts getting too warm than usual, you need to touch the ears of your rabbit now and then. The ears of your rabbit may also appear red. It is one of the first clues you should watch out for.

When ears feel too warm when you touch them, chances are your bunny is having a hard time dealing with the warmer temperatures.

Lack of Energy

Rabbits may also turn lethargic and have minimal movements around their cage. They may also seem weak with unusually slow movements, without hopping or frisking about with their bunny friends.

Mental Confusion

A bunny suffering from overheating may also seem out of sorts and disoriented. Heat can usually cause rabbits to experience some kind of brain fog.

Moisture Around the Nose

An overheating rabbit may have an unnaturally wet area around its nose.

Salivating

Your bunny may also seem to be excessively drooling, something that is not really usually rabbits. Since rabbits don’t slubber, it indicates that there is something wrong the moment they do.

Hyperventilation or Shallow Breathing

If it seems like your rabbit is in distress and is breathing unevenly and panting, it might be suffering from heat exhaustion.

How to Keep Rabbits Cool During Hot Weather

Bunnies might require some help to stay cool. Good thing there are a few things you can do to help regulate the temperature of your rabbit.

Check out the following viable options you can consider:

Air Conditioning

If you have air conditioning, this is obviously one of the best ways of keeping your rabbit cool. You can adjust the thermostat to ideal temperatures for your bunny.

Brushing

Removing any excess hair can also help cool down your rabbit.

Cooling Mats

A cooling mat can effectively cool down a rabbit for several hours. These can be made either of metal or stone. Their thermal conductivity makes these mats effective. These are safe for your bunnies and are also easy to clean.

Evaporative Cooling System

While this system can be effectively used in dry climates, it might be useless in humid areas.

Ice Bottles

A very practical way to keep the rabbit cage cool is to use old water bottles. All you have to do is freeze them and put them around the cage. Your rabbits will lie beside the bottles to cool down when they need some relief from the heat.

Keep the Cage in the Shade

Make sure you put the cage of your rabbit in the shady spots of your yard. If the hutch or cage is a permanent structure that cannot be moved, your next best option is to place a sheet of tarpaulin or galvanize on top of the cage. If possible, move your rabbit indoors during warmer months.

Put the Cage on Stone or Ceramic Tiles

If you have a portable rabbit cage and you have tiles, you can also relocate the cage over ceramic tiles. These tiles are cool to the touch, drawing heat from the body of your rabbit. Stone tiles also work similarly.

Give Cold Water

Let your rabbits drink cold water from the refrigerator or add some ice cubes or chips to their water bowl. Don’t forget to change the water at least two times a day to keep it free of bacteria and clean.

Spray Your Bunny’s Ears

When months turn warmer, make sure that you have a spray bottle at hand for spritzing on the ears of your rabbit. Just remember that for this method, even a little can already go a long way. Avoid soaking the ears of your pet.

Dipping your bunny in a cold bath to try to cool it down is not really a good idea because it will only stress the animal’s body, doing more harm than good.

Towel Fort

Wet and wring a towel to ensure that it doesn’t drip then drape this over your rabbit’s cage. Bunnies will gravitate to this part every time they feel too hot.

Rabbits do like warmth as long as it isn’t beyond their preferred temperature range.

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