Traveling with your rabbit in a car can be easy …or very stressful! Trips to the vet that are just a 10 to 20 minute drive can easily wear on your rabbit.
Not a Head Rest but a Meads Rest! Meadow is not a rabbit who enjoys car travel. He gets very stressed by the ride to the vet and it takes him a good while and lots of rubs to relax again. I can see him panicking in the carrier, so when I am not driving, while good or bad, I let him ride on my lap. In one particular occassion, he decided he would quickly scramble up and smush himself behind my neck and the car seat. Funny enough, that spot seemed to do the trick to calm him down.
If your rabbit does not travel well, do not make him travel unnecessarily. If car travel cannot be avoided, make the drive as comfortable as possible for your bunny.
FEEDING AND GIVING WATER TO YOUR RABBIT WHILE TRAVELING LONG DISTANCE.
Bring your rabbits favorite treats to ease his worries, as long as any of his everyday hay. Pack some water bottles filled with the usual water you give your rabbit so they do not need to adapt. The water bottles may drip while en route, so stop and give your rabbit plenty of opportunities to eat and drink.
KEEP YOUR RABBIT OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT, WITH GOOD VENTILATION.
It is important that while you are driving long-distance, your rabbit will remain out of direct sunlight. It can cause your rabbit to overheat.
Watch the temperature in the car. Make sure the carrier or box the rabbit is in is well-ventilated, but also make sure there are no cold drafts drifting in.
Another important factor may seem silly, but do not blast your music. This can cause stress to your rabbit and make his drive very unpeaceful.
COMPLETING A LONG CAR RIDE WITH YOUR RABBIT.
Upon completion of a long car trip with your bunny, spend lots of time keeping an eye on them, make sure if they seemed stressed at the time that within a half-hour they have begun to relax. Some extra love, maybe a good massage, may just do the trick!