How To Keep Rabbits Warm In Winter
Winter brings cold temperatures that can be particularly dangerous to the health of your pet rabbits. To ensure the safety and well-being of your furry friends, you must take steps to keep your rabbits warm during the winter months.
Provide a Draft-Free Home
Rabbits are particularly susceptible to drafts and chill, so it’s important to make sure that their living areas are draft free. To do so:
- Move the rabbit hutch away from windows, doors and out of the path of strong winds.
- Wait to open windows until the warmer months to reduce drafts.
- Keep windows and doors closed when the temperatures drop.
Give Them the Right Bedding
Providing the right bedding is important in keeping your rabbits warm during winter. Make sure to:
- Use thick, warm bedding such as shredded newspaper, wood shavings, hay or straw.
- Change the bedding regularly to ensure your rabbits remain clean and comfortable.
- Inspect the bedding to ensure there are no potentially dangerous items the rabbits can ingest.
- Cover the hutch with blankets or a thermal insulation material during particularly cold spells.
Provide a Heat Source
Adding a heating source to the rabbit hutch can help to keep the temperatures comfortable. Here are some possible heat sources:
- Hot water bottles – Fill bottles with slightly warm water and place in the hutch. Replace them when they cool down.
- Heat lamps – Place a temperature-controlled heat lamp in the hutch. Any exposed wires should be covered to prevent electric shock.
- Heated Pet Mats – Place a heated mat on the floor of the hutch. Make sure it is not too hot and check it regularly.
Feed Your Rabbits Correctly
Your rabbits’ diet should be adapted during cold weather as they will need additional calories to maintain their body temperature. Make sure to:
- Increase the amount of hay and pellets the rabbit’s receive.
- Add fresh vegetables and oats to the food bowl.
- Avoid feeding them too many sweet and high-calorie treats.
- Provide daily snuggles and playtime to help keep their spirits up.
By following these steps, you’ll help ensure your rabbits stay healthy and warm during the cold, winter months.