While bringing home a new rabbit is an exciting time, it’s important to keep it calm for the bunny during the first 24 hours. To make the transition as stress-free as possible, here are three tips for the first 24 hours for every novice rabbit owner to follow. 

    1. Have a comfortable, rabbit-safe carrier:
      The first critical error that many novices make is to not provide a safe carrier for their bunny. Rabbits are not dogs, and do not do well roaming free in the car! It’s not only dangerous for the humans, since the rabbit could get underfoot, but unsafe and stressful for the rabbit. A good carrier is breathable and sturdy, with a good-sized door. The carrier should have a pad or bedding on the bottom to keep the rabbit comfortable, as well as some yummy, fresh treats for the bunny to snack on. If the drive is over 30 minutes, be sure to include a water bottle or crock as well.
    2. Make the car rabbit-friendly: To make the car trip back home as stress-free as possible, don’t listen to loud music, keep the carrier away from air conditioning vents, only stop if it is absolutely necessary, and secure the carrier to keep it as still as possible (do NOT let the carrier slide around on the floor).
    3. Create a quiet atmosphere at home: Once the rabbit makes it safely home, move the bunny from their carrier to their cage. If possible, place the carrier in their cage and allow them to stay in the carrier until they feel safe. If this is not a possibility, carefully pick the bunny up and place them in their cage. Make sure they have hay, water, and feed readily available. For the first 24 hours, try to minimize loud noises around the cage and keep other furry members of the family away from the cage. Unless absolutely necessary, don’t pick up the rabbit. Because there are so many unfamiliar sights, smells, and noises, your bunny can easily become overwhelmed.

Although these tips are not comprehensive, following these guidelines will keep stress at minimum. If you’re unsure about something, it’s always better to keep it simple, quiet, and safe.

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