Can I leave my Rabbit alone for the weekend?
April 1, 2018
Every once in a while I want to go out traveling for the weekend. But whenever I intend to do that I am concerned about leaving my rabbits home alone. Every time I ask myself can I leave my rabbit alone for the weekend without anyone to care for these delicate animals?
That I have done that leaving my rabbits home alone a few times, I can say you this:
Leaving rabbits alone is not a problem. However proper safety measures and precautions must be considered before you do so.
This article explains what to do and what not. How long can you leave a rabbit home alone?
The best part:
You don’t have to stress or worry about your rabbits during your trip next weekend.
Skip to section
Can I leave my rabbit alone for the weekend?
The simple answer is YES and NO. Let me share a little from my own experience.
I personally like to travel a lot. At least once every week I am out somewhere close to nature to recharge myself for the busy week ahead.
However, for many reasons
It is always not possible to travel with my rabbit. Due to causes beyond my control, I have to leave my favorite bunbun in the house for a few days.
My rabbit DAYA never had a cage. She has the full house for the run. She is litter trained. So it has never been an issue for me to leave my rabbit alone for the whole weekend.
How can you actually do this?
By doing the things I have written in this article.
I always took proper measures:
Do not keep grass or hay just in one place. Try to spread your rabbits’ food in several places around the house, so that your rabbits can work around to find their food.
Keep fresh water in 2 or 3 different feeders in different locations.
Rabbits are social animals and need human interactions to stay healthy. I never left my rabbits alone for over 24 hours.
However, leaving your rabbits alone for the weekend is often dangerous. Not all rabbits will be comfortable staying alone for a whole week or over 24 hours without any observation.
Rabbits are little delicate animals and simply can have health issues. Rabbit get bored quickly, and due to being prey animals they get scared very fast.
If you leave them alone in your house, your bunny may lose their appetite and stop eating. This can be deadly for your rabbits.
In case you have to leave your rabbit over 24 hours you must get a pet sitter or have a friend or neighbor to come look at how your rabbits are doing at least once every 12 hours.
But what if you really don’t want to leave your rabbits home alone?
You can use one of this rabbit carrier to take your rabbits on the journey with you.
How long can I leave my rabbit home alone?
Rabbits are highly social animals. They need to be cuddled and petted and play with. So once you leave them home alone they are going to get lonely.
I never left my rabbits home alone for over 24 hours. Leaving them for over 24 hours or 48 hours is a big NO-NO.
Why is that?
Because rabbits are lively animals and need to run around at least four hours every day. So it is not wise to leave your rabbits in cages for 48 hours.
Although you leave rabbits with enough food, rabbit hay, and supply of fresh water, there is no guarantee of odd incidents that might occur and can be fatal to your rabbits.
Your rabbits may spill all the water or they may chew through all the hay you have left for them. They will starve and probably will get sick.
I must say it is preferable to leave your rabbits unsupervised for a maximum of only 12 hours. Over 12 hours can be too risky.
Leaving them alone for 12 hours is not much of a risk. I have done it many times and it was never an issue for my rabbits.
Can I leave my rabbit alone for a week?
So I can understand, there may be occasions you really need to be out for a week and you can’t carry your rabbits along with you.
You might be wondering what to do with your bunnies or rabbits during the week. Simply request a friend or a neighbor to look after your rabbits.
If that is not possible then find pet sitters who will happily visit your house and spend time with your pets in your absence.
If everything else fails why not just buy this small pet carry bag and bring your bunnies along with you. Perhaps your bunnies will enjoy a different place and an environment too.
Nevertheless, do not leave your rabbits alone for a week. Maximum of 24 hours and your bunny will start to feel very lonely. In case they are in a rabbit cage, that’s going to be worse for them.
The bottom line:
They require time outside of their cage to run and exercise. I remember I didn’t let my rabbit out of the cage for 24 hours once, and she was so angry with me that she bit my finger.
Even if you leave them free within your apartment, there are still dangers of your bunny chewing through harmful things which will cause problems in their digestive system and may become fatal for your rabbits.
There are so many reasons you must not leave your rabbits unsupervised alone in the home for a whole week.
How long can you leave a rabbit without food?
Rabbits love eating especially grass and hay. They can chew all day through rabbit hay.
So the idea of leaving your rabbits without food is complete nonsense. Hay is essential for the betterment of their health.
You can read here >>> The importance of hay in a rabbit’s diet.
Rabbits are small animals and cute house pets, yet they like to eat a lot. In spite of being small doesn’t mean they do not consume much.
So thinking about leaving your rabbits without food for a certain time is a NO-NO. Your rabbits need food and fresh water to survive.
If you are about to go out for a day. You must leave enough rabbit hay around the house and fresh water. Some pellets wouldn’t be bad either. Do not keep the food and water in one place as I mentioned above.
Spread it around in a few places within your rabbits running space. So that way your bunnies will have to look for the food and he/she will not get bored.
The first time I wanted to go out on a trip during the weekend I asked the same question to myself if can I leave my rabbit alone for the weekend. But I couldn’t find any satisfactory answer.
Hence I have written this article to help others.
Interested to know what food is best for your rabbits while you are not home? Then go Here to find out >>> Rabbit Foods for a Healthy Bunny.
As well as visit our >>> Resources <<< page to find the essential bunny products recommended by our readers.