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Blog > November 2016 > Winter Care Tips for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs Kept Outside…

Winter Care Tips for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs Kept Outside…

Picture7.pngWinter isn't a good time of year for many rabbits and guinea pigs. Sadly, some people don't want to go out in the dark/cold/wet/wind to clean out the hutch, feed the rabbit, and spend some time giving it a cuddle and a quick health check. So they get neglected, water bottles get iced up making it impossible for the rabbit to get a vital drink, hutches end up stinking and soaking, and rabbits fall ill and could even die.
 
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT...
  • Make sure you cover up your rabbit's hutch at night, make it draught and waterproof – think about a waterproof cover for the hutch and run.
     
  • Change the bedding frequently as wet bedding can freeze solid.
     
  • Get a spare water bottle so that when one gets frozen up, you can swap it over quickly without having to wait until the original bottle defrosts. Always check that the water in the nozzle isn’t frozen as often it does before the water inside the actual bottle does. 
     
  • Older rabbits can suffer dreadfully from arthritis so make sure they are snug and warm.  
     
  • Keep them warm, you can create a warm sleeping area find a using a cardboard box.
     
  • Put a thick layer of newspaper on the base of the sleeping area, this helps to insulate, then loosely fill the bedding area with more hay and/or straw.  This helps to keep the rabbit warm.
     
  • If you can, move the hutch indoors to a shed or unused garage – fumes from cars can easily kill.
Look after your rabbits and guinea pigs this winter!  Find out more on the Save a Fluff website.
 
Posted: 05/11/2016 14:20:29 by Warrington Animal Welfare | with 0 comments


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