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Last Post by naz at 1/13/2011 10:56 AM (5 Replies)
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User is Offline naz
sydney, australia
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1/12/2011 10:45 PM

hi everyone! hope you all had a lovely xmas and new year!

wondering if you have any tips for leaving rabbits with sitters? i have found a couple of places that specialise in rabbit sitting - which is great since it's hard to find someone to look after the bun when we go away.

my main concern is that they advised that they prefer rabbits to be in cage/hutch (hershey lives in a pen), so we would have to rent one - would this stress her out do you think?

i know i would prefer to leave hershey with a rabbit sitter than a family member who doesn't know much about them!

User is Offline LizzieKnittyBun
Broomfield, CO
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1/12/2011 10:52 PM
Hey there! Hope you had a great holiday too : )

I bet a pen qualifies as a cage or hutch. They probably just don't want rabbits potentially running out the door.

As for family members, if you have one you trust you can probably just leave them directions on how to care for your buns. My Mom cared for Remy once when we were out of the town, and she did a great job!

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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1/13/2011 1:25 AM

Many of us have family we trust to do well with our bunnies, but my gut feeling here is to go with the pet sitters who are experienced with bunny care. I think you can establish a history with them this time, then know they will be available from now on. Family and friends often are not, so it's sometimes a better set up to pay someone to be responsible - they have a business and reputation to preserve, not to mention bills to pay with the income so they are invested in doing the best job.

Ask them if a pen will work, if it just needs to be covered, or is too large and out of the question. If the latter, ask how much exercise time your bunny will get daily. My vet sits pets in her office, and I believe the cages are simple, but they let each one out for a hop around the office enough to get a workout. Your bunny will not be freaked if they are good handlers and stick to your feed schedule. Also, providing familiar toys or blankies can help a lot. When I had a friend who cared for Spockie, before I met this vet, I tied a used knee sock inside the cage bar so he could smell me. He used to lick it constantly, but he played nicely with my friend's family and was totally content. He was in a small cage most of the time, with a hop around their kitchen daily.

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User is Offline Sarita
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1/13/2011 6:32 AM
I think LKB is probably right - they just want the rabbit contained to ensure the rabbit won't flee and they know where to find him/her.

User is Offline Andi
B.C. Canada
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1/13/2011 6:57 AM
A rabbit sitting business I know of houses the rabbits in large dog crates, I have left a couple of my bunnies there for Bunny sitting that usually lived in a pen and they had no trouble adjusting.
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User is Offline naz
sydney, australia
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1/13/2011 10:56 AM
Thanks guys! Well I usually leaver her with my mum, but she is coming on holidays with us so that's why we're looking for a sitter.

Anyway I already asked about the pen and they said no, so we might go and visit the place to see how it all works, i'm sure it will be fine...i am just an overprotective mum haha!
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