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There are only a couple weeks left before Christmas. If you’re planning to go on a holiday vacation, you should start looking for a temporary shelter for your baby rabbit. After all, not a lot of hotels and lodges accept animals in their facility.
Unlike for cats and dogs, it can be quite challenging to find a kennel or boarding home for smaller pets like rabbits. It pays to start searching for a small animal hotel as early as you can. To lend you a hand, we have gathered all the things you need to know about rabbit boarding.
Where to start your rabbit hotel hunting
When you look for a rabbit hotel, you should focus on the amenities. What are the types of equipment available? Here are some of the basic equipment needed in a rabbit hotel:
- Rabbit-friendly litter box
- Multi-level cages
- Lodge webcams
- Comfort bedding
- Pet bedding
You should also determine if they can provide for the needs of your fur baby. Is the staff skilled enough to take care of your dearest rabbit? How long have they been taking in rabbits? How many animals do they cater per day or week?
How can you tell if a rabbit kennel or boarding home is good?
Top-notch rabbit kennel or boarding homes insist that your fur baby eats a regular brand of dry meal. They should also be able to provide safe exercises for your beloved pet. Moreover, a good rabbit hotel will require you to have your rabbit vaccinated.
How to choose the top five small animal boarding home
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Once you have a short list of temporary shelters for your bunny, you should start asking the following questions:
- Is the rabbit home available on your holiday vacation schedule?
- Do they house the rabbits indoor or outdoor?
- How much do they charge for the boarding fees?
- How big are the cages or pet bedding?
- Do they cater to other small pets?
- What other small pets do they house in the facility?
- Do they have separate rooms for each type of small pet?
- What do they do when a rabbit gets sick?
- Do they have an in-house veterinarian?
- Do they provide extra services such as pet grooming?
- Do they require the animals to get groomed before the boarding date?
By asking the questions above, you can narrow down your choices even better. Rank the boarding homes accordingly. From the list, pick the top five rabbit hotels. As much as possible, you should schedule a visit before you commit to a particular small animal boarding home. The last thing you want is ending up with a small animal hotel that doesn’t meet your standards.
Things you must check when you visit the pet boarding
As a responsible and loving fur parent, you want nothing but the best for your beloved pets. That’s why it’s not enough to simply check the website of the pet boarding home. Sometimes, the description of the products and services in websites are not that accurate. It’s better to check everything first hand. When you go to the boarding home, here are some key observations you need to make:
- How clean is the accommodation?
- Is the facility in good condition?
- Are the walls weatherproof?
- Do you think the facility is safe from predators like hawks and snakes?
- Do you think your pet can escape from the boarding home?
- Are the other rabbits clean and well-fed?
- How much experience and background do the animal careers have?
How to prepare your rabbit before the boarding day
Animals can get stressed, most especially when they’re subjected to situations such as leaving them in a temporary home for quite some time. To ease the mind of your beloved pet, you should pack his/her favourite toy and snacks.
As much as possible, you should also label the pack or can of food that you bring. It should be labelled with a detailed description of the feeding regime. Also, don’t forget to add the contact information of your vet.
While a lot of boarding homes have their own vets, they might need your vet’s phone number when they request for the records of your baby.
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Nowadays there are a lot of fur parents who offer small animal boarding. It’s the perfect solution if you want to spend a few days in another place. Alternatively, you can leave your babies for the meantime if you have to go on a business trip or if you need to attend to a family emergency. Small animal hotels also work well for pet owners frequently leave for work.
It can be quite difficult to find a suitable home for your rabbit during the holidays. But, with enough research work, you will eventually find a few options you can consider. Feel free to use our tips above so you can select the best small animal hotel for your baby rabbits.