We all know that fireworks can be very distressing for all pets and wildlife, particularly those rabbits that live outside. How can you make your rabbits as comfortable and stress free as possible?
Are your rabbits used to coming inside your home? If they are consider bringing them in for the evening. Make sure you leave them in overnight, as their body temperature will become acclimatised to your home and not to the cold temperatures outside.
If you have electricity in your rabbits outside accommodation or a radio that runs on batteries leave the radio on during the fireworks. Turn the radio on before the fireworks start so your rabbits get used to the noise, choose a soothing radio station and don’t have it too loud.
Cover their housing with a thick blanket or duvet; this will help muffle the noise of the fireworks. Leave a gap at a suitable point to ensure appropriate ventilation.
Provide extra hay and/ or straw bedding, this will give them somewhere safe to retreat too as well as muffling out some of the noise.
Extra hideaways will also help give your rabbits plenty of options to feel safe. You can use cardboard boxes with a minimum of two holes cut in filled with hay to provide a cheap and effective place to hide.
Toys and healthy treats such as fresh herbs can provide a welcome distraction from the noise of the fireworks. Follow this link for some ideas on homemade inexpensive toys.
Check on your rabbits regularly, make sure they are coping with the stress of the evening and ensure that t
hey are still eating. Some rabbits may get GI Stasis brought on by the stress of the fireworks. Make sure you know the signs and know what to do.
Regularly check that stray fireworks or firework shrapnel has not landed in your garden.