Thursday, October 20, 2011

7 Tips to Keep Halloween less Scary for Your Rabbit

Have a Hoppy Halloween this year! Please remember rabbits are sensitive creatures and may find this holiday a little creepy.  Here are some tips to keep everyone safe:

1. Noise Rabbits can get spooked by strange noises anytime of the year. Just look at those ears. They can hear what is going on outside the house. Halloween night the door bell may ring more than usual and visiting goblins may have lots of sound effects. Keep your rabbit away from the front door and in a quiet area.

2. Costumes (for people) Did you know your rabbit sees your shape first and recognizes your familiar scent and voice. So if you are wearing anything that changes your basic shape, or scent and you put on an accent from Dracula's hometown, your rabbit may not even recognize you. Speak to your rabbit normally and don your costume after you have settled the rabbit in for the night.

3. Candy It's not great for humans and sugary treats especially chocolate should be kept away from rabbits during and after Halloween night. Give your bunny a bit of apple for a Halloween treat

4. Decorations Don't let your rabbit near stringy  fake cobwebs and other filmy decorations . They maybe tempted to chew on them and they can cause serious digestive problems.

5. Candles Burning candles in jack-o-lanterns can be dangerous especially if a rabbit is hopping around in the house. Rabbits are as curious as cats and may investigate. They can knock them over creating a fire hazard.

6. Going to a Party If you go out for Halloween night, make sure your rabbit is safe and secure especially if it isn't an indoor house rabbit. If you aren't home to give out treats at the front door, someone might decide to "trick" you.  A rabbit could be spooked by strangers or a target for a "trick." if kept outside. 

7. Pet Costumes Not recommended, but I am guilty of placing a hat over those long ears. However, they were not attached to the rabbit. If you want to dress up your rabbit, don't use rubber bands, ties or elastic that can constrict breathing or movement. Some rabbits will try to remove the costume and can become entangled. Bunnies can also become stressed or too warm especially if the costume is tight. After all, they are already wearing a fur coat. Take a picture and then get the bunny out of costume.