Living in Bangkok, Thailand means I don’t see my parents as often as I would like. That’s why we go on vacation to Spain together for a month twice a year. Owning a pair of house rabbits, however, could make that vacation quite stressful for me. If I didn’t have a bunny sitter that has been very well trained in how to take care of my rabbits and whom I trust implicitly.
If you too are getting ready for a vacation and will have someone taking care of your rabbits, particularly if it’s for the first time, you should know how to prepare for a bunny sitter when going on vacation as well as what information to leave her. These tips will help.
Pre-buy pellets, hay and cleaning supplies – Whenever I go on vacation and have a bunny sitter taking care of my house rabbits, I always pre-buy all the things she will need while I’m gone. Pellets, hay and cleaning supplies. Instead of just buying a month’s worth of products, however, I make sure I have enough for six weeks. That’s because people are different in how many pellets they give or how much hay they use in a litter box, and I don’t want her to run out.
Buy more than you think your bunny sitter will need, as you can always use what’s left when you get home.
Leave enough money for vegetables and fruit – If your rabbits are like mine and on a diet consisting of mainly timothy hay and vegetables, with a few fruit treats thrown in, you obviously can’t buy a month’s worth of veggies before you leave as they’ll go rotten.
That’s why you need to calculate exactly how much you normally spend on veggies for a month, and then leave enough money for an extra 10-15 percent. After all, you don’t want your bunny sitter scrimping on your rabbits’ diet simply because she ran out of vegetables and money.
Make notes of any health issues your rabbits may have – If your rabbits have been having any health issues, make sure your bunny sitter has written notes about what to look for, and particularly what to do if their health worsens.
One of mine had a scratch on her eye this week that I had to treat with an antibiotic cream, for instance. Before I leave on my next trip to Spain next month, I’ll make sure my bunny sitter has the antibiotic cream at hand in case the infection comes back, and the address and telephone number of my vet if it becomes an emergency.
Does your bunny sitter have your vet information? – Always make sure you leave your vet’s phone number and address with your bunny sitter, as rabbits can become sick quickly and die just as fast. Be sure she knows to take your rabbit to a vet even if she just suspects there’s something wrong as, in my mind, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
I leave several thousand baht (around $100) in cash with my bunny sitter, which in Bangkok would cover just about any vet fees. You might want to make sure your vet has a credit card on file, so if the worst does happen your rabbit will be well cared for.
Leave emergency phone numbers or contact information – While I’m in Spain and my bunnies, and bunny sitter, are in Thailand, I always make sure she has contact information for me, which in my case is my e-mail address. That’s because, even on vacation, I check my e-mail at least once an hour so it’s a more reliable way of contacting me than a hotel phone number.
Leave your contact information with your bunny sitter before you leave on your vacation. Otherwise, she may decide not to get treatment for a sick rabbit if she’s unable to get your permission first. Besides, don’t you want to know if there’s something wrong with your precious bunny?
All in all, when preparing for a bunny sitter before you go on vacation, just use some common sense. Think about the things you do with and for your rabbits on a daily basis and then just make sure your bunny sitter has everything she will need to do the same.
That and veterinary information should get just about every bunny sitter through any situation, and ensure your rabbits stay safe and healthy while you’re gone.
For more information visit Binky Bunny for an excellent Bunny Sitter Guide you can print out and leave for your babysitter.