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Last Post by MooBunnay at 5/19/2007 6:15 AM (10 Replies)
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User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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5/17/2007 7:56 AM

Hi! So I just got a new job in Texas which = big new apartment for my bunnies! I'm super excited but I have no idea if I should drive or fly, as I have never taken my bunnies further than down the street.  Does anyone have any input? Has anyone moved and flown or driven their bunnies?

Driving from LA to Dallas would take about 23 hours.  But if I take them on a plane, I might not be able to take them all at once, I would have to fly with two other people, each who could take a bunny, and the airline might not allow 3 animals on board in the cabin at once. BUT I think I'd prefer they be freaked out for one day instead of 2 or 3.

What should I do?

User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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5/17/2007 10:23 AM
There is a third option.  Bunnies can be shipped in a pressurized, normal atmosphere cargo area too.  We are working on getting 4 bunnies from California to Pennsylvania that way.  If you have someone to deliver the buns to the plane, and then someone to wait for them when they arrive, their time without care is minimized.  I think most airlines only allow one animal in the cabin at a time, so you'd be looking at multiple trips to do it that way.

I read an article about travelling with bunnies that suggested driving and setting up a pet friendly hotel in the middle.  Bring and xpen and a litterbox with you, and let the buns run around in the hotel until it is time to leave the next day.

Congratulations on the new job, and good luck with the trip!

User is Offline wendyzski
Chicago, IL
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5/17/2007 11:54 AM
I've never driven THAT far with buns but Pepper handled 6 hours just fine.  I seat-belted her carrier and a pan into the back seat with her litterbox in it.  She spent the whole trip in the litterbox.  I stopped once at a rest area for about 15 minutes so she could have water and some quiet time.

I've stayed at hotels with her a couple of times, and I found it easier to cage the wires than to cage the bunny!  She has impeccable litter habits and spent a fair amount of time exploring and bouncing around.  Mostly on the bed at 2AM, but it was nice that she was having fun!

User is Offline LillyBear
Chicago, IL
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5/17/2007 2:26 PM
Lillys longest trip has been about 4 hours in a day.. we hold her on our lap.. LOL that spoiled girl wont have it any other way.. we try leaving her in the carrier but she puts up a fit.. she bit through the mesh air holes and put her head through!!!! Its adorable!! Of course I had to fix it though.. and we are going to get a new carrier.. one without mesh.. hahah! So when she starts gettng grumpy.. we let her sit on our lap/chest during the car (that is assuming both of us are there.. and so far there hasn't been a car trip where we haven't been).. My bunny doesn't seem especially afraid of travelling though.. which makes me scared if I everever decided to get another bunny for bonding purposes!! .. but I think that you should drive.. you could stop in rest areas.. pet your bunnies.. give them treats.. etc. On a plane.. you couldnt do that..

Lilly - 3.5 y/o french lop mix
Harry - 2.5 month old mini lop
Henry (RIP)- 3 y/o holland lop

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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5/17/2007 5:14 PM
congrats on your new job!

that's a hard decision. i think i'd be more inclined to drive, just so i could really keep an eye on them. when we were talking about moving I envisioned traveling via car much like what Osprey suggested

~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline jellyrose
Huntington Beach, CA
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5/18/2007 9:15 AM

We flew with Edward from the UK to California, he went as checked baggage-on the same flight as us- in his posh pet cargo cabriocarrier! (I think cabrio 'cause the top opens). We spent about 3 months getting him used to the carrier, hiding nice treats in it and taking him on little walks around the garden. He did pretty well (better than me!) and didn't seem any worse for his flight. When the girl from customs brought him out to us at LAX we could see his cute little head bobbing up and down, taking every thing in. When we let him out in the hotel room on our first night he muched his way though a pile of veggies and then flopped down next to his dad on the bed and watched TV. I think if you could get a carrier the right size you could put them in together.. then you wouldn't have to split them up. We flew with United but I've also heard that Cotinental are good with bunnies on domestic flights.

We have also driven with them both to San Francisco (7hrs) and they didn't seem too bad from that either except Josephine kept trying to stand up to have a look around and doing little backward rollies when we went round a corner!

I think eitherway they would be fine as long as they have something that smells familier to them. It's what ever you feel most comfortable with.



User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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5/18/2007 2:47 PM
Hi! I'm impressed Edward did so well, he sounds like quite the brave bun I am a bit afraid that my bunnies wouldn't be quite as brave, they are tinier breeds and tend to be quite dramatic about things that are not a specific way (I get approx. 10 thumps for a late breakfast!).  What were your bunnies in when they were in the car ride? The same carrier as in the picture? I was thinking about the same type thing either way, I think I need to get a bigger carrier tho, I doubt the bunnies will be running around but I'd like them to be able to stretch!

User is Offline jellyrose
Huntington Beach, CA
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5/18/2007 6:14 PM

He's a big chicken really and normally doesn't do change well... we had him since he was a baby and he had the same routine for 2 years. We went on holiday once and my sister took care of him at our house, he would come out of his bed for the whole 2 weeks! We were so worried he wouldn't cope but I guess he's not so chicken after all! He did have his bear and his daddy's t-shirt for company though!

They travelled to SF in the same carrier... it really is bigger than it looks in the photo. I also find that the more space they have when we are travelling the more nervous they seem. If it's dark and enclosed they seem to do better. I guess it's a bit like being in a warren! They have enough room to streach and turn arround and we let them out on the back seat for a streach when ever we stopped for gas. They had hay and a few pellets to eat and a bottle of water too and we had the AC on all the way- I was freezing!

We also have this collapsable dog crate which we use  if we go away as their pen/bed. I got it at petco and I guess you could put them in that if you stopped at a hotel. They are not hard to put up.

User is Offline jellyrose
Huntington Beach, CA
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5/18/2007 6:17 PM
Ooo! Also that vet bed fleecy stuff you can buy is amazing for travelling with. It pulls the peepee down into the bottom layer and from the top you wouldn't even know they'd been! Just like pampers! As long as you can wash it at the other end!

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Bay Area
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5/18/2007 9:46 PM

We've had people travel across country with "rescue rabbits" in the cabin. I've always been told never to put them in cargo because of all the uncertainties and since they are soo sensitive to temperature change, going from in inside to outside to inside the plane, can sometimes cause problems. I know couple of vets have also warned against cargo travel. (Except it sounds like Osprey has another option.  I haven't heard of that, and am interested to learn more)

It really depends on the rabbit too. Some rabbits really stress out, while others handle it well.

Do you have anyone to travel with you so you can take all your rabbits? 

I found these articles that have some helpful traveling tips:

Health certificate info:

Here is a thread from the past about traveling: Check out  dmh426's experience

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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5/19/2007 6:15 AM
Thanks for all the info.! I think I will be driving, but I am not 100% sure yet as I have a friend who is an airline stewardess and she had taken many buns on plane trips and said they did just fine, but since she was an employee of the airline, I don't think she had to go through as much hassle as a normal passenger (such as the waiting in the noisy terminal).  I guess maybe if I flew at really odd hours it would not be as bad, perhaps a red-eye? Then the cabin would be really dark and quiet....hmmm...I'll let you know what I decide either way, I have already decided on getting a 2 bed apartment in Dallas, one for me and one for the buns!

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