Hare Raising Halloween Costumes & Rabbit Care Safety for Your Bun
Written by The Rabbit Hole Hay Team
Are you looking for the perfect costume for your fury little friend? Whether it's for a photo shoot or a costume contest, there are several options for your little bun for Halloween. From a cuddly pumpkin to a rabbit vampire (does anyone remember Bunnicula?) there are almost too many ideas to choose from. The first place to start is actually with safety. Some costumes are better than others when it comes to the health and safety of your Bun. Here are some rabbit care safety tips to help you out.
Know the Size of Your Rabbit
When you buy or make a costume for your rabbit, measure him to ensure that the costume will fit properly. You don’t want the costume to be restricting in any way that can hurt your rabbit. You should also make sure it's made of non-toxic materials.
Appropriate Time for Wearing
Costumes should only be worn for the time of the photo shoot or contest. Rabbits can easily overheat while wearing the costumes which is bad for their health. We understand that your little bun might be the cutest hot dog around, but costumes for rabbits shouldn’t be worn for hours at a time. This can cause stress to your rabbit. Also, make sure you know how to properly hold your rabbit to keep it calm and avoid injury.
When your rabbit is wearing the costume, you must watch him the whole time. This is to prevent any movements that will adjust the costume and could potentially choke him, prohibit any leg or arm movement, and to look for signs of overheating. Some rabbits may not appreciate wearing the costume you have chosen for them. If they exhibit any signs of stress, strange behavior or attempting to remove the costume, please take it off of them immediately! You don't want them to freak out and get hurt.
Costumes - DIY or BUY?
If you aren’t handy with a sewing machine have no fear! There are websites out there that sell costumes specifically for rabbits. This adorable rabbit is wearing a very authentic Vampire costume, it's quite frightening...Can you imagine your rabbit winning the photo contest in this costume? I bet so! This costume can be found at Cuddly Cavies Creations.
Are you good with a sewing machine but need new ideas for a creative costume? Check out a few boards on Pinterest to see what other bun lovers are doing for Halloween! There are so many other rabbit owners out there that love to share ideas about rabbits.
Remember the basic rabbit care safety tips above when deciding on a costume. It is important that your rabbit always feels safe so if you put a costume on your little bun and he starts to seem anxious and frightened, take it off immediately. As much fun as it can be to dress them up, we have to respect that they have opinions of their own and sometimes they just aren't in the mood. Every rabbit is different, some may barely notice that you have dressed them up, while others may hop around and scratch at the costume until you take it off of them. No picture is worth risking the health and well being of your rabbit.
One of the best things you can do for your rabbit is feed them a proper diet of at least 80% grass hay. Rabbits naturally like to forage for long periods of time on grasses. Aside from being good for their health, it also keeps them mentally stimulated and can reduce stress. At Rabbit Hole Hay we provide the best quality hay available to keep your small pets happy and healthy. Check out our online store!