Do Rabbits Like Snow?

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Last Updated on July 23, 2022 by Rei Garnet

Rabbits are actually more adept to cold that heat due to their inability to sweat and pant. Letting your rabbit play on the snow is fine as long as you only let them play for a short period of time.

Even though rabbits can tolerate a near-freezing conditions of anything above 32°F (0°C), it can still harm your rabbit if their fur is wet while being in that temperature.

Rabbits can suffer from hypothermia if their fur is wet for too long.

Just to be safe, only let your rabbit play in the snow for 10–30 min max.

You should also monitor your rabbit at all times during their play time in the snow. If their behavior has changed or if they have stopped playing, you should bring them back inside.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail why rabbits like snow:

Do rabbits enjoy playing in the snow?

Yes, a change in their environment is good for your rabbit. Letting them play in the snow for a little while can trigger their curiosity and exploration.

Most rabbits that are playing in the snow will likely dig holes and build snow tunnels. Just make sure that you always keep an eye on them and keep it short (10-30 min max.)

Here’s an example of rabbits enjoying the snow:

Can you let your rabbit play in the snow?

brown rabbit on snow covered ground during daytime

You can let your rabbit play in the storm as long as it’s only for a little while (10-30 mins max.)

You can also actively monitor your rabbits condition while playing on snow by touching their ears. Rabbits use their ears to regulate their body temperature.

If their ears are ice cold, you may need to bring them back inside and warm them up.

When should you not let your rabbit play in the snow?

brown rabbit on snow covered ground

You should not let your rabbit play in the snow if its too cold outside or when there’s a blizzard. You should also not let your rabbit play too long on snow that’s already melting.

Never fully wet your rabbit’s fur. They can die of hypothermia if their fur is wet.

Finally, if you suspect that your rabbit might not be feeling well, you should skip letting them play outside until they are feeling better.

Conclusion

A change in environment is good for your rabbit. Letting them play in the snow can trigger their curiosity and exploration.

Most rabbits will likely dig holes and build snow tunnels while playing on the snow. Just make sure that you always keep an eye on them while outside and keep it short (10-30 min max.).

You can also monitor your rabbits condition by holding their ears, if its too cold, bring them back inside.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (August 7, 2022) Do Rabbits Like Snow?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/do-rabbits-like-snow/.
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By Rei Garnet

I’ve loved and cared for rabbits since I was 9 years old, and I’m here to share my passion for rabbits. My objective is to help rabbit owners give their rabbits the best life possible.