Summer means soaring temperatures, which can be dangerous for our bunnies. Rabbits struggle to regulate their body heat in very high temperatures, making them susceptible to heatstroke.

But don't fret! You can easily help your bunny stay cool and comfortable. This guide shares 12 effective tips, starting with their natural cooling strategies. Let's dive in!


Keep rabbits cool in summer

By Josefine S.

How Do Rabbits Keep Cool?

Unlike humans, rabbits lack sweat glands. How do they stay cool then? Here's their secret arsenal:

While these mechanisms are impressive, the summer heat can still overpower them. Stay tuned for tips on helping your bunny thrive in the warm weather!

Keep cool by giving ice cubes to your rabbit or a damp towel and a frozen water bottle

By Gribin Isaf

How to Keep Your Rabbit Cool During Summer - 12 Effective Tips

Tip #1: Keep Air Conditioning on Throughout the Day

While some pet owners believe animals handle heat better than humans, rabbits are particularly vulnerable. Unlike dogs and cats who can pant effectively, they struggle to regulate their body temperature and are susceptible to heatstroke.

Therefore, air conditioning is crucial for your rabbit's well-being during hot weather. Even if you're not home, consider keeping it on at a moderate setting to ensure a safe and comfortable environment.

Ice cubes in drinkers, give your rabbit ice packs to lay on in warm weather,

By Adamantios - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Tip #2: Move Your Bunny to the Basement

During scorching days, consider moving your rabbit's enclosure to the basement! Basements tend to be significantly cooler than main floors due to being underground, with fewer windows and less sun exposure. This can be a great, air-conditioning-free option for keeping your bunny comfortable.

long haired rabbit need frozen soda bottles to stay cool

Tip #3: Place Ceramic Tiles in your Rabbits Enclosure

Ceramic and marble tiles can be helpful for regulating a rabbit's body temperature during warm weather. Unlike other surfaces that heat up quickly, these tiles retain coolness longer. It's true that people find them refreshing due to this property, but there's no evidence that rabbits specifically use them to mimic human behavior.

Here's how to use tiles for your bunny:

Additional tips:

Provide shade in hot weather. if you can add a cooling fan in the cage

Tip # 4: Spray Water at the Back of Your Rabbit’s Ears (Spritzing)

While it's true rabbits lose heat through their ears, spraying their ears will help to cool them down, but it isn't always the best cooling method. In fact, the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF) advises against it due to various risks:

Safer alternatives:


By focusing on safer alternatives and prioritizing environmental cooling, you can help your bunny stay comfortable and healthy in warm weather.

Look out for the signs of heat stroke and bring your bunny inddors when the temperatures outside reach an all time high

Tip #5: Use Frozen water bottles

While frozen water bottles seem to work great for some, expert advice recommends against them due to safety concerns.

Potential dangers:

Safer alternatives:

ice cubes, ice, frozen

Tip #6: Circulate the Air in the Room

Good air circulation is crucial for keeping your rabbit cool in summer! But while air circulation is important, direct air blowing can be harmful to rabbits. Here's why:

Safe air circulation methods:

fan, ventilating, cooling

Tip #7: Make Fresh Cool Water Available 

Preventing dehydration is crucial for rabbits, especially during summer heat.

Hydration Essentials:

Ice cubes:


cold water bowl

Tip #8: “DIY” Cooling Unit With A Fan and Ice

While the idea of using a DIY ice-fan system is creative, it's not always the best choice, but in an emergency situation, go right ahead.

Reasons to avoid:

Safer alternatives:

cool your bunny room with an air conditioner

Tip #9: Brush your Rabbit

Rabbits naturally adjust their fur to the seasons, shedding their winter coat for a lighter summer one. Here's what you need to know:




remove excessive hair

Tip #10: Create Shady Areas for Rabbits

Shade is crucial for rabbits, both indoors and outdoors, especially during scorching summer days. Here's how to ensure your furry friend stays cool and avoids the dangers of overheating:

Shade Essentials:

Heatstroke Alert:


make sure your bunny has shade

Tip #11: Offer Rabbits Fresh Leafy Greens Rinsed in Cold Water

While the idea of giving your bunny chilled greens sounds refreshing, experts advise against it for several reasons. Room temperature wet greens on the other hand is always a great option.

Risks of chilled greens:

Safer alternatives:

provide cold, fresh greens


Tip #12: Use Less Bedding

Removing SOME bedding is great, but you need to make sure there's enough left to provide some comfort to your bunny.


Safer alternatives:

provide ice packs to cool down your pet

Heat Stroke in Rabbits

Understanding Heatstroke:

Rabbits lack sweat glands and thick fur, making them vulnerable to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition during hot weather. Both indoor and outdoor rabbits are at risk, especially young, old, or stressed ones.

Signs of Overheating:

Immediate Action:

If you suspect heatstroke, seek immediate veterinary attention! While waiting, try these temporary cooling measures:

Prevention is Key:

Remember, quick action and preventive measures are crucial to keeping your bunny cool and safe during hot weather.

bunnies prefer cold over warm weather

Related Questions:

What Temperature is Too Hot for Rabbits?

A temperature that’s above 25℃ (77℉) is too hot and equally dangerous for a rabbit. Bunnies do not tolerate so much heat. Due to high temperatures, rabbits can suffer heat stroke, which can eventually lead to death.

What Temperature is Too Cold for Rabbits?

Anything below 15℉ is too cold for bunnies. As long as they are not wet and exposed to direct wind. If you live in cold parts of the world or during winter when it gets pretty cold, you should try to keep your rabbits warm and comfortable. 

Moreover, it shouldn’t be too warm to avoid overheating in bunnies. A rabbit can tolerate the cold more than heat.

How Do Wild Rabbits Handle the Heat?

Wild rabbits live in burrows underground, which provides shade. This is why they can control heat. 

In addition, they are most active during the cool times of the day, usually in the morning and the evening. Hence, this practice helps keep their body temperature cool during the summertime. 

keep your bunny out of the sun on hot days

Wrapping Up: Keep Your Bunny Cool & Comfortable

Keeping your furry friend cool during hot weather is crucial for their health and well-being. While rabbits have natural cooling mechanisms, extreme temperatures can still pose a risk.

The information provided in this guide offers various safe and effective options to help your bunny stay comfortable throughout the summer. Remember, you don't need to implement every single tip; choose the ones that best suit your rabbit's needs and your environment.

Key takeaways:

By following these tips and prioritizing your rabbit's well-being, you can ensure they enjoy a happy and healthy summer!

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