Pet travel: Tips for travelling with your bunny from a cotton-tailed TikTok star


Miffy the bunny’s first journey was considered one of necessity. When his proprietor Sami Chen relocated to New York from Taiwan in 2018, she couldn’t bear to depart her fluffy companion behind.

As soon as she was settled, Miffy adopted with a pet journey firm.

“He came here by himself and he was really brave,” says Sami, who works as a classical pianist and vogue designer.

Miffy’s 25-year-old proprietor hadn’t deliberate on gaining a new journey buddy. “Bunnies are usually very tense in new environments. They get stressed out easily…it’s really hard for them to trust humans,” she says.

However after spending an prolonged time in a cage through the flight and between houses, Miffy wanted to stretch his legs.

“I started taking him out to the park to exercise,” says Sami.

She observed Miffy was actually pleasant to people – “I feel like he thinks he’s human or something!” – so she determined to take him additional afield, beginning with brief journeys near house.

“When I travel with Miffy he gets really cuddly – I think it’s a bonding experience,” Sami provides. “And he trusts me [because] every time after we travel, he goes back to the same house.”

Now, the pair are inseparable.

“He is kind of attached to me and I’m attached to him. So it’s nice that we travel everywhere together,” says Sami.

Does Miffy the bunny take pleasure in travelling?

As Sami says, bunnies aren’t all the time suited to the travelling life. However Miffy doesn’t appear fazed.

“A few weeks ago we went travelling and he was ‘binkying’ in the hotel room,” remembers Sami. “He was just so happy dancing all around and it was super cute.”

After they return from their adventures, Miffy shows his affection by licking Sami and reveals he’s relaxed by flopping onto his facet – each indicators he’s a completely satisfied bunny.

“It just means that he’s super relaxed, super trusting,” says Sami.

What are Miffy the bunny’s journey preferences?

As for Miffy’s journey likes and dislikes, he prefers being a part of the jet set.

“Miffy likes the aeroplane because it’s really smooth…He eats, he sleeps. But he doesn’t like the car [because] it’s bumpy.”

Whereas some airways require bunnies to be stowed underneath the seat in a rabbit journey service, others permit emotional assist animals to take a seat with their homeowners uncaged.

Miffy can also be a Florida fan.

“Miffy likes the beach the most because it’s like a big litter box – he can dig non-stop,” says Sami. “I make him a little tent where he can eat and drink,” she provides.

To this point, besides for his preliminary journey from Taiwan, Miffy has solely travelled across the US, however Sami hopes they’ll go to Europe collectively sometime.

Apart from Florida, the pair have visited Boston, Vegas, San Francisco, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, North and South Carolina, West Virginia and extra.

How do individuals react to a travelling bunny?

“People think it’s really funny to see me walking a bunny,” says Sami. “And so they started to ask for his Instagram.”

He didn’t have one, so Sami determined to create one. That’s the place his ascent to fame started.

Miffy and his pal Mica – who was adopted by Sami in New York in 2021 – now have virtually 120,000 Instagram followers, and greater than 570,000 followers and 7 million likes on TikTok.

“People love his videos, [they] make people happy…He’s really made a difference to a lot of people,” says Sami.

What recommendation does Sami have for travelling with a bunny?

Rabbits are significantly susceptible as a result of their well being can decline quickly in an emergency.

Because of this, Sami says, a very powerful factor is to take a look at the place the closest vet or 24-hour animal hospital that sees rabbits is earlier than travelling.

She additionally advises on taking issues progressively.

“At first, don’t go too far,” suggests Sami. She started by taking Miffy to the park to see how he fared. As soon as he was extra comfy, she took him on an hour-long journey, and solely ventured additional as soon as she gained his belief.

Not all rabbits shall be suited to travelling, and a lot relies on their persona and day-to-day residing scenario.

“I know that travel is a lot – especially for bunnies [that are] home all day and have never been out, they will be scared of the environment,” says Sami.

“So it really depends on different rabbit situations. But it’s good to let them go out, get a little bit of sunshine and explore.”

Lastly, she emphasises the significance of relaxation.

“When we travel by aeroplane or car, it’s a lot even for humans…So I would usually let the bunny rest for a day [before] taking them out.”

You possibly can observe Miffy’s adventures on Instagram and TikTok (@bunny.nyc).

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