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Can small animals such as rabbits, doves, kittens etc be trained to be inside a box that will be tilted without scaring them or motion sickness?

I need to place a small animal in a box which is a jumbo die box, so it will get tilted back and forth as I perform the die box sucker effect.

If the answer is yes, what methods might work to get them used to the back and forth motion which will last about 2-3 minutes?

Have you actually tested these methods?

Thanks for your help.
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I would recommend taking your animals on a lovely cruise out to the caribbean to sea if the ocean makes them ill.

Will the animal be sliding around a lot when you tilt the box? Is the load chamber padded?
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I don’t know but it sounds cruel.
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Some animals are naturally inclined to be comfortable in somewhat restricted spaces. Rabbits are a good example of this. The main thing is not to keep them confined any longer than necessary. Also, reward the animal as soon as possible after they are removed from the chamber in which they are confined. Then the "ordeal" is much more acceptable to them.

I did a rabbit from the hat routine which required that the rabbit in question be confined for approximately one minute. He didn't seem to mind at all. He never shied from getting into the production device. But different rabbits react differently to these things.

One thing that people who work with livestock sometimes forget is to show the animal some affection from time to time. Rabbits are not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to intelligence, but they still like to be treated well, and especially enjoy having their neck rubbed.
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Same subject is being discussed in the Polly forum.

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