Is it Better for Pet Rabbits to Live Indoors or Outdoors? – Aivituvin
Is it Better for Pet Rabbits to Live Indoors or Outdoors?

Is it Better for Pet Rabbits to Live Indoors or Outdoors?

 

 Abstract


Traditionally, rabbits have always been kept outdoors in hutches or sheds, which is still the most popular way to keep a rabbit. However, more and more people choose to keep their rabbits indoors, either in a cage or just like a cat, i.e., with a litter tray.

Rabbits can live whether they are indoors or outdoors. The location of the rabbit cage depends on your space size and lifestyle.

Below are some tips for you. Hope it can help you.


If you want to house your rabbits indoors, pls consider below points:


Pros:


If predators enter your space, or where you are prone to extreme weather, then indoors are a safe place. And when litter box trained, they can roam the house like a dog or a cat (though many people still keep a cage or hutch for when they are not there to supervise). Rabbits are sociable creatures and can become lonely and depressed, so being surrounded by people may help their health and increase their mental well-being. Being close to their owners means that illnesses are noticed more quickly, and vet attention is sought faster.


Cons:


Rabbits like to dig, chew, burrow and explore. So electrical wires and cables will need to be covered and put out of reach, and houseplants will need to be non-toxic and kept out of reach. Also, access to dangerous areas such as the oven will need to be blocked off or prevented.

You need to ensure other pets will not harm or frighten your rabbits. Rabbits will usually be scared of cats and dogs as they are natural predators, but if introduced carefully, early in life, they can develop friendships. Never leave rabbits unsupervised with other animals.

If the rabbits haven't been previously kept inside, you need to consider how to gradually get them used to familiar household sights, noises, sounds, and smells. Many stimuli could be frightening or stressful for rabbits, such as noisy household appliances like the vacuum cleaner, TV, or washing machine.

One of the biggest challenges to housing a rabbit indoors is space. They need at least three hours of free running each day.


How to keep your rabbits indoors?


For Chewing


Provide blocks of wood, rabbit toys, cardboard boxes, etc., for rabbits to chew. The hare spends a lot of time digging. An indoor rabbit will love the stuffed cat tunnel and some boxes. You can provide them with some unused towels or old clothes. This way they can entertain as they move around. If your rabbits have always had things for entertainment, they are less likely to be bored. Besides, you can spray bitter-apple on wooden furniture to avoid this problem.


Keep Safe & Exercise


Your baby bunny needs a large hutch in which she can move, get some exercise in safety, and a place where they can sleep, eat, drink water, and relax. Keep them in a safe and comfortable hutch, where they will not get injured or eat something when you are out of the house or asleep.


If you decide to house your pet rabbits outdoor, pls check the below tips:


Pros:


Living outdoors satisfies a rabbit's wild instincts. Your pet will also use natural light to mediate their body clock and shedding patterns. Outdoor rabbits with a comfortable hutch and run can enjoy a natural life and get more exercise– digging, tunneling, chewing to their heart's content, and enjoying the freedom. However, please ensure your rabbits' accommodation and garden are secure, and plants/flowers are non-toxic to them.

Besides, You'll need to let them out for free running if your pet is used to being outside. For example, Britannia Petites, Belgian Hares, Blanche Hotots, and the English Butterfly are suited well to the outdoors.


Cons:


Predators are the biggest threat to pet rabbits living outside. Your pet may feel scared in the dark. She will not predict foxes, owls and other natural enemies in advance.

If you put your pet rabbit living outside, then you must consider the weather. Pay attention to weather conditions and take care of them every day: Even in snow, rain & wind.

Your rabbits can be exposed to various parasites and viral diseases such as Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, which can happen in hours and can quickly become fatal.


How to house your rabbits outdoor?


Predator-Proof & Weather Resistant


Can an indoor rabbit be moved outside? Of course. To keep your rabbit outdoors, you will need to invest in a good hutch and exercise run for predator-proof and weather resistance. The hutch should be made of solid wood, with durable predator-proof wire mesh, and big enough that the rabbit can stretch up on its hind legs and take three full hops in any direction (if you are keeping two rabbits, increase the dimensions).


Prevent Diseases


The most effective way of minimizing this risk of diseases is to ensure you treat your rabbits with regular insecticidal treatment and keep their vaccinations up to date. Flystrike is also a risk, where flies lay eggs on your bunny's skin (usually around the bottom area), which then hatch into maggots and eat away at the rabbits' flesh.


Get Company


If your rabbit lives outdoors, she should have a mate. Otherwise, she will spend lots of time by herself, and make your rabbit lonely, stressed, and anxious. If you cannot adopt a second rabbit, you should regularly spend time with your pet and needs lots of toys and other distractions.

Rabbits are cute and great pets. Under your care, they can live happily both indoors and outdoors. There are merits in both cases. The important thing is to make sure that your rabbit has quality food, plenty of hay, clean water, and your love. You will be an excellent bunny companion.

The best bunny hutches should come in various designs, sizes, and levels of security. Aivituvin bunny hutch gives your furry friends a sense of safety and comfort.👇👇👇


Material


Solid fir wood ➕animal-friendly paint➕heavy-duty galvanized predator-proof welded wire ➕ robust quality hardware


Weather-resistant


The roof is covered with asphalt for enhanced weather protection.


Safe


There are secure latches on all the access points➕there are dense wire cages in the outside area, which can prevent paws from entering. But it still provides plenty of fresh air for the rabbits.


Fast Moving


Most rabbit cages are movable and have wheels. This design allows you to push the rabbit cage into the garden. Let the rabbit soak up the sun and breathe fresh air. Go back to the house in the evening.


Effortless Cleaning


There is a removable wire mesh on the bottom tray. The garbage can be separated from the floor, and the fully removable tray can speed up cleaning.


Easy Assembly


All of our cages will come flat packed. It comes with a sufficient pictorial manual. Screws were in marked plastic bags. Panels are stamped and come ready to be screwed together. Many have dowel rods that fit nicely into pre-drilled holes.

 

 

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