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

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

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 indoors or outdoors. Where you decide to house them depends on the size of your space, your lifestyle, and your bunnies' temperament. 

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 visit your yard, or your state is prone to extreme hot or cold weather, indoors is safer. And when litter box trained and with a properly rabbit-proof house, they can be allowed to roam the house like a dog or cat (although most 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, commercial rabbit toys, paper towel tubes, wicker baskets, cardboard boxes, etc., for rabbits to chew. Wild rabbits spend a lot of time digging & tunneling. An indoor rabbit will enjoy plush cat tunnels, contractor tubes, and a few boxes taped end to end. Please provide them with some loose towels or old shirts to push around and d burrow into. Give them some natural sisal mats to dig and tear apart. If your rabbit is kept busy mentally & physically in constructive ways, they will be less likely to take their boredom out on your furniture. 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 live a more natural life and get more exercise– digging, tunneling, chewing to their heart's content without damaging human property, and enjoying the freedom of living in the fresh air. 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 danger to an outdoor rabbit. Your pet may become frightened when alone in the dark. She will not be able to see foxes, owls, possums, and other natural enemies. 

Keeping your rabbits outside means, you must be committed to attending to them every single day, year-round in every type of weather: 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 ResistantTo 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 adorable and make wonderful pets. They can live very happily inside or outside with the proper care. Every situation is different, and both can be good. Ensure your bunny gets plenty of exercise, quality food, lots of hay, clean water & bedding, and lots of love, and you are 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.👇👇👇

1 ,Material: solid fir wood ➕animal-friendly paint➕heavy-duty galvanized predator-proof welded wire ➕ robust quality hardware
2 ,Weather-resistant: The roof is covered with asphalt for enhanced weather protection.
3,Safe: there are secure latches on all the access points➕the outside area is surrounded by a wire cage that is dense enough to stop claws getting in but still provides plenty of fresh air and visibility for the rabbit.
4,Fast Moving: most of the rabbit hutches are on wheels, this means that you can wheel the hutch out of the house, into the garden to enjoy the sunshine and get fresh air, and back into the house at night.
5,Effortless cleaning: a removable wire net on the bottom tray to separate the waste from the floor and a fully removable tray for faster cleaning.
6,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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