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Rabbits Living Outdoors

Here is one opinion on the question of whether pet rabbits should live indoors or out.

Caroline Charland
Posted: August 1, 2014, 9:45 p.m. EDT

rabbit in exercise pen outside
© Courtesy Bernadette Lynch
Rabbits enjoy outdoor adventures in a safe environment.

Q: I have just bought two rabbits. They have been in my house all week, however I have bought them a lovely big outdoor hutch with a run attached due to be delivered tomorrow. Will it be OK to move them outdoors? Is there anything I need to do to help the transition?

 A: In my opinion, it’s much safer for rabbits to live indoors. Outside you have to worry about so many dangers, such as predators, hot weather, poisonous plants and gates being left open. I would suggest doing a room, or exercise pen set-up for indoors as their permanent home. Then if it’s a nice day, spend time with them outside. That way you don't have to worry about them. 

Rabbits do love to feel fresh air and even get some sun, but it has to be in a safe environment. Most hutches have a wire bottom, and they are often too small. If yours does have wire, make sure you cover it with wood so that your rabbits don't stand on the wire and injure their feet. 

Also, don't forget rabbits dig. So make sure they can't dig out of the attached run. Plus, never leave them unattended. 

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Posted: August 1, 2014, 9:45 p.m. EDT

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