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FAQ: Rabbits Outdoors|
What is the greatest outdoor risk for rabbits?
I live in the city. Do I still need to worry about
My rabbit has lived outside for a long time
without harm from predators - why should I
consider bringing her inside now?
What kinds of safe daytime exercise can I
Primary Author(s): House Rabbit Society
My rabbit has lived outside for a long time without harm from predators - why should I consider bringing her inside now?Some outdoor rabbits avoid death by predator or the other risks mentioned. But what is the quality of life for an animal living outdoors all the time? And what sort of relationship can you build if your bunny is out there and you're indoors? A life spent confined to a hutch is boring, depressing, and stressful for a sensitive creature such as a rabbit. A life spent unconfined but outdoors is simply too dangerous for domestic animals. By domesticating them, we have deprived them of whatever natural ability they had for survival on their own. If your rabbit currently lives outdoors, we strongly urge you to bring her in at least during the night, when predators are most common. Even if she's confined to a smaller cage, or a bathroom or utility room, she's safe, and she's making a first step to being part of your family. There's no magic in turning an "outdoor rabbit" into a house rabbit. It can begin in a single evening. House Rabbit Handbook (Drollery Press, 1996) describes an 8'L X 32"W X 32"H made from a frame of pine 2 X 4's and 1" welded wire. A plywood top gives shelter and shade, and a wire floor covered with clean straw provides the rabbit with safe material to burrow in.
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