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Keeping a Rabbit Indoors

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

The House Rabbit Society is a wonderful organization that specializes in the welfare of rabbits as pets. They provide adoption information as well as important facts about keeping rabbits healthy and happy. When I had a rabbit as a pet, I turned to them many times for guidance in rabbit care. Here is what they say about the advantages of keeping your pet rabbit indoors as opposed to outdoors.

The House Rabbit Society recommends your companion rabbit be housed indoors. A hutch rabbit cannot possibly receive as much attention as a rabbit within the home. After all, how much time do you intend to spend in the yard? Personalities emerge when your rabbit gets to know you. Their potential is realized when you enjoy each others’ companionship.

  • Rabbits are safer indoors More likely to be preyed upon. They can be frightened to death without even being touched by a predator.
  • Rabbits enjoy companionship from humans and sometimes other animals. Hutch rabbits often appear dull, uninterested or frightened. Rabbits need socializing.
  • Rabbits hide illnesses. You must act quickly when they are sick. When indoors, you notice their eating & behavior changes more quickly. You may not catch the subtle difference they exhibit when they are sick. Could mean life or death.
  • Indoor rabbits will probably live longer. They are safer from poor weather conditions, threatening animals, and are generally happier rabbits. When it is raining and cold, you may not go out to feed or check on your rabbit. He, too, is cold and lonely.
  • Indoor rabbits tend to become a part of the family. Not as easily forgotten about or given away. The human/animal bond is optimized when you get to see bunny dances and enjoy their companionship after a hard day.
  • Outdoor rabbits are sometimes even afraid of humans because they are not familiar with them. Housing a rabbit outdoors is usually the beginning of the end.

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