What are things a bunny would like or want in their hutch/house thing?
I have a couple questions:
Is it ok to keep a bunny outside?
What things would a bunny like or want in their hutch/house thing
What should I do on very hot days or very cold days
Where should I get my bunny? (like pet stores,breedingplaces, etc.)
What are some of the needs for a bunny?
Any additional info you want to add would be great!
1) It is ok to keep a rabbit outside so long as it has proper housing (must be large, weatherproof, well insulated, safe from predators etc – most standard hutches are inadequate). You also need to make sure you will still spend lots of time with it – not just leave it out there and forget about it, or put off looking after it because it is too cold / wet etc.
2) Outdoor rabbits should have access to a very secure run so they can run around, plus a decent hutch or shed to shelter and sleep in. Inside their hutch they will need plenty of safe bedding material, unlimited hay for eating and sleeping in (if they eat it all you aren’t giving them enough), food and water, plus some toys. Good toys for rabbits include cardboard boxes and tubes, tunnels to run through, old phone books to shred, safe wooden branches to gnaw on, safe jingly cat balls etc. You can use the sturdy plastic toys and PVC tunnels in the outside run.
Rabbits are a social specfies and should haev the company of their own kind. If possible please adopt a neutered, bonded pair of rabbits to keep eachother company.
3) Your rabbit should always have access to shelter and shade. Good insulation is vital for keepniog the hutch at a good temperature. You could either build your own hutch, making it two layers thick with some loft insulation in between the walls, or you can buy hutch and run covers from Scratch and Newton. (Either to fit specific sizes, or I think they can custom make them) http://www.scratchandnewton.com/main.asp These guys also make insulation for water bottles which can help algae growth in summer and freezing in winter. Extra bedding (hay) is useful in winter.
4) Rescue! There are thousands of lovely rabbits looking for homes, of all ages and breeds. They are the third most common animal in rescue! You can check out rescues and shelter (you might need to phone as some don’t list small animals on their websites) or adopt some privately through craigslist or petfinder.
Breeders are not great – there are already more rabbits than homes.
Pet stores are the worst place to get rabbits. You would be supporting the cruel mass breeding industry (like pupy farms) or back yard breeders, and there is a high chance your pet would turn out to be mis-sexed, pregnant or sick.
5) Rabbits need proper accomodation (an outdoor rabbit needs a 6×2 foot hutch, plus a large run), safe bedding, unlimited hay, fresh veggies daily, quality rabbit pellets, clean fresh water available at all times in a water bottle, another rabbit (neutered!), daily attention and exercise, to be neutered and possibly vaccinated (in the UK we vaccinate for VHD, myxi etc), toys, etc. Like all animals they need vet care whenever they are sick.
For some great rabbit info check out these links – they might also give you some ideas for outdoor rabbit housing…
Hope this helps!
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