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How to Create a Secure Environment for Your Rabbits

As with other pets, owning rabbits requires a certain amount of responsibility. Some rabbits require more attention than others, but they all need you to look out for their safety.

Before deciding that a rabbit is the right pet for you, take a second to think about what owning a rabbit requires and what you are going to have to do to keep them safe as well as happy.

Accommodations

Rabbits are very active animals and need to have their own space. Whether you plan on keeping your rabbit indoors or out, they need to have enough space to stand on their hind legs without their ears touching the roof. Skeletal pains due to lack of proper space may cause rabbits to become ill tempered and difficult to handle.

Rabbits require a certain amount of exercise each day and need adequate space to hop and stretch around.

Rabbits also need to have an area where they can have some alone time or a place to escape if they are frightened.

The best type of home you can provide an outdoor rabbit would be something like a small wooden house with a fenced in area around it to allow room for exercise. This should be placed in a shaded area to avoid your rabbit becoming over heated on warmer days.

Their home should be as dry and well ventilated as possible, to help maintain a good temperature for your rabbit. This will also help keep the area more sanitary.

Keep It Clean

Keeping your rabbits cage clean is perhaps one of the most daunting tasks of owning a rabbit. You have got to keep up on changing your rabbit’s litter and cleaning the cage.

This is extra important in warmer weather, because a dirty cage could mean flies. Believe it or not, flies could lay their eggs in your rabbit’s cage, and their maggots could burrow into the rabbit’s fur or body cavity, causing a death due to a disease known as fly strike.

Indoor Precautions

If you want to let your rabbit roam your house, there are a few steps that you need take to in order to rabbit proof your home.

Most rabbits love to chew cords, which is why you should place all electronic cords out of reach or get protective coverings for them. Some rabbits are fond of chewing furniture or even the corners of your wall.

If your rabbit likes the corners in your home, there are plastic or wood corner coverings that you can buy to help protect these spots. As for your furniture, there are a few products that you can apply to your furniture that will leave a bad taste in your rabbit’s mouth to discourage your pet from chewing.

Outdoor Precautions

When allowing your rabbit to roam the great outdoors, make sure that you don’t offer too much access. Too much space can lead to a lost or injured rabbit.

One thing you have to be aware of is the fact that rabbits can actually be scared to death. This means you have to do all that you can to keep your rabbit from being in frightening situations. For instance, do not let your rabbit out after dark. Night time is when a lot of animals come out of the woodworks, and this increases the risk of your rabbit being scared.

Plants

Some indoor and outdoor plants could be fatal to your rabbit if eaten. This is why it is best to keep all house plants out of reach of your pet, and only allow your rabbit to eat the food that you give it.

Some plants that can be fatal to your rabbit include daffodil bulbs, geraniums, jasmine, rhododendron, and peonies. If you are unsure if it is safe to let your rabbit eat, keep it out of your rabbits reach until you know for certain. Beware of what is being sprayed on your lawn as well. You don’t want your rabbit playing on grass that has been sprayed with pesticides or fertilizers.

Guest post from Casey Lynch. Casey writes about home insurance for HomeInsurance.org.


About James Watts

BSc Bioveterinary Science. Editor of PetSci. When I'm not writing, learning, discussing, or reading about animals, you know it's the weekend! Currently developing PetSci HealthTrak, the fast and easy way to monitor your pet's weight and calorie intake. HealthTrak offers a simple way to track your pet's progress, helping them achieve a healthy weight and a long, happy life.

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One comment

  1. Thank you so much for your incredibly informative website.
    I am a Rabbit Owner, and have had much fortune for several years, living in the USA. We are fortunate –as perhaps is the UK, also–to have an incredible support group of great Veterinarians whom specialize in Small Animals, particularly Lagomorphs. And we have very good pet stores whereby good foods, such as American Pet Diner, or Oxbow are also great products.
    I feed my Rabbits(indoor rabbits only) lettuce, Romaine-some carrots, some mixed greens, Alfalfa free pellets, and lots and lots of Timothy Hay.
    Two are free roamers, and two are in Playpens. But their playpens are always clean and their litter boxes are cleaned 3 times per day to throw away their excrement. However, I leave the night droppings out for awhile, to enable them to return to them for ingestion.

    Please post more as it correponds to Rabbits, and feel free to write me directly at:

    peter.rabbit@msn.com

    Thank you

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