Is keeping rabbits indoors cruel?

Is keeping rabbits indoors cruel?

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Is keeping rabbits indoors cruel?

Locking your rabbit up Keeping them in these tiny cages can cause a range of health problems, including obesity and even deformities if they’re not able to move around naturally. It’s also cruel. Rabbits are smart, social and highly curious, and they need to be able to explore their surroundings.

What size indoor cage does a rabbit need?

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund recommends that your rabbit’s hutch be large enough for “three hops” from end to end. That means a minimum of six feet long by two feet high by two feet deep. A 6ft x 2ft x 2ft hutch will allow your rabbit to hop, stand up, stretch, and move around comfortably.

Are rabbits happy living indoors?

Rabbits can live quite happily indoors and they should be provided with secure accommodation where they can feel safe, sleep, use a particular area as a toilet, and be confined to when unsupervised.

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Can rabbits be left alone for 8 hours?

Rabbits are not particularly independent, so they can’t be left on their own for more than two days. However, if it’s just a weekend or a working day, we can make sure they get everything they need, so we can spend time away from home without worrying too much about their health.

Do indoor rabbits smell?

No they don’t! Rabbits themselves are very clean animals with odourless fur and they fastidiously groom themselves all day. Only their urine smells so as long as you keep their living area clean (spot clean every few days and a full clean-out once a week) you shouldn’t have a problem.

Do rabbits get cold at night?

Rabbits are cold weather animals. They’re highly temperature resistant, and can handle temperatures down to almost 30oF (-2oC). With a well-insulated hutch, they’ll be fine even in near-freezing conditions. You can always check by measuring their temperature – which should be between 101-103oF (38-39.5oC).

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Should I cover my rabbits cage at night?

In the daytime, keep the front of the hutch uncovered for ventilation purposes. It is fine to cover more of the hutch during the night but you should still leave a small area open for ventilation. Add extra bedding for your bunny to snuggle into. This can be lined underneath with newspaper for increased insulation.

What should I put on the floor of my rabbit cage?

Rabbits generally do not feel safe on smooth, slippery surfaces, so consider adding bedding, a grass mat, carpet square or fleece pad to your cage set up. Thinner plastic cages can also be chewed through, so keep an eye on destructive rabbits in these types of cages.

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Do rabbits attract rats?

Pet rabbits attract both mice and rats. Rodents have an impressive sense of smell, and will be able to seek out rabbit enclosures easily. Rodents will scavenge food either from the enclosure, if able to get inside, or from storage. Rats will also eat rabbit droppings.

Is it OK to just have one rabbit?

Rabbits are social animals, so a single rabbit is likely to feel lonely and depressed. Rabbits can live alone, but you’ll need to provide your pet with the attention (company, petting, grooming, exercise, playing, and enrichment) that a bonded rabbit partner would provide.

How much time a day should I spend with my rabbit?

It’s best to spend about an hour each day with your rabbit. On average, early morning is the best time to play with a rabbit, as it will be the most active. After that, the evening will be a prime opportunity for petting and cuddling. Younger rabbits may need your undivided attention as they have more energy.

Can I sleep with my bunny?

If your rabbit wants to sleep with you and can do so safely, it’s fine. If you’re prepared to risk losing sleep, sharing a bed with a rabbit will deepen your bond. Just remember that rabbits like routine. You can’t share your bed some nights but not others.

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Is it okay to bathe a rabbit?

Rabbits are meticulously clean and almost never need a bath. Bathing them can even be harmful, since they tend to panic in water and may fracture a limb or their spine if they thrash around.

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Can rabbits recognize their owners?

Rabbits bond closely with their owners. Ask any bunny owner who interacts regularly with his pet and he’ll tell you that, just like dogs or cats, rabbits get to know their owners well. They recognize them by voice and sight and will even come on command.

Should I bring my rabbit indoors for winter?

Your rabbits can remain in their outdoor enclosures all year round or, if you wish, you can bring them indoors for the winter months. It’s important, however, not to bring your rabbits in at night and then put them out again during the day. This can be very harmful and cause discomfort and stress.

How can I tell if my rabbit is cold?

Symptoms include shivering (although this will suddenly stop when their temperature reaches dangerously low levels), pale lips and gums, low energy and a loss of coordination. Hypothermia is an emergency, so if you spot any of these symptoms, bring them into the warm and contact your vet immediately.

Do rabbits get periods?

Rabbits do not menstruate. If unspayed females start passing blood, they can bleed to death within a few days. Blood in the urine can also be a sign of bladder stones. If a bunny is not feeling well, or if it is obese and has soft poop, then it will not groom itself well in its genital and tail region.

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Written by: Sweeny Jane
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proud mom of Baby, and i am an animal lover as I have at home a cat, a dog, a fish tank, birds… This diversity makes me special because I provide many answers to your questions that increase your knowledge about your pets friends. I have 7 years of experience working with pets. i hope you enjoy our tips.