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  1. Meg

    Our family have decided we are getting a bunny for all of our four kids to take care of to learn responsibility.
    We purchased his hutch yesterday and plan to put it outside in our garden. It’s a large hutch with a nice pen and such and it was also very expensive. My friend told me that this isn’t a good idea and rabbits belong indoors, but despite the kids whining, I told them we are not putting him inside our house.

    The reasons I don’t want a rabbit indoors is because it will smell. We don’t have a lot of room so we cannot fit a cage inside. As a child we had a bunny in a hutch, and that’s how it always was, the rabbit was Fine. I don’t understand this idea of “house rabbits” and free rein rabbits. Could you please explain to me why you guys insist on indoor rabbits? How is it bad to keep rabbits outdoors?

  2. My House Rabbit Post author

    Hi Meg,

    There are a few reasons why rabbits do not fare very well outside in a hutch. The first factor is that outdoor rabbits are more vulnerable to predators and weather. The second factor, which you may not have considered, concerns the social aspect. Rabbits are very intelligent, social creatures. They crave interaction with other rabbits and their human families. (This is why when people house their rabbits indoors, we recommend they place them in a fairly central location.)

    Another consideration is that when rabbits live within the house with you, there is a less likely chance that they will be neglected. When the rabbit is constantly amidst your family’s daily activities, there will always be someone to notice the rabbit’s behavior (you need to pay close attention to their behavior to detect health issues), provide enrichment, ensure the rabbit has exercise time, and make sure the hay box and water bowls are fresh and filled and the litterboxes clean.

    So my suggestion to you would be to read this article: http://myhouserabbit.com/tip_thinking.php
    Really think about what adopting a rabbit entails and if a rabbit’s a good fit for you and your family. Also understand that rabbits are high maintenance pets, and the primary caregiver should always be an adult, never just the children’s responsibility. If you find after reading the article that you can’t or don’t wish to make those kinds of lifestyle changes, then perhaps a bunny’s not for you.

  3. Meg

    To my house rabbit,
    After what you said and what we read, we have decided on getting guinea pigs. They fit perfect in the hutch and we will be sure to let them into play inside for a while each day. Thank you for letting me know this, we decided our family is not ready for a rabbit. We don’t think we can handle ten years, and don’t want to have to have our bunny suffer. Our kids don’t mind what pet they get, as long as they have something to care for, and a bunny seems like a lot of care. I guess I just always thought of rabbits as being hutch animals and not indoor pets, but then I realize now that it’s better for them indoors. My husband and I plan on getting a rabbit when the kids are older and leaving the house, they seem like good pets but just not good pets for us right now. Thanks a bunch for informing me, I could never keep a rabbit outdoors now after reading that. I respect that they are indoor pets and that is simple and true. Bye, Meg

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