Our most recent blog, Rabbit Wellbeing for Winter, sparked some interest on Facebook as to whether or not happy rabbits live inside or out. So we would like to take some time to express our opinions on the topic.
Let us clear the air. We believe there is no right or wrong answer, here’s why.
So…Inside or Outside?
Domestic rabbits were originally wild animals, not designed to live around radiators, electricity and the likes. But this is not to say they cannot live happily in these environments. Take cats and dogs for example, these are two animals which can live inside, outside or a mixture of both. Furthermore, our own race was once existed solely in the great outdoors with rudimentary shelters. However, today the human race has adapted to live in a variety of environments across 196 countries, taking shelter in massive mansions to humble huts. But we still thrive…
So why should it be any different for rabbits? Here at Supreme Petfoods, we think it comes down to the owner and their pet as to whether or not they should live inside or out. The Facebook comments on our blog are a great example of this. One user explains how her rabbits built their own warren, and have free access to their hutch and access to the family home but leave when they get too warm. The rabbits returning to the outdoors when they are too hot speak volumes as to where they are truly happy. On the other hand, there are numerous photos posted to our page of happy rabbits cosying up indoors.
If you are going to keep your rabbit indoors or outdoors, you should consider keeping them in pairs. Rabbits are social creatures that enjoy companionship. Keeping them in pairs will help prevent loneliness, as a bonded pair will be friends for life. Therefore, provided with a big enough enclosure, they can binky around everyday day, having all the rabbit fun in the world.
The Perfect Enclosure for Happy Rabbits
While we are on the topic of living outside, we would just like to mention how we think a rabbit enclosure should be. Firstly, we completely agree that a hutch is not enough. It is of course cruel to confine any animal to a tiny enclosure, but this does not mean all outside rabbit enclosures are small. There are some great examples across the internet, of people going all out on their enclosure designs. Search “Rabbit enclosure ideas” after reading this blog and you will be amazed. While you’re there, why not add “Indoor” at the beginning of your search to see how indoor spaces can also make for happy rabbits.
If there is one thing you take away from this blog, please let it be this: It really does not matter whether you keep your bunny inside the home, or out in your garden. The most important factor to bear in mind is that we must always do what it is best for them. But whatever you choose to do, please do so with all your love and attention.