No, I’m not talking about the highly quotable comedy starring Anna Faris (although it is a MUST SEE!). I’m talking about indoor vs. outdoor living for your pet rabbit. In the following article, guest author Penny Thornton gives 5 compelling reasons to make your bunny a house bunny.
5 Reasons to Keep Your Rabbit IndoorsBy Penny Thornton
Many people think of hutches and outdoor cages when they think of housing a rabbit, but a growing trend worldwide is keeping rabbits as indoor pets, the same as cats and dogs. Many rescues and adoption agencies suggest indoor living to improve the lives of both bunnies and humans. Why?
1. It’s healthier for the rabbit.
Most outdoor cages have wire bottoms, known to cause a condition called “sore hocks” in rabbits. Also, Arkansas particularly has extreme weather conditions that could make your rabbit sick or even kill it. Outside bunnies are susceptible to fleas, ticks and other parasites. Finally, predators are everywhere. A rabbit living indoors does not face any of these dangers.
2. Rabbits are social animals.
They love to be around their “warren” and be involved in their daily activities. They are affectionate, curious and intelligent animals, and don’t really get the opportunity to show these strengths if kept outside in a hutch.
3. Rabbits can have other-species playmates.
They have been known to get along well with other pets, including (but not limited to) cats and dogs.
4. Rabbits are intelligent.
They can be trained to use a litter box and respond to commands. Some people even train their rabbits for show-jumping. Training is a bit different from training dogs, but not any tougher.
5. Why not?
Who doesn’t love having a rabbit around? They’re quirky and fun. When kept as indoor pets, they form lasting bonds with their human owners and other playmates, and can live longer, happier lives than rabbits kept outside in hutches.
For more information on keeping bunnies indoors, please contact a local rabbit rescue or visit the House Rabbit Society website at www.rabbit.org.